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"It was top secret until the plane took off": Details emerge on Meriam Ibrahim's escape to Rome...


Saint Teresa was right: There's a time for penance, and a time for partridge...


Unreason unleashes a world of hurt...
Fr. Thomas Berg
Peer deeply into any one of the many contemporary conflicts afflicting human beings on the world stage—the ISIS purge of Assyrian Christians and other minorities from the boundaries of their putative new Islamic state, the felling of Malaysia Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine, the seething hell-hole that is Gaza—and you will eventually discover...


Pope Francis lunches with Vatican employees by surprise...


Mother reveals "monumental" secret before reuniting with baby she gave up 77 years ago...


Whether you know it or not, you're chosen...
Christopher Stefanick
Faith isn't one of the many components of life. It has everything to do with the happiness we were made for. Jesus didn't come to take away our "fun." In his own words, "I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete!" (John 15:11)...


The anatomy of etiquette: How to be an old-school gentleman from head to toe...


This NYTimes report is commendable, but it's missing a crucial detail. The word again is "dhimmitude"...
Terry Mattingly
A month ago, I wrote a post about the events unfolding in Mosul and argued that journalists who covered this story — those brave enough to venture into the Nineveh Plain region — needed to grasp the meaning of the word “dhimmitude.” Yes, this is a controversial term. Yes...


Here's how to stop people dead in their tracks and bring them to Christ and His Church...


How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth...


5 steps to better mental health, according to St. Paul...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In modern times, we tend to link our notions of happiness and inner well-being to circumstances and happenstance. And thus we think that happiness will be found when the things of this world are arranged in the way and quantity we like. If we can just get enough money and creature comforts, we’ll be happy and have a better sense of mental well-being.


Why Marvel is running circles around DC Comics...


Why are some people more prone to mosquito bites?


‘Quo vadis?’ A sobering reminder to leave our comfort zones and go out into the world...
Greg Erlandson
Where are we going? Is the Church as we know it dying? That is the provocative question asked in a new documentary called “When God Left the Building.” Produced by Group Productions, it is a stark examination of the erosion taking place in Protestant churches these days.


1914-2014: Echoes of the Great War...


Demagogues are like pornographers. They attract two kinds of people: Those who enjoy it, and those who believe it...
Rebecca Hamilton
Either way, porn is addicting and degrading. Porn is based on degrading a group of people for the titillation of those who get off on on the degradation. Both those who watch porn because they enjoy it, and those who believe it, will become addicted to it if they don’t pull back from it.


There's a destructive force in the Church that progressives and traditionalists alike support...


Thinking about eternity, even with a bit of fear, may be the beginning of sharing in God's eternity...
R. Jared Staudt
When I was young, even three and four years old, I used to cry at night thinking about death and eternity. It was a feeling as if the wind has gotten knocked out of me and a huge weight was being pressed upon me. Even now, a feeling of terror can come over me when I think of eternity in relation to time.

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Stratford Caldecott was a reflection of the love of Christ for so many throughout the world...


Is there a demonic element to seemingly ordinary human problems? Sometimes...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
While full-blown demonic possession is rare, it is much more common for souls to be troubled by what might be called “demonic infection”. In counseling people spiritually I have come to believe that there is a state of demonic influence in our lives which is greater than temptation and less than obsession.


If you want to understand the theology behind the teaching on divorce and remarriage, start here...


Colbie Caillat's powerful music video expresses the teaching of St. John Paul II...


10 things you need to know today: July 25, 2014...


Meriam Ibrahim's story ends well, but it puts a face on the plight of thousands of others...


The Christians of Iraq are in pain, and they are quoting the Lord Jesus, and calling on His name...
Elizabeth Scalia
The choice is leave or take a bullet to the head; you have ten hours to get out or die; take nothing but the clothes on your back; oh, you need that glucose meter? Your blood pressure meds? That’s too bad. The Christians interviewed here make me feel very proud, and very humbled. They are obviously hurting, obviously shocked and displaced...


Why U.S. liberals are so discouraged by this European court decision...


What a Holocaust scholar can teach us on the moral cost of admitting divorced and remarried to Communion...
Dawn Eden
On a recent visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's exhibit on collaboration and complicity in the Holocaust, "Some Were Neighbors," I saw a sign at the entrance bearing a arresting quotation from historian Raul Hilberg: "At crucial junctures, every individual makes decisions and...every decision is individual.


Don't confuse validity and sacramentality in marriage...
Edward Peters
Confusion among Catholics concerning annulments is not helped when “experts” featured in the Catholic press are themselves confused about annulments. Peter Smith, writing in the National Catholic Register (21 jul 2014), interviewed two experts about the annulment process. The quotes from one of them...


Why your phone freaks out when you get off a plane...


The only inspired book of Church history, the Acts of the Apostles, ends with the story of a shipwreck...
George Weigel
The post-Vatican II Lectionary for Mass has many fine features, one of which is the continuous reading of the Acts of the Apostles during weekday Masses in the Easter season. As the Church celebrates the Resurrection for 50 days, the Church also ponders the first evangelization: the primitive Christian community, in the power of the Spirit...


Despite facing anti-Catholic bigotry, presidential hopeful Al Smith persevered in politics and faith...
Russell Shaw
To Franklin Roosevelt, he was the “Happy Warrior.” To suspicious Protestants, he was a pawn of the pope. Amid such conflicting views as these, the remarkable political career of Al Smith was forged. Four-term governor of New York and Democratic candidate for president in 1928...


The day-to-day plight of the Christians in Iraq is so much worse than we're hearing...


Brother Guy Consolmagno: Carl Sagan medal winner and role model for evangelization...
Stacy Trasancos
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) Division for Planetary Sciences announced this month that Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno has won the Carl Sagan Medal for outstanding communication about planetary science to the general public. Brother Consolmagno is an astronomer and meteorite expert at the Vatican Observatory. He also serves as their Coordinator for Public Relations.


How to respond when people tell you they're "spiritual but not religious"


Reading what the saints read might help you become one yourself...


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