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Meriam Ibrahim, Christian threatened with execution in Sudan, arrives in U.S...


Vatican announces desire for more restrained sign of peace at Mass...


Should you attend or avoid a civil marriage of a Catholic?
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
It is likely that this now common scenario will become even more common in the future. As relatives and close friends fall away from active practice of their faith, and as poorly catechized young people come to be over marriageable age, we will face situations of loved ones, who had been baptized Catholic, marrying outside the Church.


Hillsong NYC, a church that resembles a nightclub, draws 6000 young New Yorkers weekly...


New York Times reporter on traditional marriage supporters: "Some people are deserving of incivility"


When Catholic academics abandon the unborn...
Austin Ruse
A few weeks ago Lisa Fullam, a featured blogger at dotCommonweal, the blog of the politically liberal magazine Commonweal, posted “Hobby Lobby and Science” in which she clarifies for us how the “science” does not support the claims made by the Hobby Lobby plaintiffs and, incidentally, the Catholic Church. She writes...


Here are the winning pictures from the 2014 National Geographic Traveler photo contest...


Does God really harden human hearts?
Msgr. Charles Pope
One of the more difficult Biblical themes to understand is the concept of God hardening the hearts and minds of certain human beings. The most memorable case is that of Pharaoh wherein, before sending Moses to him God said he would “harden Pharaoh’s heart” (Ex 4:21). But there are other instances where biblical texts speak of God as hardening the hearts of sinners...


Flannery O’Connor broke the silence to shout the truth...


This is probably the strangest thing I’ve ever read...


If you liked 'Into Great Silence', you'll like this movie about St. Sharbel...
Diane Korzeniewski
Why would a lay person - whether they are single or married, take interest in the life of a holy man who lived much of his life in silence and solitude? While it is not practical for father or mother to practice silence when they should be paying attention to children, there are times during the day...


Catholic blogger Sarah Harkins ("The Clay Rosary Girl") dies, leaving four young children...


The culture wars aren't just about sex. They're about civilization itself...


Praying doesn't necessarily make things happen, but it does make things possible...
Simcha Fisher
When a scientist or an engineer or a researcher does something that "makes the world better," it's not just "getting up off his ass" that makes that possible. It's a thousand other things, which are not necessarily directly or obviously related to the great discovery or achievement itself -- and yet they are indispensable. Scientists need...


You'll never guess how many times St. John Paul would visit the Blessed Sacrament each day (autoplay video)...


Imagining the path of Christian exile...
Elizabeth Scalia
To be ripped from our neighborhood, the ancient land we have shared, so companionably for so long, is a tragedy that must transform each of us. I have been forever changed by the experience of being marched away at gunpoint, empty-handed, my past wrested from me. They gave me two choices, leave or die. And you, too...


Huffington Post: Are you "spiritual but not religious"? Please stop boring me...


The land of pickles, refills and drug ads: One Aussie's take on American culture...

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Food in due season: A reflection on the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time...
Scott Hahn
In Jesus and the Church, Isaiah’s promises in today’s First Reading are fulfilled. All who are thirsty come to the living waters of baptism. The hungry delight in rich fare - given bread to eat and wine to drink at the Eucharistic table. This is the point, too, of today’s Gospel. The story of Jesus’ feeding of the 5...


A step-by-step guide to forming intentional disciples...
Fr. Robert Barron
We all know the bad news that ex-Catholics make up the second largest religious group in America, that only twenty-five percent of baptized Catholics attend Mass on a regular basis, and that the fastest-growing religious group in the United States is the "nones" (those who claim no religious affiliation). There's a huge mission field out there...


USA Today: The 10 most beautiful cathedrals in the United States...


Want to hear Christian joy? Listen to the singing in this Iraqi cathedral...
Frank Weathers
The little video below comes via Natalia Trouiller’s Facebook page. She is accompanying the delegation of French bishops that is visiting Iraq right now. Here are the people we are praying and fasting for tomorrow. What? You were expecting some solemn “whoa is me” dirge? Wrong religion, gang.


Anglican ordination of women bishops ends reunion prospects...
William Oddie
It was, of course inevitable, having ordained women to its “priesthood” that the Church of England, mother Church of the Anglican Communion, would in the end ordain women to its “episcopate” The General Synod has now decided on women bishops. All the obstacles are down. The mystery was why it took them so long: in the Catholic understanding...


The secret Nazi smart bomb that inspired China's most dangerous weapon...


I've said before and I'll Sagan: People who live in DeGrasse houses shouldn't throw stones...
Mark Shea
Neil DeGrasse-Tyson is a very able communicator or wonderfully interesting science information and when he sticks to doing that, he does it superbly well. Unfortunately, he is also a court prophet for a technocratic consumerist society that, above all, does not want free children of God, but obedient oilers, polishers...


Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt declares he won’t step down: "I have strong pockets of support"


6 tools to help you if you're scrupulous...
Jimmy Akin
Scrupulosity and obsessive-compulsive disorder are two painful conditions that frequently go together. Scrupulosity involves excessive anxiety about the sinfulness of particular actions. For example, having a fear that a typical, everyday action like forgetting to turn off the lights and thus “wasting electricity” might be a mortal sin.


It’s a terrible thought: dying excommunicated...


Let's look at the hard numbers behind the Catholic man-crisis...


What we can learn from Eastern Christianity...


‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is a rare summer spectacle that’s fun instead of grim...
Steven Greydanus
Surveying the prison commons, Rocket identifies three articles he will need to engineer an escape: a control device worn by the guards on their arms; a battery powering a device high on a tower in the middle of the commons — and a fellow prisoner’s prosthetic robot leg. It’s a goofily random yet specific list, vaguely reminiscent of Westley in The Princess Bride...


10 reasons why 110 degrees is better than 10 degrees...


If you want to make converts, pray and be patient. And listen, listen, listen...


All the dating terms you didn’t know but were afraid to ask about...


What the Second Vatican Council did for Marian devotion...


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