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Body of third kidnapped Mexican priest found


Cosmas and Damian, the amazing twins who both became saints...
Fr. Damian Ference
I was born in 1976, the same year the film “The Omen” was released. My parents decided to name me Damian, not knowing that Damien was the name of the boy-demon in the popular movie. It could have been worse — my dad actually wanted to name me Fabian, but thankfully my mom would have none of it. Needless to say, you can imagine that I got my share of demon and devil jokes as a kid...


Is this Marian apparition a bridge between Lourdes and Fatima?


Holy Father beatifies Bl. Engelmar Unzeitig, killed “in hatred of the faith” in Dachau...


Christians ‘hung on a cross over fire’, steamrollered and crushed to death in North Korea...


A whiff of schism: when different Catholics hold radically different beliefs...
Phil Lawler
At a Catholic parish in Athy, Ireland, a lesbian couple who resigned from parish ministry after entering a legal marriage has returned to active participation—and to loud applause. So now everyone is welcome in St. Michael’s parish, right? Wrong. Anthony Murphy, the editor of Catholic Voice—the man who objected to the lesbian couple’s prominent role in parish life—has received so many threats that he is...


Pope Francis to catechists: Never tire of witnessing to the Resurrection...


God lifted up Bl. Herman the Cripple to scatter the proud in their conceit...
Angelo Stagnaro
I have a great fondness for the saints. And anyone who's sat down and read a hagiography of these blessed people will be overwhelmed, alarmed and grateful at finding a brother- or sister-in-arms. In my research, one particular saint caught my attention. His name is Blessed Herman the Cripple. Yes. Blessed Herman ... the Cripple...


After my mastectomy, how do I dress my new body?
Rebecca Hamilton
This problem of dressing after a mastectomy is becoming increasingly common as more and more women opt out of the additional surgeries and pain of reconstruction, or learn that they aren’t good candidates for it. There are a lot of women like me out there, trying to figure this out. My only wish is that the world would catch up with us...


Tell the truth when it might hurt you...
David Mills
Make this a rule of life: Tell the truth when telling it might hurt you. If you fear the results, speak as if you don’t. God will be honored, the Church and the world will be served, and you will feel better about yourself. You might have fewer friends and more enemies, but so did Jesus. I say this looking in a mirror. I can think with shame of times someone around me sneered at the Faith or the Church and I didn’t say anything...


Does quitting social media make you happier? Yes, say young people who have done it...


How to be charitable in a cutthroat work environment...
Matthew Petesch
A reader recently wrote into Mountain Catholic with a tough question: “How do you remain charitable in a cutthroat work environment, where people are rewarded for their Machiavellian practices?” Normally, I would say, “Quit.” But that’s simply not realistic. Giving up your source of income even temporarily is not an option for most people...


Pope Francis receives families of Nice terror attack victims...


Does it matter how we treat others? The 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time...


Diocese of Knoxville opens cause for beatification of heroic Tennessee priest...
Brian O'Neel
We already have one new American saint (recall that Congress made Mother Teresa an honorary US citizen). Might we soon have another? While it may take many years, even hundreds, yes we will if the good people at the Diocese of Knoxville’s prayers are answered. On August 10, that see’s ordinary, Bishop Rick Sticka signed the formal paperwork opening the beatification cause of Father Patrick J...


Vatican announces new rules for miracles at Congregation for the Causes of Saints...


Padre Pio continues to work modern (and little-known) miracles...


Pope Francis’ canon law changes strengthen bonds with Eastern Churches...

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A biblical meditation on the difficulties of old age...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Today I would like to go back to the Gospel from last Saturday morning’s daily Mass. For indeed one of the more beautiful passages in the Old Testament is the 12th Chapter of Ecclesiastes. It is a melancholy but soulful meditation on old age. Its poetic imagery is masterful as it draws from the increasingly difficult effects of old age such as hearing loss...


Here are some perfect prayers for before and after Mass...


On Communion debate, Pope Francis opts for decentralization...
John Allen
Towards the end of Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’s document on the family, the pontiff writes that when priests have to make judgments in concrete cases such as pastoral care of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, they are to do so “according to the teaching of the Church and the guidelines of the bishop.” One wonders if he knew at the time just what a conflicting welter of responses that injunction would elicit...


4 manuals of spiritual combat: Scupoli, Robinson, Thigpen, Arminjon...


Ignoring the poor is a damnable sin: A homily for the 26th Sunday...


Police officer who saved 5-year-old boy from drowning meets him as a grown man...


Hundreds of thousands of migrants at sea owe their lives to one number saved on a satellite phone...


Chris Pratt reminds rude cross-wearing fan to represent...


Jesus is waiting for you just around the corner...


Mass is a pure and holy sacrifice, not a form of entertainment...


A glimpse of our true enemy, as seen in a commercial...


Canadian ethicists urge: Ban conscientious objection by doctors, screen out pro-life medical students...


‘Queen of Katwe’ will delight practically everyone who sees it...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
There are so many reasons Queen of Katwe shouldn’t even exist, and just thinking about them all makes me even more vexed at Hollywood for its desperate obsession with exhausted franchise fare when there are winning and wonderful stories like this to be told. It may be that more people saw the cartoony African tribesmen of the dark...


Padre Pio and the noble dreams of fathers...
John Clark
On a hot and sunny day about one hundred and twenty-five years ago, on a little Italian farm, the landscape contained a familiar image—a man tending to the needs of his land. That man, Grazio Mario Forgione, was happily joined that afternoon by his son, whom he had named “Francesco” in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. As Grazio worked the land that day...


The lies of the devil and the empty promises of the world...


7 insanely bad TV shows and movies featuring popes...


Full text: “Affirmation of the Church’s Teaching on the Gift of Sexuality”...


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