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The largest Catholic website in the world Besides hosting the Summa Theologica and the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia, this site offers a Catholic FAQ, selected writings by the Fathers of the Church, and official Church documents, mostly papal, from approximately the last 250 years.



Vatican reverses decision, allows Festing to take part in Order of Malta election...  

The Vatican has reconsidered an earlier instruction forbidding the Order of Malta's former Grand Master Fra' Matthew Festing from attending the election of his successor this week. According to sources within the order, Fra' Festing will be coming to Rome to vote in the Saturday election partly because his absence as a professed knight would have invalidated the ballot...

2017-04-27 12:30:51
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Pope Francis deploys his power over the past...  

When we think about papal primacy, the focus is generally on a pope's power in the present: "Supreme, full, immediate and universal ordinary power in the Church, which he is always able to exercise freely," in the language of the Code of Canon Law. Yet a pontiff also enjoys a degree of power over the past as well, especially which parts of it are remembered and celebrated...

2017-04-27 11:23:30
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Will Francis follow Benedict or Obama when he speaks to Muslims in Egypt?  

When Pope Francis travels to Egypt this Friday and Saturday, what will he say about Islam? Will it be Benedict XVI at Regensburg, or Barack Obama at Cairo? The Holy Father arrives just weeks after ISIS attempted to assassinate Pope Tawadros II, the most senior Christian pastor in Egypt, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church. ISIS did not get Tawadros...

2017-04-27 05:25:53
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Why didn't Christ stay continually with His disciples between His Resurrection and Ascension?  

After Christ rose from the dead, He appeared to His disciples at certain places and times, but did not seem to stay with them continuously. On the first Easter Sunday, He appeared six times in rather rapid succession: first to Mary Magdalene, then to the women at the tomb, third as the women left the tomb, fourth to Peter, fifth to the two disciples going to Emmaus...

2017-04-27 04:33:01
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Burning hearts and open Scriptures: Preparing for the 3rd Sunday of Easter...  

How do we know that Jesus was someone and something different than the numerous religious leaders or founders of religions that have appeared on the stage of world history over the centuries? Last week, we saw one way that he is different: unlike Buddha, Mohammed, or Zarathustra, Jesus rose from the grave after his death, appearing and talking to his followers at length...

2017-04-26 18:55:10
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A cautionary tale about yoga...  

A caveat and a bit of a personal anecdote to kick things off in what I am certain will be a robust discussion about the activity behind suburban America's favorite eponymous pants: I used to practice yoga, probably just as casually and non-spiritually as the next girl, and while I never had a punchcard or a regular spot in a studio class...

2017-04-26 17:54:15
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9 family lessons I learned while living in an abbey...  

I lived—briefly—as a Norbertine Affiliate at Saint Joseph Priory, part of Saint Norbert Canonry, in the Jubilee Year 2000. And though God was not calling me to the priesthood or religious life, during that short time I learned some life lessons that have only benefited me through the years...

2017-04-26 16:31:24
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Why do Catholics kiss crosses and statues?  

We were always kissing things. Growing up in an ethnic Catholic neighborhood full of large families and clumsy kids, it was not unusual to see people pressing their lips against many things besides dogs and people. Let someone knock over a kitschy plastic glow-in-the-dark St. Jude and it would be placed back on the shelf with a quick kiss...

2017-04-26 15:42:23
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In surprise TED talk, Pope speaks of interconnectedness, solidarity, 'revolution of tenderness'...  

Over the last decade or so, the TED talk - the 18-minute messages given by prominent artists, techies and other cultural figures - has become shorthand for showcasing the ideas the speaker most seeks to put into broad circulation. And at this week's marquee conference for the program in Vancouver, the usual roster of celebs and experts were joined by a very unusual rookie entry: a surprise contribution from the Bishop of Rome...

2017-04-26 13:29:37
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Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines tackle the Eternal City...  

This week University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has led his team to Rome, an extraordinary team bonding experience and a unique opportunity for the players, many of whom had never been outside the U.S. On the Wolverines' agenda: three football practices, cultural immersion, a weekly papal audience, and an opportunity to see Pope Francis up-close and personal...

2017-04-26 11:41:56
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A week with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal — and an unexpected ending...  

In a ward of a London hospital, a homeless man was dying. He had been found prostrate on the street and was taken to a nearby hospital. The medical staff did all they could. It was hopeless, they said. It was only a matter of time. The man had few friends; he hailed originally from Eastern Europe. There were no visitors. Not at first...

2017-04-26 09:27:18
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Scouting in the balance...  

I was dismayed to learn this past January that the Boy Scouts of America decided to end their practice of more than 100 years that allowed only boys to be members. They did this by permitting transgender boys to join troops, that is, girls who struggle with gender dysphoria and are living as though they are boys.

2017-04-26 05:18:02
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Did Christ appear first to His Mother after the Resurrection?  

All the Gospel writers specifically describe Christ appearing first to Saint Mary Magdalene on the morning of His resurrection from the dead: "He appeared first to Mary Magdalene" (Mark 16:9). There is however a [late] Christian tradition that Christ first appeared to His Mother Mary and then afterwards appeared to Saint Mary Magdalene as depicted in the Gospel accounts...

2017-04-26 05:07:03
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NYTimes op-ed: Was the Pope wrong to compare refugee centers to concentration camps?  

Until last weekend, Pope Francis earned nothing but praise from the American Jewish Committee. But when the pope, speaking off the cuff, likened European migrant and refugee holding centers to concentration camps, the advocacy group's response was swift and sharp. "The conditions in which migrants are currently living in some European countries may well be difficult and deserve still greater international attention...

2017-04-26 04:57:56
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Why did the Lord appear to the women before the Apostles?  

It is curious that upon rising from the dead the Lord appeared to Mary Magdalene and other women before appearing to the Apostles, His chosen witnesses. It is even stranger that He sent the women to the Apostles as witnesses, given that women were not considered valid witnesses at that time. Indeed, the Apostles do resist their testimony...

2017-04-26 04:12:03
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Does St. Paul offer any clues about the dating of the Gospels?  

Skeptical New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman offers a brief look at how many Bible scholars estimate when the Gospels were written. Let's talk about that. In the 6th edition of his textbook The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, Ehrman has a text box entitled "Establishing the Dates of the Gospels...

2017-04-26 04:06:34
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Four nuns have formed a band at Catholic U. It's called Force of Habit.....  

One Saturday afternoon this month a band gathered to jam at the Dominican House of Studies, not far from the Catholic University of America. The drummer, a Dominican friar, counted them down. Brother Brad Elliott, dressed in a habit behind his drum kit, was joined by Sister Miriam Holzman on the piano. Sister Peter Grace Weber was off to the side...

2017-04-26 04:05:01
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Trump administration requests 60 day extension of HHS mandate litigation...  

With President Donald Trump's administration signaling that it is not dropping the HHS mandate cases against religious non-profits, plaintiffs are concerned that the action does not reflect promises made during the presidential campaign. "The government has a chance to do the right thing here. It got it wrong for five years in these cases...

2017-04-26 03:13:17
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U.S. marks 50th anniversary of legalized abortion...  

April 25 marks 50 years since Colorado became the first state in the U.S. to legalize abortion. In a statement released Tuesday, the bishops of Colorado called for continued prayers and efforts to build up a culture of life in the state. "Amid celebrating the joy of Christ's resurrection, we pause to remember the dark shadow cast over Colorado 50 years ago...

2017-04-26 02:55:37
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What's the best way to crack an egg? Physics has the answer.....  

Learning to crack an egg is a culinary rite of passage. Do it correctly, and the shell swiftly breaks, spilling the liquid contents out in one fell swoop. Do it wrong, and you end up with yolk on your hands and shell in your bowl. Luckily, science has hatched a formula that is nearly infallible. All it requires is knowledge of a few basic physics principles...

2017-04-26 02:48:01
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Is a bad temper the most destructive element in human nature?  

Ill-temper may be the vice of the virtuous, but it's not the vice of the holy. I think Drummond means to distinguish the two. The elder brother was virtuous in a by-the-book way. He wasn't the guy you'd want at a party, though. He'd bring everyone down, and that's why the ill-tempered will find themselves left outside...

2017-04-26 02:35:33
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A tale of two interpretations of 'Amoris Laetitia'...  

The post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) was published one year ago on the solemnity of St. Joseph. Since then, two competing interpretations, or, rather, pastoral applications of Chapter 8 (on divorce, remarriage and the sacraments) have emerged. They are epitomized in two sets of diocesan guidelines...

2017-04-26 02:09:02
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Emmaus, Eucharist, and Emma Thompson: The hidden Mass in 'Wit'...  

The Emmaus Road reading was on Wednesday - an Eastertide favorite! It's such a gentle tale, and so human. You can feel the downcast spirits of the disillusioned disciples; you share in their enthusiasm as their mysterious companion explains the Scriptures; you marvel with them as Jesus is revealed and then whisked away at their shared meal...

2017-04-26 01:41:22
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Kate O'Beirne was a model of joy and faith...  

It was a very early hour when I left Kate O'Beirne's hospital room with some of her dearest friends in the world, as her family kept vigil. In their generosity, they shared her last hours with us. It was hard to leave because we knew we would never see her alive again. Before I got there, one of the priests ministering to her remarked that it was the first time she didn't have the perfect line...

2017-04-26 01:31:20
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Trump defends Obama's birth control mandate...  

President Trump promised religious groups he would reverse the Obama administration's requirement that employers provide birth control to their employees under the Affordable Care Act. But his Justice Department indicated Monday that it's continuing to fight religious groups who are suing over the contraception mandate. The Justice Department has asked the U...

2017-04-25 12:04:35
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There's a big difference between counseling the doubtful and counseling doubt...  

Many years from now, historians will decide how to define our present age. I wonder if ours will be known as The Age of Arguing. In Bible passages such as those in First and Second Timothy, as well as Titus 3:9, which cautions us to "avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless...

2017-04-25 10:41:16
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4 danger signs of cult-like behavior, and 4 antidotes...  

One of the creepiest things about religion is the tendency for those involved to drift into cult-like behaviors. When I say "cult-like behavior" I don't simply mean a crazed, enclosed group who commit mass suicide, set up a 24/7 watch for aliens or who live on berries, granola and meditation. Those are the wacky extremes...

2017-04-25 04:29:37
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French Catholics divided in lead-up to second round of presidential election...  

"I am trapped," sighs Gwenaël Jan, a 71-year-old retired manager with four children, the day after the first round in which he finally voted for François Fillon."Despite the scandals, I thought he was the only one who had a program that broke with the past and placed the family at its center."Jan, who has close links with the pro-family movement Sens commun and who organized meetings of the Christian Democratic Party (PCD) in his small village near Fontainebleau...

2017-04-25 01:17:19
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Hey NPR: ISIS threats to St. Catherine's Monastery in Sinai are not just about tourist dollars...  

It is my sincere hope that there were no Eastern Orthodox Christians hurt in automobile accidents last week if they went into shock and swerved off the road after hearing the following National Public Radio mini-story on the radio. My fellow Orthodox believers: If you have hot coffee in hand as you read this post - Put. It. Down...

2017-04-24 21:37:10
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The three books I'm going to read next...  

I toss that McLuhan quotation up there as if I understood what it means, but I'm no better off than the poor schlemiel in Woody Allen's Annie Hall that receives a severe public drubbing from McLuhan himself. "You know nothing of my work," McLuhan tells the pedantic blowhard, and I'm just as guilty. Still, I'm going out on a limb to draw on McLuhan's famous line nonetheless because it relates to the series of events I'm about to lay out here...

2017-04-24 20:10:03
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The 5 people you'll meet in seminary...  

College seminary can be a weird place. It often feels like a mix between a frat house, a doomsday bunker, and Catholic Hogwarts. The characters you'll meet seem like they're straight out of a 90s sitcom with personalities so extreme that you'll be amazed that people like this can even exist. You often ask yourself how some of these men would survive in a world outside of breviaries and obligatory daily Mass...

2017-04-24 16:36:45
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The 20 types of people you'll meet at Mass — which one are you?  

If you attend mass regularly (and hopefully you already do, at least every Sunday and on holy days of obligation), chances are you know exactly who each of these people are. In fact, you (and I) are easily one of them. But remember - we are laughing with each other here. After all, the most important thing is that we are in mass at all...

2017-04-24 12:35:23
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This ice cube trick might be the coolest burger grilling trick of all time...  

There are a thousand ways, okay, maybe 100, ways to top a burger once it comes off the grill, but what about while it's sizzling over the flames? Graham Elliot, a judge on MasterChef, and my personal favorite, MasterChef Junior, wants you to put an ice cube on it. It might sound crazy, but sticking an ice cube into a thick patty will keep it from drying out too much...

2017-04-24 11:50:51
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French bishops offer divided voters guidelines on presidential runoff...  

A few hours after the announcement of the winners of the first round of the French presidential election, the French bishops' conference published a reflection on voting in the final round. On April 23, Emmanuel Macron, founder of En Marche!, a centre-left political movement, and Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front...

2017-04-24 10:14:52
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Pope Francis and the “Benedict Option”...  

Perhaps a way to look at Pope Francis's pontificate lies in only one question: how to tackle the cultural shift of our times? This was the question at the base of the 2013 General Congregations - the pre-conclave meetings of cardinals - and it is likely at the base of Pope Francis's entire pontificate. That the question is important is indicated by the fact that the issue was strongly raised once again in the Anglo-Saxon world following the publication of the book "The Benedict Option...

2017-04-24 09:48:57
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How nature documentaries are fake (and why that's not necessarily a bad thing)...  

Everyone loves BBC's Planet Earth, but how much of it is real?

2017-04-24 08:24:18
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Today, little boy, I choose you...  

Life is so very busy right now, dizzying in its demands. The days rush by, a whirlwind of laundry, housework, paperwork, appointments, driving, cooking, cleaning, studying, working, parenting, praying. Each day orchestrating this family of eight is its own little storm. Each day I tackle its demands and each night I tumble into bed after kissing a certain small...

2017-04-24 06:11:04
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We are strangers in a strange land...  

If the task before us is to build a culture of "encounter" in the face of our "throwaway" culture, the world needs the integrity that we gain only by repentance, the re-thinking of all the ways that we have compromised ourselves and those we love in relation to the truth. Many of our brothers and sisters in other countries have not failed to embrace this kind of repentance — even at the cost of their own lives...

2017-04-24 06:05:13
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4 qualities of bold and believable witness to Jesus...  

It is worthwhile to look back at a text that was read on Saturday (Saturday of the Octave of Easter). It is from Acts and sets forth a picture of courage and holy boldness that is too little evident in many Catholics. Let's look at the passage and then reflect on four qualities that the Apostles Peter and John manifest. The text opens with a reference to the "boldness" of Peter and John to the fact that the religious authorities are "astonished...

2017-04-24 02:35:27
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Egypt prepares for papal visit; Pope to shun bulletproof vehicle despite recent terrorist attacks...  

Pope Francis has chosen not to travel in a bullet-proof vehicle for his first trip to Egypt this week, despite a recent spate of terrorist attacks targeting the country's Christians. The Pope will fly from Rome to Cairo on Friday for a two-day visit intended to build on inter-faith dialogue with Muslim leaders and to show solidarity with beleaguered Christian communities in the Middle East...

2017-04-24 02:21:22
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Christian rock and rocky soil...  

It used to baffle me. "How can so many of my peers who were so 'churchy' and 'involved' in high school have just drifted away in college?" It doesn't baffle me any more. If you are a new DRE, youth minister, or high school chaplain in the USA, here's a sobering reality check: the chances are that a lot of the kids volunteering on the weekend...

2017-04-23 11:32:16
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New report details how Christians are being persecuted worldwide — and how Christians are responding...  

This new report conveys the findings of Under Caesar's Sword, the world's first systematic global investigation into the responses of Christian communities to persecution. It includes country-by-country analysis, major global patterns, and recommendations for action.

2017-04-23 11:19:09
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The pagan Greeks saw Easter coming 500 years before it happened...  

Very few days pass but that we don't hear of some new sorrow. A job is lost, a troubled marriage... a near relation passes away, serious illness falls, dashing promises and hopes...a calamity strikes affecting the national interest...a friend loses his track and ceases to practice the Faith. And, of course, the Christian is beset with a consciousness of his own daily sins and failings...

2017-04-23 10:56:27
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The Pope's address in Rome: What the critics missed...  

In keeping with the idolatry of ignorance reigning supreme in the modern mass media, Pope Francis's speech on the sixtieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome—the founding document of the European Union—has gone unnoticed. This is a pity, because Pope Francis continues not only to illustrate accurately the chief political problems facing different parts of the world...

2017-04-23 06:42:18
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Divine mercy is key to the life of faith, Pope Francis says...  

On Divine Mercy Sunday Pope Francis said mercy is essential in living the Christian life, because it not only allows us to understand ourselves and God better, but it also prompts us to recognize and help those in need.  "Let us never forget that mercy is the keystone of the life of faith, and concrete way with which we give visibility to the Resurrection of Jesus...

2017-04-23 06:15:54
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From fear to faith: A homily for the Second Sunday of Easter...  

In today's Gospel, the risen Lord appeared to the Apostles, who were gathered together in one place. The fact that they were gathered in one place is not without significance, for it is there that the Lord chose to appear to them. One of them was not in the gathering and thus missed the blessing of seeing and experiencing the risen Lord...

2017-04-23 05:01:56
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19th-century French priest Louis Antoine Ormières beatified in Spain...  

The 19th century French priest Louis Antoine Ormières was beatified in the Spanish town of Oviedo on Saturday by Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints. Founder of the Sisters of the Guardian Angel and 87 schools in France and Spain, Fr. Ormières (1809-1890) dedicated his life to providing education for young people...

2017-04-22 13:57:51
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The Kerygma: An old word and a new evangelization...  

Since Pentecost (Around 33 A.D.), the Church has been preaching a message of salvation which we call the Kerygma. Simply, the Kerygma is the announcement about Jesus Christ, his life, mission, and saving actions. It is related to the "Gospel" which, before it was associated with Jesus, was associated with new emperors and kings to announce a new kingdom...

2017-04-21 20:39:27
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Former atheist Leah Libresco Sargeant discusses her conversion to Catholicism...  

Leah Libresco Sargeant, once a prominent atheist blogger, converted in 2012 to Catholicism after engaging and challenging her readership to present an intellectually rigorous, spiritually rewarding response to her questions on life. Sargeant continues to blog, only now from a Catholic perspective, and also is a contributing editor at America magazine...

2017-04-21 18:33:17
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God can neither deceive nor be deceived...  

Does the Bible indicate God is a deceiver? Recently I was contacted by a reader who was looking for a response to claims made by a Muslim apologist concerning instances in Scripture where God appears to use deception. Let's talk about that. The Muslim apologist was responding to Christian apologists who have argued that in the Qur'an...

2017-04-21 16:57:33
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Francis poses both/and approach to fighting anti-Christian persecution...  

Most activists in the fight against global anti-Christian persecution are inclined to go on the offensive, calling out offenders, demanding sanctions, and in general not taking things lying down. Pope Francis appears to prefer the carrot over the stick, but it's possible to see this contrast as both/and -- by reaching out so incessantly...

2017-04-21 16:52:10
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I ain't no Doubting Thomas...  

Every year, in the days after Easter Sunday, the good sisters at my parochial school told us the story of St. Thomas, the apostle who refused to believe that Christ had risen from the dead. As the only Thomas in the classroom, invariably all eye turned on me—more than forty pairs of them. (It was the 1960s. Catholic schoolrooms were crowded...

2017-04-21 15:40:17
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New NASA photo shows Earth and the Moon through Saturn's rings...  

Modern society seems to soak up all of our attention with a bewildering number of tasks, concerns, and frustrations. We've got to eat healthy, take excellent care of our families, get to the office on time, earn a livable income, do battle with traffic and train delays, squeeze in an appointment, and on and on. This makes it easy to forget where we live — and how lucky we are...

2017-04-21 13:43:51
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Harvard researchers uncover second parchment copy of Declaration of Independence — in England...  

Two Harvard University researchers announced Friday that they have found a second parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence in a tiny records office in southern England. The only other parchment copy is maintained by the National Archives in Washington, D.C., researchers Emily Sneff and Danielle Allen said in a statement...

2017-04-21 13:06:36
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Why Jesus' resurrected body still had wounds...  

When Christ rose from the dead, His body was the same one that had been cast down in death. Yet it manifests qualities not currently enjoyed by our bodies. It was truly Christ's same body, with its bones and muscles, but it was also a glorified body, wholly reflective of and subservient to the glory and faculties of His soul. He could appear and disappear at will...

2017-04-21 13:02:22
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Living the life of mercy: Readings for Divine Mercy Sunday...  

Behind the readings for this Sunday lies a Gospel text which is never read, but whose influence is felt and whose concepts and images serves as a link between the texts that are read. For in John 19:34, the blood and water flowing from the side of Christ is the background for the Divine Mercy image seen by St. Faustina. This "river" that flows out from the side of Christ is understood in the Church's spiritual tradition as a river of mercy...

2017-04-21 11:36:49
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'Egyptian Christians are made of steel!'...  

As the clearly moved TV anchor notes after: "Egyptian Christians are made of steel! These people have so much forgiveness! This is their faith and religious conviction." Details: a clip from an Egyptian news broadcast in which a Muslim journalist reacts to an interview with the widow of the gatekeeper who prevented a suicide bomber from entering an Alexandria church yard on Palm Sunday...

2017-04-21 11:22:16
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Attention, everyone: Catholics really do think you belong with us...  

On Saturday, we went to the Easter Vigil not to our parish but to the one in which we entered the Church 16 years ago. The church is very ugly and the liturgy very suburban, and I went grudgingly. Our youngest wanted to go there, for reasons he couldn't explain, so we went. As the Mass began, I was still pondering what led the architects to design something so plain and yet so ugly...

2017-04-21 10:27:20
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Catholic scientists converge in Chicago to ponder the universe's big questions...  

The first conference of the Society of Catholic Scientists will focus on beginnings: the origin of consciousness, the origin of human language, the origin of the cosmos, and the origin of living things. "Might there be other planets that harbor life — perhaps one of the recently discovered earth-like 'exoplanets'? Might there even be other universes...

2017-04-21 09:39:26
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Franco Zeffirelli's epic 'Jesus of Nazareth' turns 40...  

In the four decades since it made its debut on Palm Sunday and Easter of 1977, I've watched Franco Zeffirelli's Jesus of Nazareth in bits and pieces far more often than I've watched the whole thing. That's not just because it's nearly six and a half hours long and often broadcast in two parts. It's also because the first and last acts particularly lend themselves to seasonal viewing at...

2017-04-21 08:52:22
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Reformation or revolution?  

As we approach the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation there are some voices in the Catholic Church calling us to celebrate this event. I certainly think it is possible, in an irenical spirit to commemorate the event, but what exactly is there in the Protestant Reformation that we, as Catholics, should be celebrating...

2017-04-21 08:40:19
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Nova: The Great Cathedral Mystery...  

The award-winning PBS show looks at the famous Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) of Florence, Italy.

2017-04-21 08:20:40
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Lutheran U.S. Army chaplain Graham Glover: 'Protestants have an authority problem'...  

Protestants have a problem. It's a problem that's not going away. Protestants try to explain it, they try to finesse it into something understandable, at times they even ignore it - wishing it weren't as big an issue as it is. But it's still here. It still lingers. This problem affects Protestants of every variety: Lutheran...

2017-04-21 07:13:36
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The abortionist Willie Parker, a moral man.....  

His becoming an abortionist, Willie Parker tells Rolling Stone, "was an assertion of my responsibility to pursue justice and human dignity." I don't doubt him. He is, by his lights, a moral man. Parker heads the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health and performs abortions at the one abortion facility left in Mississippi...

2017-04-21 06:01:55
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Is penance required on Easter Friday? Here's what you need to know.....  

Today is the sixth day of the Easter Octave. This means that, even though it's Friday, there is no requirement for penance. So keep feasting! The reason for this is pretty straightforward: Penance is usually required on Fridays, but not when that Friday is a Solemnity. Each day of the Octave of Easter (Easter plus the next 7 days) is a Solemnity...

2017-04-21 05:19:56
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The Knights of Columbus: A band of brothers going into the breach...  

Recently, as in the past couple of years, I have become more active with the Knights of Columbus at my parish (Council 13779). In the past month, I was appointed by the Grand Knight to be the council's new Lecturer. The position speaks about the good of the order and encourages the men to live good lives and to practice their faith well on a variety of fronts...

2017-04-21 04:55:46
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90-year-old woman bitten by venomous snake stomps on it, then drives herself (and the snake) to church...  

A 90-year-old woman in Mobile, Alabama wasn't going to let a poisonous snakebite ruin her day. On her way to her weekly Crafty Critters club at church, Nell Toenes thought she saw a pretty leaf and picked it up. It turned out to be a snake that bit her in the hand. Rather than scream and call 9-1-1 like the rest of us might do...

2017-04-21 04:46:23
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Catholic University offers new Master's Degree in Ecclesial Administration and Management for priests...  

The Busch School of Business and Economics of the Catholic University of America will offer a Masters in Ecclesial Administration and Management for Catholic clergy starting this fall. With this degree, the Busch School of Business will fulfill a great need in the Church today: the need for priests to develop effective and efficient leadership in order to better fulfill their administrative responsibilities both at the parish and diocesan levels...

2017-04-21 04:21:55
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Vader and ShenFu: The surprising titles of priests in other languages...  

I have long known that Vader means "father." That's the hook in The Empire Strikes Back: Darth Vader is the "dark father" of Luke. Yet somehow it never registered with me that those black cassock-wearing priests in Holland would be affectionately called "Vader" by the faithful. Super cool. So here are some various titles for priest in various languages...

2017-04-21 04:11:24
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Why the Catholic Church still cares about Latin...  

Existing in some form since several hundred years before Christ, the Latin language seems like an unlikely subject to still be generating brand new research, especially among young scholars. Nevertheless, the theme this year of the Vatican's humanities-themed contest, the Prize of the Pontifical Academies, is all about Latin...

2017-04-21 02:18:21
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Fearing Dreher: Why the Benedict Option scares Christians...  

Does the United States need Christianity or at least the conventional morality based on Christianity? Until the last fifty years—that is, since the sexual revolution—Christian morality was still mainly both the personal and the social norm. Even the American Enlightenment and deist tradition did not think anything else was possible...

2017-04-21 02:18:05
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There's a hidden connection between Mary and Divine Mercy...  

For many years I've marveled about the "coincidence" of three highly influential saints living in Krakow at roughly the same moment in history: St. Faustina Kowalska, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and Pope St. John Paul II. George Weigel has pointed out in the book we co-authored, 'City of Saints', that Poland was the place where the 20th century happened — the place where Nazism and Communism would run their violent course...

2017-04-21 01:46:32
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Why did Christ rise?  

Did Christ have to rise? No, God could have chosen other methods to show us His justice and love. However, for many reasons it was fitting that Jesus should rise bodily and present Himself to His disciples and other believers. St. Thomas Aquinas presents us with five reasons that the resurrection was fitting. Let's examine his teaching...

2017-04-20 09:31:24
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Trump team exploring possible meeting with Pope Francis...  

The White House said Tuesday it is reaching out to the Vatican to set up a possible meeting President Trump and Pope Francis, little more than a year after they clashed over Trump's proposed anti-immigration wall between the United States and Mexico. "We will be reaching out to the Vatican to see if an audience with the pope can be accommodated...

2017-04-20 06:39:28
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It's official: Pope to canonize Fatima visionaries Francisco and Jacinta during May visit...  

Pope Francis will canonize visionaries Francisco and Jacinta Marto during his trip to Portugal on May 13, the 100th anniversary of the Fatima Marian apparitions. The Martos will be the youngest non-martyrs to be declared saints. The decision was announced during a April 20 consistory of cardinals, which also voted on the dates of four other canonizations...

2017-04-20 04:01:10
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Pondering some of the teachings of the Easter Vigil in its afterglow...  

The Easter Vigil so recently celebrated provides a rich fare for reflection. Alas, its memories pass so quickly. The shadowy yet wonderful Easter Vigil is the greatest and most elaborate liturgy of the Church year. Due to its length and late hour, many Catholics have never rejoiced in the somber glow of its initial moments or in the blaze of glory and sacraments that follow...

2017-04-19 11:35:34
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The latest archaeological findings from the Holy Sepulchre says the Gospels were right...  

On October 20th, 2016, one of the most exciting events in centuries took place: the opening of the marble slab guarding the place tradition claims was the tomb of Jesus, inside the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. Underneath that slab there was a second slab, also of gray marble, containing a slit along its side and bearing a Lorraine Cross...

2017-04-19 10:24:47
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Pope appoints new auxiliary bishops for Davenport and San Diego...  

For the first time since 2002, what's now a 1.3 million-member fold in San Diego has a new auxiliary. But if anyone's expecting a clone of the last one, well, have we got news for you. Six weeks since Bishop Robert McElroy electrified progressive activists (and infuriated conservatives) with a fiery address at a national summit on social justice...

2017-04-19 09:30:27
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The Son rises in the west: France and the resurrection of the faith...  

Surprisingly perhaps, at least for those of a neo-atheist persuasion who consider religion the preserve of the ignorant, the Catholic revival in France is a phenomenon most marked among the "highly educated" in the large cities. It is not the remnant of a disappearing past or a disappearing peasantry but the manifestation of a revitalized present promising a revivalist future...

2017-04-19 09:05:18
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Pope's Wednesday Audience: 'Jesus has taken us, seized us, conquered us in order to not leave us anymore'...  

As the Church jumps into the Easter season, Pope Francis Wednesday offered a reflection on Christ's Resurrection and the start of Christianity, saying it's not about us and what we do, but what the Lord has done for us. "(Christianity) is not so much our search for God, but rather God's search for us. How beautiful to think that Christianity...

2017-04-19 04:36:08
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The Benedict Option and the identity/relevance dilemma...  

Rod Dreher's The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation has certainly emerged as the most talked-about religious book of 2017. Within weeks of its publication, dozens of editorials, reviews, op-eds, and panel discussions were dedicated to it. Practically every friend and contact I have sent me something about the book and urged me to comment on it...

2017-04-18 21:39:16
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Where are the nation's captains?  

Traveling by air these days can be stressful. It is increasingly difficult to go on a trip without some incident happening like the recent tussle on United Airlines Flight 3411. More often, however, flights are being canceled or delayed due to mechanical or weather problems. This can lead to hours of waiting at the gates compounded by the constant uncertainty about what is going on...

2017-04-18 21:34:50
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Do meteors really hiss, sizzle and pop?  

For hundreds of years there have been reports of people hearing the sound of meteors—shooting stars—as they streak across the sky. As early as 1714, astronomy Edmond Halley (yes, that Halley, of comet fame) dismissed these accounts of hissing, sizzling, and popping as figments of the imagination. After all, sound travels much more slowly than light—see: every thunderstorm ever—so any sound from the meteor breaking up in the atmosphere would arrive long after the streak of ionized gas has...

2017-04-18 18:31:07
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What city is the microbrew capital of the US? It's not Denver or Portland.....  

It should come as no surprise that picking 'the best' city is highly subjective, even for a computer. Regardless of the results, there is no doubt that the beer scene has swept across the country.

2017-04-18 14:31:38
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The domestic church—where we're used to not getting what we want...  

My desire for conversion happened days before my first child was born, so my Catholic journey and motherhood are inextricably linked. Both have taught me a thing or two about delayed gratification, self-control, and discipline—all of which appear to be lacking in the culture at large. But in the domestic church we're learning (and teaching) all those hard lessons—that "our way" isn't always God's way...

2017-04-18 13:24:12
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A reader asks about the Infancy Narratives of Luke and Matthew...  

When I was a boy, my family moved to Michigan for a year and a half. There is a tornado, a race riot, a car accident with multiple fatalities, and my brother staying behind in college in that span of time. But if I told you I was born and raised in Washington state as a summary of my childhood, I would not be lying. It is only the immense weight of history and the craving to eke out every detail from a very sparse record-a record that only exists in order to say...

2017-04-18 13:03:27
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The phoenix in the ashes of the culture wars...  

The simultaneous appearance of three seminal books surveying the landscape of what some now call "post-Christian America" has been both welcome and frustrating. Welcome, because each confirms a deepening sobriety concerning what Richard John Neuhaus once called the American Babylon. And frustrating, because reviewers have tended to blur the contributions of each book by discussing them together rather than singly...

2017-04-18 12:41:48
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Benedict XVI on turning 90: “My heart is full of gratitude”...  

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated his 90th birthday on Monday in the Vatican, saying the Lord has always guided and rescued him on a journey of life that has included trials and hard times. "My heart is full of gratitude for the 90 years that God has given me," Benedict XVI said in the grounds of his Mater Ecclesiae residence in the Vatican Gardens (see his full remarks below)...

2017-04-18 11:33:21
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The reconstruction of Ulysses S. Grant...  

In the second half of the 19th century, few Americans were better known—and revered—than the man whose face looks out today from the $50 bill. Ulysses S. Grant led Union troops to victory in the American Civil War, then thwarted attempts by President Andrew Johnson to suppress fundamental civil rights of newly freed black Americans...

2017-04-18 11:01:31
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Why St. Thomas the Apostle was so skeptical...  

The Apostle St. Thomas Didymus ("The Twin") was conveniently absent for the first Resurrection appearance to the rest of the Eleven. (Jn. 20: 24-29) Then he famously insisted on seeing and touching the wounds of Jesus, which he then got to do eight days later. This reading comes to us every year at the close of the Easter Octave to commemorate the event...

2017-04-18 10:28:59
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The journey of Mary Magdalene to Resurrection faith...  

All of the resurrection stories depict the Apostles and other disciples on a journey of sorts to understand the resurrection. A completely new reality was breaking into their world and challenging their understanding. Far from depicting the disciples as credulous, the texts describe them as shocked, troubled, and even quite dubious...

2017-04-18 10:26:55
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Stop misunderstanding the Benedict Option...  

The Benedict Option is all about being active and engaging the problems of society. It recognizes, however, that solutions will begin locally, in the relationships that we can influence. Rebuilding will begin there. Do we really think that our political, educational, and economic institutions will provide a secure future for the practice of our Christian faith...

2017-04-18 05:55:34
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Vatican orders Matthew Festing not to travel to Rome for Order of Malta election...  

In a surprising move, Pope Francis' special delegate to the Order of Malta has instructed Fra' Matthew Festing, the Order's former Grand Master, not to travel to Rome for the election of his successor. In a letter dated April 15 (see below), Archbishop Angelo Becciu said that many of the Order had "expressed their wish" that Fra' Festing not travel to Rome for the election on April 29 as they felt his presence would "reopen wounds" and prevent a return to harmony following the di...

2017-04-18 03:11:36
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There is a profound connection between Easter and Passover...  

Easter stalks Passover. They arrive together every spring, like the daffodils and magnolia blossoms. This year, Easter Sunday falls as the eight-day Jewish festival nears its end. Over the years, I have come to see that Christianity's most important day recapitulates Passover. Both holidays face head-on the daunting power of death—and both announce God's greater power of life...

2017-04-18 02:45:30
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On his 90th birthday on Monday, a toast to Benedict XVI...  

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI marked his 90th birthday on this Pasquetta (Easter Monday) afternoon, as a small group of Joseph Ratzinger's Bavarian countrymen toasted the milestone with music - and, indeed, some homeland drink - at his home in the Mater Ecclesiae convent in the Vatican Gardens.

2017-04-18 01:15:06
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Why your view of the Resurrection affects your view of everything else...  

Scripture attests that many religious leaders—the intelligentsia of their day—were often infuriated about the miracles that Jesus worked during His public life. The restoration of sight to the blind, the healing of paralytics, the casting out of demons: all these angered many of the leaders. But of all the physical miracles that Jesus performed...

2017-04-17 21:23:58
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Can subsidiarity restore American self-government?  

A centerpiece of Catholic Social Thought (CST), subsidiarity embodies the recognition of the link between human dignity and self-government. As Pope Pius XI observed, it is gravely wrong to deny to persons active, participatory roles in directing their own lives, either individually or in the local associations they naturally form...

2017-04-17 18:03:44
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'Our Catholic faith defines us,' says family with 18 kids...  

If anybody thinks Catholicism is boring or outdated, they ought to visit the King home in Lake Mary, Florida, where authentic Catholicity, joy, and children are found in abundance. Christy King, mother of 18, says, "While our large number is what initially draws people's attention, what actually defines us is our Catholic faith...

2017-04-17 17:54:16
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Coptic Christians challenge ISIS evil by making “space for Christ”...  

Peace. It's the first thing you notice as you approach the "Coptic cathedral" in Manhattan, on the Upper East Side. St. Mary and St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church is a former Roman Catholic parish by the name of "Our Lady of Peace," as a sign reminds you. It was almost stunning to see the word "Peace" one day after almost 50 Coptic Christians were killed in Palm Sunday attacks in Egypt...

2017-04-17 13:53:42
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NYTimes' Ross Douthat: “Liberals, give mainline Protestantism another chance...” ...  

Our intervention in Syria required me to be fully serious last Sunday, but now it's time to return to this column's ongoing series of implausible proposals, Easter Sunday edition. Which means I'll be proposing — yes, I'm that predictable — that many of this newspaper's secular liberal readers should head en masse to church...

2017-04-17 12:56:03
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