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In closed-door meeting with bishops, Pope Francis reportedly warns against admitting homosexuals to seminary


Here’s why Padre Pio’s father went to live in New York...
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio was born to a poor peasant family in the rural town of Pietrelcina, Italy. They had little money and his parents could not read or write. However, Pio’s parents had high hopes their son could one day follow his calling to be a priest. As a young boy Pio had related to his parents a desire to become a religious and they asked a local Capuchin community of friars if they would accept him...


Pondering Isaiah’s advice to close our Eyes lest we ‘look on evil’...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In this age of nearly instantaneous communication, there is an overwhelming amount of news and information available to us. There is nothing wrong with news and information, but each of us must decide how much exposure, in terms of time and content, is good for us. Not all “Breaking News!” is really that urgent. Too much news can distract us...


Wounded warriors head to Lourdes to seek healing and peace...


If someone asked you to prove that God exists, what would you say?
R. Jared Staudt
What would you have to draw upon to answer this question — revelation, science, or philosophy? Revelation gives us knowledge of God as a free gift and does not require us to prove its contents, but to understand them with the help of the Church. Science cannot prove God’s existence, because God is not an object of empirical study that can be measured with earthly means...


BBC survey: The 100 stories that shaped the world...


The unlikely new contestant on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior is a Catholic priest...


Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis says rap and hip-hop are ‘more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee’ (paywall)...


Saint's statue removed from Catholic church as repression gathers pace in China...


Pope hints at new CDF document on end-of-life issues...
Jimmy Akin
Not a lot of people are aware of it, but the pope periodically meets with and gives a speech to the different departments at the Holy See. Every January, for example, he gives an address to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and the Roman Rota (one of the major legal courts at the Vatican). He also gives periodic speeches to groups associated with the Holy See...


In our day, as during the time of Luther, what happens in Germany will not stay in Germany...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
In The Making of Martin Luther, the Cambridge scholar Richard Rex notes that 1518, not 1517, marks the real birth of Luther’s public profile. Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses hit the wider German market in January 1518. He wrote his Instructions for Confession and his Sermon on the Proper Preparation of the Heart for the Reception of Communion in the spring of the same year...


Little-known facts about 6 U.S. bishops...
Jim Graves
Bishop of Oakland, California, Michael Barber, in addition to being diocesan bishop, has been a commissioned officer for the U.S. Navy Reserve for 27 years. In 1991, while studying in Rome, he was asked to celebrate Mass onboard naval vessels heading to and from the First Gulf War. He was told, “Father, the next time you come aboard...


Why did tongues of fire appear at Pentecost?
Taylor Marshall
Why tongues of fire? Why not lips of fire or words of fire? Why not a fiery dove to conform to the baptism of Christ at the Jordan? The tongues likely evoke the Hebrew concept of “tongues” praising God. As such, there is a Jewish mystical tradition that God’s heavenly temple above is surrounded by praising “tongues of fire...


16 tips to improving your parish hospitality...


What if Helena Daily were for priests?


Origami robots just helped build the world’s smallest house...


Where is the original Siloam Pool from the Bible?


Pope laments vocations ‘hemorrhage,’ wants ‘clear rules’ on money...

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The amazing humanities department that was shut down after too many students converted to Catholicism...


Video: Our Lady of Guadalupe statue reportedly weeping rose-scented tears; Diocese of Las Cruces to investigate...


Justin Trudeau and the dictatorship of relativism...
George Weigel
You’ve probably never heard of the Waupoos Family Farm. I hadn’t either, until I met some folks involved in it during a recent visit to Ottawa. Their story vividly illustrates the dictatorship of relativism at work. The farm is a vacation site for poor families who can’t afford a holiday together. It’s run by Christians who apply only one criterion to their potential guests: applicants must have an income below Statistics Canada’s poverty line...


‘Solo’ isn't a total waste of time, but...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
In the 40-plus years since Star Wars took the box office and pop culture by storm, no plot point or line of dialogue, however essential or trivial, has avoided endless scrutiny and second-guessing from fans and skeptics alike. How could the Death Star’s catastrophic vulnerability, so obvious that Rebel analysts spotted it immediately...


Working with HSLDA, Google makes education tool suite available to homeschoolers...


Humanae Vitae needs no update, commission chairman says...


Pilgrimage of John XXIII's remains refutes religion's demise...
John Allen
On Thursday morning, a small convoy with police protection will depart from the Vatican bound for the northern Italian city of Bergamo, almost six and a half hours away. In a sense, it’s actually a papal motorcade, but of a highly unusual sort. A pope will indeed be making his way north, but not the current occupant of the office...


Firemen save tabernacle from New Jersey church fire...


The last ride of legendary tornado chaser Tim Samaras...


Pope’s decision to punt on Communion question is ‘puzzling,’ says Canadian Jesuit archbishop...


‘Gay doesn’t matter’ remark continues ‘shadow magisterium’...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
Pope Francis has pioneered a new form of papal teaching, massively influential but officially nonexistent. It is something of a shadow magisterium, but on occasion it shines a brighter light than the official magisterium. The latest example regards the nature of homosexuality. Juan Carlos Cruz, one of the Chilean sexual-abuse victims who spent several days with Pope Francis in April...


Singer Andrea Bocelli walks on knees in reverence at Fatima, says “every breath becomes a prayer”...


Keeping Catholic schools Catholic in a “love is love” culture...
Elizabeth Anderson
For the last few years we have sent our oldest child to our beautiful local parish school. The education there has given us and our child many blessings—frequent visits to the church, interaction with the priests, strengthened connection to the parish and diocese, as well as a sense of community. The list of wonderful things goes on...


On entering the Church: When a friend becomes family...
David Mills
On Sunday afternoon at the Church of the Holy Family in New York City near the United Nations, my young friend Barbara stood in front of a priest. She stood by herself except for a nun, her sponsor, standing at her side and slightly behind her. The priest, the nun, and my friend made a small island in the wide space in front of the altar...


Pope worries about Europe 'hemorrhaging' priests, nuns: Can you spot the big hole in this AP story? ...
Terry Mattingly
I apologize for going on and on about this subject, but when it comes to the religion beat this is only one of the most important Catholic news stories in the world. Come to think of it, questions about changing birth rates and demographics are important when covering Judaism, Islam, Pentecostal Christianity, Mormons, liberal Protestantism and other major faith groups...


Philadelphia’s unnecessary war on Catholics (Washington Post paywall)...


When priests are formed to lead spiritual warfare, the vocations crisis will take care of itself...


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