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Catholic cathedral shelters 2,000 Muslims as violence flares in Central African Republic


As the latest Vatican trial opens, is it time to dust off the 'About Doctrine'?
John Allen
As the latest Vatican trial opened on Tuesday for alleged criminal shenanigans, it occurred to me that you really have to go all the way back to the 1800s to find the last time the “courthouse beat” formed any part of covering the Vatican for most reporters in Rome. In that era, the pope still ruled over a swath of territory in central Italy known as the “Papal States...


Hopes rise as Yemen confirms kidnapped Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil is still alive...


Robert George on US society: ‘Our divisions are very deep’...
Matthew Bunson
Robert George is one of the United States’ leading political philosophers and commentators. He serves as the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, and he has also taught at Harvard Law School. He has served as chairman of the U...


It's time to decide—A reflection on a question from Elijah...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The Baals were the gods of the Canaanites. It had become expedient and popular to worship them because the ruling political leaders, the apostate King Ahab and his wicked wife Jezebel, had set forth the worship of the Baals by erecting altars and sacred columns. All who wished their life to go well and to have access to the levers of prosperity were surely “encouraged” to comply...


How to keep your soul intact while investigating Planned Parenthood: An interview with David Daleiden...
John Zmirak
Yesterday I had the pleasure and privilege of stepping in for Eric Metaxas. I guest-hosted his deservedly popular national radio show on Salem. I’ll be recording six segments this week, each with a guest whom I’ve chosen. I didn’t pick them lightly. Because each has something important to say, I’m devoting the next few columns to unpacking what they offer...


El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz pens pastoral letter on immigration—first from a U.S. bishop since 2008...


How a group of Hare Krishnas came to kneel before the Blessed Sacrament ...
K.V. Turley
If you had visited Soho Square in the center of London on a recent Saturday night, you would have seen something unusual. There is a Hare Krishna monastery just off the square. Each weekend, the monks march around it with drums and cymbals, chanting to honor their founder. They are as loud and raucous as the other, less spiritual...


“Allow your kid to experience the world”: How exposure to dirt and dog spit can make children healthier...


What's in the sky this week: Venus, Saturn, Jupiter and a waning crescent Moon...


There are interesting parallels between Jewish synagogue services and the Catholic Mass...
Fr. Tim Finigan
Some time ago, at an academic conference on Liturgy that featured contributions from people of various different faiths, I was interested to chat to a Reformed (or Liberal) Rabbi who was frank about some similarities between the controversy within Judaism over liturgy and some of the things he had heard about the reaction to traditional Catholic liturgy...


La Civiltà Cattolica is wrong. Catholic/Evangelical religious freedom defenders are heroes, not “haters”...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
History is full of great quotations that people never said. One of the best lines comes from Vladimir Lenin. He described Russian progressives, social democrats, and other fellow travelers as “useful idiots” – naïve allies in revolution whom the Bolsheviks promptly crushed when they took power. Or so the legend goes. In fact...


From Florida to Virginia, between 1549 and 1763, more than 1,000 Catholics shed their blood for the faith...


30 prompts for reflection on your integrity...


11 unusual facts about Constantine, the first Christian Emperor of Rome...


An SR-71 Blackbird pilot explains how much fun you can have when you're the fastest plane in the sky...


Evangelicals are potential allies for the good, not partners in hate...


Let them be born in wonder: “A simple run-in with Newtonian physics wiped my slate clean...”...

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Is Catholicism too casual about sin, salvation and mercy?
David Mills
In the Protestant world of my youth, nearly everything was a matter of life or death. The Evangelicals made your salvation a drama that depended on you making a decisive commitment. They loved the drama of a sobbing sinner stumbling forward at the altar call. The mainliners didn’t sweat salvation the same way, but they made your social conscience almost as crucial...


Land O’Lakes at 50: Catholic universities have caved to the culture...
Anthony Esolen
Fifty years ago this summer, a group of prominent Catholic university presidents and professors put forth a “Statement on the Nature of the Contemporary Catholic University,” now commonly known by its provenance as the “Land O’Lakes Statement.” As is typical of the work of committees, the statement consists wholly of vague abstractions...


Look up! For the next month, this new Russian satellite will be the second-brightest object in the sky...


Charlie Gard and his parents granted U.S. permanent resident status to fly him to America for treatment...


All those mysteriously banned Catholic pages have now been restored by Facebook...


Visualizing how marriage trends have changed in the last century...


How much of the Earth can you see at once?


Report finds hundreds of abuse instances spanning six decades in famous Regensburger Domspatzen choir...


On the necessity of friendship and the loss of it in our times...


Cardinal Marx says anti-gay discrimination, not same-sex marriage, is defeat for Church...


Two Catholic priests kidnapped in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo...


The Simon-Veronica Loop...
Rick Becker
Where do you sit in church? Do you automatically gravitate to a region time and again, maybe even a particular pew? Everybody does it, it seems – at least that’s what I hear from priests. Pastors know where their parishioners normally sit and what Sunday Mass they normally attend, and they take note if they’re missing – or if their perched in an unexpected location...


Why would God sow seed He knows will bear little or no fruit?


After Father Hamel's brutal death on the altar, another Father Hamel will be ordained in Rouen soon...


What the Vatican really said about low-gluten hosts—and advice from a priest with celiac disease...


Are Americans from Mars?
Robert Royal
Percival Lowell was a member of the distinguished Boston Lowell family, graduate of Harvard, founder of the Lowell Observatory, the most prominent American astronomer – some say – until Carl Sagan. He also believed, on the basis of what he thought careful scientific observation, that there were canals on Mars, and wrote several books about what might have driven Martians to such a vast undertaking...


Cardinal Schönborn accuses dubia cardinals of trying to force public response from Pope Francis...


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