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Pope Francis honors Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for his 65 years of priesthood


When they found the bones of St. Peter...


A warning from Amos: What do we face?
Msgr. Charles Pope
Though he lived in the Southern Kingdom of Judah, the prophet Amos was sent north by God to preach to the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Perhaps no other prophet was as searing in his condemnation and as demanding in his call as was Amos. His prophecies of doom largely came true in the form of a huge earthquake that struck the region in 760 B...


Don't tell me that a cross is not a cross...
Patti Armstrong
While our family waits for a diagnosis, a few friends have tried to convince me that our 20-year-old daughter does not have thyroid cancer. I don’t understand that kind of thinking. Until her July 12 surgery and subsequent biopsy provide a definitive answer, we are prepared for anything. Everyone processes hard news differently but there’s no point in predicting a future that we cannot control...


St. Pachomius, the little-known founder of Christian cenobitism...


The uncertain future of saving priceless art with science (and a lot of trial and error)...


How St. Irenaeus fought the Gnostics...


Michigan’s “wrongful conception” case: I love you, but I wish you'd never been born?
Kathy Schiffer
The Cichewicz case is another sad result of the contraceptive mentality that considers children as commodities, to be ordered up at will or, in some cases, to be avoided altogether–never taken off the shelf. The case still pending, so it’s unclear whether Cichewicz’s complaint against her doctor will be successful. What will happen...


U.S. Supreme Court allows state to force pro-life pharmacists to sell abortion pills...


Pope Francis reveals the prayer he prayers every night before bed...


These photos of a dying nun went viral—and here's why...


What Pope Francis just said about Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI...
Matthew Bunson
As is usually the case, Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference created a stir and brought out the typical media obsession with hot-button issues. Somewhat overlooked were his comments about Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Francis was asked by Elisabetta Piqué of the Argentinian paper La Nación about the retired pope, specifically to respond to the statements from the prefect of the papal household...


9 things you need to know about the prophecy of St. Malachy...


Abortion (still) isn’t healthcare...
Jenny Uebbing
It’s not. And in an ironic convergence of worldviews, I can see why SCOTUS would overturn a Texas law requiring certain minimum medical standards be met by abortion clinics. Because abortion isn’t healthcare. Which is why, I suppose, the Supreme Court refuses to hold abortion clinics to the same standards as other ambulatory surgery centers or...


Video: Pope Francis' answers to 3 questions on the papal plane from Armenia...


Here's how you can tell that the universe is designed...
Stacy Trasancos
Is the universe designed? When it comes to scientific evidence of God to refute atheism, people search for order in nature and for specific cases that demonstrate whether the order was created intentionally and intelligently. Thus, the evidence offered up tends to be truncated, selective based on what qualifies as design to the one posing arguments...


Pope holds in-flight press conference on Brexit, deaconesses, Martin Luther, and “condition” of homosexuality...


Pope Francis shows Armenian Church that unity with Rome “lifts up the lowly”...
John Allen
In theory, at least, size doesn’t matter in Christianity. One’s spiritual dignity is not supposed to correlate with numbers of followers, infrastructure, or bank accounts; as Pope Benedict XVI once put it, “statistics are not our god.” Rarely, however, will you see a clearer demonstration of that principle than what’s unfolded in Armenia during Pope Francis’s June 24-26 trip to this small nation in the South Caucasus region...

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A cinematic lesson in hope...
George Weigel
At a moment like this when there doesn’t seem to be a lot going right—ascendant authoritarianisms throughout the world; lethal violence by ideological fanatics; feckless responses to both from the democracies—it’s good to be reminded that things can be different, and in fact were different, not so very long ago. Recapturing those days and summoning memories of a time when the good folks won...


Pope Francis on apologizing to gays (and more)...
Jimmy Akin
During his recent plane flight back from Armenia, Pope Francis gave a press conference in which he discussed a number of issues, including the question of whether Catholics should apologize to homosexuals. Here are 6 things to know and share...


How strange is the Cross...
Bishop Robert Barron
Fleming Rutledge’s The Crucifixion is one of the most stimulating and thought-provoking books of theology that I have read in the past ten years. Both an academic and a well-regarded preacher in the Episcopal tradition, Rutledge has an extraordinary knack of cutting to the heart of the matter. Her book on the central reality of the Christian faith is supremely illuminating...


Francis and Benedict: The most exclusive brotherhood on the planet...
Elizabeth Scalia
With the Vatican’s official celebration, today, of the 65th Anniversary of Joseph Ratzinger’s ordination to the priesthood (which occurs tomorrow, June 29, on the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul) we have heard some very beautiful words, and seen for ourselves a bit of the warm regard Pope Francis and the Pope Emeritus have for each other...


On the eve of his 65th anniversary as a priest, Benedict XVI seeks “transubstantiation of the world”...
Rocco Palmo
Forty months into an unprecedented experience in the modern life of the church, this morning saw another of those moments that still feels a bit surreal: two men in white in the Sala Clementina of the Apostolic Palace, as the Pope led a Vatican celebration (fullvid) marking his predecessor's 65th anniversary of priesthood. Having referred to his ordination day in his 1997 memoir as "the high point of my life...


A closer look at Monday's disastrous Supreme Court decision on abortion...


5 reasons you should love (not hate) St. Paul...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
Chances are, you either hate St. Paul or you love him. (If you are indifferent to him, you haven’t been paying attention and need to pick up your Bible.) Paul is the kind of person who demands a strong response, whether it is love or hate, and that is one reason why he is one of my favorite saints. If a Christian elicits nothing more than a shrug of the shoulder from another person...


Connections between two kings and “The Lord of the Rings”...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
For those who are unaware, the Battle of Vienna is on par with the Battle of Lepanto in Christian Europe’s centuries-long struggle to stem the advance of militant Islam. The battle took place on September 11-12, 1683. (Note the 9-11 date.) From July, the forces of the Ottoman Empire, led by Kara Mustafa, had besieged the city of Vienna...


AP reporter confuses Cardinal Reinhard Marx with Karl Marx. At least she didn't call him “Groucho”...


The darkness is deepening in a land overshadowed by abortion...


We must repent of our sins, but we can't apologize for God's truth...


How to write good, like a good writer should...


The key to understanding the Supreme Court decision on Texas abortion restrictions...


U.S. Supreme Court strikes down pro-life Texas abortion clinic regulations...


The unsolved mystery of Mr. Dickens...


Pope Francis at the crossroads of history...


5 Protestants who surprisingly defended Mary's perpetual virginity...


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