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For the third time in a week, a priest is found dead in Mexico


Braco the Gazer is no joke...
Patti Armstrong
When I clicked on a video about “Braco, He Who Gazes” I kept waiting for the punch line. I did not imagine that people were actually spending money for a man to look at them. It must be a satire, I thought. No way this could be serious! The video showed thousands of people that paid $8 each to see a man stare at them in five-minute sessions...


Women aren't sisterless when they have sisters in Christ...
Pia de Solenni
Because I grew up as the only girl in a family of boys, my notion of what it meant to have a sister was, shall we say, limited. To be honest, many of my experiences of sisters involved watching them fight over even the most ordinary matters; so I was generally grateful that I was sisterless. In high school, I was on the debate and speech teams...


Finding Courage as a same-sex attracted, Catholic man...


How to hunt a giant sloth—according to ancient human footprints...


Neither wit nor power could spoil Benedict XIV, a faithful pope of the Enlightenment...
Fr. George Rutler
In the early 1950s, children watched a puppet show Kukla, Fran, and Ollie broadcast from Chicago all the way to the Eastern seaboard through the innovative marvel of television. It was more of a children’s show for adults, for how else could the sophisticated puns make sense, or what child could understand how Ollie the Dragon confused “The Mikado” with “Madame Butterfly...


What the story of St. Mark teaches us about reconciliation...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Today’s Feast of St. Mark (also known as John Mark) reminds us that the Gospel occurs within the human setting and condition. Mark was at the center of the tension between Paul and Barnabas; their differences were so severe that it led to a parting of ways. Yet St. Mark, despite his less-than-stellar beginning in Church leadership came to prove his worth and was reconciled to St...


Full text of seven German bishops’ letter on Holy Communion for Protestant spouses...
Edward Pentin
The Register obtains a copy of the March 22 missive which expresses serious concerns about the recent German bishops’ decision to give Holy Communion to Protestant spouses in some cases. Sources say the seven bishops’ call for clarification, which is being fiercely opposed by the German episcopal conference, has the full support of Benedict XVI...


When it comes to Alfie Evans, extraordinary actions by Pope and Italy draw little ink in America...
Terry Mattingly
Once again, people who care about religion news have proof – as if they needed more – that not everything Pope Francis does and says is worthy of intense coverage by elite news media. What's the overarching trend? When Pope Francis sounds small-o "orthodox," it isn't news. When this pope sounds small-p "progressive...


The Pope's kitchen cabinet right now is a distracted bunch...
John Allen
According to William Shakespeare, “the course of true love never did run smooth.” Pope Francis might be forgiven right now for thinking much the same thing is true of efforts to reform the Roman Curia, meaning the central bureaucracy of the Vatican. Francis was elected in March 2013 partly on a mandate to clean up a perceived governance mess in the Vatican...


A miracle in Liverpool, and a witness against the culture of death...


St. Kevin's church in Dublin is undergoing a stunning restoration process. Check out the pics...


Alfie Evans: 'Air ambulance on standby' at Alder Hey hospital to take him to Italy...


The Holy Mass is more than just a trip down memory lane...


The practice of Communion for everyone at Mass, prepared or not, ‘is an abuse that must be corrected’ ...


Young men need help with prayer, catechesis and pursuing virtue. Here's one solution...


Learn how to read the secret language of ships...


Latin: A convert’s romance in three movements...

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A review of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Joss Whedon, who wrote and directed the first two Avengers movies, once defined the difference between television shows and movies this way: Television shows are a question, and movies are an answer. Where television offers a venue for exploring a subject for years, movies make a definite statement. The Avengers, which brought the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe project to a close...


What cosmology tells us about the kind of Creator we have...
Stephen Beale
That modern cosmology suggests a Creator has long been argued by apologists. But what does cosmology—the study of our universe, or the cosmos—tell us about the kind of Creator we have? That question was raised in a recent lecture I attended by Harvard astrochemist and Catholic convert Karin Oberg, who was at Brown University to discuss the theological implications of her professional work...


Mary, the Mother of All Christians...
Fr. Victor Feltes
Earlier this year, the Vatican announced that the Monday after Pentecost Sunday shall henceforth be celebrated as a new feast day: the Memorial of the “Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.” Its worldwide inaugural celebration will be on May 21st this year. The Holy Catholic Church has defined four dogmas about Mary: that she is ever-virginal and the Mother of God...


Nigerian herdsmen kill 19 in attack on Catholic church during Mass...


Jesus wants you to love everyone, and still have a best friend...
David Mills
It’s not easy: You don’t want to hang out with the guy, but he wants to hang out with you. You might be going to dinner with a good friend and this other person asks to join you. You would be doing a kindness to include him. You might like him, or you might feel sorry for him, but you want to spend the evening one-on-one with your friend...


Video: Tornado rips through Fort Walton Beach, Florida...


New priests: Orthodoxy among key factors in ordination numbers...


Bavaria orders Christian crosses to be placed at entrances to all public buildings...


Pope’s Wednesday Audience: ‘Baptism isn't magic; it's a gift that helps us fight the devil’...


A call to humility in the mystery of the Seven Thunders of the Apocalypse...


Yes, California is on the verge of banning some Christian books. Here's how...


Hero nun of World War II, the Angel of Dieppe, dies at 103...
Matthew Archbold
A nun who became known as The “Angel of Dieppe,” for her heroic efforts in caring for WWII soldiers at the disastrous Battle of Dieppe, died at 103 years old. Sister Agnès-Marie Valois of Canada, an Augustinian nun, was trained as a surgical nurse before the war. She passed away on April 19 at a monastery near Dieppe, France...


Outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan gives an exit interview to the National Catholic Register...


Number of priestly ordinations in US plunges in 2018...


‘It's the duty of every man’: Rescue on the killer mountain...


We’re a people in need of ‘Babette’s Feast’...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Everything seems to become at once deeper and lighter from the moment you sit down in the Theatre at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church for the off-Broadway production of Babette’s Feast. Originally a short story first published in English in Ladies’ Home Journal, it’s the story of a Christian community in Berlevag, Norway – “the most northern outpost of the continent of Europe in the arctic circle ...


C.S. Lewis Doodle: The problem with priggery...


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