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Pope Francis picks Spokane's Blase Cupich to succeed Cardinal George in Chicago...


Watch the Chicago press conference introducing Archbishop-elect Blase Cupich...
Rocco Palmo
To those just getting up, good morning... and whatta day. Again, the Chicago presser introducing Archbishop-elect Blase Cupich to the nation's third-largest diocese begins at 9.30 Oprah time (10.30 ET/7.30 Pacific, 1630 Rome). You'll find the livestream here then, and on-demand playback afterward.


Why does coffee always get the blame?
John Clark
Has anyone else noticed that coffee has become the financial “fall guy” lately? We live in an age of bailouts, zombie banks, troubled assets, and more troubled liabilities, yet coffee is often pointed to as the real financial problem. Here’s what I mean.


Why is WIkipedia scrubbing all references to Neil deGrasse Tyson's fabrication?


My job as a mother, I'm realizing with a pang of sadness, is to raise my kids up and away from me...
Jenny Uebbing
I watched my three-year-old’s face light up in the glow of his new toy, a faux-computer for toddlers designed to teach letter and number recognition. Immediately captivated, he danced back and forth hopping from foot to foot, impatient as I tore away the packaging. “Give it to me, Mommy! I love it!


The physics of the Death Star in Star Wars...


Wyoming is what America was. You can still get a living, breathing Catholic education there...


Marriage and the family within the sacramentality of the Church...
Marc Cardinal Ouellet
The upcoming Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the theme of the family is sparking unprecedented interest in the Church due to the urgency and gravity of the pastoral problems concerned as well as the hopes and expectations expressed in response to preparatory consultations. Already during Vatican Council II...


What is honor? Today, I felt its weight...


It's a whole year away, but I'm starting to get excited about the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia...
Simcha Fisher
There are going to be tons of fantastic speakers, and best of all, there will be a Papal Mass. Imagine, if you will, how much preparation goes into a huge, complicated event like this: the scheduling, the promotion, the legal issues, even just making sure there are enough bathrooms. And how about the music?


Here's a look ahead at the new U.S. Supreme Court term, which begins October 6...
Russell Shaw
As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to begin a new term, it again faces two of the nation’s most sensitive issues: religious liberty and same-sex marriage. Landmark rulings on both are possible by next summer. Religious liberty controversies will be before the court in at least two different forms.


October marks the 155th anniversary of the only Church-approved Marian apparition in the United States...


Cardinal Newman Society announces 2014 Catholic Education Honor Roll...


How to negotiate your way to a deal at Home Depot, Costco, Best Buy and other major retailers...


Vatican officials say the Pope won't be in danger in Albania, but an Iraqi ambassador is warning otherwise...
Kathy Schiffer
I understand that Pope Francis’s deep humility makes him reluctant to focus on himself and his own personal needs. The shepherd, he says, should “smell like the sheep”–and he wants to be there, with his sheep, with the people he leads. Sometimes, though, he needs to be mindful, not of his personal wants...


Happiness is a choice: An interview with Catholic author Dean Koontz...


11 maps to help you make sense of world religion...


America magazine interviews Catholic blogger Mark Shea...

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The ‘Francis Era’ in America starts today in Chicago...
John Allen
With the appointment of Blase Cupich today as the new Archbishop of Chicago, one can say that the Francis revolution in Catholicism has finally arrived in the United States. Up to this point, one could have made the argument that the change triggered by Francis is largely a matter of a new tone and style in Rome...


Are you being fair to the Catholic Church? An invitation to "recovering Catholics"...
Tod Worner
It happened one night years ago at the local Lutheran church. I should have seen it coming. After all, it’s the kind of thing I had been around for years. But this is the first time I really noticed it. And it bothered me. My wife and I were taking an Alpha Course over the course of roughly ten weeks.


Don't! It's a trap! A moral lesson from a TV commercial...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Here’s a little commercial that requires very little decoding. A woman enters an office and, spying a very nice pen, has thoughts of petty theft. Just as she is about to depart, stolen pen in hand, a voice from above says, “Don’t! It’s a trap!” She looks up to see a co-worker swinging in a net that has swooped him up.


His eminence Walter Cardinal Kasper made some regrettable statements in an interview on Thursday...


Behold the 10 most heart-stopping mountain climbs in the world...


If we want to overcome the culture of death, we must allow Jesus Christ to heal families...
Bishop James Conley
Earlier this week, Pope Francis celebrated and witnessed the marriages of 20 Roman couples. The couples and their families attended Mass with the Holy Father, and he received their vows: their holy commitments to God to live the joy and the sacrifice of married love. Some of the couples were young. Others were older. A few had children...


Marriage and the family between anthropology and the Eucharist...
Angelo Cardinal Scola
From an anthropological perspective, the reactions to the questions in the “Preparatory Document” show the existence of a significant disconnect, though this varies according to continent. On the one hand, the fundamental lessons taught by experience and by Christian doctrine continue to be considered and proposed as the expression of love’s ideal.


Mikhail Gorbachev reveals hidden pain of an abortion that took place 51 years ago...


It was bound to happen. Two heterosexual men "married" each other in New Zealand...
Greg Erlandson
The “bromance wedding” featured a celebrant dressed as Darth Vader, a streaker and a wedding cake decorated with a rugby ball. The newly wedded couple denied the charge of pro-gay marriage groups that they were “mocking the institution of marriage.” The couple said that they never intended to offend. In what sounds a bit like New Age wedding vows...


Did Jesus' relatives emigrate to ancient Iraq? The intriguing witness of early Church sources...
Philip Jenkins
As we watch the unfolding catastrophe overtaking Christianity in Iraq, our first concern must of course be with the welfare of present-day victims. But we should never forget just who these people are, and the deep roots of the churches they represent. Some of the legends associated with that tradition make amazing claims for Christian origins...


The top 10 secret features hidden in iOS 8...


St. John Chrysostom: The Golden Voice of Love...


Let me explain my decision to serve as Grand Marshal of the 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade...


Cardinal Kasper squares off against Müller, Burke and Caffarra; accuses them of attacking Pope Francis...


When Mary told Marshall McLuhan "the medium is the message"


What every Catholic needs to know about POLSTs, living wills and end-of-life planning...


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