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Effort to defund Planned Parenthood falls short of Senate vote


10 things you need to know about Jesus' Transfiguration...
Jimmy Akin
The word "transfiguration" comes from the Latin roots trans- ("across") and figura ("form, shape"). It thus signifies a change of form or appearance. This is what happened to Jesus in the event known as the Transfiguration: His appearance changed and became glorious. Before looking at the Transfiguration itself...


What is the source of this darkness of our times?
Msgr. Charles Pope
Scripture consistently uses the term “darkness” to refer to that which is contrary to God's order and truth. Even in the very opening lines of Genesis the world is described as kind of primeval emptiness and without form or order: The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep (Gen 1:2). But...


NM church explosions: Mass-goers escape injury because "everybody was kneeling and facing the altar"...


You have to face God here, in the ordinary present moment, not in some vague and ideal Future...
Mark Shea
The things we think big can be curiously small to God. We often make this mistake when watching the news, for instance. When the TV starts chattering about Washington or New York or inflation or politics, an incautious person could easily get the impression these things are important. But in light of the way God seems to actually deal with us this geopolitical Big Think stuff--like virtually everything on television--usually vanishes into microscopic insignificance...


New Armenian Catholic patriarch pulled from retirement to take the reins...


Help from above: Priest in a helicopter performs minor exorcism on Italian town...


The lion sleeps tonight...
Dale Ahlquist
Planned Parenthood has been caught selling baby parts and the headlines and talk show hosts are screaming with outrage. But not about that. About a guy who shot a lion in Zimbabwe. It turns out that the guy who shot the lion is a dentist. His office is just down the road from my home in the otherwise uneventful suburb of Bloomington...


Homosexual activists send message to Pope Francis; so does The New York Times (again)...
Terry Mattingly
Once upon a time, journalists had a simple device that they used to signal readers when experts and insiders on one side of a story were not interested in taking part in a public debate about their work or their cause. When dealing with a Catholic controversy, for example, journalists would write a sentence that went something like this: "A spokesperson for the archbishop said he could not comment at this time...


Few Catholics today realize that God actually did reveal to us His expectations for church design...


The latest ‘Mission: Impossible’ sequel is an exhilarating thriller...
Steven Greydanus
The biggest mistake of the first Mission: Impossible movie nearly 20 years ago wasn’t turning the beloved TV series’ hero Jim Phelps into a villain. It was assembling a likable team around Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt (including Kristen Scott Thomas and Emilio Estevez) and then killing them all off in the first act. Cruise is as redoubtable and even indestructible a movie star as Ethan Hunt is a field agent; he is the anchor of the Mission: Impossible franchise...


America the murderous: A solemn prophetic warning...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
If you haven’t seen the latest video from Center for Medical Progress yet you ought to. The editing and release of the videos...drip, drip, drip has been a brilliant piece of investigative journalism. They did their research, they gathered their footage, they edited it down to show exactly what was going on. Furthermore, it is almost as if they had anticipated the lying denials of Cecile Richards and the rest of her club...


What can we do to combat Satan's influence?


This animated map shows how religion spread across the world...


The mind-bending science of awe...


The amazing, and now Venerable, Father Al...


18 Mother Angelica quotes that hit it right on the nose...


The death of God and the loss of human dignity...

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Out of the mouths of atheist babes...
Karl Keating
I’ve kept the clipping for 27 years. It’s priceless. It sums up the whole professional-atheist mindset in a single, impolite word. The article first appeared in the Chicago Tribune in 1988 and was reprinted widely, including in my local paper. I was surprised it appeared at all, because it contained a vulgarism (fair warning to my readers)...


Nuns, guns and the Wild West: The extraordinary tale of Sister Blandina...


Synod of Bishops: Which position will the Pope take?
Andrea Gagliarducci
There are those who promoted an agenda labeled “mercy” behind Pope Francis’ back. But if everything is lop-sided in favor of this agenda, there is the risk that truth can be lost from sight, and that everything becomes relativized. Many Synod Fathers saw this risk emerge during the 2014 Synod debate, and asked for a more rigorous theological approach...


On immigration, it's useless (and uncharitable) to assume the lowest motives of your opponents...
John Zmirak
A few days ago, New York’s Timothy Cardinal Dolan went after Donald Trump on immigration, using not a scalpel but a sledgehammer, lumping all opposition to mass, unskilled immigration into a big, sticky ball of anti-Catholic “nativism,” which is linked to the Ku Klux Klan. Dolan seemed to imply that Americans who worry about undisciplined immigration policy are not exercising responsible citizenship...


Of Planned Parenthood, politics, and the Catholic glass ceiling...
Rick Becker
There is a Catholic “glass ceiling” which Governor Casey’s fall from grace threw into stark relief, at least for Democrats. It’s very clear now that conscientious Catholics can rise only so far in Democratic national politics, and Indiana’s Senator Donnelly is fast approaching that barrier – this Planned Parenthood issue just might be the breaking point...


George Weigel and Cardinal Schönborn offer hopes and predictions for the Synod...


3 ways to defund the culture of death and 3 ways to defend the culture of life...
John Clark
Twenty years ago, with the issuance of Evangelium Vitae, Pope Saint John Paul II observed that there exists a “struggle between the ‘culture of life’ and the ‘culture of death.’ ” In that same document, the Holy Father implored us Catholic faithful to direct our resources—underfunded though we may be—accordingly...


"Shadow Council" pushes Church approval of contraception, homosexuality...


Was there a Crypto-Catholic in Anglican Jamestown?


Death doesn't have the last word...
David Mills
As I was writing last week, my wife’s mother was dying. She died Sunday morning, at 95, after a long and full life. It was a good death, to use an unfortunately old-fashioned phrase, but death is still death. One effect, as many of you will understand, is to make me think more about death and those I loved who have died, like my father...


Gay rights advocate pledges to win religious liberty fight within three years...


"Senseless" violence and ideological warfare...
William Kilpatrick
Soon after the murder of five servicemen in Chatanooga, politicians and government officials began to refer to the massacre as “senseless”. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called it a “senseless act of violence,” Hillary Clinton pronounced it “an act of senseless violence,” and Tennessee Congressman Scott DesJarlais concurred that it was a “senseless act of violence...


Why Christian leaders are really going green...


‘Kandhamal’ tells the whole story of anti-Christian persecution in India...


Chinese police are having trouble keeping up with the number of unauthorized Christian crosses...


Same-sex marriage and the winnowing of Catholic men...


House of Representatives limits coveted floor access for papal visit...


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