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"I support your mission, I bless your charism": Pope meets with 7,000 Neocatechumenal Way members


Five reasons you should fast this Lent...


What the Register gets wrong on the death penalty...


Does the act of prayer threaten you?


The Dude abides: 'The Big Lebowski' as a critique of modern Western culture...


The Blue Jays gave him $2 million and he lives in a VW van. Meet the most interesting pitcher in baseball...


Three words of advice from St. Faustina to help you engage in spiritual combat...
Philip Kosloski
Saint Faustina was certainly a gifted soul. She had such great wisdom in the spiritual life and she received it all form the hand of God. St. John Paul II had a great devotion to her and used all of his influence to further the cause of her canonization. He knew that her writings and example would be a beacon of hope in a world clouded in darkness...


Mercy is the bedrock of this papacy...
John Allen
It was the kind of Vatican meeting that normally shuffles along for two weeks without making headlines, but in October 2014 a tumultuous synod of bishops captured both the excitement and the alarm that Pope Francis is generating in the Catholic Church. Roughly 260 bishops, clergy and laity from around the world gathered in Rome to debate issues that have embodied the Church’s identity for generations: family life...


The plot to free North Korea with smuggled episodes of 'Friends'...


The Lord's Prayer reveals that the Father Himself cares about your struggles here below...
Anthony Lilles
The Lord taught us to call on our heavenly Father not because God is distant or inaccessible, but because the Father is awaiting for us with love. This means that heaven is near and dawning on us even now. This means that we are the objects of a particular joy, a special and un-repeatable delight that has lived in the Heart of God from the beginning...


Read the full text of the joint editorial as it appears in the National Catholic Register...


C.S. Lewis and the death penalty...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
This morning, in an unprecedented step four Catholic national publications have issued a joint editorial. National Catholic Register, National Catholic Reporter, America Magazine and Our Sunday Visitor have all called for an end to the death penalty. You can read the editorial here. In an excellent essay called The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment Lewis enters the capital punishment debate with a deeper discussion of the principles of punishment...


Patheos Catholic joins joint call to end capital punishment...
Elizabeth Scalia
Individual bloggers within this channel may feel differently, and they are entitled to their opinions and to make their arguments, but editorially, Patheos Catholic hopes today’s effort by Catholic publications begins to move the United States away from a cultural idea the the taking of one unlovely human life can somehow make up for the loss of another...


How serious is the sin of lust?
Jason Craig
Man’s uniqueness among creation is fascinating. He lives in the world with animals, yet he shares in the ability of the angels to see and contemplate God. He can have his hands in the soil and his mind in heaven. Animals and angels cannot do that. For survival, man, like the animals but unlike the angels, has bodily urges – instincts that are self-preserving...


Catholicism and the New Creation: The conversion story of Tyler Blanski...


Cardinal Morton, St. Thomas More, beer and ecclesiastical heraldry...
Adam Bowers
Although beer has always been a part of Catholic life in Europe since the Middle Ages, it is not associated directly with Jesus in nearly the same way as wine. This is because (1) Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding at Cana involved wine; (2) Jesus changed wine into his Most Precious Blood at the Last Supper; and as a result (3) only bread and wine are the necessary types of matter used at mass...


Vatican PR man Fr. Thomas Rosica backs off threat to sue Vox Cantoris blog...


9 facts about computer security that experts wish you knew...

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Infographic: Einstein's Theory of Relativity Explained...


Is popular priest Fr. Justin Belitz a faithful Catholic or New Age exponent?


12 signs you might be a Hipster Traditionalist...
Susanna Spencer
You prefer to go to the Traditional Latin Mass, but you don’t fit in with all of those Mainstream Traditionalists. You celebrate saints’ feasts no one has never heard of, like the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus. If you are a man, you enjoy things like washing dishes, helping with dinner or doing all the cooking yourself, sorting...


The weird world of standard reference materials, from whale blubber to $761 jars of peanut butter...


Snow blindness: Why I can't see winter's bright side...
John Clark
As I write this column in mid-February, I am winter-sick. (Note to reader: Before some of you write in, complaining that “winter-sick” is not a word, I already know that. But since the literary geniuses of the world have proven incapable of inventing a word that means “exhausted and/or disgusted by the very idea of abridged days...


The Night Prayer of the Church is a rehearsal for death...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Some years ago I was addressing a group of young adults at a “Theology on Tap” gathering. I was asked by an attendee of some ways to avoid temptation. Among the things I offered was to meditate frequently on death, especially at night before going to bed. The bar got very quiet and everyone looked at me as though I had just been speaking Swahili...


Noah vs. Moses: Stacking up the two Old Testament Hollywood epics of 2014...
Steven Greydanus
The convergence of Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” and Ridley Scott’s “Exodus” is a remarkable one. Both are startling, iconoclastic adaptations of familiar Bible stories from the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament). Both were co-written and directed by filmmakers who have self-identified as atheists (although Scott appears to prefer the term “agnostic...


An intriguing archaeological discovery gives a new look at where Jesus grew up...
John Burger
So much of Jesus Christ’s life before his public ministry is shrouded in mystery. Aside from things like the Infancy Narratives and the account of the finding in the Temple, we don’t know all that much. Now, however, we may know the place where he lived with Mary and Joseph. And if, ultimately, the answer to the headline in the journal Biblical Archaeology Review...


‘Capital punishment must end’: Catholic publications unite in rare joint editorial...


Why the National Catholic Register is taking part in this unprecedented step...


Catholic media unite in opposition to the death penalty...
Kathy Schiffer
‘Capital Punishment Must End.’ That’s the bold headline in the National Catholic Register this morning. The Register, in a groundbreaking collaboration with three other Catholic journals, published a strong statement opposing capital punishment. The editorial boards of the Register, the National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor and America joined in opposition to the death penalty...


It is far too early to write the obituary for Irish Catholicism...
Greg Erlandson
Although I have a Moriarty in my family tree, I’ve never thought of myself as particularly Irish. Growing up in Southern California, the cult of Notre Dame and the Fighting Irish was foreign to me. We did have one fierce Irish pastor, but he was better at putting the fear of the Lord in us than a love for Ireland. So when I made my first trip to Ireland to visit my daughter who was studying there...


Ten years on, a big hand for Dan Brown...


Six ways to avoid becoming a virtual family...


Parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux to be canonized in October...


7 adorable animals that are surprisingly violent...


Which fast food fish sandwiches are worth eating?


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