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More allegations emerge as Mount St. Mary's controversy boils


Why Pope Francis agreed to meet the Russian Patriarch in Havana...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
The genuinely historic meeting of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church today in Havana brings to mind the days of the Cold War, in which the Vatican’s Ostpolitik (diplomatic policy toward the East) made difficult calculations to achieve a measure of freedom for the Church, calculations that were often judged to be imprudent by those behind the Iron Curtain on whose behalf they were made...


What is perfect contrition, and how do you know if you have it?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
If you go to confession just because you feel it is your duty and you scrounge around to find a few things you think might be a “sin” but you’re not really sure and you think you probably haven’t done anything bad because you’re a nice person and after all, you didn’t commit adultery or rob a bank or hit anyone... This is not perfect contrition...


Here's the key to true fasting...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Required fasting is almost non-existent in the Catholic Church today. And even that required “fasting” (for those between the ages of 18 and 59) is really just eating somewhat less than normal (one regular meal and two small “snack-like” meals with no snacking between meals). Not much of a fast, really. Real fasting (going without food for the entire day) is practiced by some today as a personal discipline and it is laudable if a person is able to do so...


This Lent, learn the mysteries of the desert...


The scientists who are deciphering ‘unreadable’ ancient texts...


How one American diplomat solved the case of the murdered Church women in El Salvador (explicit language) ...


Take up your cupcake and follow me?


A few choice words from the (not-so-silent) cloister...


This Lent, an opportunity to help Middle East Christians...


“We are far from God”: For Jubilee’s Lent, Pope talks about “doors” (and “traps”)...


10 lessons from Padre Pio for Lent...


You must begin again, right now, right where you are...


Why it's meaningless to say something is “so big you can see it from space”...


This Lent, give God permission to turn you into a saint...
Paul McCusker
As we enter the Lenten season, I’m experiencing a variety of my usual feelings about the season. One is similar to how I feel about a New Year and resolutions: a kind of playful not-to-be-taken-seriously approach, which isn’t very helpful. Another is a feeling of panic as I can’t decide what I’m going to give up and take on and how I’ll manage it...


Henry VIII’s Hampton Court chapel hosts first Catholic service in 450 years...


Rome is best seen at sunrise—especially during Lent...
George Weigel
It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since my son, Stephen, and I spent two months in Rome – all of Lent and Easter Week – preparing a book that would allow readers to make the city’s ancient Lenten station church pilgrimage at home. But so it goes; tempus indeed fugit. Yet the memory of those two months lingers as the best Lent of my life...


Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are in harmony with human nature...
Anthony Lilles
Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are works of piety that make space for a right use of reason. Many spiritual people do not connect works of piety with reason or love or freedom. Without making good use of reason, freedom and love, our works of piety will fall short of our Lenten Observance, and the healing that this season offers us will not be realized...

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In Cuba, a day for the ages...
Rocco Palmo
Before anything else, as no shortage of coverage elsewhere over the last week has shown a staggering depth of ignorance, one thing apparently bears clarifying: in the historic context of today's first-ever meeting between the Pope of Rome and the Patriarch of Moscow, any mention of "a 1,000 year-old split" would be enough to flunk the exam on what all this means...


The Church can't explain away sin or call it by another name...
Bishop Robert Barron
The Church speaks the deepest truth about sin. It refuses to explain it away or make excuses for it or call it by another name. This is one reason for the Church’s deep unpopularity throughout the ages. Do you remember that terrible story from the fall of 2006 in which a mad man made his way into an Amish school house in Pennsylvania and killed...


How God's mercy frees us from bad memories...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Dawn Eden, an author, former rock journalist, and alumna of both the New York Post and the Daily News, has a new book, Remembering God’s Mercy: Redeem the Past and Free Yourself from Painful Memories. It’s a treasure for anyone looking for a book for Lent, especially during a year that has been designated by Pope Francis as one devoted to mercy...


“Hers is a heroic testimony of maternal love”...


These 5 facts show why demographics are destiny...


This news from Chicago shows why demographics, and adherence to doctrine, are destiny...
Terry Mattingly
The big Catholic news out of the Archdiocese of Chicago – the nation's third-largest diocese – has become shockingly normal, perhaps so normal that journalists aren't even asking basic questions about this trend anymore. The Chicago Tribune put one of the big numbers right up top in its latest report, noting that the Chicago archbishop – a man closely identified with the tone of the Pope Francis era – is now facing a crisis that will literally cost him altars...


A special Confession in 1953 changed his life, Pope Francis reveals...
Brantly Millegan
“That confession on September 21, 1953... reoriented my life,” Pope Francis told a group of Missionaries of Mercy recently. “To me it is a source of joy, the memory of that confession.” The Missionaries of Mercy are a special team of “priests given special faculties to absolve even sins reserved to the Holy See.” They were commissioned by Pope Francis for the Year of Mercy to be “a living sign of the Father’s welcome to all those in search of his forgiveness...


Is it possible to discern too much?
Marlon De La Torre
Sometimes we can easily get caught in a futile mindset that no matter what we do the end result will never be in our favor. Or better yet, you nit-pick a situation, place or person so much that you never truly see the reality of the situation and even more the person you are dissecting emotionally or otherwise. When it comes to the season of Lent...


Scientists detect gravitational waves, proving Einstein right...


Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis agree on text of joint declaration...


I’m a pro-lifer, and I hated the Doritos Super Bowl commercial...
Simcha Fisher
We need to stop drooling every time corporations ring their sociological bells. Talk about dehumanizing! All commercial campaigns are inherently dehumanizing, because they invite us to see ourselves and each other as mere consumers, rather than as whole people with better things to do than think about Doritos. This effect is doubled or tripled when a bag of chips tries to persuade us that it has anything to say about...


What happens when teenagers debate abortion in class...


On the threshold: Of Lent, marriage, and Louie’s Backyard...


The real goal of Lent is life, love, and union with God and neighbor...


Angela Merkel “can't recall” angry phone talk with Pope Francis...


Can you use a magnifying glass and moonlight to light a fire?


How real are your ashes? Five meanings of the ashes we receive today...


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