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Nicaragua’s bishops to fast, pray for exorcism amid Ortega crackdown


Archaeologists discover bread that was baked 14,400 years ago...


Every dot in this picture is an entire galaxy...


St. Gilbert? In the coming weeks, the fate of G.K. Chesterton’s cause will be known...
K.V. Turley
Is he or is he not on the road to being canonized? In the coming weeks, the fate of Gilbert Keith Chesterton will be known. Soon, all eyes will turn upon Canon John Udris as he presents his written report to the bishop of Northampton, England, with, thereafter, a decision being made. For the past five years, Canon Udris has been the man tasked by Bishop Peter Doyle to explore whether Chesterton was a saint...


The pruning of the Church and our response to it...
Msgr. Charles Pope
As we go through the Book of the Prophet Isaiah at Mass this week, we read of Israel’s painful purifications as well as the subsequent punishment of the surrounding nations. God permitted the nations to persecute Israel in order that she be purified, but the iniquity and sin of the nations and of this world cannot go on forever; wickedness must be ended...


Priest says new degree in Church administration builds servant-leaders...


Why we need Loome Theological Booksellers...


Which car brands have the most (and least) loyal owners?


The childlike appeal of classic murder mysteries...
Rick Becker
“Just what kind of movies do you like?” We were sitting around the dinner table discussing cinematic tastes. Katharine, my youngest, was being a bit evasive; Benedict, my oldest, was drawing her out. Kath paused, looked straight at Ben, and then blurted, “I like murders.” Maybe not the answer you’d expect from a 12-year-old...


What’s happening to Christians in Nigeria?
John Zmirak
I conservatively estimate that 20,000, mostly Christians, have been killed since Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari took office in 2015. That number could be significantly higher. Specifically, we know there have been 3,000 victims of direct State violence. And 9,000 victims of police custody or captivity killings. Those people were systematically targeted based on religious and racial profiling...


Location, location, location: Where a Supreme Court nominee kneels matters in DC life — GetReligion...
Terry Mattingly
Greetings from Prague, in the Czech Republic. It's kind of interesting to visit a part of the world where the World Cup matters more than the latest tweets of Donald Trump. Needless to say, people do have strong opinions about what Trump is up to, in terms of England, Russia and beyond. That open U.S. Supreme Court seat? Not so much...


He preyed on men who wanted to be priests. Then he became a cardinal...


Can Humanae Vitae’s teachings change?
Edward Pentin
As speculation mounts about a possible revision or reinterpretation of Blessed Paul VI’s landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae to coincide with its 50th anniversary July 25, what kind of changes, if any, would be permissible? Published in 1968, Humanae Vitae reaffirmed the Church’s prohibition of contraception, approved natural family planning (NFP) methods...


SDG reviews ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Reviewing the original Hotel Transylvania back in 2012, I remarked that, by the time Adam Sandler’s Dracula started rapping at the denouement, “I was dying for a Van Helsing to come in and clean house.” That didn’t happen, of course, so in due course we got Hotel Transylvania 2, in which Dracula’s pixieish undead daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) married her bohemian human boyfriend Johnny (Andy Samberg) and gave birth to a half-undead son named Dennis (the improbably named Asher Blinkoff)...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘A good Catholic proclaims the Gospel’...


These are the world’s strangest time zones...


5 fundamental freedoms for the Christian evangelizer...


What Schumer and Pelosi pretend they don’t know about judges...

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Watch a Chinook helicopter rescue 7 people with a pinnacle landing on Mount Hood...


Google Doodle celebrates Catholic priest who proposed Big Bang theory...


A tale of two revolutions...
Fr. George Rutler
It may be the seasonal heat that incubates revolutionary sentiments, since both Independence Day and Bastille Day occurred in the feverish days of July. One admires the temperance of our Founding Fathers meeting in Philadelphia in un-airconditioned rooms. The other revolution unleashed more violent passions against a devout monarch who...


Memo to Vatican reformers: Don't take cues from the gas company...
John Allen
Outsiders to the Vatican often find themselves wondering why the pace of things seems so slow. As the old joke goes, Rome’s working motto tends to be, “Talk to me on Wednesday, and I’ll get back to you in 300 years.” Confirmation of those impressions is readily available, from Vatican departments that can take years to bring out documents whose conclusions could have been scripted from the very beginning...


Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s legacy of eugenics and racism can’t be ignored...


Archaeologists and astronomers solve the mystery of Chile's Stonehenge...


As a new priest, I admit: Seminary did not prepare me for the cultural fallout from the legalization of marijuana...


The call to integrity in worship...


Surprise! Pope Francis unexpectedly celebrates Vatican wedding...


Social media and looking for love in all the wrong places...
Elizabeth Scalia
If you’re like me, you’ve had just about enough of the weird fog and fug that has become social media—those personal-information-devouring echo chambers of sound and fury signifying nothing. An hour spent on Twitter is an hour wasted to disorientation and mob reasoning as participants, lodged in their respective echo chambers...


Church begins construction of new Our Lady of Arabia Cathedral in Bahrain...


Did you know it? Michelangelo was a poet...
Kathy Schiffer
Michelangelo was quite a talented fellow! I mean, the Pietà! The statue of David! The Sistine Chapel! The acclaimed sculptor, artist and architect was considered a master by his Renaissance peers; and his reputation has continued to the present day. In his long lifetime, Michelangelo Buonarroti produced a vast number of works that are still considered masterpieces of the highest order...


Poll: 41% say families of 3 or more children is ideal, up from 34% in 2011...


Humanae Vitae is all about Divine Providence...


Amos was an unlikely candidate for God’s service. So were the Apostles. So are you...


Pastors interested in seeing how the New Evangelization is done right should spend a week at St. Mary’s in Greenville...
George Weigel
Almost a quarter-century ago, Father Jay Scott Newman, back in Rome to finish a graduate degree after his priestly ordination in Charleston, took me on an extended ramble around the Eternal City: my first hike up the Aventine; my first visit to the crown jewel of paleo-Christian architecture, Santa Sabina; my first exploration of Santa Maria in Cosmedin – and...


Our Lady of Good Help is America’s only fully-approved Marian apparition site...


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