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Pope's Wednesday Audience: Jesus' closeness to sinners isn't a scandal – it's an example


Doctrine, discipline, and Ascension Thursday...
Simcha Fisher
There are some things we are obligated to do because they have intrinsic moral significance, and there are some things we are obligated to do out of obedience. So it’s not a question of God trying to keep up with the rules that the Church has created. It’s a question of whether or not we believe that God has given the Church the authority to define doctrine and to impose discipline...


How can we explain the West’s dramatic fall from grace?


The Vatican should crack down on liturgical abuses, not petty trademark cases...
Phil Lawler
Dunno about you, but I can't get too worked up about the merchants who sell trinkets bearing an image of Pope Francis without authorization from the Vatican. Sure, it's a trademark infringement. Sure, the Vatican loses money (did I touch on a sore spot there?) when the merchants don't pay the licensing fee. But in the grand scheme of things...


The life and death of Father Raymond Gawronski...


Looking for a good book for the Year of Mercy? Read ‘Lord of the Rings’...


If you ever want to relax, watch this live 24 hour stream of Earth from the ISS...


Pulling up roots from reality: A cogent analysis of the post-Cartesian West...


Why Dietrich von Hildebrand was the nemesis of the Nazis...


Horrific crime reveals: This is what an unborn baby looks like...
Kathy Schiffer
Dynel Lane of Longmont, Colorado was sentenced Friday to 100 years in prison for cutting a seven-month-old fetus from its mother’s womb. Lane had lured the pregnant woman, Michelle Wilkins, to her home in 2015 by advertising maternity clothes for sale on Craigslist. She then assaulted Wilkins, beating and stabbing her, then performing what was called “a kitchen table cesarian section” to remove the baby from her uterus...


Captain Cook's legendary ship HMS Endeavour may have just been discovered off coast of Rhode Island...


Why is May considered to be the month of Mary?


What you need to know about the Antichrist (according to 4 sermons of Bl. John Henry Newman)...


Where are the relics of the Passion? And what do they tell us?


May is a good time to look at Mary again...
Mark Shea
Cradle and convert Catholics encounter the Blessed Virgin Mary in profoundly different ways. A cradle Catholic growing up in a parish and a family with a healthy Marian spirituality grows up, from the immemorial Always of childhood, surrounded by her as Mother, as Heavenly Intercessor, as Glorious Virgin, as the gentle Mother of God...


How we know that Mary was a perpetual virgin...
Tim Staples
Scripture stating Joseph “knew [Mary] not until she brought forth her firstborn” would not necessarily mean they “knew” each other after she brought forth Jesus. Until is often used in Scripture as part of an idiomatic expression similar to our own usage in English. I may say to you, “Until we meet again, God bless you...


Blood-red Trevi fountain a wake-up call on Christian persecution...


California donors fund restoration of Vatican's famous “Gallery of Maps”...

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7 things you may not know about Vivaldi...
Msgr. Charles Pope
One of my favorite composers is Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741). While I love his secular pieces (such as The Four Seasons), I am especially fond of his Church music. It is so light, bright, and tuneful! Vivaldi loved to go up and down the musical scale, varying the theme a half step at a time. Ah, Vivaldi, he’s right up there with Handel...


A question about the astronaut who got permission to take the Holy Eucharist aboard the ISS...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
This is clearly beyond the stratospheric musings of canonists and liturgists, but it could be reasonable to give permission for it. Yes, of course, it is self-communication, unless there was an Extraterrestrial Minister of Communion about the place to distribute. I imagine that the archdiocese laid out protocols for this, including how to reserve the Blessed Sacrament in as dignified a place as possible...


The Vatican’s most important American may be... nobody...
John Allen
For the last decade, there was a clear, slam-dunk answer to the question, “Who’s the most important American in the Vatican?” Everyone knew it was Peter Wells, an official of the Secretariat of State who was recently appointed the pope’s new ambassador to South Africa and made an archbishop. There were other influential Americans over that span...


William Shakespeare and the fading of the Catholic world...
Bishop Robert Barron
Last week the world marked the 400th anniversary of the death of the greatest writer in the English language and one of the three or four most significant artists the human race has produced. William Shakespeare simply contains so much. In the manner of Dante, Homer, Michelangelo, James Joyce, and Aquinas, he seems to encompass the whole: every texture of feeling...


The real reasons nothing can ever go faster than light...


What was it like for the Good Thief, after Jesus died?


Washington Post looks at the Harris Wofford love story, but ignores a big Catholic ghost...
Terry Mattingly
I realize that my reading habits are not those of your typical American news consumer. In addition to a heavy, heavy daily dose of the offerings of major newspapers and the websites of broadcast operations, I frequent many alternative sites linked to religious groups and commentators. In other words, I am reading people who share GetReligion's obsession with the religion angles behind the headlines...


I fly 747s for a living. Here are the amazing things I see every day...


10 inspiring quotes from St. Athanasius...
Philip Kosloski
Today (May 2) is the feast day of the “Father of Orthodoxy,” St. Athanasius of Alexandria. He is widely known for his long battle with Arianism and his staunch defense of the Incarnation. Athanasius was not afraid to defend the truth at all costs, which got him into trouble with four different emperors and many of his brother bishops...


For centuries, every hour on the hour, a trumpeter has climbed a church tower in Poland...
Carrie Gress
May is a very special month in Poland. I only realized how special when I spent several months in northern Poland in the port town of Gydnia near Gdansk on the Baltic Sea. Every afternoon I joined my gracious hostess at the nearby parish; and every day the tiny church was packed with parishioners praying the rosary, signing hymns...


Mother Angelica and Mother Teresa in Niagara...


U2 guitarist The Edge becomes the first rock star to play in the Sistine Chapel...


The nuns who mapped 481,215 stars for the Vatican Observatory...


Set your house in order before the day of reckoning. Do not delay your conversion to the Lord!...


Why aren't other dioceses looking to Lincoln?


A new NASA map shows where the Zika virus could hit America the hardest...


Inside "Trinity Church," the stunning Orthodox wonder at the South Pole...


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