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In rare Sunday announcement, Pope names Manila’s Cardinal Tagle prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples


St. John the Baptist prepared the world for Christ’s first coming. You and I are supposed to be doing the same for His second coming...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The Second Sunday of Advent usually features the ministry of St. John the Baptist. He was the prophet who fulfilled the Office of Elijah, of whom it was said, See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction...


Death at Yuletude: T.S. Eliot and “The Journey of the Magi”...


Decayed papyrus hints that more Dead Sea Scrolls remain to be discovered...


The Pope’s new apostolic letter on Nativity scenes really is refreshingly good...
Jeff Mirus
Please bear with me for just a moment. In a season of expectant wonder, it is a little sad that I must open this introduction to Pope Francis’ latest Apostolic Letter with something of a lament. Increasing numbers of readers are telling me that nobody any longer wishes to hear from Pope Francis. I sympathize with the frustration created by this pope’s rather obvious deficiencies...


Report: Vatican invested Peter’s Pence funds in movie about Elton John...
Edward Pentin
The Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera has reported that Vatican prosecutors are investigating how funds from Peter’s Pence have been allegedly invested in loss-making enterprises as well as a movie censored in some countries because of its explicit homosexual scenes. In the latest in a string of recent stories involving financial misconduct at the Holy See...


How Star Wars Stormtroopers have evolved over the years...


Beatification day for Brother James Miller, martyred religious brother from Wisconsin farm family...


The baffling Sheen beatification delay is embarrassing, but it could still turn out well...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
That postponement of the beatification of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen is just the latest baffling development in the cause that has brought no small measure of embarrassment to what should have been an occasion of edification. But the latest fiasco may finally get the Sheen beatification the treatment it deserves, namely a proper celebration for the universal Church...


A primer on brandy — what it is, how to buy it, and how to drink it...


This incredible scrolling diagram will make you realize how deep (and how alien) the ocean really is...


Humility is underrated, misunderstood, and more important than ever...
Christopher Kaczor
Humility may be the most misunderstood of the virtues, but it remains one of the most important. Humility is important because it is needed to love God and other human beings. Since we cannot find true happiness without loving God and neighbor, we cannot find true happiness without humility. But what exactly is humility? The humble person is not the one who proclaims...


A last chance for Australian justice...
George Weigel
My late parents loved Cardinal George Pell, whom they knew for decades. So I found it a happy coincidence that, on November 12 (which would have been my parents’ 70th wedding anniversary), a two-judge panel of Australia’s High Court referred to the entire Court the cardinal’s request for “special leave” to appeal his incomprehensible conviction on charges of “historic sexual abuse...


Diocese of Rochester confirms it requested Fulton Sheen beatification delay...


Old Pete Townshend asks some big questions about rock and what happens after he dies...
Terry Mattingly
And now for something completely different. Long, long ago, in my previous life as a weekly music columnist in Champaign-Urbana, Ill., I used to spend many enjoyable hours talking about music in that college town’s clubs and main record store. One of the hot debate topics, over and over again: Name the greatest rock band of all time...


How this fallen-away Catholic became a Catholic priest in Colorado...


Rochester bishop requested Ven. Fulton Sheen beatification delay over AG report concerns, sources say...


Fewer Americans are donating to charity — and it appears to have nothing to do with money...

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Pope Francis: Mary’s Immaculate Conception is the start of the fulfillment of God’s plan...


Here’s how Google Maps is different in other countries...


The Vatican is spinning up a Minecraft server...


How do we evangelize the world in the midst of Catholic scandals?
Marcel LeJeune
The hits just keep coming. More bishops who moved priests around, knowing they were abusing kids. A priest is given a leave of absence because of his affair. The mismanagement of Church funds. I sometimes ask myself when will it stop...and then I remember that it won’t until the end of this world. The Church is made up of sinners...


Frank Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life” elevates the human spirit...


The real Santa Claus: Don’t forget Saint Nicholas this Christmas season...
Clemente Lisi
Is Santa Claus real? While that’s a question many children ask around this time of year, it’s one that doesn’t have an easy answer. Why? See, Santa Claus was once real in the form of Saint Nicholas. Before there were mall Santas and sidewalk Santas and lots of ho ho ho-ing, there was Nicholas, an early Christian bishop who hailed from the Greek maritime city of Myra in Asia Minor in what is present-day Turkey...


The U.S. bishops must clear up this Communion confusion...


The painful re-definition of heroism...
John Clark
We live in an age of lesser — lesser goods, lesser men, and a widespread acceptance of lesser evils among the great evils of the age. To make matters worse, we’ve become much too accepting of that fact. Regarding their personal vices as harmless irrelevancies compared to what we think are favorable political agendas, we neither require nor expect chastity or charity from our leaders...


When I was a kid, the Christians I knew liked rules too much...
David Mills
“Don’t do this. Don’t do that. And never never ever do that.” That’s what I heard. The Christians I first knew, knew well enough to listen to, emphasized the restrictions. The positive commands, like “Love your neighbor as yourself,” they didn’t talk about so much. Even people who clearly loved their neighbors as themselves tended to stress The Rules...


The strange tale of the U.S. town you can get to only by going through Canada...


The rise of birth control and the decline of civilization...


Meet the former Swiss Guard who’s teaching priests to run a tight ship...


George Lucas’ first credit was for this Catholic short film...
Philip Kosloski
Star Wars creator George Lucas began his legendary directing career first by getting behind the camera. Lucas graduated from Modesto Junior College in the early 1960s and then enrolled at the University of Southern California, where he began to experiment with cinematography. However, Lucas was struggling to find any work in Hollywood and needed something to give him more experience...


Chinese bishop: “Love for the homeland must be greater than the love for the Church”...


What’s the highest distance you can possibly fall from?


It’s official: Pope accepts resignation of Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone...
Rocco Palmo
And now, it's official – as first reported here on Monday, at Roman Noon this Wednesday the Pope has accepted the resignation of Richard Malone as 14th bishop of Buffalo, and named Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany as apostolic administrator until the 15th bishop takes office. Both moves have immediate effect. On a context front...


Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending...


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