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Pope Francis condemns Western secularism, calls ideological colonization an ‘ugly blasphemy’


Sit back, relax, and listen to ‘Ode to St. Cecilia’...
Sophia Feingold
Growing up in a large Catholic family, my siblings and I didn’t watch TV outside of the World Series and presidential debates. We did, however, have an enormous collection of old movies on VHS and a collection of cassette tapes almost as large, and every Sunday night on 88.5 we’d catch Ed Walker’s old-time radio show, “The Big Broadcast...


Taking the child out of Advent...
K.V. Turley
Two news items flashed across the screen recently. In their differing ways they reveal something of modern Britain and it is not a pretty sight. The first was an advertisement for, of all things, a sausage roll. The manufacturers of the rolls produced an ‘Advent Calendar’. In a faux-Nativity scene a sausage roll was substituted for the Baby Jesus lying in the manger surrounded by the Three Kings...


Places and people God chose in the Old Testament...
Jimmy Akin
In both Calvinist and Catholic theology, God’s “elect” are often understood to be the people that God has chosen to be saved on the last day. The basis of this divine choice is much discussed in theology. However, before considering the way a term is used in theology, it’s important to understand the way it’s meaning has changed over time...


Good news: As rapprochement stalls, China and Vatican turn to ‘diplomacy of art’...


‘Coco’ is visually spectacular and has some charm, but there’s a grave problem hidden within...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
I’m tempted to say I’d like to see the version of Coco Pixar would have made 10 years ago. Not really, I guess, since then we wouldn’t have Ratatouille. Still, I can’t help wondering what the team that made Ratatouille might have done with Coco. In some ways they’re practically the same movie, and not just because Coco and Ratatouille are the only Pixar films with non-Anglophone cultural settings...


If you think about it in the light of grace, a hog killing is a mysterious and wonderful thing...
Jason Craig
True gratitude acknowledges the “bond” that is created when we are given that for which we are grateful – what we owe thanks for. St. Ambrose said there is “no duty more urgent than that of returning thanks.” Gratitude is, as Aquinas said, a part of justice. “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought...


Hindu groups raise conversion controversy ahead of Pope’s Asia visit...


With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there's a likely culprit...


The lightning-fast guide to figuring out what's wrong with your car...


Why damnation is eternal and other teachings on Hell...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The teachings of the Lord on Hell are difficult, especially in today’s climate. The most difficult questions that arise relate to its eternal nature and how to square its existence with a God who is loving and rich in mercy. As a closing reflection on Hell and on the Four Last Things, let us ponder a series of questions.


Why pterosaurs, the winged dragons of the dinosaur age, were such pterrific beasts...


The Roy Moore embarrassment and the Museum of the Bible...
George Weigel
A thought exercise or two: Imagine that the principal donor funding Washington’s new museum of the Bible was George Soros. Does anyone think that MSM stories on the museum’s opening would highlight Soros’s 1992 shorting of the British pound, a maneuver that netted him a billion dollars? Imagine, further, that the new museum’s principal academic advisers had included leaders of the deconstructive “Jesus Seminar” such as John Dominic Crossan and Burton Mack...


The Lord describes Hell with powerful images. But we do well to understand its subtle horrors as well...


Curia reform: Pope Francis reorganizes Vatican Secretariat of State...


Following poster of St. Peter’s attack, ISIS releases new image of ‘beheaded’ Pope Francis...


DC’s newly-opened Museum of the Bible highlights the Holy Book and time-honored treasures...


Make room at the table and in your heart for your forgotten friends on Thanksgiving...

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On Nov. 22, 1963, Kennedy was assassinated, and C.S. Lewis died...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
One of things most refreshing about C.S.Lewis was his seeming unconcern about what others thought of him. There’s a whiff of real humility there. He was not worried enough about his career to stop writing religious books or popular science fiction or children’s fairy tales, and he suffered rejection by his peers–not being elected as Professor of Poetry at Oxford despite being the obvious choice...


What if all the conspiracy theories are actually true?
John Clark
What if Macbeth was not really written by William Shakespeare, and a group of people has been suppressing this truth for hundreds of years? What if the moon landing were a hoax created by network executives to boost television ratings? What if an alien spacecraft really did crash in Roswell, New Mexico in the 1940s and the government has hidden the evidence all these years...


Atheists sue shelter for using Anglican minister (not a Catholic priest, as the story says) to ‘bless’ animals...


Bad news: Communist Party imposes $40,000+ fines for promoting Vatican trips to Chinese tourists...


United in history and tragedy: JFK and Pope Pius XII...


Fr. James Martin treats Sacred Scripture like a cheap logic puzzle...
John Zmirak
Fr. James Martin, SJ is at it again. Maybe he’s trying to speed ecumenism with Mainline Protestant churches. Because it seems each week he comes out with a statement every bit as crazy as anything you’d hear from the most jaded post-Christian posers. You know, the kind who gather in ersatz vestments to “bless” abortion clinics with songs by Leonard Cohen...


Orcas vs. great white sharks: in a battle of the apex predators, who wins?


9 prominent Christians in science and technology give thanks...


How strange, that this avalanche of accusations followed so soon on Hugh Hefner’s death...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
It seems undeniable at this point that Hugh Hefner’s death broke open some sort of seal.” My former colleague at National Review magazine, Ian Tuttle, tweeted this the other day, capturing the avalanche of accusations and confessions, since around the death of Playboy’s founder, of men behaving badly in some of the highest echelons of power...


EWTN launches on-demand access to 12,000 programs...


Are we crossing a bright red line in the Roy Moore case?


‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and the theology of murder...
Sean Fitzpatrick
Et voilà. The cold corpse lay in Compartment #2 of the Orient Express, stabbed twelve times, no murder weapon, no obvious motive, victim’s pistol ready under the pillow, door locked and chained from within, mysterious clues (or blinds) littered about, a broken watch, a ghostly intruder, a scarlet kimono, a perfect murder and a perfect crime—even given two unforeseen circumstances for the murderer to navigate: first...


Could Zimbabwe be on the brink of a transformative ‘Catholic moment?’...
John Allen
Looking back over the 20th century, there clearly were certain moments when inspired Catholic leadership, either in Rome or in the trenches, and sometimes both, galvanized the Church in ways that triggered the transformation of entire societies. The role played by key Catholic statesmen in building a new order for Europe after World War II is one example...


Cardinal di Montezemolo, longtime Vatican diplomat, dies at age 92...


America has two Catholic tribes. What to do about it? Not much...


Louis Braille: The blind Catholic musician who invented touch-reading...


Clear doctrine strengthens the Church...
Fr. George Rutler
The Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas has been made a shrine, for the massacre there has left it a hallowed place for mourners. A red rose marks where each of the victims died, and then there is one pink rose. That is for the unborn baby that died in the womb. To the frustration of some, Texas is one of 38 states that recognize an infant in utero as a victim when the mother is assaulted...


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