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Domenico Giani, Vatican security chief and papal bodyguard, steps down over leak


Stay away from “ghost hunting” — there are serious spiritual dangers there...
Philip Kosloski
Ever since the original Ghostbusters movie, countless people have tried to hunt for ghosts, with some even becoming professional “paranormal investigators.” Recently this activity has been on the rise, due in part to the popularity of A&E’s Ghost Hunters TV show. The network has even planned to televise the “World’s Biggest Ghost Hunt...


Stars, birds, autumn leaves, G.K. Chesterton and the Little Flower...
Fr. James Kurzynski
Do you enjoy the endless wonder of God's handiwork that is your backyard? Whether your backyard is a back forty or forty feet of enclosed concrete, I assure you there is something worth discovering just outside your door. Some may dismiss this idealistic, romantic notion as merely the whimsical musings of an aloof theologian priest who tries way too hard to see God in all things...


St. John Henry Newman: Disciplined pursuit of the Truth, Doorway to Friendship...
Anthony Lilles
The newly canonized St. John Henry Newman's invites us to a discipline pursuit of the truth that builds up the world. His Idea of a University rings with this invitation. It is an invitation that we need to hear. Too often, we direct students to what is functional and useful, but we fail to set them free to engage a meaningful social life...


Forgiveness, Texas-style: Brandt Jean reminds us of the real meaning of justice...
Daniel Philpott
Texans do everything big, even forgiveness. Forgiveness happened big this past October 2nd in a Dallas courtroom soon after the conviction and sentencing of Amber Guyger, the white police officer who shot and killed Botham Jean, a Caribbean African American, while he sat in his apartment eating ice cream. His surviving brother, Brandt Jean...


John Henry Newman, the wise and witty new saint...
David Mills
Today John Henry Newman is being officially declared a saint, meaning a hero of the faith. The greatest of Catholic theologians writing in English, he took up the modern challenges to Christianity before anyone else. How we know what we believe by faith was one of the questions he explored so deeply. How Christians through history have grown in their understanding of the faith was another...


How Our Lady saved the world from a nuclear war...


Memo to Synod: If you don’t want focus on married priests, give us something else...
John Allen
Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who speaks both fluent Spanish and Portuguese and has long experience of Latin America, is a papal appointee among the 184 voting members of the Oct. 6-27 Synod of Bishops on the Amazon. As he generally does, O’Malley is using his blog to share impressions, and on Friday he issued a mild rebuke to reporters that could be a sign of things to come...


A culture of gratitude: Readings for the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time...
John Bergsma
The Thanksgiving holiday is coming upon us in a little over a month, and this season of the year always makes me think, How do you give thanks if you don’t believe there’s anyone there to thank? Thanksgiving is not a holiday that ever could have arisen in an atheist culture. The themes of the Readings for this Sunday focus on the gratitude for God’s salvation...


Homily for Canonization of Sts. John Henry Newman, Giuseppina Vannini, Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan, Dulce Lopes Pontes and Margherita Bays...


The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) falls on an Advent Sunday. Here’s what that means for you and me...


J.R.R. Tolkien knew that myth can be dangerous if it remains pagan. That’s why he sought to sanctify it...


Kim Kardashian gets baptized in Armenia along with kids Saint, Chicago, and Psalm...


‘Joker’ is not a political statement — it’s a spiritual nightmare...


Does the Notre Dame survey demonstrate that seminaries are safe?


Meet the four saintly women who will be canonized with John Henry Newman this Sunday...


Barcodes are everywhere. Have you ever wondered how they work?


At Amazon synod, archbishop laments that people aren’t mentioning “ecological sins” in Confession...

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Why brooding is a sure way to destroy your relationship...


The remarkable beauty of fog...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The time-lapse video below does a wonderful job of recording the beauty of fog. Most of us don’t remark on it in “real time”; it just seems to sit there and brood. Like clouds, fog is dynamic and undulating, moving so slowly that it rarely catches our attention. If time is collapsed, as is done in this video, the fog seems to flow like a river over the landscape...


Pronouncing Biblical names (wherein I rant)...
Jimmy Akin
In recent years—in some circles—the people who write biblical name pronunciation guides have been promoting a ridiculous, alternative pronunciation of the name “Elisha.” I suspect it’s the same people who were pushing for all manner of liturgical novelties in the 1970s and 1980s, including items of Orwellian Liturgical Newspeak (e...


‘12 Angry Men’ — a conversation on things that matter most in a free society...


India’s Archbishop Dominic Jala killed in car crash while visiting California...


Father Thomas Weinandy: Threat of Church division ‘growing in intensity’...
Edward Pentin
The Catholic Church is heading toward an “internal papal schism” whereby Pope Francis effectively leads two opposing factions, Capuchin theologian Father Thomas Weinandy has warned. These are divided, he said, into one loyal to the papacy yet critical of this pontificate, and the other supportive of him due to his tolerance of ambiguous teaching and pastoral practice...


How to give Almighty God perfect thanks...


“Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new saints”: In St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis canonizes John Henry Newman and four others...


Why do we have eyelashes? New study says it’s to keep our eyes moist...


Prince of Wales on eve of Cardinal Newman’s canonization: “In the age in which he attains sainthood, his example is needed more than ever...”...


Beware: This new phone scam uses a real text from your bank to trick you...


The Democrats are going to regret Beto O’Rourke’s stance on punishing churches and charities...


A Chicago mother’s miracle baby and the making of a saint...


Democratic candidate Beto O‘Rourke says churches, charities and universities should lose tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage...
Rod Dreher
Burn the cishet patriarch, and savor the sweet incense of combusting whiteness! Even at this late date, we hear from many liberals that orthodox Christians are “obsessed” with homosexuality. They can’t grasp why, aside from bigotry, that we are so concerned about the issue. It’s largely because the march of LGBT ideology to conquer our culture tramples over the rights of orthodox/traditionalist religious people...


Scalfari’s claims aside, Pope Francis has always been clear that Jesus is God...


Jesus is God. Those who deny this will one day fall prostrate before His glory...


In a time of runaway change, Cardinal Ouellet makes the case for tradition...


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