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Pope Francis appoints Allentown's John Barres as Bishop of Rockville Centre


St. Juan Diego’s amazing miracle story...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Remember... If we do not believe in miracles, we do not ask for them. If we do not ask for them, they will not be granted. We are not alone: the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant are closely knit, interwoven in charity. We on earth must intercede for each other and believe and ask for the intercession of the saints. Today is the Feast of St...


The blood of one martyr inspires another...
Stephanie Mann
Four hundred and thirty-five years ago, on December 1, 1581, an infamous priest was executed at Tyburn. Edmund Campion, SJ was a traitor in nearly all Englishmen’s eyes (except for the Catholics whom he served). He had once been chosen by Elizabeth and her favorites to be a leader in the Church of England because of his academic brilliance...


First dinosaur tail found preserved in amber — and it's covered in feathers...


Franciscan Friars of the Renewal granted pontifical recognition...


Suffering infertility and miscarriage during Advent...
Denise Renner
Being pregnant is so fitting during Advent. This is the season of waiting, preparation, and expectation. The word advent comes from the Latin “adventus,” which means "coming." And we spend this time looking forward to the birth of a child. The year I was eight months pregnant with my daughter I still remember how glorious it was to hear “Mary...


Beer, fried chicken and the Immaculate Conception...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
You will understand that the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was not a doctrine that I was taught in Bible Class at Bob Jones University. Even as an Anglican it was a stretch. As an Anglican priest I was being drawn more and more to Catholicism. One of the problems was the Marian dogmas. I came to understand them...


Andrew Garfield on ‘Silence’: ‘I truly started to adore ... the teachings of Christ’...


On meeting Sally Read: Poet, writer, convert from atheism...


Vatican reiterates that homosexuals shouldn't be priests...
Inés San Martín
In a new document on the priesthood, the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy has reiterated that men with “deeply rooted homosexual tendencies” shouldn’t be admitted into Catholic seminaries and, therefore, shouldn’t become Catholic priests. That position was initially stated by the Congregation for Catholic Education in 2005...


5 Marian figures of Middle Earth...
John Carswell
Today (December 8th) is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Catholic teaching that, in preparing her to be the mother of Jesus, God gave Mary a singular grace that preserved her from Original Sin. As a Catholic, Tolkien was highly influenced by Mary. In fact, he once referred to Mary as the one “upon which all my own small perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded” (Letters 172)...


Blind woman healed by contact with relics and priestly prayers...


Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: “Every yes to God begins a story of salvation”...


French Senate passes pro-life website ban...


Pearl Harbor priest identified 75 years later...


Fixer Upper update: Was Chip and Joanna Gaines slam just BuzzFeed news style?


Take a look at Pope Francis’ 2016 Christmas card...


What happened to St. Nicholas?
Thomas Craughwell
For nearly 1700 years, St. Nicholas has been one of the most popular saints of the Church—in the East and the West. The number of churches, chapels, religious institutions, and altars dedicated to him throughout the Christian world defy counting. According to the new edition of Butler’s Lives of the Saints, about 400 churches are dedicated to him in England alone...

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Is Jesus a human person?
Deacon Steven Greydanus
The Catholic faith confesses one God in three Persons, made known by Jesus Christ who is true God and true man, with the fullness of divinity and the fullness of humanity. Both the Trinity and the Incarnation are great mysteries, and in the unfolding of these mysteries Catholic thought has come to some surprising conclusions. One that surprised me decades ago...


New York Times editor: We just don't get (a) religion, (b) the alt-right or (c) whatever...
Terry Mattingly
You know what, your GetReligionistas did hear something about an interesting quote from New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet during yesterday's Fresh Air program on National Public Radio. We have also seen the blitz of Twitter reactions to his words. It was something about elite journalists struggling to "get religion...


‘Too many rules’ usually means ‘a rule against what I want’...
Jimmy Akin
First, how many rules is “too many”? People never propose a number for how many would be appropriate. They just repeat a stock claim to criticize the Church. Second, the rules the Church has are much fewer than those of any group of comparable size. The Church has a billion members, the large majority of whom belong to its Latin rite...


This is the best Advent hymn ever. I wonder if you've ever heard of it...
Msgr. Charles Pope
For my money, the best Advent hymn ever is Veni Redemptor Gentium (Come Redeemer of the Nations), written by St. Ambrose in the 4th century. It is more widely known by the title “Come Thou Redeemer of the Earth.” Sadly, it is not often sung in Catholic parishes today. Most Catholics I’ve asked have never even heard of it. One of the beautiful things about the ancient Latin hymns is how richly theological they are...


John Glenn was a hero in the skies. He could have been a hero in the heavens, but he chose a different path...
Brian O'Neel
Today, Senator John Glenn, a hero, passed to his eternal reward. John Glenn was the perfect American for the 20th century — perfect in the sense of being quintessential. On the one hand, he was a self-sacrificing man who exemplified the best of what America could be. He left college short of graduation so he could serve in World War II...


Another Holy Day of (pant, pant) Obligation...
Simcha Fisher
Husband wakes up early, brings two of three high school kids to school A in town B, where they can’t come in late because they have a morning concert in school D and the bus leaving School A won’t wait. He comes home, calls schools A, B, and C about lateness of Kids 1, 5, 6,7, and takes them to early Mass at Church 1 in town B...


Guadalupe, Fatima, and Catholic culture...
Donal Foley
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe falls on December 12, and reminds us of the important series of apparitions to Juan Diego in Mexico, in 1531. The Blessed Virgin asked him to go to the local bishop, Bishop Zumárraga, with a request that a ‘little house’ be built for her. After trying unsuccessfully to see the bishop, Juan Diego eventually returned to him with his cactus fiber outer garment...


Pope Francis names new Archbishop for Krakow...


The paradox of Pope Francis: When we need fathers, we get the law...


A teaching from the Lord on the nature of suffering and the Cross...


The real story behind the myth of Area 51...


The death of a dictator: Fidel Castro (1926-2016)...


Modern Family star Sofia Vergara reportedly being sued by her frozen IVF embryos...


Pope grants wide-ranging interview to Belgian Catholic newspaper...


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Let’s stop celebrating St. Nicholas punching Arius...


“Arrival” and the unique manner of God's speech...


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