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U.S. bishops join Mexican colleagues in denouncing ‘Santa Muerte’


How U.S. history is taught around the world...


3 reasons why Lent determines your happiness year-round...
Taylor Marshall
Everyone wants to be happy, but few are truly happy. Let’s look at how our attitude about Lent reveals our level of happiness in 3 ways: In Christianity there is a subtle difference between internal and exterior happiness. Internal happiness is usually identified with “joy” (laetitia in Latin). External happiness depends on happenstance...


The day I made a batch of relics...
Thomas Craughwell
A few years ago, I had a part-time gig working for a Catholic travel company that specialized in in-depth tours of Rome. I wasn’t the tour guide. More like the tour shepherd: if 34 pilgrims got off the bus, I made sure that 34 pilgrims got back on the bus. This was not always easy, since pilgrims have a tendency to wander off into obscure chapels...


Why does God make us wait?
Msgr. Charles Pope
One of the most common frustrations in the spiritual life is the fact that God often makes us wait. Many of our requests are made with an elevated sense of urgency. Frankly, we are in a big hurry about many things—but God is not. Although He could fix every problem in an instant, He does not, and He has His reasons for this. While the reasons for God’s delay may be somewhat mysterious...


SpaceX nails Cape Canaveral launch—and landing the rocket...


Cardinal Burke firmly rejects account by Order of Malta’s acting head...


Pope's Sunday Angelus: Christ's law of love overcomes law of retaliation...


Norma McCorvey, ‘Jane Roe’ of Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, dies at 69...


Pope Francis encourages meeting of popular movements in California...


Answers to “dubia” from the Vatican! About the Traditional Mass and overly restrictive bishops...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
If you are a priest who has been hassled by your bishop about saying the traditional Mass with the 1962 Missale Romanum, pay attention. Help has arrived. Recently a priest of my acquaintance sent two questions to my old haunts the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”. Here are the priest’s questions with the answers from the PCED following the answers...


The dangers of half-truths...


Why dragonfly wings kill bacteria...


‘The Great Wall’ is colorful, but generic and deeply silly...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
The Great Wall is one of those movies that is more interesting for what it portends and for the discussion around it than for what is actually onscreen. Not that what is onscreen, in the most literal sense, is bad or uninteresting. Zhang Yimou, the versatile director of splashy martial-arts epics like Hero and House of Flying Daggers...


Cardinal Zen: I fear the Vatican’s Ostpolitik with Communist China...


How Yoda helps me with teaching my kids...
John Clark
“No. There is another.” This was Yoda’s response when Ben Kenobi expressed that Luke Skywalker was the “last hope.” Some have said that we live in a “post-Christian world.” That’s bleak. But when people suggest to you that Christianity’s time has come and gone, remind them there are reasons for hope in thousands and thousands of homeschool homes and across the country...


Michael Novak dies at 83...


How following the liturgical calendar can change your life...

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13 rules regarding proper email etiquette from around the world...


Memento Mori: You are dust and shall return to dust...
Stephanie Mann
Many years ago, I belonged to a book club named for the protagonist of John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces, Ignatius J. Reilly. We called it the IJR Society; in addition to reading books, articles, and encyclicals, and watching movies, we shared potluck dinners. Those monthly meetings are cherished memories. My husband and I made several close friends because of the IJR Society...


Inconvenient but cheerful: A defense of the unplanned family...
Mark Langley
I need to make a confession: I hate planning. I always have. I don’t like calendars and I refuse to think about retirement. The result, and this is sort of the elephant in the room right now, is twelve children! If I were smarter and enjoyed planning and worrying and calculating, I am quite certain that I would only have one child...


Christians in the Middle East refuse hatred, even as they face the machete...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Two years ago this month Beshir Kamel went on television and thanked so-called Islamic State terrorists for not editing out the last words of his brother and the other Egyptian men they beheaded on a beach in Libya. “Lord, Jesus Christ,” were the last words of the Coptic Christians slaughtered because of their faith. The courage and integrity of their witness strengthened Kamel’s faith...


Why did so many journalists avoid the Catholic angle in Norma McCorvey's life?
Terry Mattingly
If you ever talked with Norma McCorvey, you know that there was one thing that she wanted journalists to do more than anything else: To tell her story, with all of its messy and complicated details. She had more than her share of regrets. She had deep sorrows and, through the years, crossed an ocean of shame. As "Jane Roe" of Roe v...


These Christians are working to cure one of the worst diseases you've never heard of...


The cycle of hatred and retribution ends with me...


Weapons for battle: the use of sacramentals (holy water, blessed salt, crucifixes) in the Christian life...
Jenny Uebbing
Maybe the thought of doing spiritual battle against demonic forces conjures up Hollywood images from The Exorcist, with an outstretched crucifix and dramatic exchanges of liquids, both holy and not. Maybe it strikes you as hokey or superstitious. Maybe the thought of it harkens uncomfortably far back in human history to a time before computers and antibiotics and space travel...


The hidden legacy of Michael Novak (1933-2017)...
Carrie Gress
Michael Novak, theologian, author, professor, Templeton Prize winner, and former ambassador, died Feb. 17, surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer at the age of 83. As the tributes to Michael Novak pour in from around the world, citing his accolades, accomplishments, and awards, there is one significant but largely unknown part of his legacy that deserves a special spotlight...


Michael Novak will be read for a long time to come...
George Weigel
Michael Novak loved the Catholic Church and the United States passionately. And with his death at 83, both Church and nation have lost one of their most imaginative and accomplished sons: a groundbreaking theorist in philosophy, social ethics, religious studies, ethnic studies, and economics; a brilliant teacher; a winsome journalist and apologist; a great defender of freedom...


Our strengths are often our weaknesses...


“President Trump, do the right thing on religious liberty. It's why many Christians voted for you”...


Theologian Gregory Baum, who led charge against ‘Humanae Vitae’, says he's actively homosexual...


12 more surprising and little-known facts on Fatima...


A look at 5 exciting telescopes of the future, and what we might be able to see through them...


The hidden power of holy water...


Did Noah really live to be 950?


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