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Fr. Hamel was martyred ‘in odium fidei’, says archbishop; French bishops call for day of fasting


Memo to WYD: Forget the program, teach youth about the martyrs...
John Allen
Quite probably, the Islamic State-inspired assassins who cut the throat of Father Jacques Hamel in St. Étienne-du-Rouvray, France, on Tuesday did not know that one effect of their act would be to cast a pall over World Youth Day, but that’s nevertheless exactly what’s happened. World Youth Day is the massive gathering of Catholic youth from around the planet unfolding this week in Krakow...


Before and After: A Fairytale...
Simcha Fisher
Lots of my friends are selling "wellness" products -- shakes and powders, juices, creams and wraps meant to tighten your tummy, brighten your baggy eyes, and generally turn you into a startlingly more magnificent version of your current schlubby self. Before and after pictures illustrate the progress you can make: She used to look like this (awwwwww)...


10 things to do while your friends are at World Youth Day...
Matthew Sewell
Chances are, if you’re reading this, you have a friend or seventeen who are on pilgrimage to World Youth Day this week in Krakow, Poland. But you aren’t there, and this probably perfectly describes you having to stay home: Well, never fear. For those of us watching the action from the sidelines this World Youth Day, there’s a few things we can do in solidarity with our pilgrim brethren...


WSJ editorial writer Sohrab Ahmari honors Fr. Jacques Hamel by announcing conversion to Catholicism...


In the face of Islamic terrorism, you must do your Christian duty...


Vatican statement on “barbaric killing” of priest in France...


St. Faustina’s shrine sends a new spark of Divine Mercy to America...


Why are so many Americans confused and frightened?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Why are so many Americans in a condition of confusion, fear, suspicion, anger and rage? It is because of our disproportionate and disordered understanding of freedom. Freedom. Freedom. Freedom. Freedom Its like that is the only virtue Americans know about anymore. But freedom like all virtues, is a delicate, vulnerable and hard won thing...


Jungle fever: Reading for the heart of the summer...
Sean Fitzpatrick
There is something distantly primal and tribal about summer, when sunny days and sultry nights seem to unconsciously conjure up the sense, or scent, of a wilder side of humanity. Something naked and free. Something delightful yet dangerous. These are, after all, the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Whether it is the warm pulse of life...


3 Catholic practices for the “spiritual but not religious”...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
As most of you know, there are a growing number of people who have begun to identify as “spiritual but not religious.” I have always suspected that this phrase really covers a diverse group of people, some who are closer to agnosticism but don’t want to admit it, and others who practice a faith periodically but don’t want to identify with it too closely...


Islamic State knifemen shot dead after taking nuns hostage, “slicing throat” of 84-year-old priest during Mass...


Amid closures, these two elements lead to thriving Catholic schools...


What’s underneath the Vatican power struggle over economic reforms...


My mother was advised to abort me, says Cardinal Burke in new book...


6,726 Syrian refugees admitted to U.S. so far in FY16—but only 23 are Christians...


For news media, Kaine is a 'Pope Francis Catholic,' other than all that moral doctrine stuff...


Can we stop kidding ourselves about “I'm personally opposed, but”?
Carrie Gress
In 1984, after much interior laboring over the thorny issue of abortion, Catholic Governor Mario Cuomo delivered the speech that would free Catholics from being swaddled in Church teaching while liberating them to cuddle up to pro-abortion policy. The New York Governor conceived the hair-splitting notion that amounted to – “I’m personally opposed to abortion...

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The martyrdom of Father Jacques Hamel: At what point were the attackers' motives clear?
Terry Mattingly
Details continue to emerge about the events surrounding the murder of the Rev. Jacques Hamel, the Catholic priest who was killed by ISIS terrorists at the altar of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray Church, France. One of the worshipers taken hostage – yes, a nun – remains in serious condition. French officials have also confirmed that one of the two attackers...


3 reasons why “Vikings” is the most religiously interesting show on TV...
Bishop Robert Barron
At the prompting of some of my younger colleagues at Word on Fire, I spent time during a recent vacation getting caught up on the History Channel show Vikings. My friends had told me that Vikings, curiously, is the most religious show on television. They were right. Don’t get me wrong, there is enough violence, pillaging, plundering...


How Pope Francis can commemorate Fr. Hamel's murder while in Poland...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
Pope Francis is a pastor of powerful gestures. Tomorrow, when he arrives here for World Youth Day, he should make a prolonged, prayerful and purposeful visit to the tombs in Wawel Cathedral, first among them King Jan III Sobieski. The scourge of Islamic State violence marred the first day of WYD here, when the news arrived that Father Jacques Hamel had been beheaded in his parish church in France — during the celebration of the Eucharist...


Please don't call it 'senseless' violence...
Phil Lawler
The latest atrocity by the Islamic State—the brutal murder of an elderly priest, carried out during the holy Sacrifice of the Mass—was not a senseless act. Abominable, yes. Disgusting, surely. But senseless? No. It was premeditated. It was intentional. It was part of a larger pattern. This is murder for a cause, also known as persecution...


Priest murdered by terrorists during Mass: Yes, the hellish details matter in this story...


Father Jacques Hamel: “A good priest ... who did his job to the very end”...


D.A. dismisses all bogus charges against David Daleiden for exposing Planned Parenthood...


Tim Kaine: The whitewash on the sepulcher...
John Zmirak
Would anyone have dedicated their lives to building Communism if its partisans had been candid about what it entailed? Lenin won power by promising “peace, bread, and land for the peasants,” not “gulags, purges, and famines.” Even Hitler came to power with talk of economic renewal, national pride, and a peaceful Europe led by its “natural” hegemon...


How does your neighborhood get its power? Find out with this map...


To heal the wounds of the sheep, the shepherd must help them to repent of their sins...


And with sweet sleep mine eyelids close...
Msgr. Charles Pope
One of the great night prayer hymns, “All Praise to Thee My God This Night,” appears in numerous hymnals of the English tradition. Sadly, it is not in our current breviary, but I hope that the new one might feature it. It was written by Thomas Ken in 1709 and is most often sung to the beautiful tune of Tallis’ Ordinal, which you can hear in the video below...


What do you say when kids ask about dinosaurs?
Stacy Trasancos
Suppose you catechize your children properly and teach them all about Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden and original sin. Suppose you sit on the sofa one Sunday evening, read the Bible with them and explain how God created all of the plants and animals. On Monday morning, they return to their science classes and learn about fossils and dinosaurs...


Crisis in South Sudan: 'The worst is still to come'...


“Never again” has to be more than a slogan...


How to build a mini air hockey table for hours of fun...


How to win new converts...


‘Toy Story 3’ and our national naiveté...


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