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Pope's Wednesday Audience: The Good Thief reveals “the starting point of repentance — fear of the Lord”


4 guidelines for voting, drawn from the wisdom of the Church...
Bishop James Conley
This November, American Catholics have the opportunity to shape the direction of our nation, our states, and our local communities in the voting booth. Good citizenship is a moral obligation for all Catholics, and voting is an important part of that obligation. In the United States, the responsibility for our government’s direction lies with us...


Is the Crucifix is a symbol of hatred?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
In today’s news a group concerned with hate crime on campus reports that one of the complaints they had was from someone who objected to a crucifix because it was “a symbol of oppression and hate of the LBGT community” This article reports how the University of Wisconsin/La Crosse have a “bias/hate” reporting system through which students may anonymously report incidents they find offensive...


This Ohio mystic mentored Mother Angelica. Was she a saint?


Vote as a Catholic with a Catholic moral vision...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Satan is no idiot. He has successfully convinced most Catholics that moral issues are political issues. And in so doing he has successfully shut down a huge amount of moral exhortation and reflection. This is especially true in a political season such as this, when the distinctions between the candidates on critical moral issues could not be clearer or sharper...


All hail the pizza saver, the tiny piece of plastic protecting your pie...


Are Rom Coms porn for women?
Simcha Fisher
It’s a good question, one that turns up every eighteen months or so. Here’s the latest iteration, from Relevant Magazine: Rom-Coms are perverting the way we think about love. The author, Melissa Collier Gepford, makes it clear that she thinks the habit of watching silly, trivial romantic comedies is not as bad as the habit of watching porn...


An analysis of Monday night's Trump-Clinton presidential debate...
Matthew Bunson
A record-setting number of viewers tuned in Monday to watch the first presidential debate (the first of three) and saw two candidates come to grips not just with each other but with the perceptions that have formed about them in the public eye. What they also saw was a debate that was thin on civility and marked by a nasty tone that was enough to make any viewer uncomfortable about how unpleasant the next debates might become...


4 things every candidate for Confirmation needs to hear...


Poland poised to approve new law banning all abortions and protecting unborn children...


Joy is the grown-up version of fun...
Carrie Gress
Shortly after I got married, a good priest gave me some sage advice: look at all your daily frustrations as a source of holiness. Later that day, my husband did something that irritated me, so I said to him through clenched teeth: “You are making me so holy right now.” Of course, this made us both laugh. When my husband and I were married...


Pope taps Dallas parish priest as new bishop of Lubbock...


Why colonial America was so afraid of Catholic Quebec...
Stephanie Mann
In describing the conversion of Sister Frances Margaret Allen, I concluded my last blog post: “Like all converts, Fanny Allen had to overcome many obstacles, including the almost inbred fear and hatred of Catholicism of her family and her state.” I also noted that her mother had Fanny baptized in the Episcopal Church before she went to Montreal...


Deseret News: What 'Star Trek' teaches us about faith 50 years later...


Tens of thousands march against same-sex marriage in Mexico...


Cardinal Parolin to the nuncios: No concession with China...


What Argentina’s ‘Amoris Laetitia’ guidelines really mean...


Body of third kidnapped Mexican priest found...

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Why be religious? Isn't being spiritual enough?
Jimmy Akin
When people say they are spiritual rather than religious, they frequently mean that, although they don’t practice a specific religion, they recognize there is more to the world than matter; that it has a spiritual dimension. This is good! But it doesn’t go very far. Wouldn’t it be nice to know more about the world’s spiritual dimension...


Internet search engines block ads for sex-selection abortions in India...


How to avoid poisoning your soul on social media...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Not long ago Time magazine ran a cover story about Internet trolling with the alarming but not inaccurate cover blurb “We’re losing the Internet to the culture of hate.” Trolling and other antisocial behaviors are widespread online. They can even be found in devout Catholic circles, though outright trollery and the “culture of hate” are perhaps more easily recognized and avoided than a more subtle but related phenomenon: what might be called a culture of wrath...


Aspen, Colorado conference to equip parents to pass faith to their children...
Roxanne King
Starting next year, children in the Denver Archdiocese will get confirmed in third grade to fill them with the needed graces to face the ever-increasing difficulties of living a Christian life. The change also restores parents to their rightful duty as primary faith educators of their children. If you’re a parent, are you ready for that...


This new film on James Foley isn't without controversy ...


7 ways to keep your kids close to Jesus Christ...


How to talk to your friends about the problem of evil...


“Cockroaches can survive a nuclear blast” and other urban legends...


“Evil is a reality”: Two U.S. priests explain increase in diabolical activity, requests for exorcism...


From a Church of “in-crowds” and comfort, deliver me, Lord...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
I used to be a little girl who loved Anne of Green Gables, violin concertos, and writing stories about fairies. Then I became an atheist punk rocker and later a vegan animal-rights activist. After college I was an inner-city school teacher, then a humble farm worker. Then, miraculously, a believer in God, a Catholic, a believer in Jesus...


What the Devil's attack on gender is really attacking...


In search of Joseph Pearce’s England...


‘The Loser Letters’ debuts at Catholic University of America...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Olympic gymnast Chellsie Memmel is “on stage in a completely new way” (as she puts it) later this month in the nation’s capital. She’s starring in The Loser Letters, a creative response to “the new atheism” and to a radical secularism that would make religion seem irrational and unworthy of respect, never mind protection...


Who's behind the mysterious Eye of the Tiber?


Jesuits prepare for general congregation, election of new leader...


Of interrupted Rosaries and Guardian Angels...
Rick Becker
When I’m driving to work, I have a choice. I can either turn on the radio and listen to my friends on NPR go blah, blah, blah about whatever – or I can pray a rosary. I confess I don’t always choose to pray, and sometimes I feel justified in that if there’s something hot in the news I want to get the latest on – especially if it pertains to my local community or the Church...


Cosmas and Damian, the amazing twins who both became saints...
Fr. Damian Ference
I was born in 1976, the same year the film “The Omen” was released. My parents decided to name me Damian, not knowing that Damien was the name of the boy-demon in the popular movie. It could have been worse — my dad actually wanted to name me Fabian, but thankfully my mom would have none of it. Needless to say, you can imagine that I got my share of demon and devil jokes as a kid...


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