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“We just pulled it”: ACA remains in place after reform effort fails


Insides that didn't decompose – and other stunning facts about Oscar Romero...


Of doves and serpents, and pro-choice magic...
David Mills
One of the doves who come to our window feeder seems to be missing the skin on the back of his head. I’m pretty sure we see his skull when he looks away from the house. It’s a dangerous world out there when you’re prey. They’re pretty birds, our doves, but they don’t look intelligent. They don’t have that “Hello, lunch...


To all those observing Lent: Remember your mortality and sinfulness, and suffer lovingly...


Why ‘the Marian Option’ is not optional today...


Christians in northern Iraq ‘on verge of extinction’, says aid worker...


6 great websites for training young apologists...
John Clark
In a world that peddles atheism and agnosticism to our kids, we homeschooling parents need to train our children to defend the Catholic Faith. As our duty both to them and to the universal Church, we need to raise young apologists. If you’re looking for a few ways to accomplish that, here are a few ideas to help you get started...


A Lenten lesson on I-80 about blinkers and rash judgment...
Rick Becker
We were heading home to Indiana from Omaha after a funeral. We’d made a later start than we’d hoped, so I was banking on making it to the Quad Cities before nightfall so we could have a relatively relaxed drive the next day to South Bend. It had been pretty stormy in Nebraska as we started heading east on I-80 – pretty ominous...


Neil Gorsuch is a proponent of natural law — which says a lot...


How to make the most of your workday...


Pope Francis sends message of “prayerful solidarity” with London victims...


Pope Francis may shine a light on famine and genocide in South Sudan...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Pope Francis is reportedly considering a trip to South Sudan, after ecumenical pleas from religious leaders who hope that his visit might draw attention to the plight of the people there, suffering famine and genocide. Melinda Henneberger, editorial writer and columnist for the Kansas City Star, recently went to South Sudan, on a trip sponsored by the Sudan Relief Fund...


The Last Prince of Baltimore: William Cardinal Keeler dies at 86...
Rocco Palmo
In the annals of the Premier See of these United States, two figures form the center of a legend born alongside the Constitution. Yet even for all John Carroll and James Gibbons would bequeath to posterity, it’d fall to yet another to bring the Maryland Tradition of American Catholicism into the 21st century. And this morning...


The horrific dream of the wife of Pontius Pilate (about the Nicene Creed)...
Taylor Marshall
Pontius Pilate’s name is in the Creeds because it anchors the life of Christ into human history, specifically Roman history. There is a “tradition” that Pontius Pilate’s wife Claudia Procula had a dream of billions of people chanting “sub Pontio Pilato” over and over and over. What she was hearing was the billions of Christians who recite “He was crucified under Pontius Pilate...


Watch this little girl steal Pope Francis' hat...


Ongoing messages at ‘Medjugorje of Argentina’ will be kept private, local bishop says...


Associated Press flunks Christianity 101 yet again...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
How important are the 40 days between Easter Sunday and Ascension Thursday? Crucially important. In fact, it would not be an exaggeration to say those 40 days are responsible for the Christian faith being what it is and not something completely different. The foundational Christian claim is that Jesus returned bodily to life after his dead by crucifixion...


Prayers go out amid confusion, chaos following London attack...

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A ‘wounded healer’ offers guidance for wounded Catholics...
Edward Peters
Two things will strike readers of Fr. Thomas Berg’s Hurting in the Church: first, that this book needed to be written at all, for who could have ever believed that so much hurt could have been inflicted so quickly on so many in the Church; second, that an effective response to such pain would not only help heal those hurting in the Church...


Fatima, marriage, and the Theology of the Body...


The Annunciation is a big deal...
R. Jared Staudt
Easter, Christmas, then the Annunciation? Although it’s not a holy day of obligation, the Annunciation is one of the central solemnities of the liturgical year. There are two main reasons why. First, the Incarnation is absolutely central to our faith and salvation. Even though we celebrate Christmas with great solemnity to mark Jesus’ birth into the world...


An eyewitness account of the devastation left behind by ISIS...


Is the buzz true? Did Pope Francis just condemn Communion for the remarried?


How did people tell time in Jesus' day?
Msgr. Charles Pope
The modern person, especially in the West, thinks of time in a very mechanistic way. We watch the clock, which is in itself a mechanical device without intrinsic meaning. For shorter periods of time we look at the clock rather than the sun. For longer periods, we watch the crops, track our children’s growth, or more broadly chart the rise and fall of nations...


Here's what happens if you get too close to a neutron star...


The beauty of women will save the world...
Carrie Gress
There is a well-known Dostoevsky trope that says, “beauty will save the world.” The famous Russian is usually taken to mean the beauty found in the material arts. Music, architecture, and sculpture are rightfully being plumbed for their world-saving abilities, particularly how they lead a soul back to God. But there is one stone that has yet to be unturned when considering the role beauty plays in saving the world: women...


St. Patrick, St. Joseph, and the conversion that makes all the difference...
Bishop Robert Barron
I am always pleased when the feasts of St. Patrick and St. Joseph roll around every year, the first on March 17th and the second on March 19th. Joseph is especially dear to the Italian people, who celebrate him with festive meals, and Patrick, of course, is specially reverenced by my own people, the Irish, who celebrate him with parades...


An urgent plea: Pray for the people of Peru...


What was the climate like at the time of Jesus?


Behold, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, the hidden gem of the Midwest...


Day three: Exasperation for Senate Democrats as Gorsuch defends judicial independence...
Matthew Bunson
Day three of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court brought a continuation of the marathon session of questions and answers that took place on day two. Gorsuch spent eleven hours on Tuesday being tested and interrogated, and then he spent another ten hours facing the same process on Wednesday...


Italian layman who defied the Nazis deemed ‘blessed’...


The saints and sinners who shaped America...
Kathy Schiffer
Over the centuries, people of faith have come to American shores in search of freedom, prosperity, and hope. At a time when religious liberty and conscience rights are under attack, Brian Burch, president of Catholic Vote, and author Emily Stimpson Chapman wanted to remind Americans of our heritage. Together they wrote The American Catholic Almanac: A Daily Reader of Patriots...


What if Jesus played basketball? Would He automatically be the best player ever?


The ‘Edicule’, the shrine over Our Lord's tomb, is in danger of ‘catastrophic’ collapse...


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