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Pope taps Dallas parish priest as new bishop of Lubbock


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...


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...


Is this Marian apparition a bridge between Lourdes and Fatima?


Holy Father beatifies Bl. Engelmar Unzeitig, killed “in hatred of the faith” in Dachau...


Christians ‘hung on a cross over fire’, steamrollered and crushed to death in North Korea...

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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...


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...
Sandro Magister
In mid-September, cardinal secretary of state Pietro Parolin held a meeting with all the apostolic nuncios gathered in Rome to celebrate the jubilee. And during this meeting, as in other informal conversations, when asked about the status of negotiations with China he gave them some information of great interest. He confirmed that the negotiation underway concerns only the question of the appointment of bishops...


What Argentina’s ‘Amoris Laetitia’ guidelines really mean...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
When Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) was released in April, it was already clear that an unusual moment in the life of the Church had been reached. The September disclosure of guidelines formulated by Argentinian bishops — and explicitly endorsed personally by the Holy Father himself in a very peculiar manner — has served to reinforce how misunderstood this unusual moment has become...


Body of third kidnapped Mexican priest found...


A biblical meditation on the difficulties of old age...


Here are some perfect prayers for before and after Mass...


On Communion debate, Pope Francis opts for decentralization...
John Allen
Towards the end of Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’s document on the family, the pontiff writes that when priests have to make judgments in concrete cases such as pastoral care of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, they are to do so “according to the teaching of the Church and the guidelines of the bishop.” One wonders if he knew at the time just what a conflicting welter of responses that injunction would elicit...


4 manuals of spiritual combat: Scupoli, Robinson, Thigpen, Arminjon...


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