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Vatican picks pro-Beijing Father Peter Choy Wai-man as Bishop of Hong Kong, but delays announcement, sources say


This Sunday, no greater joy than encountering Jesus...
Tom Hoopes
There is no greater joy in this world than encountering Jesus. There is no greater peace than being in communion with God. No work is as satisfying as work that you know pleases him. These are three rock-bottom truths that the world, the flesh and the devil continually lie to us about (and that we lie to ourselves about) but the Church brings them into sharp focus in the readings for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time...


China’s birthrate hits historic low, in looming crisis for Beijing...


Does Terrence Malick’s new film show the real Franz Jägerstätter?


Tabernacle retrieved intact from church destroyed by earthquake in Puerto Rico...


In Paris, the rebuilding of Notre Dame is being shaped by history, myth and Emmanuel Macron...


What you should know about imprimaturs and private revelations...
Jimmy Akin
In recent years, imprimaturs have been granted to books connected with unapproved private revelations, and this has led to some confusion. It has been argued that imprimaturs and nihil obstats are acts of the Magisterium, and therefore the faithful are obliged to give the religious submission of mind and will that they must to any other act of the Magisterium...


2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time: The Afterglow of the Baptism...
John Bergsma
The Second Sunday of OT is one of those “unofficial” feast days in the Church’s calendar, which aren’t given a name, but due to the Readings that always occur on them, have a unique and particular character to them. The Second Sunday of OT might be called “Afterglow Sunday,” and every third year it is the “Feast of the Wedding at Cana...


Richmond bishop defends Catholic parish hosting Episcopalian consecration of female bishop...


Kansas City Royals VP on his family’s conversion: “Better than winning a World Series in 2015... becoming Catholic been the greatest thing that’s ever happened to us”...


Why Michelle Williams had to justify sacrificing her child for fame...
Noelle Mering
Two celebrities at the Golden Globes this month created quite a stir. One was the talented Ricky Gervais, ruthlessly exposing the bankruptcy and sanctimony of those who were there to celebrate themselves. The other was the talented Michelle Williams, expecting and receiving applause for having aborted her child to become a person on a stage being applauded...


That story that stayed 'til Christmas: Pachamama debates lingered at the Vatican...
Terry Mattingly
The scene during the Vatican's Christmas concert was simple and even childlike, as a young woman from Latin America instructed participants – including smiling cardinals – to fold their arms over their chests. But this was a religious ritual, not a 1990s Macarena flashback. "You will feel a strong vibration," she said...


‘1917’ and remembering who we are...
Bishop Robert Barron
I saw the film 1917 on the vigil of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and I think there’s a connection between the movie and the liturgical celebration. Bear with me. First, as everyone who has seen it remarks, the editing and cinematography of 1917 are so astounding that it appears to unfold completely in real time, the result of one continuous shot...


Cardinal Hummes: Pope’s Pan-Amazon apostolic exhortation to be published soon...
Edward Pentin
Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the general relator of the Pan-Amazon Synod last October, has written a letter to bishops saying Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation is expected to be “promulgated by the end of this month or early February.” The letter, which seeks to prepare bishops ahead of the publication of the exhortation...


G.K. Chesterton’s historic home in England faces demolition — here’s how you can help stop it...


Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI wrote text, but did not agree to be book’s co-author...


Jimmy Johnson’s well-deserved surprise announcement is worth watching, even if you’re not an NFL fan...


Benedict is defending celibacy from the media, not from Francis...

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Ahead of Hong Kong announcement, “La Civiltà Cattolica” exhumes a deceased Chinese bishop to attack Cardinal Zen...
Sandro Magister
In the beginning of the year speech to the diplomatic corps, Pope Francis found words on everything, from Burkina Faso to northern Macedonia. But not on China. This silence was not a surprise, given the fear of the Vatican authorities that any word of theirs in this regard could only irritate the Asian giant, already rather hostile toward “foreign” religions...


Pope prepares to celebrate first Sunday of the Word of God on Jan. 26...
Inés San Martín
Next week, Pope Francis will lead the first celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God, which he instituted as a yearly occasion to celebrate and study the Bible. Francis wants to “stimulate all Christians not to place the Bible on the shelf as one of many books, perhaps filled with dust, but as an instrument that awakens our faith...


For the five ‘Bernies’ of Indiana’s Marian High School, “disability means different ability”...


Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, dead at 95...


“The Two Popes” is pure baloney, brilliantly acted...
George Weigel
I first met Pope Emeritus Benedict in June 1988; over the next three decades, I’ve enjoyed many lengthy conversations and interviews with him, including a bracing discussion covering many topics last October 19. I first met Pope Francis in Buenos Aires in May 1982, and have had three private audiences with him since his election as Successor of Peter...


A glimpse of liturgy and parish life in the 1920s...
Msgr. Charles Pope
I have said the Traditional Latin Mass for all of my many years of priesthood. Back in the late 1980s, only a few priests were “permitted” to do so and there were few resources available to learn it. About the only visual help was the Fulton Sheen film from the 1940s describing the Mass. So, I trained under a few older priests during my seminary years...


Watch Earth’s 4.5 billion-year history, condensed down to an 11-minute time-lapse video...


'The Two Popes' is pure propaganda...
Sean Fitzpatrick
The Two Popes is not so much a picture as it is propaganda. The Netflix original follows the mode of the liberal media, presenting imagined interactions and conversations between Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis (when he was Cardinal Bergoglio) that further an agenda that is bent on denouncing the Catholic Church with slick cinematography...


In nod to transgender movement, French bishops approve removing parents’ sex from baptismal forms...


Finding beauty on the streets of New York City...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
I was a bit of a hot mess, as I can be. Picture the heart of the New York evening commute, a busy midtown street corner. It was cold, and as people rushed by for their trains near Grand Central Station, I saw a man all bundled up on the concrete with a cardboard sign that I could barely find an opening to read. My purse was overflowing with books and papers and who knows what else...


What this married priest thinks about celibacy...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
The topic of celibacy of priests is once again a hot news item, and it seems a great shame that so many on both sides of the progressive-conservative . divide within Catholicism have fallen into their expected tribal positions and have spent so much time getting themselves worked up over whether or not Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI really should be billed as “co-author” of this new book with Cardinal Sarah or not...


‘Buckle up for 2020’ — Violent protests and political upheaval to become the ‘new normal,’ says global risk report ...


Pope appoints first woman to managerial position in Secretariat of State...


A study of sloth in the life of Lot...


Ignatius Press says claims that Benedict XVI did not co-author book on celibacy are ‘false’...


How an entire town went quiet for an extraordinary Stradivarius experiment...


Cardinal Pell transferred to new maximum-security prison after drone incident...


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