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Alfie Evans granted Italian citizenship


‘I was the butler of three Popes. Let me tell you about John Paul II’s miracle...’...


States battle in courts while tightening noose on abortion clinics...


This ice is nearly as hot as the sun’s surface...


Pope Francis to new priests: Be like Jesus the Good Shepherd...


The little boy with Down syndrome who helped Our Lord carry His Cross...
John Clark
ChurchPop recently reported about the story of a little boy with Down syndrome who comforted an actor portraying Jesus in a Passion procession in Mexico. (See the video above.) Not understanding that it was only a staged performance, the little boy ran up to the actor playing Jesus, comforting him and trying to protect him from the cruel “Roman soldiers...


A reflection on the Fourth Sunday of Easter...
Scott Hahn
Jesus, in today’s Gospel, says that He is the good shepherd the prophets had promised to Israel. He is the shepherd-prince, the new David—who frees people from bondage to sin and gathers them into one flock, the Church, under a new covenant, made in His blood (see Ezekiel 34:10–13, 23–31). His flock includes other sheep...


Inside Prop Heaven, where Hollywood goes to get its fake food and restaurant sets...


Pope appoints new consultors to CDF, including three women...


Mary’s ultimate act of humility: La Negrita in Cartago, Costa Rica...
Marge Fenelon
They call her La Negrita, or the Black Madonna, and she’s the Patron Saint of Costa Rica. In many ways, you might call her a “real doll.” In 1635, a young Tico, or native, girl looking for firewood in the forest saw a peculiar black rock in the shape of a doll that was sitting on top of a large boulder. A mysterious image of a woman and child was engraved on it...


Catholic sexual liberation: A rerun way too late...


Paul VI approved the liturgical reform, but he didn’t like it very much...
Sandro Magister
“The pope wants it.” This is how Monsignor Annibale Bugnini (1912-1982), the author of the liturgical reform that followed Vatican Council II, silenced the experts every time they contested one or another of his most reckless innovations. The pope was Paul VI, who in effect had entrusted to none other than Bugnini the role of secretary and factotum of the council for the reform of the liturgy...


In today’s Sycophancy Sweepstakes, it’s hard to top Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill...
George Weigel
The annals of sycophancy are, alas, replete with examples of churchmen toadying to political power. Here in the United States, we’ve seen too much of that among certain evangelical leaders recently. In today’s Sycophancy Sweepstakes, however, it’s hard to top Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.


C.S.Lewis, St. Thérèse and our resurrection bodies...


Mexican priest stabbed to death in parish amid continuing wave of violence...


How St. Ignatius of Loyola rescued a man from a demon...
Thomas McDonald
In the Église des Jésuites of Molsheim in Northern France there was curious relic described as late as the 17th century. Within the soaring grandeur of the Gothic cathedral is found the Baroque chapel of St. Ignatius of Loyola, which housed among other items two scraps of paper written in Greek. The story behind them was investigated on the order of Pope Paul V and inscribed in the chapel walls...


Habemus Pappy: Francis praises gift of ‘very good bourbon’ from Kentucky priest...

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Catholic Voices succeeds by reframing arguments rather than retorting...
John Allen
While there are undoubtedly many ways to measure the greatness of an idea, here’s one: When it outlives its original application, and becomes a permanent part of a much larger reality. That, in short, is the story of Catholic Voices, which is undoubtedly the most successful Catholic communications initiative of the last decade - and a nominee...


Holy Communion is not a “come one, come all” event...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In the modern debate about who can and should receive Holy Communion there is generally the presumption that everyone has a right to approach the Eucharistic Sacrifice and partake of the Body and Blood of the Lord. Thus, to limit or discourage indiscriminate reception of Communion is not only dismissed as unjust, but also, contrary to the practice of Jesus Christ who “welcomed everyone...


The King of Love My Shepherd Is...


Why seek ye the living in the culture of death?


Pro soccer player shares heart-stopping story...


How would Earth be different if it rotated the other direction?


Here’s the real reason traditional Catholic worship will survive and thrive...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
It begins with the very basic element of human existence: desire. Rene Girard put into contemporary terms what we already knew. He wrote about “mimetic desire”. Put simply, this is the desire to have what someone else has and you feel you do not have. It is there in the very first temptation. Satan says to Eve, “you will be like God...


Ironically enough, Rome's the right place to learn Church communications...


The temptation to make Christianity a club is nothing new...
Mark Shea
Jesus welcomes anybody with trust in him to approach him and encourages his disciples to help those with some light to find more light. And that meant the apostles and disciples need to make their faith intelligible to every Tom, Dick, and Harry. To their credit, his disciples learned their lesson. You can see this, for instance...


Memoir of Jewish boy taken from home by Pius IX altered in translation...


SDG reviews ‘The Devil and Father Amorth’...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
“He who sups with the devil,” a wise medieval proverb has it, “needs a long spoon.” William Friedkin, forever known as the director of The Exorcist, may or may not appreciate that proverb, but in The Devil and Father Amorth, a 69-minute documentary featuring Father Gabriele Amorth — perhaps the world’s best-known exorcist until his death in 2016 — Friedkin does interview two people who clearly do...


My angry pro-choice critic called it lying. He was wrong...
David Mills
“Bravo for lying through omission and appeal to emotion.” The young man didn’t like my Look Out, Pro-Choicers, You’re in Danger, published last Friday. Commenting on The Stream’s Facebook page, my angry pro-choice critic said, “Thanks for misrepresenting the arguments for choice w/r/t abortion and placing it only in terms of your values and perspective...


Facebook privacy scandal a wake-up call for Catholics, experts say...


Chilean cardinal says bishop should resign over abuse crisis...


Your life is not about you — as illustrated in a Bible story...


How to respond to transgenderism...
Brianna Heldt
When Harry Became Sally combines solid scientific evidence (much of which has been compiled by transgender-friendly researchers and experts), personal anecdotes and testimonies from transgendered men and women themselves, and a well-documented overview of the current political game to paint a clear, rather distressing picture of what is being done to children in the name of “compassion” and “science...


Check out these rare photos of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)...


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