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The serpents return: Ireland votes by landslide to legalize abortion


Are there UFOs in religious art? (And more weird questions!)...
Jimmy Akin
In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (May 25, 2018, 2nd hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: Why do we associate good with “up” and down with “bad”? Why do some Medieval religious paintings look like they have spacemen and UFOs in them? Could a priest or the pope bless an entire ocean and make it holy water...


How to switch from Martha to Mary in an instant...
Carrie Gress
At some point in every woman’s life one desires the advice of someone older and wiser; to provide counsel about how to manage each day, negotiate odd predicaments or navigate pitfalls. There is a long Catholic tradition of selecting a saint to guide us through a year. Sometimes we pick the saint, or sometimes it seems like the saint picks us...


13 inconvenient truths about what has been happening in Gaza...


Deacons vesting in dalmatics for concelebrations...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
What’s with the vestimentary and liturgical stinginess when it comes to deacons? Deacons are clerics, but NO! they can’t wear clerical clothing unless its gray or in some other way altered. Deacons are liturgical ministers, ordained for service at the altar, but NO! they can’t put on their proper vestments. This is absurd...


The awesome beauty of Jupiter captured by the Juno spacecraft, in 13 photos...


The amazing humanities department that was shut down after too many students converted to Catholicism...


Video: Our Lady of Guadalupe statue reportedly weeping rose-scented tears; Diocese of Las Cruces to investigate...


Wounded warriors head to Lourdes to seek healing and peace...


If someone asked you to prove that God exists, what would you say?
R. Jared Staudt
What would you have to draw upon to answer this question — revelation, science, or philosophy? Revelation gives us knowledge of God as a free gift and does not require us to prove its contents, but to understand them with the help of the Church. Science cannot prove God’s existence, because God is not an object of empirical study that can be measured with earthly means...


BBC survey: The 100 stories that shaped the world...


The unlikely new contestant on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior is a Catholic priest...


Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis says rap and hip-hop are ‘more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee’ (paywall)...


Saint's statue removed from Catholic church as repression gathers pace in China...


Pope hints at new CDF document on end-of-life issues...


In our day, as during the time of Luther, what happens in Germany will not stay in Germany...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
In The Making of Martin Luther, the Cambridge scholar Richard Rex notes that 1518, not 1517, marks the real birth of Luther’s public profile. Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses hit the wider German market in January 1518. He wrote his Instructions for Confession and his Sermon on the Proper Preparation of the Heart for the Reception of Communion in the spring of the same year...


Little-known facts about 6 U.S. bishops...
Jim Graves
Bishop of Oakland, California, Michael Barber, in addition to being diocesan bishop, has been a commissioned officer for the U.S. Navy Reserve for 27 years. In 1991, while studying in Rome, he was asked to celebrate Mass onboard naval vessels heading to and from the First Gulf War. He was told, “Father, the next time you come aboard...


Why did tongues of fire appear at Pentecost?
Taylor Marshall
Why tongues of fire? Why not lips of fire or words of fire? Why not a fiery dove to conform to the baptism of Christ at the Jordan? The tongues likely evoke the Hebrew concept of “tongues” praising God. As such, there is a Jewish mystical tradition that God’s heavenly temple above is surrounded by praising “tongues of fire...

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Goodbye Catholic Ireland: Lessons from the abortion referendum...


How to make your own BBQ spice rubs...


Cardinal Arinze: Holy Communion is exclusively for Catholics in a state of grace, and “it is Christ who said it”...


Could Pope Francis be shifting his stand on gay influence?
Phil Lawler
No sooner had I spotted one hopeful sign in the Pope’s handling of the Chilean sex-abuse scandal when today’s news brought another. Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Church’s policy barring active homosexuals from seminaries. I know; I know. This concern about homosexual influence contrasts quite sharply with the Holy Father’s reported advice to a gay Chilean abuse victim to “be happy with who you are...


Here’s why Padre Pio’s father went to live in New York...
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio was born to a poor peasant family in the rural town of Pietrelcina, Italy. They had little money and his parents could not read or write. However, Pio’s parents had high hopes their son could one day follow his calling to be a priest. As a young boy Pio had related to his parents a desire to become a religious and they asked a local Capuchin community of friars if they would accept him...


Pondering Isaiah’s advice to close our Eyes lest we ‘look on evil’...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In this age of nearly instantaneous communication, there is an overwhelming amount of news and information available to us. There is nothing wrong with news and information, but each of us must decide how much exposure, in terms of time and content, is good for us. Not all “Breaking News!” is really that urgent. Too much news can distract us...


In closed-door meeting with bishops, Pope Francis reportedly warns against admitting homosexuals to seminary...


Justin Trudeau and the dictatorship of relativism...
George Weigel
You’ve probably never heard of the Waupoos Family Farm. I hadn’t either, until I met some folks involved in it during a recent visit to Ottawa. Their story vividly illustrates the dictatorship of relativism at work. The farm is a vacation site for poor families who can’t afford a holiday together. It’s run by Christians who apply only one criterion to their potential guests: applicants must have an income below Statistics Canada’s poverty line...


‘Solo’ isn't a total waste of time, but...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
In the 40-plus years since Star Wars took the box office and pop culture by storm, no plot point or line of dialogue, however essential or trivial, has avoided endless scrutiny and second-guessing from fans and skeptics alike. How could the Death Star’s catastrophic vulnerability, so obvious that Rebel analysts spotted it immediately...


Working with HSLDA, Google makes education tool suite available to homeschoolers...


Humanae Vitae needs no update, commission chairman says...


Pilgrimage of John XXIII's remains refutes religion's demise...
John Allen
On Thursday morning, a small convoy with police protection will depart from the Vatican bound for the northern Italian city of Bergamo, almost six and a half hours away. In a sense, it’s actually a papal motorcade, but of a highly unusual sort. A pope will indeed be making his way north, but not the current occupant of the office...


Firemen save tabernacle from New Jersey church fire...


The last ride of legendary tornado chaser Tim Samaras...


Pope’s decision to punt on Communion question is ‘puzzling,’ says Canadian Jesuit archbishop...


‘Gay doesn’t matter’ remark continues ‘shadow magisterium’...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
Pope Francis has pioneered a new form of papal teaching, massively influential but officially nonexistent. It is something of a shadow magisterium, but on occasion it shines a brighter light than the official magisterium. The latest example regards the nature of homosexuality. Juan Carlos Cruz, one of the Chilean sexual-abuse victims who spent several days with Pope Francis in April...


Singer Andrea Bocelli walks on knees in reverence at Fatima, says “every breath becomes a prayer”...


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