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Church begins construction of new Our Lady of Arabia Cathedral in Bahrain


He preyed on men who wanted to be priests. Then he became a cardinal...


Did you know it? Michelangelo was a poet...
Kathy Schiffer
Michelangelo was quite a talented fellow! I mean, the Pietà! The statue of David! The Sistine Chapel! The acclaimed sculptor, artist and architect was considered a master by his Renaissance peers; and his reputation has continued to the present day. In his long lifetime, Michelangelo Buonarroti produced a vast number of works that are still considered masterpieces of the highest order...


Poll: 41% say families of 3 or more children is ideal, up from 34% in 2011...


Humanae Vitae is all about Divine Providence...


Amos was an unlikely candidate for God’s service. So were the Apostles. So are you...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Amos was not a “professional.” He had no formal theological training—“nor have I belonged to a company of prophets.” The “company of prophets” were groups—often called “the sons of the prophets”—that probably copied, studied, and preserved sacred texts, and fostered prayer and the development of prophetic gifts...


Pastors interested in seeing how the New Evangelization is done right should spend a week at St. Mary’s in Greenville...
George Weigel
Almost a quarter-century ago, Father Jay Scott Newman, back in Rome to finish a graduate degree after his priestly ordination in Charleston, took me on an extended ramble around the Eternal City: my first hike up the Aventine; my first visit to the crown jewel of paleo-Christian architecture, Santa Sabina; my first exploration of Santa Maria in Cosmedin – and...


Our Lady of Good Help is America’s only fully-approved Marian apparition site...
Rick Becker
The airport cabbie was blunt. “Champion? It’s a bump along the road – you don’t even slow down for it.” My wife and I explained that we were looking for Our Lady of Good Help. “Oh, you’re here for the shrine,” he said. “That’s different.” He was right on both counts. Champion, Wisconsin, is little more than a dot on the map...


I believe in one God, the Father Almighty...
Mark Shea
The very first thing we do as followers of God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is believe and speak. The two go together like the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ. We say, “I believe” because we are taking personal ownership of a revelation we did not invent but which God, in his grace, has revealed to us. God desires that we take that ownership and treasure it away in our hearts the way the Blessed Virgin Mary...


Christian doctor in England denied work for believing that ‘gender is determined at birth’...


The messianic theology of Bob Marley and his conversion to Ethiopian Orthodoxy...
Taylor Marshall
I just returned from the Caribbean. As I listened to the music Bob Marley and the local reggae music, I tuned in with my theological ear. Certain lyrics stood out to me, for example, this line from Marley’s “Get Up Stand Up”. I read through the lyrics and read up on Rastafari theology and its appropriation of Christian Messianism...


The story of Hosea and what it teaches about God and holy matrimony...


G.K. Chesterton’s 3 signs that your friend might become Catholic...


St. Paul’s lingering vision problems...
Fr. Victor Feltes
Paul’s encounter with the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus, accompanied by a great light from the sky which suddenly shone around him, left the great persecutor of the early Church blind. “Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing...” After three days, the Lord sent a Christian named Ananias to prayerfully lay hands upon Saul/Paul...


What happens when you pray for your child?


Taking life out of the Court’s hands...


Nun accuses India’s Bishop Franco Mulakkal of sexual assault...


Why Croatia’s World Cup coach Zlatko Dalic brings a rosary to the soccer pitch...

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Can Humanae Vitae’s teachings change?
Edward Pentin
As speculation mounts about a possible revision or reinterpretation of Blessed Paul VI’s landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae to coincide with its 50th anniversary July 25, what kind of changes, if any, would be permissible? Published in 1968, Humanae Vitae reaffirmed the Church’s prohibition of contraception, approved natural family planning (NFP) methods...


SDG reviews ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Reviewing the original Hotel Transylvania back in 2012, I remarked that, by the time Adam Sandler’s Dracula started rapping at the denouement, “I was dying for a Van Helsing to come in and clean house.” That didn’t happen, of course, so in due course we got Hotel Transylvania 2, in which Dracula’s pixieish undead daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) married her bohemian human boyfriend Johnny (Andy Samberg) and gave birth to a half-undead son named Dennis (the improbably named Asher Blinkoff)...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘A good Catholic proclaims the Gospel’...


These are the world’s strangest time zones...


5 fundamental freedoms for the Christian evangelizer...


What Schumer and Pelosi pretend they don’t know about judges...
David Mills
One thing every Supreme Court vacancy tell us: lots of supposedly well-educated people don’t know what judges do. Or pretend they don’t. Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, I’m looking at you. And at people like a Facebook friend. He’s typical of the kind of person I’m thinking about. A few days ago he listed Amy Barrett’s decisions he thought hurt poor or otherwise marginalized people...


Protests, positivity and Mr. Angry...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
The protests against Mr. Trump in London this weekend highlight the problems at the root of society and our humanity. I’ve written about it this morning over at Patheos here. But there is more to it than my thoughts on that blog. When I see such protests or hear of grumbles about the church leaders or complaints about this that or the other I’m inclined to write the person off as an ignorant Mr...


See rare footage of Pope Paul VI speaking in English about Humanae Vitae...


Masturbation is always a grave sin — but what if it’s for medical reasons?
E. Christian Brugger
We know that self-stimulation for the sake of pleasure is wrongful, because it inverts the order of sexuality, turning something that should be directed to another, to whom I am committed for life and with whom I am ready to bear the responsibility of parenthood, into a solitary act of self-pleasuring. We also know that fostering sexual fantasies is wrongful...


Is there glory in overcoming temptation?
John Clark
Considering how much of the moral life involves overcoming temptation, it’s surprising how little attention the subject receives. (Let’s be honest: when was the last time you found yourself in a discussion with friends about the best ways to overcome temptation?) As a possible prelude to sin, temptation—even victory over temptation—may strike us as a depressing topic...


France vs. Croatia: A Catholic World Cup breakdown...
J.D. Flynn
On Sunday, France and Croatia will square off on the soccer pitch for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Championship. While most U.S. Catholics are only casual soccer fans, many will join more than 3 billion people around the world who are expected to watch the game. What team will U.S. Catholics root for as two historically Catholic countries face off...


Are the sacraments about forms or formation? Classes or conversion?


Why not go on a pilgrimage?


What every Catholic needs to know about the Four Last Things...


House committee moves to protect religious adoption agencies...


Funeral Mass scheduled for Monterey bishop...


Amid transformation, Pope picks Bishop Oscar Cantú for Silicon Valley...


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