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Pope angers Chileans by saying accusations against Bishop Barros are ‘all calumny’


The Sun is astonishingly big — and astonishingly small...


Thoughts on a mid-air marriage...
Edward Peters
Show of hands! Who wants to rain all over the sentimental parade lining up behind (what is being presented as) the pope’s facilitation of married love? Anyone? Anyone? I thought not. Oh well. Readers of this blog know that I am no fan of canonical form for marriage (cc. 1108, 1117)—a cure that has far outlived the malady (clandestine marriage) it was designed to treat—but canonical form is still law for Catholics and that law goes to the validity of Catholic marriage...


Gene editing — and what it really means to rewrite the code of life...


As Church/State tensions mount in Congo, Vatican trip in limbo...
John Allen
A scheduled Vatican mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo recently had to be postponed, a senior Vatican cardinal said Thursday, in part because of mounting tensions between the local Church in one of the world’s most pervasively Catholic countries and the government of incumbent President Joseph Kabila. “Our discastery made one visit there...


Trump to overhaul HHS office, shield health workers with moral objections...


Pope in Chile tells youth: Always ask ‘What would Christ do in my place?’...


Corrupt Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro seeks punishment for Catholic bishops opposed to corruption...


Why the Pope’s visit to Peru will be especially challenging...
Victor Gaetan
When Pope Francis touches down in Lima, Peru, Jan. 18, he will meet a boisterous Catholic Church fresh from a victory over gender ideology, while confronting new skirmishes against “ideological colonization,” as the Holy Father describes foreign attempts to undermine Christian values in poorer countries. At the same time...


The strange tale of the chess grandmaster who became a priest...
Kevin Di Camillo
When I first saw the 2015 film Pawn Sacrifice, which depicts the most famous chess event of the 20th century, the World Championship in 1972 vs. the USSR’s Grandmaster Boris Spassky, I thought it was another case of Hollywood taking liberties. I’m speaking of the character played by Peter Sarsgaard: Father William Lombardy, who was chess legend Bobby Fischer’s corner man...


Steps from Central Park, a church where everyone can find a home...
David Mills
Praying to St. Ann for a very, very sick friend, I choked when I got to the line “obtain for her the grace of a good death.” Her death is no longer only a distant possibility. But I felt some comfort in being able to ask Our Lady’s mother for her help at her shrine. I’d misplaced the subway stop and found myself walking by an old big church...


No one wants your used clothes anymore...


Pope Francis meets with sex-abuse victims in Chile...


A look at the world's 50 most anti-Christian countries...


Pope to countrymen on a trip home: ‘Don't cry for me, Argentina!’...
Inés San Martín
Even though Pope Francis’s Jan. 15-21 outing to Chile and Peru is his sixth trip to Latin America, it’s only the second time the Argentine pontiff has flown over his home country en route. Popes always send telegrams to the heads of state of the countries whose airspace they enter, and in keeping with that tradition, Francis dispatched a message on Monday to Argentine President Mauricio Macri...


An interview with Bishop Michael Yeung Ming of Hong Kong...


Pope warns world is one step away from nuclear war, says ‘I think we are at the very limit’...


Of sports radio, squabbles, and signs of life...
Rick Becker
I’m what you’d call a “fair-weather runner” – which means I’m not running these days. Come spring, however, and the thaw (God willing), you’ll find me out there on the street almost daily: Putting in my miles, getting ready for my 5Ks, running my 5Ks, chasing my younger kids on their bikes when they let me. It’s my annual endorphin spree...

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Can we talk? A brief list of annoying expressions and verbal fumbles...
Msgr. Charles Pope
We all have certain phrases that annoy us; oddities creep into the language that invite comment or could use correction. To that end, I propose below a list of ten annoying and/or misused words and expressions. Please accept this list in the humorous vein in which it is intended. I am playing the role of an irritated curmudgeon...


What the Church can learn from Google’s discrimination case...


Do you know the difference between envy and jealousy?


Love is in the air: Pope marries couple mid-flight during Chile visit...


Why does Hollywood takes irreverent use of Christ’s name to absurd excess? Because of a deep spiritual disconnect...


President Trump to address March for Life via livestream...


Why young people are bringing back old things...
K.V. Turley
This Christmas, I heard of a teenager being given an unusual present. It was a Polaroid camera. I thought such items no longer existed; and if they still did exist, I could not see what their attraction would be for a millennial. By all accounts, the girl in question was more than happy with her Christmas box. And, if the increasing research findings are correct as to what is selling and who is buying...


The season between Christmas and Lent is the season of Christ the King...
Stephanie Mann
In one of his Parochial and Plain Sermons, written and delivered while he was the Anglican Vicar of the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Oxford, Blessed John Henry Newman highlighted the special purpose of the season between Christmas and Lent, calling it the season of Christ’s Epiphany, the manifestation of His glory...


Technology displaced fathers. To fight back you must displace it...
Jason Craig
The average father cannot easily face the challenges he intuits, because he doesn’t understand them. And it is not because he is unintelligent, but because the force that has overtaken the totality of the developed world is too often unrecognized. We don’t realize it in the same way we don’t realize air – its total presence is such a given as to be unnoticed...


Keep an eye on ‘NIFLA v. Becerra’ — the dangerous supreme court case nobody is talking about...


What's at stake when Francis and Erdogan sit down to talk Turkey...


Kindness is not the same as love...


Human suffering can be redemptive, and can draw us closer to Christ...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Any convert to the Catholic faith will soon come across this phrase, “Offer it up.” Ordinary Catholic mothers used to say it when their kids were grumbling: “Offer it up dear!” The idea behind this practice is really one of Catholicism’s treasures. It is the belief that our sufferings can be joined with those of Christ for the redemption of the world...


Vatican responds to outcry over papal award for pro-abortion politician, says Order of St. Gregory is routine gesture...
Edward Pentin
The Vatican has said a papal honor given to a militant pro-abortion Dutch politician was standard “diplomatic practice” when someone is part of an official delegation with their head of state, and in no way was meant as a sign of support for her politics of abortion or birth control. In a statement released Monday evening, the Vatican said the honor awarded to Lilianne Plouman — as Commander in the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St...


Dear Mr. Bible Guy who tried to convert my son and his friends...
Jennifer Fitz
Dear Christian Bible Guy, I want to thank you for coming up to my son and his friends at our state’s March for Life and trying to talk them out of the Catholic faith. You were bound to talk to someone. The pro-life movement is the place of all places where serious Catholics and serious non-Catholic Christians spend lots of time together side-by-side...


When it comes to the law of God, there are 2 ways to err...


3 helpful life hacks to help you overcome perfectionism...


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