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Historic Marian shrine in Florida elevated to national shrine by U.S. bishops


What the saints of Pope Francis say to the Church...
Tom Hoopes
After five new canonizations on October 13, Pope Francis has now given the Church 55 new saints throughout his pontificate. Canonization is not merely a declaration that someone is in heaven — it is the Church’s way of saying: “This person should be a model for Catholics today.” Why is Pope Francis proposing these as models...


A solemn warning from St. Paul...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Even if we are unfaithful to the groom of our soul and the Bridegroom of the Church, He will not be unfaithful to us. God will never say to the soul that rejects or hates Him, “I hate you.” The Lord cannot be anything other than Himself. He who is love cannot hate. However, and more soberly, the text means that Lord, who is truth itself...


Who is in the Pan-Amazon Synod’s small working groups?
Edward Pentin
If previous synods can be taken as a guide for future ones, the circoli minori (small working groups), rather than the general congregations, can be where agendas pursued by a minority can be introduced into the synod proceedings. The German-language group was a particular focus in this regard, both during the 2014 and 2015 synods on the family and at the synod on youth last year...


Did Phoenicians beat Christopher Columbus to the Americas by thousands of years?


Why brooding is a sure way to destroy your relationship...


Domenico Giani, Vatican security chief and papal bodyguard, steps down over leak...


St. John Henry Newman: Disciplined pursuit of the Truth, Doorway to Friendship...
Anthony Lilles
The newly canonized St. John Henry Newman's invites us to a discipline pursuit of the truth that builds up the world. His Idea of a University rings with this invitation. It is an invitation that we need to hear. Too often, we direct students to what is functional and useful, but we fail to set them free to engage a meaningful social life...


Forgiveness, Texas-style: Brandt Jean reminds us of the real meaning of justice...
Daniel Philpott
Texans do everything big, even forgiveness. Forgiveness happened big this past October 2nd in a Dallas courtroom soon after the conviction and sentencing of Amber Guyger, the white police officer who shot and killed Botham Jean, a Caribbean African American, while he sat in his apartment eating ice cream. His surviving brother, Brandt Jean...


John Henry Newman, the wise and witty new saint...
David Mills
Today John Henry Newman is being officially declared a saint, meaning a hero of the faith. The greatest of Catholic theologians writing in English, he took up the modern challenges to Christianity before anyone else. How we know what we believe by faith was one of the questions he explored so deeply. How Christians through history have grown in their understanding of the faith was another...


How Our Lady saved the world from a nuclear war...


Memo to Synod: If you don’t want focus on married priests, give us something else...
John Allen
Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who speaks both fluent Spanish and Portuguese and has long experience of Latin America, is a papal appointee among the 184 voting members of the Oct. 6-27 Synod of Bishops on the Amazon. As he generally does, O’Malley is using his blog to share impressions, and on Friday he issued a mild rebuke to reporters that could be a sign of things to come...


A culture of gratitude: Readings for the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time...


Homily for Canonization of Sts. John Henry Newman, Giuseppina Vannini, Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan, Dulce Lopes Pontes and Margherita Bays...


The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) falls on an Advent Sunday. Here’s what that means for you and me...


J.R.R. Tolkien knew that myth can be dangerous if it remains pagan. That’s why he sought to sanctify it...


Kim Kardashian gets baptized in Armenia along with kids Saint, Chicago, and Psalm...


‘Joker’ is not a political statement — it’s a spiritual nightmare...

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NYC’s Mayor Bill de Blasio refuses statue of Mother Cabrini, so NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says state will build it instead...


Pope Francis accidentally tweeted in support of the New Orleans Saints thanks to a hashtag snafu...


When we talk about things worth dying for, we’re talking about the things worth living for...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
I turned 75 a couple of weeks ago and, as canon law requires, I offered my resignation to Pope Francis. In the next few months the Holy Father will accept it, and Philadelphia will have a new archbishop. Philadelphia is a great city, and it’s been one of the great privileges in my life to serve as the pastor of its Catholic people and clergy...


Stay away from “ghost hunting” — there are serious spiritual dangers there...
Philip Kosloski
Ever since the original Ghostbusters movie, countless people have tried to hunt for ghosts, with some even becoming professional “paranormal investigators.” Recently this activity has been on the rise, due in part to the popularity of A&E’s Ghost Hunters TV show. The network has even planned to televise the “World’s Biggest Ghost Hunt...


Stars, birds, autumn leaves, G.K. Chesterton and the Little Flower...
Fr. James Kurzynski
Do you enjoy the endless wonder of God's handiwork that is your backyard? Whether your backyard is a back forty or forty feet of enclosed concrete, I assure you there is something worth discovering just outside your door. Some may dismiss this idealistic, romantic notion as merely the whimsical musings of an aloof theologian priest who tries way too hard to see God in all things...


The remarkable beauty of fog...


Pronouncing Biblical names (wherein I rant)...
Jimmy Akin
In recent years—in some circles—the people who write biblical name pronunciation guides have been promoting a ridiculous, alternative pronunciation of the name “Elisha.” I suspect it’s the same people who were pushing for all manner of liturgical novelties in the 1970s and 1980s, including items of Orwellian Liturgical Newspeak (e...


‘12 Angry Men’ — a conversation on things that matter most in a free society...


India’s Archbishop Dominic Jala killed in car crash while visiting California...


Father Thomas Weinandy: Threat of Church division ‘growing in intensity’...


How to give Almighty God perfect thanks...


“Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new saints”: In St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis canonizes John Henry Newman and four others...


Why do we have eyelashes? New study says it’s to keep our eyes moist...


Prince of Wales on eve of Cardinal Newman’s canonization: “In the age in which he attains sainthood, his example is needed more than ever...”...


Beware: This new phone scam uses a real text from your bank to trick you...


The Democrats are going to regret Beto O’Rourke’s stance on punishing churches and charities...


A Chicago mother’s miracle baby and the making of a saint...


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