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Kobe Bryant Dead at 41: How Scandal Turned Him to Catholic Faith and Divine Mercy


12 great March for Life 2020 signs (with 7 bonus Baby Yodas)...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
Thousands and thousands marched on Washington today to protect the right to life of the most vulnerable, the unborn. In recent years, I have gone and taken photos of the best signs but this year that was not possible. However, people were willing to share their great March for Life signs. There were many great Baby Yoda signs but they are all near the end...


Why study Latin?
R. Jared Staudt
Ave Maria, Gloria in excelsis, Agnus Dei, Dominus Vobiscum, Sanctus, Tantum Ergo. These are just some of the Latin phrases that Catholics may recognize. Although it’s common to speak of Latin as a “dead” language, it remains alive within the Church, her sacred language of prayer, study, and unity. Pope Benedict XVI asked Catholics to learn the basic prayers of the Mass and the rosary to be able to pray together throughout the world...


The time I met Kobe Bryant at daily Mass: “Like all of us, he came to pray”...


China’s war on religion backfires in Wuhan as deadly coronavirus continues to spread...


Homily for first Word of God Sunday: Why does God give us his Word?
Pope Francis
“Jesus began to preach.” With these words, the evangelist Matthew introduces the ministry of Jesus. The One who is the Word of God has come to speak with us, in his own words and by his own life. On this first Sunday of the Word of God, let us go to the roots of his preaching, to the very source of the word of life. Today’s Gospel helps us to know how...


“Keep a Bible close to you,” says Pope, as Church celebrates first “Sunday of the Word of God”...


Elizabeth Wurtzel made a mess of her life, and ended up dying as she lived...
David Mills
“This is it for me,” she declared in the pages of New York magazine just seven years ago. “I am a free spirit. I do not know any other way to be. No one else seems to live as I do. In a world gone wrong, a pure heart is dangerous.” Elizabeth Wurtzel died last week, of cancer. She was only 52. She’d come to fame at 27...


Father Leo Heinrichs, Denver priest shot at Mass in 1908, could be declared a saint...
Philip Kosloski
When Joseph Heinrichs fled Otto von Bismarck’s Kulturkampf in Germany, he thought he was escaping persecution. He didn’t know that shortly after being ordained a Franciscan priest and taking the religious name Leo, he would be shot because of one man’s hatred for the Catholic faith. Fr. Leo Heinrichs initially served at various places in New York and New Jersey...


Bishop Joseph Strickland says he asked Pope Francis about McCarrick report at ad limina visit...


This Sunday is the first “Biblemas” ever! Here are the readings for the Sunday of the Word of God...
John Bergsma
For the first time in the history of the Church, we are celebrating the Feast of the Word of God this Sunday, the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time. By his beautiful motu proprio “Aperuit Illis”, Pope Francis established a new feast day to be observed every year on the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, celebrating the Word of God...


Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, former head of Congregation for Bishops, elected new dean of the College of Cardinals...


Canon law and Catholic common sense...
Edward Peters
Asmall but intense drama unfolded last week in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Virginia. Thanks largely to the graciousness of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, the matter was resolved in the least painful way possible. Even so, it warrants a few words of reflection. The Episcopal diocese was seeking a large, convenient venue for the upcoming consecration of Rev...


On day of March for Life, VP Pence and Pope Francis discuss US pro-life movement during Vatican meeting...


What St. Francis de Sales can teach us about charisms...


4 things I wish I had done differently when I homeschooled...


On Friday, President Donald Trump to become first president in history to attend March for Life...


The Lamb from the ‘Ghent Altarpiece’ is worrying art lovers...

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Abortion and preaching to the choir...


What happened in the “Dark Ages,” and why do people call them dark?


New film ‘Holy Silence’ tries to get into the mind of Pope Pius XII during World War II...
Clemente Lisi
Popes are in these days. Films about them are, anyway. The last few months have given us the fact-challenged Netflix movie The Two Popes and the sin-filled HBO series The New Pope. A new documentary, out this month, tries to come to terms with the cost of Pope Pius XII’s silence during World War II. The film Holy Silence, which premiered on January 21 at the Miami Jewish Film Festival...


A meditation on a short sentence from the Gospels: “Everyone is looking for you”...
Msgr. Charles Pope
There is a brief line in the first chapter of Mark’s Gospel that simply and completely sums up what we all are doing, even if we’re not aware of it. The setting of the passage is the outskirts of Capernaum in the early morning. The prior day Jesus had healed a great many people at the house of Simon Peter. As the new day dawned there was already a multitude gathered in hopes of seeing this healer...


Third Sunday of the Year — Come and go with me to my Father’s house...


As an “act of mercy,” God has given some saints visions of Hell. Here’s what we can learn from them...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Hell is the final guarantee that what we do here and now really matters: That’s the message Paul Thigpen gives in the book Saints Who Saw Hell: And Other Catholic Witnesses to the Fate of the Damned. “If Hell doesn’t exist, then all roads lead to the same destination, whether it’s Heaven, or annihilation, or something else...


Are you a “conversational narcissist?” Here’s how to recognize it, and how to avoid it...


Francis X. Maier — Good Servant of a Good Shepherd...


Prayer for the conversion of a loved one...


The ministry of angels, as seen in a commercial...


What do we mean by the word “mystery?”...


Full text of EWTN News interview with Vice President Mike Pence...


Abortion long ago became a natural symbol for the loss of a spiritual center...


Tim Tebow marries Miss Universe: It’s tabloid heaven, but there's a deeper story there...
Terry Mattingly
Let’s face it. A New York City tabloid is going to do what a New York City tabloid is going to do. So, if you had to make a prediction, what do you think would be in the lede of a New York Daily News report about Tim Tebow marring a woman who had been named Miss Universe? Think it through. What aspect of Tebow’s life have more than a few journalists (and activists with lower motives) probed ever since That Press Conference during his playing days at the University of Florida...


Supreme Court split over Montana case on public funding for religious schools...


Pope appoints Cleveland’s Bishop Nelson Perez to succeed Archbishop Chaput in Philadelphia...


State of contradiction: Despite its liberal politics, family life in California is more stable than in the country as a whole...


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