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There’s No Law Without Order New! 2020-06-02 05:10:37There is no question that the death of George Floyd is highly questionable. The shocking and shameful insurgences erupting in cities across the countr

Leo XIII’s Vision of Social Justice New! 2020-06-02 05:00:31Pope Leo XIII, born 210 years ago this year, is perhaps best known for his Marianism. He was one of the Church’s greatest promoters of the Holy

The Curious Case of Bishop Zhu Baoyu 2020-06-01 05:10:04On May 7, Bishop Joseph Zhu Baoyu of Nanyang died peacefully in his sleep. The 98-year-old prelate is known throughout the world as the oldest person

The 1960s: A Catholic Counter-Culture? 2020-06-01 05:00:50Call the generation of which I am an exceedingly junior member either “the Baby Boomers” or the “Generation of ’68” and

Islam’s Trojan Horse 2020-05-29 05:10:34“Active shooter at Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi.” That was the breaking news story on Thursday morning. It turned out that the shoo

The Decline and Fall of Edward Gibbon 2020-05-29 05:00:33In 1752, a fifteen-year-old Edward Gibbon entered the halls of Magdalen College, Oxford, where his father had enrolled him as a gentleman commoner. Th

The Eucharistic Famine & Homeschool Blues 2020-05-28 18:05:33At the outset of the Covid pandemic, every single diocese in the United States suspended public Masses. For over two months—including Easter Sun

‘The Love of Tradition Brings People Together’ 2020-05-28 05:10:48An interview with the Reverend Canon Matthew Talarico, Director of Vocations and Provincial Superior of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Pri

Distance Learning Makes the Heart Grow Fonder 2020-05-28 05:00:56It’s been a strange and difficult semester for Catholic schools and colleges. Our institutions offer a unique social, spiritual, and intellectua

On Covid and the Grimpen 2020-05-27 05:10:46The pandemic has suddenly thrown our affluent and seemingly secure and safe lives into a tailspin. In fact, the security and certainty was always an i

Christianity Gets Normal 2020-05-26 05:10:20Here’s a rule of thumb: if The New York Times is praising you, you’re doing something wrong. On March 8, the Times ran an article by Tara

We Need More Spiritual Mothers 2020-05-26 05:10:02A couple of years ago, a particularly bright and perceptive student of mine commented that Catholic parishes were like single-parent homes. She elabor

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At the end of the Nazi occupation of New! 2020-06-02 09:52:39He carried her for three kilometers. If not for him, she would have died of cold and hunger.

Pope blesses ambulance for poor in memory of New! 2020-06-02 09:10:55The vehicle will be at the service of various charities overseen by papal almoner

Bishops across US give passionate response to death New! 2020-06-02 08:56:28While calling for peaceful protests, bishops say they are "sickened," with "horror and disgust" at this death and the "history here" of "humili

Bishop Barron: Pentecost and the fires in our New! 2020-06-02 05:25:08If Christians have been the dominant presence in our country for all of these centuries, why isn’t there more unity?

This one easy step for peace and justice New! 2020-06-02 00:00:59Current events have many feeling upset and helpless, but there are meaningful, positive actions we can take from home.

7 Ways to show kindness in the age New! 2020-06-02 00:00:55From under the mask you can still show compassion for others.

The Hillbilly Thomists release “Sing Redeeming Love” from New! 2020-06-02 00:00:41The monastic folk band shares some much needed joy with this lively, faithful tune.

Why your marriage should be spiritually intimate New! 2020-06-02 00:00:35Spirituality may be the hardest to share, but it is something worth pursuing with our spouse.

John Paul II’s prayer that peace will have New! 2020-06-02 00:00:32Despite setbacks, St. John Paul II believed that peace will prevail and will have the last word.

Is it okay to have a “favorite” child? New! 2020-06-02 00:00:31It's important to strike the right balance and develop a special relationship with each of your kids.

Widowed mother of three hired in place of New! 2020-06-02 00:00:11The town knows each other and helps each other.

How incense at Mass might reduce airborne diseases New! 2020-06-02 00:00:02Both science and history of Church practice confirm the purifying ability of burning frankincense during religious services.

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Witnessing Martyrdom New! 2020-06-02 06:00:00To walk south from Rome along the Via Appia is to follow in the footsteps of Saint Peter. Mostly, people take the journey for different reasons than h

A Call To Conversion 2020-06-01 10:20:00When I first watched the video of the confrontation that ended Ahmaud Arbery’s life, I did not simply see a homicide. Instead, I saw two white m

Historian of the Present 2020-05-29 06:00:00Fair Warning by michael connelly little, brown, 399 pages, $29.00 Continue Reading »

An Attack on Free Speech in Finland 2020-05-28 09:05:00Finland continues to persecute parliamentarian Päivi Räsänen for publicly defending the biblical view of homosexuality. On March 2, pol

Extraordinary Evangelization in Extraordinary Times 2020-05-27 06:00:00I’d heard about Father Alexander Sherbrooke long before we met in June 2011; Father Sherbrooke had been a mentor for young friends of mine who h

Homeschoolers and Ideologues 2020-05-26 08:10:00Harvard professor Elizabeth Bartholet’s attack on homeschooling is the kind of argument that would, if a few nouns were changed, be right at h

What We’ve Been Reading—May 2020 2020-05-25 06:00:00Mark Bauerlein Contributing Editor Continue Reading »

Babies For Sale 2020-05-22 11:00:00The New York State Legislature has legalized commercial gestational surrogacy—the contractual renting of wombs and the buying and selling of new

The Idea of the Catholic School 2020-05-22 08:50:00One needn’t be a Hegelian to think that ideas have consequences. We tend to focus on the negative effects of bad ideas, heresies, metaphysical e

Queer Times 2020-05-21 06:00:00Darel Paul’s “ Under the Rainbow Banner ” in the June/July issue of First Things might be one of the most important and incisive

Games Intellectuals Play 2020-05-20 06:00:00Shortly after President John F. Kennedy’s cabinet met for the first time, Vice President Lyndon Johnson waxed enthusiastic about the best and th

An Encounter With My Past 2020-05-19 06:00:00Most of my memory of my teenage years is firmly locked and sealed. Sometimes a long-forgotten smell, the most evocative of all the senses in this deod

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Religious freedom foes seek to leverage coronavirus controversies New! 2020-06-01 20:00:00Denver Newsroom, Jun 1, 2020 / 06:00 pm (CNA).-   The Center for American Progress, a longtime critic of religious freedom protections, has clai

Trump says he will dispatch troops if riots 2020-06-01 19:45:00Washington D.C., Jun 1, 2020 / 05:45 pm (CNA).- During a speech from the Rose Garden on June 1, President Donald Trump pledged to deploy the U.S. mili

Churches in 6 states damaged by violent protests 2020-06-01 19:00:00Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 1, 2020 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Catholic churches and cathedrals in several cities were among the buildings damaged in the p

Courage director responds to Austrian book on same-sex 2020-06-01 18:11:00CNA Staff, Jun 1, 2020 / 04:11 pm (CNA).- Blessings of homosexual couples in the Catholic Church would only obscure knowledge of what is important and

‘Covert White Supremacy’ tweet does not reflect Church’s 2020-06-01 17:10:00Denver Newsroom, Jun 1, 2020 / 03:10 pm (CNA).- A chart detailing “Covert White Supremacy”— which a Chicago archdiocese office shar

Analysis: Vatican financial reform begins in earnest. Again. 2020-06-01 16:30:00Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 1, 2020 / 02:30 pm (CNA).- It is Groundhog Day for Vatican financial reform, again.  On Monday, Pope Francis publ

More than 300,000 attend Argentina's online March for 2020-06-01 16:00:00CNA Staff, Jun 1, 2020 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- Argentina’s digital March for Life May 30 drew 390,000 participants on Facebook alone, according to pr

Pope Francis asks consecrated virgins to be 'women 2020-06-01 15:01:00Vatican City, Jun 1, 2020 / 01:01 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis sent a letter Monday to women living the vocation of consecrated virginity, exhorting them t

Pope Francis donates an ambulance to aid the 2020-06-01 13:57:00Vatican City, Jun 1, 2020 / 11:57 am (CNA).- Pope Francis has donated an ambulance that will be set apart to serve Rome’s poor and homeless popu

Archbishop Gomez on racism: 'It should not be 2020-06-01 13:35:00CNA Staff, Jun 1, 2020 / 11:35 am (CNA).-   Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles condemned violence and racism on Sunday and called for peaceful

Hong Kong police cancel Tiananmen Square vigil 2020-06-01 12:00:00CNA Staff, Jun 1, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- Hong Kong police have reportedly curtailed a vigil for the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, cit

Pope Francis issues law to combat corruption in 2020-06-01 06:04:00Vatican City, Jun 1, 2020 / 04:04 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Monday promulgated a new law intended to prevent corruption and control spending in Vatican

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Advice to a Disenchanted Catholic New! 2020-06-02 06:19:48A reader recently offered this (paraphrased) comment on an essay of mine: “Your essay and others like it leave me frustrated. They talk about th

I’ve Seen This Movie Before 2020-06-01 13:20:39The death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer is shocking to watch, and anyone who can watch the video and not be deeply move

Building Up Our Spirit-Given Gifts 2020-05-30 14:54:48Pentecost is the birthday of the Church! Its conception had been very quiet: from the side of the first Adam asleep, Eve, the mother of humanity, came

The Beauty of Books 2020-05-29 08:00:00Do we ever lose the desire to have a short story read to us before bedtime? Especially one with a happy ending? Reading good books to children is a ti

Vanquishing the Fear of Death Allows for the 2020-05-28 08:00:00One of the principal reasons Christians are not more effective in evangelizing the world is because we have not fully assimilated the reality of the R

Awaiting the Love after Lockdown 2020-05-27 16:00:00As more Catholics resume physical attendance at Mass in areas where governors and bishops have issued policies easing COVID-19 lockdown rules, pastors

Those Trusting in the Lord are like Mt. 2020-05-26 17:00:00The COVID-19 coronavirus may be a divine scourge as well as a call to return to God affecting seriously one fourth of humanity, and which becomes a ni

The Power of the Rosary 2020-05-26 06:26:55We have nearly traveled through the month of May, even if it has been tarnished and hugely saddened by the coronavirus pandemic. However, have we ever

To Soar Above 2020-05-23 15:18:51It might be hard to soar above what seems a rather prosaic description of the Ascension of Jesus Christ (cf. Acts 1:9) so as to benefit spiritually as

Massive Inflation May Be Coming 2020-05-22 04:34:00The federal government is moving into the final stages of its fiscal life. Deficits have gotten so enormous that the Federal Reserve simply prints the

What Has the Shire to Do with Rome? 2020-05-19 09:28:22The Lord of the Rings serves as an exceptional benchmark of 20th-century literature. It has been acclaimed by both scholars and hippies and has been e

The Gift of Appreciation 2020-05-18 06:44:16I recently wrote about the consequences of the Covid19 crisis—both the self-sacrificing good works it prompted and, in sharp contrast,


Billions More Desert Locusts Devour Crops from India 2020-05-28 08:29:55From India and Pakistan to Africa and the Middle East, farmers face a perfect storm. Already struggling with crippling coronavirus lockdowns, they fac

China Tightens Grip on Hong Kong, Residents Fear 2020-05-27 09:32:42The communist government plans to impose new security laws severely curtailing human rights and other personal freedoms of residents in Hong Kong.

Senators Ernst and Grassley Ask Trump to Deploy 2020-05-26 16:20:43Two Republican senators are asking President Trump to protect Christians facing ongoing brutal persecution from Islamic groups in Nigeria.

Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas, Water Cannon 2020-05-24 07:03:24Hong Kong police fired tear gas and a water cannon at protesters in a popular shopping district on Sunday, as thousands took to the streets to march a

Memorial Service to Honor Christian Apologist Ravi Zacharias 2020-05-23 12:32:19A private memorial service will be live-streamed on May 29 to celebrate the life and legacy of Christian evangelist and apologist Ravi Zacharias.

Shock Report Reveals India's Extreme Levels of Persecution 2020-05-23 08:15:33Government leaders in India were issued a stern warning recently from the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in thei

China Makes Communist Power Grab: 'The Rule of 2020-05-22 15:38:45While the rest of the world is focused on fighting a deadly pandemic, China has launched another communist power grab.

'It Has Been Beautiful': Mobile Church in Kenya 2020-05-22 13:45:26A church in Kenya has taken its services on the road, travelling to apartment blocks and performing sermons and music from the street below, allowing

China Forcing Christian Teachers to Renounce Their Faith 2020-05-21 17:10:20In the Chinese government's continuing effort to crush Christianity inside its borders, teachers are now being told to renounce their faith or face t

Lee Strobel Talks About ‘Cultural Prophet’ Ravi Zacharias, 2020-05-21 16:56:44Several years ago, Lee Strobel — the famed atheist-turned-Christian journalist — interviewed the late apologist Ravi Zacharias for one of

Ravi Zacharias Was One of the World's Most 2020-05-21 15:44:44In 2013, I finally did meet Ravi in Bangalore, India at a gathering of Christian leaders. More than his accolades of honorary doctorates, countless bo

'GO 2020:' Global Movement Aims to Reach 1 2020-05-21 11:05:21 In 2020, Global Outreach Day has transformed into a monthlong movement called "GO 2020," with a lofty goal to reach one billion people with th

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Book calling for Catholic blessing of homosexual couples 2020-05-26 13:02:00CNA Staff, May 26, 2020 / 11:02 am (CNA).- A book considering how homosexual couples might receive a formal, liturgical blessing of their union in the

Record numbers leave Church in Munich archdiocese 2020-05-26 10:00:00CNA Staff, May 26, 2020 / 08:00 am (CNA).- A record number of people left the Church in the German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising last year, a loc

Catholics call for public inquiry into UK nursing 2020-05-23 04:00:00CNA Staff, May 23, 2020 / 02:00 am (CNA).- Catholics are calling for a public investigation into why so many elderly people have died in U.K. nursing

Bishop laments ‘sinister’ promotion of at-home medical abortions 2020-05-22 11:00:00CNA Staff, May 22, 2020 / 09:00 am (CNA).- An English bishop has criticized the government for promoting at-home medical abortions during the coronavi

Canceled for COVID-19, Rome’s March for Life to 2020-05-21 13:15:00Rome Newsroom, May 21, 2020 / 11:15 am (CNA).- With restrictions still in place to control the transmission of the coronavirus, Rome’s annual pr

Bishops respond to England's new ‘opt out’ organ 2020-05-21 06:00:00CNA Staff, May 21, 2020 / 04:00 am (CNA).- A new law treating all adults in England as potential organ donors unless they opt out “potentially u

Hungarian legislation to ban changing sex on official 2020-05-20 20:36:00CNA Staff, May 20, 2020 / 06:36 pm (CNA).- A bill passed by the Hungarian Parliament this week stipulates that birth certificates and other identifica

Seminarians need 'solid formation' in hospital ministry, chaplain 2020-05-19 15:30:00CNA Staff, May 19, 2020 / 01:30 pm (CNA).- Future seminarians should receive an “absolutely solid formation” in hospital ministry, a pries

John Paul II’s mom chose life after her 2020-05-18 17:47:00Rome Newsroom, May 18, 2020 / 03:47 pm (CNA).- One hundred years ago on May 18, Emilia Wojtyla gave birth to her second son, Karol, after a difficult

French state council orders religious gathering ban be 2020-05-18 15:15:00CNA Staff, May 18, 2020 / 01:15 pm (CNA).- The French Council of State ruled Monday that a ban on religious gatherings in the country is a disproporti

‘Humble and dedicated’ bishop dies from the coronavirus  2020-05-18 14:30:00CNA Staff, May 18, 2020 / 12:30 pm (CNA).- An English bishop died Monday after contracting the coronavirus. The Archdiocese of Liverpool said that Bi

Catholics rejoice as public Masses resume in Rome 2020-05-18 11:30:00Rome, Italy, May 18, 2020 / 09:30 am (CNA).- As Rome reopened shops and restaurants on Monday, Catholics rejoiced in being able to attend Mass again f

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How to Bring Millennials Back to Church 2020-05-30 23:01:00What I have found among young evangelicals is a deep level of dissatisfaction at the church’s lack of spiritual power. I can’t emphasize e

The Literary Saint, John Henry Newman 2020-05-30 23:00:27John Henry Newman’s life illustrated a truth: It is only through quietly embracing selfless love that human suffering reaches a denouement, epit

Poetry for Trying Times: “The Slumbering Host” 2020-05-30 22:59:41“And what perhaps we wish the past had been.” Here we find the notion that there is no simple return to the past to make the modern world

“The World on the Moon” 2020-05-30 19:00:58Il mondo della luna (The World on the Moon), Hob. 28/7, is an opera buffa by Joseph Haydn with a libretto written by Carlo Goldoni in 1750, first

“Pioneers! O Pioneers!” 2020-05-30 16:22:59COME, my tan-faced children, Follow well in order, get your weapons ready; Have you your pistols? have you your sharp edged axes? Pioneers! O pioneers

The Power of the Poet: In Conversation With 2020-05-30 15:03:56You see, the poet haunts, casting a spell on the reader or listener. The power of the word in poetic form is nearly incomprehensible. Especially when

The Six Hoaxes of Edgar Allan Poe 2020-05-29 16:30:56Edgar Allan Poe approvingly called his time the “epoch of the hoax.” During his lifetime he would attempt a total of six different hoaxes.

What Might a Federalist Paper “No. 86” Have 2020-05-29 14:30:55To the People of the State of New York: Having previously exposed the unfailing dangers of Faction, the more pernicious and enticing danger of Efficie

Questioning Chesterton’s Own Judgment of “The Man Who 2020-05-28 17:01:15The paradoxical heart of G.K. Chesterton’s “The Man Who Was Thursday” is the tension that exists between the childlikeness demanded

If Only Progressives Could Learn to Think Small 2020-05-28 17:00:10Nostalgia for the smaller face-to-face societies of the past is common to both progressives and conservatives. There was a time, whether it was 100 ye

“Ligeia” 2020-05-28 16:10:12The expression of the eyes of Ligeia! How for long hours have I pondered upon it! How have I, through the whole of a midsummer night, struggled to fat

The Battle of Jumonville Glen: The French & 2020-05-27 17:01:00While the Battle of Jumonville Glen may not be considered the start of the war from the British perspective, it resulted in an expanded colonial confl

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The gaze of Jesus 2020-06-01 04:06:36Digging Into Laudato Si':  If Jesus is in all living things, and we fail to treat other people, other creatures and the environment with care, t

The Trump and Barr un-reality Twitter show 2020-06-01 04:00:00Distinctly Catholic: If the premise for the conferral of liability protection is that social media platforms only serve as conduits for other people'

Copy Desk Daily, June 1, 2020 2020-06-01 04:00:00NCR Today: The Copy Desk Daily highlights the latest news and opinion that have crossed copy editors' desks, on the way to readers.

The assumptions of white privilege and what we 2020-06-01 04:00:00Perhaps the grace of this dark time in our nation is that it reveals how racially toxic our politics, society and culture have truly become, in order

Holy Mother 2020-05-31 20:31:40Pencil Preaching for Monday, June 1, 2020

Church united by Spirit, not personal beliefs, pope 2020-05-31 14:50:29Just as the apostles were united once they received the Holy Spirit, the church is united by that same spirit and not by keeping company just with tho

Holy Breath 2020-05-30 22:04:19Pencil Preaching for Sunday, May 31, 2020

Washington nonprofit warns against pandemic restrictions on immigration 2020-05-30 04:00:00The Washington-based American Immigration Council said restrictions issued by the Trump administration during the coronavirus pandemic are being used

Ignatian Legacy Fellows explore retirement as 'vocational moment' 2020-05-30 04:00:00The new program hosted by four Jesuit universities invites older adults to learn about the global Jesuit network as they enter the "second stage of l

Pentecost Sunday: The power of the Spirit 2020-05-30 04:00:00Scripture for Life: The gift of Easter and Pentecost, the gift of the Christ, is peace, which is a gift of the Spirit. Peace, the hope of all creation

Maryland county withdraws restriction that would have curtailed 2020-05-29 15:36:05Regulations for the reopening of religious institutions developed by a Maryland county that seemed to disallow the distribution of holy Communion were

Pandemic hinders Catholic response to Minneapolis killing 2020-05-29 15:31:18In normal times, pastors say, churches would be places for grieving or even organizing in response to events like George Floyd's death. But in these

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