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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: “Every yes to God begins a story of salvation”


Another Holy Day of (pant, pant) Obligation...
Simcha Fisher
Husband wakes up early, brings two of three high school kids to school A in town B, where they can’t come in late because they have a morning concert in school D and the bus leaving School A won’t wait. He comes home, calls schools A, B, and C about lateness of Kids 1, 5, 6,7, and takes them to early Mass at Church 1 in town B...


Guadalupe, Fatima, and Catholic culture...
Donal Foley
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe falls on December 12, and reminds us of the important series of apparitions to Juan Diego in Mexico, in 1531. The Blessed Virgin asked him to go to the local bishop, Bishop Zumárraga, with a request that a ‘little house’ be built for her. After trying unsuccessfully to see the bishop, Juan Diego eventually returned to him with his cactus fiber outer garment...


Pope Francis names new Archbishop for Krakow...


The paradox of Pope Francis: When we need fathers, we get the law...
Jason Craig
In a business class in high school I recall studying how factories try to figure out how to squeeze productivity out of workers. In one case they took a group of women apart from the rest, gave them a specific widget-making task, and then had them do it over and over again with different work schedules. They tried all kinds systems to find the most productive – lots of little breaks...


A teaching from the Lord on the nature of suffering and the Cross...
Msgr. Charles Pope
A familiar Gospel passage read recently in daily Mass gives us a short theological teaching on suffering and the cross. On reading a passage like this, two problematic reactions are possible. One is to react resentfully, thinking, “There’s nothing light or easy about the burdens I have to carry!” Another is to simplistically conclude that if one just follows Jesus...


The real story behind the myth of Area 51...


French Senate passes pro-life website ban...


Pearl Harbor priest identified 75 years later...


Fixer Upper update: Was Chip and Joanna Gaines slam just BuzzFeed news style?
Terry Mattingly
Over the past few days, I have been searching for actual updates on the whole BuzzFeed vs. Chip and Joanna Gaines story and, as far as I can tell, there has been little or no news to speak of on that front. It's clear that, for most journalists, these HGTV stars are cultural heretics who are on the wrong side of history, if not the cable-TV ratings...


Take a look at Pope Francis’ 2016 Christmas card...


What happened to St. Nicholas?
Thomas Craughwell
For nearly 1700 years, St. Nicholas has been one of the most popular saints of the Church—in the East and the West. The number of churches, chapels, religious institutions, and altars dedicated to him throughout the Christian world defy counting. According to the new edition of Butler’s Lives of the Saints, about 400 churches are dedicated to him in England alone...


Catholics in America: Religious identity and cultural assimilation from John Carroll to Flannery O'Connor...
Fr. C. John McCloskey
Russell Shaw is one of the best Catholic writers and historians in the Catholic world. In his new book, Catholics in America, he offers the reader the opportunity to go from the very beginnings of Catholicism in the United States up to our own times, through a series of 15 portraits of important American Catholics. He describes these major Catholic players...


Reorienting ourselves to the slower pace of Advent...


This forgotten Fatima letter reveals Sr. Lúcia's ‘holy ambition’ for the Rosary...


Modesty is a direction, not a line...


This Advent, start with the Baby...


The mystery of Mozart's Requiem...

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Andrew Garfield on ‘Silence’: ‘I truly started to adore ... the teachings of Christ’...


On meeting Sally Read: Poet, writer, convert from atheism...


Vatican reiterates that homosexuals shouldn't be priests...
Inés San Martín
In a new document on the priesthood, the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy has reiterated that men with “deeply rooted homosexual tendencies” shouldn’t be admitted into Catholic seminaries and, therefore, shouldn’t become Catholic priests. That position was initially stated by the Congregation for Catholic Education in 2005...


5 Marian figures of Middle Earth...
John Carswell
Today (December 8th) is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Catholic teaching that, in preparing her to be the mother of Jesus, God gave Mary a singular grace that preserved her from Original Sin. As a Catholic, Tolkien was highly influenced by Mary. In fact, he once referred to Mary as the one “upon which all my own small perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded” (Letters 172)...


Blind woman healed by contact with relics and priestly prayers...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
I hereby put to you several points to consider, any of which might serve as a starting point for comments below. First, saints are presented to us by Holy Mother Church for “the two I’s”: imitation and intercession. Second, as all Christians are called to imitate Christ, we also must experience self-emptying and the Cross...


The death of a dictator: Fidel Castro (1926-2016)...
Victor Gaetan
At least three popes prayed for his soul, but Commandante Fidel Castro, the Jesuit-educated dictator who tyrannized Cuba for almost 50 years, resisted their merciful intercessions. His death at age 90 on Nov. 25 was announced defiantly on Cuban TV by his brother, President Raul Castro, 85. Nine days of public mourning features mass rallies in Havana and Santiago de Cuba...


Modern Family star Sofia Vergara reportedly being sued by her frozen IVF embryos...


Pope grants wide-ranging interview to Belgian Catholic newspaper...


Is this the best Christmas ad of the year? Take 3 minutes and watch...
Deacon Greg Kandra
Well, this gets my vote. If this doesn’t make your heart melt, you’re hopeless. As noted on Aleteia’s home page...


Let’s stop celebrating St. Nicholas punching Arius...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Today is the feast day of St. Nicholas, original inspiration of Santa Claus or Father Christmas, and beloved figure of irascible social-media memes celebrating the famous incident in which the good bishop, attending the Council of Nicea, became so enraged at Arius’s blasphemies that he struck him. Some of these memes are pretty funny...


“Arrival” and the unique manner of God's speech...
Bishop Robert Barron
Like E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Starman, Independence Day, and a host of similar films over the past thirty years, Arrival explores the theme of an alien visitation to earth. In this iteration, Louise Banks (played by Amy Adams) is a linguistic expert, who is called upon by the U.S. military to facilitate conversation with visitors from another world...


Senate Republicans remove religious liberty amendment from defense bill...


God sees things rather differently than we do...


The clam that sank a thousand ships...


Hidden in the concept of “daily bread” is the mysterious word επιούσιος...


What is the trendiest baby name in American history? Probably not what you would guess...


16 churches so beautiful they'll take your breath away...


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