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German bishops allow Holy Communion for Protestant spouses in ‘some cases’


What Mormonism can teach Catholics about ‘paradigm shifts’...
Anna Abbott
The recent high-profile divorce of homosexual Mormon blogger Josh Weed, who ended his “mixed orientation marriage,” has once again revealed that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is actually a protean ideology that alters with the times. In the new HBO documentary Believer, Dan Reynolds of the rock group Imagine Dragons calls for the LDS church to change its beliefs on LGBT issues...


Philadelphia has Pat’s vs. Geno’s, but for coffee, Rome has Sant’Eustachio vs. Tazza d’Oro...
Carrie Gress
Coffee has long been a big deal in Italy. The coffee boom in the U.S. owes much to Italian's long love affair with their daily cups of Joe, or rather, Giuseppe. And if you have stood in the piazza of Pantheon before, you probably didn't know that you were in the vortex of a dueling coffee giants. Like prize fighters on either side of the ring...


Ireland may soon legalize abortion — a decision future generations will bitterly regret...


An eerie eyewitness account of a haunted house in England...
K.V. Turley
Recently, I came across an article detailing many of England’s ‘haunted royal castles’ – The Tower of London, Windsor Castle and others. What struck me was how many of these reported ‘hauntings’ were connected to Reformation history. Perhaps it is no coincidence. After all, when Luther took to the streets, tract in hand...


Hosts ‘miraculously’ preserved 16 months after devastating earthquake...
Edward Pentin
Forty ‘miraculously’ preserved, consecrated hosts have been discovered in a church that was destroyed by a large earthquake in central Italy in 2016. The hosts, recovered from a tabernacle recently retrieved from the ruins of the parish church of Arquata del Tronto, have no bacteria or mold, as usually happens to hosts after a few weeks...


The alcoholic drink that’s even better for you than wine...


Things to come: Faith, state and society in a new world...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
We live in complicated times. It’s easy to be angry and distressed. Earlier this month a friend sent me an email with a message of exactly four syllables: “Worse is better.” He was quoting a famous line from Vladimir Lenin. And his message did have some merit. The worse things get, the more painful they become. The more painful they become...


One of the more underreported sins is greed...


Classical music’s divorce from God has been one of the great failures of our times...


A real-world comparison between Apple Maps, Google Maps and Waze...


US Bishops, Catholic leaders praise Christian witness of Billy Graham...


Memory eternal: Billy Graham...
Terry Mattingly
Oklahoma was shrouded in grief after the deaths of 168 people – including 19 children – in a homegrown terrorism attack at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. President Bill Clinton spoke at the memorial service. So did Gov. Frank Keating. But everyone knew who would deliver the sermon and face the hard questions...


This is where the middle of nowhere is, according to the best data possible...


I’m a Catholic priest, but Billy Graham is one of my heroes...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
I was brought up in a strict Evangelical home where we were used to Billy Graham’s kind of old time religion. We memorized Bible verses and believed that you had to “get saved.” Our heroes were the missionaries and traveling evangelists and we heard them when they came to our church, preached the gospel and called for people to “bow their heads and close their eyes with no one looking around...


Francis seeks to canonize not only Paul VI’s life, but also his legacy...


An overview of the Seven Deadly Sins...


What Ireland’s abortion referendum is really about...

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13 little Lenten sacrifices...
Sophia Feingold
For some people Lent is pretty hardcore. I have at least two friends who are Eastern Catholics—that is, they belong to the churches in union with Rome, but have their own liturgy and customs, including the custom of eliminating all meat and dairy from their diets during Lent. I distinctly remember watching one of these friends at a restaurant a few years back...


Jupiter's Great Red Spot could die out in a matter of decades...


A dramatic moment in the Bible, and in human history, that nearly everyone missed...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The moment of the Presentation of Jesus was one of the most dramatic in biblical history, yet almost no one noticed. The first part of this post is review for those of you who read my blog regularly. To skip to the newer insights, skip down to the sentence in red. Joseph and Mary have gone to Jerusalem to fulfill two ancient mandates: the Rite of Purification for a woman after childbirth and the Rite of Presentation for a firstborn male child...


Lent should awaken us to the ongoing persecution of the Church...
Fr. George Rutler
An engineer in Alexandria named Ctesibius is said to have invented the pipe organ around 265 B.C., originally an “hydraulis” using water to raise air pressure. Although there was a “water organ” in the narthex of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople for heralding the Emperor, one theory holds that organs are not commonly used in the Byzantine rite because they are reminders of the horrors endured by the holy martyrs as pagan entertainment...


Matt Meeks, former Warner Bros. exec, is making digital media work for the Church...


Saint Polycarp was one degree of separation from Jesus...


Cardinal Sarah says Communion in the hand part of ‘diabolical attack,’ calls for Communion on the tongue while kneeling...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
A combination of factors has lead to erosion of understanding of the Eucharist and reverence for the Eucharist. Included in these factors is a near universal insistence that everyone go to Communion at every Mass and, of course, lay ministers of the Communion because numbers of people going are up, and, above all, Communion in the hand...


Bishop Paprocki: Pro-abortion Sen. Durbin “is not to be admitted to Holy Communion until he repents”...


Pope issues new message to youth: ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God’...


C.S. Lewis tells you how to observe Lent...
David Mills
Most people, C.S. Lewis said back in 1941, think unselfishness the highest of the virtues. So do we. Ask people today to name an example of goodness and most will point to someone like St. Teresa of Calcutta. Goodness equals self-sacrifice. That’s not untrue, but it is misguided. It even gets the saint wrong. Lewis notes that the great Christians of the past saw love as the highest virtue...


The extraordinary friendship of Rev. Billy Graham and Pope John Paul II...


Billy Graham, R.I.P...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Although I never saw Billy Graham, he had a profound influence on my life. Both of my parents saw him a number of times in 1957, at Madison Square Garden and other venues, and went forward for his altar calls. My father calls that experience a spiritual turning point in his life. My mother has called Graham her spiritual father...


Why you should block and ignore your bitter friends on Facebook...


Papal adviser Spadaro retweets call for Church to shut down EWTN unless they fire Raymond Arroyo...


Pope’s request for $25 million donation to scandal-hit hospital divides Papal Foundation...


Cowboy, engineer, saint: On the trail of St. José Brochero...


Ex-Vatican judge takes plea bargain on molestation, child pornography charges...


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