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Pro-abortion AG charges Daleiden, Merritt with 15 felonies for exposing Planned Parenthood organ harvesting


What workers and trades were like in the time of Jesus...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Early each morning (except the Sabbath) farmers walked to reach their vineyards, wheat and barley fields, and olive groves. They might work as many as twelve acres. Unfortunately, it was not uncommon for these parcels of land to be in different areas, making the tending much more time-consuming. During periods of more intense cultivation or fieldwork...


5 myths about Confession that too many people still believe (maybe even you)...


What James teaches us about early Christianity...
Jimmy Akin
The Gospels and Acts are our best sources about Jesus and the early history of Christianity. But suppose we didn’t have them? What could we learn about early Christianity just by reading the other documents of the New Testament? More than you might think! The letter of James is one of the earliest books of the New Testament—perhaps the earliest...


Why airport runways should actually be circular...


Fr. James V. Schall on the art and vocation of writing...


Pope sends peace message to UN, says elimination of nuclear weapons is ‘moral and humanitarian imperative’...


6 sermons I could do without hearing again...
Simcha Fisher
Priests baptize our children. They bury our dead. They forgive our sins. They anoint and bless and guide us. And they give us Christ. The least we can do in return is give them some wiggle room! And so, when we are at Mass, I expect only the bare minimum from these men who are only human, but freighted with a superhuman responsibility...


What James teaches us about early Christianity...


We live at a time when a great battle for life is being played out...
Anthony Lilles
To stand firm under fire, we need a good reason for the hope we have inside - a truth by which to live. We need help from Someone whose life is above our own if we are to learn to ponder how astonishing and un-repeatable the drama of our own lives actually are. To find this Someone, all that must be done is to cry out in prayer with faith...


A series of clues points to June as a possible turning point in Pope Francis’s pontificate...
Andrea Gagliarducci
That the Pope wanted June to be a free month can be noticed by the fact that the trip to Egypt was – according to sources – initially scheduled June 11-12. Then suddenly, the Pope moved it up to April 28-29. He will leave right after the 18th meeting of the Council of Cardinals, scheduled for April 24-26, and before the trip to Fatima...


Mother One year after her death, Mother Angelica’s legacy lives on...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Mother Angelica, the founder of a world-ranging media operation, EWTN, has been dead for a year. But she’s still changing lives. Her biographer, Raymond Arroyo, can testify to it — as he witnesses to it with his own life. Mother Angelica, who died last year on Easter, which was March 27, was the founder of a cloistered community of women and a trailblazing nun who had no business starting a television network in Birmingham...


115 Spanish Civil War martyrs beatified in Almería...


I went, I washed, and now I can see...


A Chestertonian reflection on blasphemy and the Annunciation...


The Annunciation: When angels held their breath...
John Clark
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux writes that when Saint Gabriel announced to Mary that she had been chosen to be the Mother of God, it was as though the angels in Heaven held their breath waiting for her reply. Prior to that moment, the angels in Heaven were well aware that the Incarnation was to occur. It is believed, however, that the angels did not know exactly how the Incarnation was to occur...


The problem of evil and trusting in God...


A woman wrapped in silence: A meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation...

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NYTimes photo essay: Engulfed in battle, Mosul civilians run for their lives...


The first requirement of Church renewal in our time...


How do Adam and Eve fit with evolution?
Stacy Trasancos
Tell a Catholic kid about evolution—that there was a Big Bang and that in this expanding cosmos our sun is a star in a cluster of 200 billion stars in the arm of a spiral in a galaxy among thousands, and that eventually on our planet there appeared early life forms, single-celled bacteria, trilobites, mollusks, fish, amphibians...


Requiring genetic tests violates fundamental human rights...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
In recent days, the issue of whether employers and insurers can require genetic tests has come up in both Canada and the US. In Canada, Liberal backbenchers went against their Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, to join with the other parties in passing a bill that prohibits employers or insurance companies from forcing you to do a genetic test...


How to save the soul of our Catholic schools...
R. Jared Staudt
“How can we make our school more Catholic?” This is a real question schools ask, some with perplexity. Is it a new curriculum? Better religion classes? Having the kids come to Mass? The answer is vital for the future of Catholic education. The sociologist Christian Smith notes, from his extensive research on the life of young Catholics...


‘Love your neighbor’ also means ‘love your country’. But the government? That's a different matter...
Mark Shea
Think of the law as the floor of our moral universe. You must not go below it because then you will wind up in the dirt and Caesar has the right and duty to punish you for breaking it (assuming the law is just). So even when your ruler is a swine like Nero, you should not speed, deal drugs, key your neighbour’s car, commit murder...


The meaning of the strange birds hidden in Christian art around the world...


Was the Catholic Church historically an enemy of the Bible?


What marriage and family looked like at the time of Jesus...


“She offered hope”: Remembering Mother Angelica on the anniversary of her death...


What happens if you accidentally break a piece of art in a museum?


Pope's Sunday Angelus: Let go of 'false lights' that lead down the wrong path...


Is the four-hymn Mass what the Church really wants?
Mark Langley
What is Musicam Sacram? Published on March 5th, 1967, Musicam Sacram is the official Instruction on Music in the Liturgy issued by the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. Musicam Sacram is the document that was most responsible for the sweeping changes in the liturgical music that ordinary Catholics have experienced over the last fifty years...


Meet Jan Tyranowski, the Polish mystic who mentored Pope St. John Paul II...


Wherein Fr. Z muses about Lady Day, 25 March...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Sometimes in the history of our salvation the stars line up to portend amazing events. These stellar alignments are sometimes literally stellar, as in the case of the Star of Bethlehem. I, for one, buy the arguments for the Star made here, which also concerns what lined up with your planet’s yellow star on that first Good Friday...


On Annunciation, Pope says God still seeks hearts like Mary...


Pope travels to Milan, prays Angelus at Duomo...


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