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Two security guards injured in attack at National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington


Don’t just do something, stand there!...
Msgr. Charles Pope
I want to give two thumbs up for good old-fashioned experience, just experiencing life to its top ... just having an experience! Too often in today’s hurried age and also in this time of 24/7 news, we rush past experience right to analysis. Too often we insist on knowing immediately what something “means” and what to think about it...


How do you develop a proper sense of reverence?
Marlon De La Torre
The term reverence is traditionally attributed to an act or behavior affirming something perceived as divine and holy. Reverence is a virtue that directs honor and respect toward another person. In effect it’s acknowledging the dignity of another person e.g. recognizing the person as a gift from God. The nature of reverence stems from our own Christian anthropology that consists of an identity that comes from God further strengthened in the name of Christ by way of the sacrament of baptism...


Studies: When highly-developed cultures undergo sexual revolution and license they collapse with monotonous regularity within three generations...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
I am posting this mainly for bishops and priests to read over and ponder. I know, I know. “I’m too busy.” No, not this time. You should pay attention to this one. Here is something, frankly, alarming and precisely zero surprise at all. For a while I’ve been ranting about the massive demographic sinkhole that is about to open up under the Church...


The professor talked about Jesus, and made her throw up...
David Mills
My old friend said she walked to the bathroom and threw up. She’d just heard a professor explain that Christians believe Jesus is fully God and fully man because an emperor said so. She’s now a bestselling religious author, but then Diana Butler Bass was a doctoral student at Duke, preparing for a career as a Church historian...


The transcendent beauty of icons...


Ancient Romans got their lumber from as far away as France, study finds...


Who was Isaiah, and what does his message mean for us?


Acclaimed atheist poet Sally Read becomes Catholic: ‘My tears just stopped’...


In rare Sunday announcement, Pope names Manila’s Cardinal Tagle prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples...


Death at Yuletude: T.S. Eliot and “The Journey of the Magi”...


Decayed papyrus hints that more Dead Sea Scrolls remain to be discovered...


The Pope’s new apostolic letter on Nativity scenes really is refreshingly good...
Jeff Mirus
Please bear with me for just a moment. In a season of expectant wonder, it is a little sad that I must open this introduction to Pope Francis’ latest Apostolic Letter with something of a lament. Increasing numbers of readers are telling me that nobody any longer wishes to hear from Pope Francis. I sympathize with the frustration created by this pope’s rather obvious deficiencies...


Report: Vatican invested Peter’s Pence funds in movie about Elton John...
Edward Pentin
The Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera has reported that Vatican prosecutors are investigating how funds from Peter’s Pence have been allegedly invested in loss-making enterprises as well as a movie censored in some countries because of its explicit homosexual scenes. In the latest in a string of recent stories involving financial misconduct at the Holy See...


How Star Wars Stormtroopers have evolved over the years...


Beatification day for Brother James Miller, martyred religious brother from Wisconsin farm family...


The baffling Sheen beatification delay is embarrassing, but it could still turn out well...


A primer on brandy — what it is, how to buy it, and how to drink it...

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EWTN News/RealClear Poll: Where U.S. Catholics stand...


Recalling Venerable Fulton Sheen’s passing 40 years ago...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
For a deceased man, Fulton J. Sheen has had a very active 10 years. Actually, a very active last month, to be precise. But on this death anniversary, it is better to begin with fond memories. Archbishop Sheen died 40 years ago today, Dec. 9, 1979. His beatification was announced three weeks ago, scheduled to take place 12 days from now...


Why would anyone eat locusts and wild honey?
Mark Langley
Wearing a camel-hair garment and a leather belt is one thing but eating locusts and wild honey is another. I don’t suppose John the Baptist was wearing the camel hair garment that I am familiar with – although I think it would certainly have given an ecumenical advantage with the Brooks Brothers crowd – of whom I have been a sometimes admirer...


Advent is a good time to meditate upon the central role of Mary in our redemption...


U.S. Supreme Court denies appeal of Kentucky ultrasound law...


Church now faces “Sheen dilemma” in evaluating saints and their halos...
John Allen
Now that we know why the scheduled Dec. 21 beatification ceremony for the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen has been postponed, it raises broader questions about how we evaluate not only potential candidates for sainthood, but those who’ve already crossed the finish line, vis-a-vis the clerical sexual abuse scandals. After being initially reported that the Vatican had postponed the beatification at the request of a “few U...


The significance of Cardinal Tagle’s appointment: “What Pope Francis wants is clear — his successor”...
Rocco Palmo
For the world's oldest continuous office, it was "the most fabulous crowd" Peter ever saw. Five years ago next month – two decades after a record 5 million thronged the Quirino Grandstand in Manila's Luneta Park for Mass with John Paul II – Cardinal Chito Tagle and Pope Francis combined to outdo their respective predecessors by at least seven figures...


St. John the Baptist prepared the world for Christ’s first coming. You and I are supposed to be doing the same for His second coming...


Pope Francis: Mary’s Immaculate Conception is the start of the fulfillment of God’s plan...


Here’s how Google Maps is different in other countries...


The Vatican is spinning up a Minecraft server...


How do we evangelize the world in the midst of Catholic scandals?
Marcel LeJeune
The hits just keep coming. More bishops who moved priests around, knowing they were abusing kids. A priest is given a leave of absence because of his affair. The mismanagement of Church funds. I sometimes ask myself when will it stop...and then I remember that it won’t until the end of this world. The Church is made up of sinners...


Frank Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life” elevates the human spirit...


The real Santa Claus: Don’t forget Saint Nicholas this Christmas season...
Clemente Lisi
Is Santa Claus real? While that’s a question many children ask around this time of year, it’s one that doesn’t have an easy answer. Why? See, Santa Claus was once real in the form of Saint Nicholas. Before there were mall Santas and sidewalk Santas and lots of ho ho ho-ing, there was Nicholas, an early Christian bishop who hailed from the Greek maritime city of Myra in Asia Minor in what is present-day Turkey...


The U.S. bishops must clear up this Communion confusion...


The painful re-definition of heroism...
John Clark
We live in an age of lesser — lesser goods, lesser men, and a widespread acceptance of lesser evils among the great evils of the age. To make matters worse, we’ve become much too accepting of that fact. Regarding their personal vices as harmless irrelevancies compared to what we think are favorable political agendas, we neither require nor expect chastity or charity from our leaders...


When I was a kid, the Christians I knew liked rules too much...


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