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‘Absolutely no mercy’: Leaked files expose Communist China’s mass detention of Muslims in concentration camps


Pope criticizes deacons who act as “wannabe priests,” says, “Move deacons away from the altar... They are custodians of service, not first-class altar boys” ...


“I saw the soldiers who killed El Salvador’s priests”...


This is spiritually more beneficial than fasting, according to St. John of the Cross...
Philip Kosloski
Spiritual writers have always stressed the importance of fasting, but St. John of the Cross would argue that there is one spiritual discipline that may be even more beneficial than fasting. He writes in his Sayings of Light and Love, “Conquering the tongue is better than fasting on bread and water.” What he is referring to is the ability to use our words to build up others...


We have to be sober about the passing and perilous nature of this world...
Msgr. Charles Pope
During the month of November, the Church has us ponder the Four Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. As the golden gown of autumn gives way to the lifeless look of winter, we are encouraged to see that our lives are on a trajectory that leads to autumn and then to the winter of death. But those who have faith know that this passage to death ultimately leads to glory...


Is Australian public opinion shifting in Cardinal Pell’s favor?
Edward Pentin
Although a good deal of negative and angry opinion abounds, a number of commentators are beginning to voice doubts about Cardinal Pell's conviction. One of them is Andrew Bolt, an analyst for Sky News Australia, who has been consistent in voicing skepticism over the case but on Nov. 13 made his strongest declaration to date: That the cardinal is innocent and has been jailed “for a crime [he] could not have done" (see clip below)...


Obi-Wan Kenobi was originally created to be a Star Wars version of Gandalf...


Global Neo-Paganism is a new threat, but it’s not new...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
One of the takeaways from the Amazonian Synod was the materialization of a new religious identity in the world. When I say this is a “new religious identity” I do not mean to suggest that it is a new invention. It is, in fact, a religion that is as old and wide and powerful as the Amazon itself. I name it “Global Neo-Paganism” and this new manifestation of the old paganism is unique in certain ways and yet as predictable as a seance...


‘Frozen II’: More sister time, less memorable songs...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
“Warmed-over Frozen” is how I described the first Maleficent five years ago: another revisionist take on a classic fairy tale about the relationship between an innocent princess and a rehabilitated witch-villainess ending in true love’s kiss subverted. (For the many other parallels, see my review of Maleficent.) Now Frozen II comes out on the heels of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — and...


Do you desire Heaven? Really?


‘Synodality’ is a masquerade, behind which is an agenda...
George Weigel
During the 2001 Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who’d suffered through a lot of synodal speechifying and small-group discussions over the years, made a trenchant observation: “Jesus Christ didn’t intend his Church to be governed by a committee.” Indeed. The mechanisms of consultation that exist in the Church — from parish councils through diocesan pastoral councils to the Synod of Bishops — exist to strengthen the governance of the Church by its pastors: priests in their parishes...


Dignity, defiance and mirth: A plan for dying well...
Rick Becker
My wife thinks it’s morbid, but I’m planning to buy myself a pine coffin for my 60th birthday. Nothing fancy. Something fashioned by monks. I’ll set it up in the living room—lean it against the wall with the lid to one side—and I’ll invite visitors to inscribe a few words with a Sharpie (my daughter’s idea, and a good one)...


Rare photos: How America’s first saint nearly went down with the R.M.S. Titanic...


33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time — The end of the world is near!...


How the Japanese bombed Oregon and Michigan during World War II...


Pope Francis names Spanish Jesuit head of Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy...


On Wounded Shepherds...


San Diego Bishop McElroy wants Catholics to stop treating abortion as “preeminent” problem — but U.S. bishops (backed by words of Pope Francis) shoot him down...

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Shock: Lawsuit filed over funeral homily...
Deacon Greg Kandra
You may remember this story from last year, about a family being upset at the homily preached at the funeral of a man who committed suicide. Now, an update, with this press release from a law firm: On November 14, 2019, the law firm of Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC announced that it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Linda Hullibarger against The Archdiocese of Detroit...


Vatican youth seminary scandal grows with new abuse claims...


The secular world has one notion of liberty, and Our Lord has another. The two cannot be reconciled... ...


Mister Rogers, Tom Hanks, the Good Samaritan and the ties that bind...
Terry Mattingly
Anyone who wanted to know why the Rev. Fred Rogers did what he did needed to pause and think about two of the central facts in his career. First, there was the name of the show that made him a television legend: “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Then there was the rite that opened every episode — the transition into the trademark sweater and comfy shoes — and the song that went with it...


‘The Irony of Modern Catholic History’ is a book too valuable to ignore...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
The historian Christopher Lasch (among many others) liked to note that Americans tend to be bad at history. We resent it. We want the past to be over and gone. And there’s a very good reason for that instinct. One of our key myths as a nation is that if we work hard enough we can achieve, and deserve to achieve, anything we want...


Pope Francis names Archbishop Gabriele Caccia ambassador to the United Nations...


Jury rules against pro-life activist David Daleiden, awards Planned Parenthood $870,000...


Berlioz’s “Te Deum” and Chateaubriand’s “Genius of Christianity”...


Pope considering adding “sin against ecology” to Catechism of the Catholic Church, says “culture of waste and hatred” reminds him of Nazi era...
Inés San Martín
Speaking to a group of lawyers on Friday, Pope Francis said that the Catholic Church is contemplating the introduction of “ecological sin” to the compendium of Church teaching. “We have to introduce, we are thinking about it, in the catechism of the Catholic Church, the sin against ecology, the sin against our common home...


Everyone you love will die. So will you. November is a time to think and pray about that...
R. Jared Staudt
November is a month when the Church asks us to pray for the dead. After celebrating those in heaven on Nov. 1, we pray for all the faithful departed who await heaven while undergoing purgation on Nov. 2, All Souls Day. The Church encourages us to pray for the dead by granting special indulgences in November to assist the souls in purgatory...


Catholic churches burning in Chile? Apparently this is now just a ‘conservative’ news story...


In the culture of death, abortion is a sacrament...
Sean Fitzpatrick
The feminist writer Florynce Kennedy once said, “If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.” She didn’t give the left enough credit. Abortion has become a kind of “sacrament” because women can get pregnant. Abortion has morphed from a taboo tragedy to a constitutional right: a sine qua non of the Democratic Party...


How to influence the way the Lord will judge you...


Jesuit martyrs, old and new — without the gospel, social reform is just politics...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
Last week in Rome there was a full-on all-stops-pulled celebration of the Jesuits, organized by the Jesuits. Both Pope Francis and Father Arturo Sosa, the superior general, took part. It was a clarifying moment for those who might wonder at the various curiosities offered by the Society of Jesus in these past years under the first Jesuit pope...


Chilean Churches looted amid anti-government protests...


Why stuff your soul with gossip, nonsense and vain talk? We have to defend our “right not to know”...


Rest, reading, and remembering what a man is...


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