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At Pope’s request, Papal Foundation shifts $25 million to corruption-plagued skin hospital in Rome


An overview of the Seven Deadly Sins...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Do you know what the Seven Deadly Sins are? It is valuable to name and begin to understand these deep drives of sin within us because the more we do so the more we can grow in self-knowledge. Further, it helps us to “know their moves” and gain mastery over them. As they stir deep within us we can recognize evidence of this and begin to take greater authority over them...


What Ireland’s abortion referendum is really about...
K.V. Turley
This year Ireland will hold a referendum on the issue of abortion. The date has not yet been set but the vote will probably take place in May. Since 1983, enshrined in Article 8 of the Irish Constitution, there has been a constitutional ban on abortions taking place in the Irish Republic. This prohibition was the result of a referendum that took place that year with the resultant Article 8 stating: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and...


10 Lenten lessons for people who don’t like Lent...


In medieval times, Catholic Lent was harder than Islamic Ramadan...
Taylor Marshall
I have been told that medieval Christians would ridicule the Islamic season of fasting called Ramadan as weak, effeminate, and easy when compared to the austere Christian season of fasting during Lent or Quadragesima. The Catholic Church has decreased the austerity of Lent over the centuries so much that Islamic Ramadan now appears as more challenging than Lent...


After being driven from the public eye by a stalker, Catholic writer/speaker Mary Beth Bonacci is back...


Who was the last of the Church Fathers?
Stephen Beale
It seems that there are many contenders for the honor of the “last Father of the Church.” One easy solution might be to draw the line after two of the most famous Fathers, St. Augustine and St. Jerome. One provided the foundation for most of the medieval Latin theology that followed. The other gave Latin Christendom an authoritative translation of the Bible in its then-native tongue...


Hallowed ground: A wintry visit to a fresh grave...
Rick Becker
“It’s right here, along the fence,” Fred told me as he drew on a napkin. “The road comes around in front, but back near the fence there’s a gate that’s right by the spot.” We were having lunch a couple weeks after Fred had said his final goodbyes to Debbie, his beloved wife, a stalwart mother and grandmother, and a true pillar of our local Catholic community...


Don’t just lead well. Follow well. To give orders, you must first know how to take them...


Mr. Rogers, were you talking to me?
Simcha Fisher
When I was an adolescent, our Catholic girl’s group made a large batch of cards for the residents of a nursing home. “You are loved,” we spelled out over and over again, switching to scented markers when we got bored. We added a few stickers, then we threw all the cards in a bag to be delivered, and we got back to our real lives...


Correcting 5 errors in Fr. James Martin’s latest tweet about homosexual marriage...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Fr. Martin’s charge that straight employees are not removed from their jobs at Catholic institutions for breaking their employment contract over matters of sexual morality is simply wrong. The comments on his Twitter feed provide multiple examples of heterosexual employees being fired for breaking their contract by giving bad moral example and violating Catholic morality...


Why can’t I put my smartphone down? Here’s the science behind it, and some ways to break the mental chains...


Jesus didn’t look the way you thought he did...


What we do with our body affects our soul. That’s why we fast...


How overnight shipping works...


Vatican announces details of March 19-24 gathering of 300 youth to prepare for next Synod of Bishops...


The quiet progress of the Pope’s anti-abuse commission is a hard sell...


Dear regular Mass-goers: The seats at the end of the pew aren’t for you...

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


Ex-Vatican judge takes plea bargain on molestation, child pornography charges...
John Allen
A former judge of the Roman Rota, the Vatican’s highest appellate court, has accepted a plea bargain in an Italian criminal court for a conditionally suspended sentence of one year and two months in prison on charges of sexual molestation and possession of child pornography. Based on reports in the Italian media, 55-year-old Monsignor Pietro Amenta was detained by police after an incident in March 2017...


Top 5 Lenten tricks/tools to help you achieve a more sparkling soul...


2013 background reading on Papal Foundation story: ‘Catholic priest arrested for stealing €4m from Rome hospital’...


Cardinal Müller warns: In Catholic doctrine, ‘paradigm shift’ means corruption, not development...


The formal study of theology isn’t for everyone...
TJ Burdick
If you are thinking taking up theological studies, take a minute to read this list. Having studied theology “on the side” for over a decade now, I’ve gone through enough heartache and shame to not want you to suffer through what I suffered. Think of these points as a devil’s advocate in that they will show the various dangers that can occur when one studies theology...


Big Protestant YouTube star announces she’s converting to Catholicism...


10 books that every boy should hazard...
Sean Fitzpatrick
Thanks to the adulterators of children’s literature, the natural anticipations when approaching forgotten classics have been skewed. Everyone expects that everything will be picturesque, nice, and most importantly, safe. For reality is far too dangerous, far too harsh a thing, and children must be protected from it at all costs...


Pope accepts resignation of Nigerian bishop rejected by priests...


How Blessed John Henry Newman helped to inspire the German anti-Nazi resistance...


Overruling parents’ wishes, judge approves sex change as treatment for teen’s mental illness...


What’s happening in Vatican-China talks? The necessary background...
Phil Lawler
What do we know for sure about the situation? Not much—and that’s the first important caveat that covers much of the information set forth below. Neither the Vatican nor the Chinese government is offering any detailed information about the proposed agreement. That perfectly normal; in any negotiations, both sides ordinarily choose to avoid public disclosure...


When you fast, are you degrading your body?


Sunday Angelus Address: Lent is a time of renewing ourselves according to the grace of our Baptism...
Pope Francis
On this first Sunday of Lent, the Gospel recalls the themes of temptation, of conversion and of the Good News. The evangelist Mark writes: “The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan” (Mark 1:12-13). Jesus goes into the desert to prepare himself for His mission in the world...


Pope urges youth to go online and give the Church an earful...


Wood and water work wonders! A homily for the First Sunday of Lent...


Blessed Paul VI to be canonized this year, says Pope Francis...


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