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Pope‘s Sunday Angelus: ‘Do you want to grow in love? Keep Jesus close...’


St. Thomas Aquinas says these 4 things will ensure your prayer is answered...
Stephen Beale
It must be necessary for our salvation. If it is not something that is “useful for our beatitude,” then we do not merit it, according to Aquinas. So if you are praying for a material need—even if it is something important like making rent or getting a job—that helps to explain why such a prayer might not be answered. Taking a page from Aquinas...


For the 16th Sunday of the Year, four teachings on personal prayer...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The Gospel this Sunday speaks to us of the priority of personal prayer. In last week’s Gospel, Jesus sent the apostles out two by two to proclaim the Kingdom. Now they return, eager to report their progress and the graces they encountered. As Jesus listens, He urges them (perhaps because they are so overjoyed) to come away and rest awhile...


Tape casts doubt on cardinal's denial he was told of rape accusation against bishop...


Fire keeps falling: ‘Uncle Teddy’ the DC cardinal faces the reality of Matthew 18:6...
Terry Mattingly
The whole story of retired Cardinal Theodore "Uncle Ted" McCarrick has reached the stage where reporters, as well as concerned readers, simply have to ride the waves of coverage and wait to connect the hellish dots. The victims are starting to tell their stories. But let's pause to note a significant change in the shape of the clergy abuse story that has haunted Catholic leaders in America (and elsewhere) since the mid-1980s...


Why was the McCarrick abuse hushed up?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Yesterday Fr James Martin had an anguished piece at America magazine asking how the McCarrick affair could have happened. Why was it covered up? Why wasn’t it reported? He gives some good answers: the young men were ashamed of what happened. They did report it but were ignored. They were afraid their careers would be ended. They were gay...


The untold story of NASA’s Apollo 11 moon mission...


For ‘Uncle Ted,’ the final cut...
Rocco Palmo
Put simply, the report is a nuclear bomb. Even as last month's credible, substantiated allegation that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused a minor in the early 1970s resulted in the Pope's direct suspension of the 88 year-old prelate, and with it emerged two decade-old settlements by the dioceses he led over his misconduct with adults...


Chile's two cardinals become focus of clerical abuse investigation...
Inés San Martín
Pope’s Francis’s recent about-face on Chile’s clerical sexual abuse crisis, pivoting from strongly defending a bishop accused of cover-up to ordering investigations and summoning bishops to Rome to read them the riot act, appears to have been read as a green light to investigate by Chile’s civilian authorities, who in recent months have conducted multiple raids in several dioceses looking for evidence...


What you should know about this Sunday’s readings (16th Sunday in Ordinary Time)...
John Bergsma
At this time in the Church year, we are working our way through the Gospel of Mark, approaching the record of the Feeding of the 5,000 (Mark 6). In the next five weeks, we are going to take a break from Mark in order to meditate on John’s account of the same event (John 6), which will provide a lengthy opportunity to reflect on the theology and biblical basis for the Eucharist...


Head of Vatican commission says contraception is ‘intrinsically wrong’...


But what do the neighbors think?


The 20 things your guardian angel does for you, without your even realizing it...


Archaeologists discover bread that was baked 14,400 years ago...


Every dot in this picture is an entire galaxy...


Google Doodle celebrates Catholic priest who proposed Big Bang theory...


A tale of two revolutions...


Memo to Vatican reformers: Don't take cues from the gas company...

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The Lord is my shepherd...
Jimmy Akin
You may think that we live in a divided and dangerous time, but the ancient world was a violent place, in which different groups constantly competed for land, resources, and prestige. Warfare was so common that the Old Testament offhandedly refers to the season of spring as “the time when kings go to war.” Since it lay at a crossroads between powerful nations...


‘Humanae Vitae’ is the prophetic answer for a world still searching for love...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Listen carefully. Behind just about every news story, it seems, there is a soundtrack. It’s about “love.” I’m of a certain age and so leave me to listening in and I’ll inevitably hear ’80s pop songs. Don’t judge me, but as I’m writing now, it’s Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” and Howard Jones (you must remember him — British...


Discernment is important, so let’s not make a mockery of it...


Look closely and you’ll see reminders that heaven is not too far away...


We believe in God because we have seen Him...
Mark Shea
There are two interesting things to notice about these words of the Creed. The first is that the Creed makes not the slightest attempt at argument for the existence of one God. The Creed assumes that the person professing it has already done their homework or has, at the very least, made the choice to say, “I believe in order that I may understand...


What’s the oldest building in your home state? Here’s the list for all 50 states...


Cardinal McCarrick accused of sexually abusing 11-year-old boy ...


Teenager to be canonized with Paul VI and Oscar Romero...


Antichrist arrives in a world without mercy...
Elizabeth Scalia
A couple of years ago a woman about to board a flight tweeted out what she thought was an ironic “joke” and then obediently turned off her phone. When she disembarked some hours later, Justine Sacco discovered that she had become one of the most hated women on the planet, and had lost her job, to boot. She had been, effectively...


‘Deportation’ argument reveals principles for reading Church documents...


Vanity of vanities, all is vanity: Ecclesiastes...


13 reasons I never go to Mass or take a shower...


Watch a Chinook helicopter rescue 7 people with a pinnacle landing on Mount Hood...


Nicaragua’s bishops to fast, pray for exorcism amid Ortega crackdown...


St. Gilbert? In the coming weeks, the fate of G.K. Chesterton’s cause will be known...
K.V. Turley
Is he or is he not on the road to being canonized? In the coming weeks, the fate of Gilbert Keith Chesterton will be known. Soon, all eyes will turn upon Canon John Udris as he presents his written report to the bishop of Northampton, England, with, thereafter, a decision being made. For the past five years, Canon Udris has been the man tasked by Bishop Peter Doyle to explore whether Chesterton was a saint...


The pruning of the Church and our response to it...


Priest says new degree in Church administration builds servant-leaders...


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