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Study finds 37% of pastors have biblical worldview: Spiritual awakening ‘needed in our pulpits’

A new study from the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University has found that…

Arrest Made in Texas Church Theft, Though Tabernacle Remains Missing

A suspect has been charged with burglary in connection with the theft of a tabernacle…

For 2 New Saints, Paths to Canonization Follow Very Different Routes

The two biggest names among the 10 new saints canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday,…

Building up evangelization and disability awareness—with LEGOs

LEGOs aren’t just for kids anymore. The simple, colorful plastic bricks have given birth to…

Benedict XVI: 95th birthday wishes from around world ‘made me very happy’

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has said that receiving congratulatory messages from around the world on…

Catholic cathedral attacked in Nigeria after arrests over ‘blasphemy’ killing

A mob has attacked a Catholic cathedral in Nigeria amid protests demanding the release of…

The Persecution Report

THE BEST NEWS AGGRAGATE ON THE INTERNET IN SUPPORT OF OUR CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS…

Christ crucified in the modern world: The priest as sacrificial witness

The evils of the 20th century hold a strange fascination. We cannot help but read…

Pro-Aborts Swamp Pro-Lifers (153-57) in Network Supreme Court Leak Stories

The leaking of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion, suggesting the Supreme Court will overturn Roe…

The Sacrament of Confirmation: Scripture & Tradition

The Sacrament of confirmation involves a strengthening of the graces received from the prior Sacrament…

How Does Society Measure Mothers?

Quarantine and political violence have made city life considerably less appealing, leading to a noticeable exodus out…

Miracles and Saints: On the ten men and women to be canonized this Sunday

On May 15, 2022, Pope Francis is scheduled to canonize ten men and women. According…

May 13 Connects Fatima Apparitions, John Paul II Shooting

Forty years ago, on May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II stepped into his vehicle…

Catholic Archdiocese in Nigeria Announces Death of Kidnapped Priest

A Catholic archdiocese in Nigeria on Wednesday announced the death of a priest who was…

What a new Saint and an old secularist can teach us about love of God and country

On May 15 the Catholic Church will canonize Père Charles de Foucauld, a missionary priest…

Mary, Model for Mothers

As a Protestant, I believed that Mary was the virgin mother of Jesus, but she…

Crucial NATO decisions expected in Finland, Sweden this week

Key decision-makers in non-aligned Finland and Sweden are set to announce their positions on NATO…

Cardinal Zen released on bail

Cardinal Joseph Zen has been released on bail hours after he was arrested by the…

US Senate again refuses to to pass federal abortion law. Bishops relieved, Biden adamant.

An expansive abortion bill that would declare abortion a human right, undercut existing state pro-life…

Titus Brandsma: A New Patron Saint of Journalism?

More than 60 journalists have petitioned Pope Francis to make Titus Brandsma an official patron…

May Is Mary’s Month

I admire the work of the late Irish-Canadian-American novelist, Brian [bree-Ahn] Moore. Three of his…

Parliamentary Elections Pivotal for Troubled Lebanon

Amid the catastrophic socioeconomic collapse of their country, Lebanese are gearing up for legislative elections…

The suffering and faith of Saint Damien of Molokai

For more than a century, Catholics and non-Catholics alike have been sharing the heroic story…

Haitian gang leader charged with kidnapping American missionaries

The man accused of leading a notorious Haitian gang was charged Tuesday with orchestrating the kidnapping of…

Catholics under attack: Incidents since SCOTUS draft abortion decision, by state

The publication of a leaked draft opinion in a pivotal Supreme Court abortion case on…

Relatives of future saint to attend his May 15 canonization

St. Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916) left behind a large spiritual family. But the French hermit…

Eliminating medical conscience rights threatens human dignity and the freedom to love

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is expected soon to issue regulations rolling…

To All the Mothers Out There

Prior to my conversion to Catholicism, motherhood was something I both loved and hated. To…

Meet Isa, the Gerber 2022 spokesbaby championing limb differences

A little girl with huge beautiful eyes has become the spokesbaby for Gerber this year….

Crowning Mary: A May Tradition

For many decades, the lovely words and melody of the hymn Bring Flowers of the Raresthave…

Mother’s Day, Catholic style

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, which means some 113 million cards will be sent throughout the country…

Former Protestant minister embraces the truth of the Catholic faith

What would drive a Protestant minister to give up his ministry, to wander in spiritual…

Kresta Comments: The Power of Prayer in the Abortion Fight

It looks as though the fight for the protection of the unborn is now ready…

Spanish bishop laments that Biden is fashioning a religion to suit his support for abortion

Given the repeated attempts by Joe Biden to present abortion as compatible with the Catholic…

Catholic priest in Nigeria released 40 days after abduction

A Catholic diocese in Nigeria has announced “with joy” the release of a priest held…

The beautiful first dance of Ukrainian bride who lost her legs in explosion

ometimes there really is no need for words. And the emotions in this heart-warming video…

How Not to Find Out about Happiness

The nineteenth-century economist F. Y. Edgeworth believed that someday we would have instruments to measure happiness, just…

What a new Saint and an old secularist can teach us about love of God and country

On May 15 the Catholic Church will canonize Père Charles de Foucauld, a missionary priest…

On Cloud Nine — a Malian couple welcomes nonuplets

The day after the leak of the US Supreme Court’s draft of a repudiation of Roe…

Mr. President, Do You Favor Third-Trimester Abortions?

Predictably, President Biden has had nothing meaningful to say about the outrageous, criminal leak of a draft Supreme…

Are Americans a people? Here’s why abortion is the ultimate litmus test

As reactions to the leaking of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion continue to pour out, the debates…

Updated: If Roe v. Wade is Overturned, Which States Will Ban Abortion?

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case which observers believe could present a significant…

Home-schooling journeys ın Africa

Linda Adeniyi and her four sons scattered across their small garden in Lagos state, out…

Archbishop Aquila: German synodal path repudiates the deposit of faith

Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver has written again to the head of the German bishops’…

Roe v. Wade: 12 things to know about the leaked abortion opinion

In a stunning development, the news organization Politico on Monday night published a leaked draft of the…

The Roe Leak Spotlights America’s Crisis of Credibility

As I write this, pro-life Americans don’t know whether to celebrate, and pro-choice Americans don’t…

After Leaked Supreme Court Abortion Draft Opinion, Pro-Life Leaders Express Hope Yet React Cautiously

Pro-life leaders had mixed reactions Monday night to the news of a purported U.S. Supreme Court…

Defending Roe, Biden Claims Religions Don’t Say When Life Begins, Despite Catholic Teaching

President Joe Biden asserted Tuesday that no “mainstream” religion claims to know when human life…

What to Make of Politico’s Report of a Dobbs Leak

Politico has a report up tonight with a leaked copy of an apparent draft Supreme Court decision…

BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, according to draft opinion

The U.S. Supreme Court will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that…

Why is May the Month of Mary?

It’s here. May, the month in which the earth springs into bloom (at least in…

Supreme Court Rules Boston Violated First Amendment by Refusing to Fly Christian Flag outside City Hall

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the city of Boston violated the First Amendment…

Bishop Pfeifer: Catholic Bishops Must Hold Biden Accountable for ‘Pro-Abortion Extremism’

An emeritus Texas bishop has called on his fellow bishops to take action after President…

When Father Joseph Ratzinger Predicted the Future of the Church

He didn’t pretend he could tell the future. No. He was much too wise for…

‘Misdiagnosis’ — or Worse? German Synodal Path’s Solutions to Abuse Crisis Questioned

In his response to a “fraternal open letter” to the Catholic bishops of Germany warning of their…

Work Like St. Joseph: Advice for Men

The Catholic Church’s take on the value of work includes not only material and social…

May Day and martyrdom under Communism

Are there any saintly Catholics who lived under Communist governments, died as martyrs, and are…

Europeans affirm life

Maria Czernin grew up in a family that was pro-life, but didn’t engage much with…

U.S. commission names religious persecution hot spots

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s annual report, released Monday, calls on the State Department…

Priest who heard 1,000 confessions during Holy Week on power of Sacrament

My seven musical sons are huge fans of the wildly talented Fr. David Michael Moses,…

Oklahoma’s old and new abortion laws

In March 2021, Sarah Zarr with Students for Life Action sat at a conference table…

Is the internet making us too literate?

Writing in the Spring 2022 issue of The New Atlantis, British author Kit Wilson wonders if…

Persecution of Christians in China growing under Xi Jinping

Although the world knows that the Dalai Lama lives in exile and is the face…

‘Pray big’: Michigan woman says her healing was a miracle

April 2022 would have marked Dani Laurion’s thirteenth year confined to a wheelchair. But instead,…

Can The Federal Student Loan Program Be Reformed?

Decades of fiscal irresponsibility, manifested in routine trillion dollar budget deficits, near bankrupt Social Security…

Pro-life activists assaulted by security guards in Michigan abortion facility

 Pro-life activists who conducted a defense of the unborn at a Michigan abortion center were…

A Farewell Assessment: Higher Education after Six Decades

My first published analysis of some dimension of higher education occurred during the administration of…

St. John Paul II’s guide for using media and screens in the family

Access to media and social communications in the home has been a blessing to many,…

Vatican examines possible miracles attributed to Fr. Augustus Tolton

Officials from the Vatican are in the U.S. to investigate possible miracles attributed to the…

Afghanistan, other countries see worrisome religious freedom trends, USCIRF warns

Afghanistan and four other countries should be added to the ten countries already recognized by…

Could Hispanic-Americans, Protestants especially, shape the ’22 and ’24 elections?

Something is afoot when two New York Times columnists, Charles Blow on the left and…

Teen sadness and the crisis of meaning

America’s teens are not all right. As Derek Thompson recently wrote in an Atlantic article entitled “Why American Teens…

Celebrating the Family in St. John Paul II’s Sanctuary in Krakow

St. John Paul II used to say that the family constitutes the heart of evangelization, the “first…

Punished for Private Prayer? Supreme Court Hears the Case of Coach Kennedy and Faith on the Field

On Monday morning the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District. Its…

Ukraine’s Holy Week Like No Other

Christians of different traditions begin Lent on different dates. For Ukrainians of all denominations, their…

Foreign priest serving in Moscow expelled from Russia

Mexican-born Roman Catholic priest who was serving in Moscow was told to leave Russia, possibly…

Why We Fight About Football Prayers

For nearly as long as there have been football coaches, there have been praying football coaches. And…

‘Extraordinary Courage’: Religious Sister Intervenes to Stop Man Stabbing Catholic Priest in France

A 72-year-old religious sister has been praised for her “extraordinary courage” after she sought to…

Twitter accepts Elon Musk’s buyout deal

Twitter’s board has accepted an offer from billionaire Elon Musk to buy the social media company…

Peace, Wounds, and Breath

Place yourself with the Apostles in the Upper Room. Consider the emotions present in each…

While Ukrainian Violence Dominates The News, The Silent Slaughter Of Nigerian Christians Continues

For weeks, a shocked world has been transfixed by Russia’s murderous invasion of Ukraine. The…

Melissa Lucio Granted Stay of Execution by Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Statements from Melisssa Lucio and her attorneys Today, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued…

The blueprint of mercy: preparation, proclamation, perseverance, purpose

It is fitting that on this second Sunday of Easter, decreed in 2000 by Pope…

The Complicated Religious Life of Ben Franklin

May 25, 2017, marked the 230th anniversary of the opening of the Constitutional Convention in…

Vatican approves norms to reshape U.S. priestly formation

The Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy has approved new norms for the formation of seminarians, which…

Saintly Examples of Mercy in Motion

When Divine Mercy Sunday comes every year on the Sunday after Easter, St. Faustina Kowalska…

Pro-life, Catholic groups file to intervene in Michigan governor’s abortion lawsuit

Pro-life and Catholic groups in Michigan are seeking to intervene in a lawsuit brought by…

Saying goodbye to two inspiring pro-life leaders

During this week of Easter, two great women who championed the cause of life nationwide…

The indulgences offered on Divine Mercy Sunday, and how to obtain them

What do a certain Polish nun and a certain Polish pope have in common? They…

The Necessity of a Historical Resurrection

Michael Licona is an associate professor of theology at Houston Baptist University and the president…

Pope John Paul II and Divine Mercy

“I considered this message my special task. Providence has assigned it to me in the…

Pro-life advocates mourn Vicki Thorn, founder of Project Rachel healing ministry

When Vicki Thorn was a Catholic teen in rural Minnesota, a close friend confided to…

Arrested for Praying Silently on a UK Street?

On Feb. 24, 2021, Rosa Lalor left her home in Liverpool, England, to go for…

College pronoun police pay up

An Ohio school on Thursday agreed to settle with a Christian professor after a federal…

After Columbine: How one survivor found faith, and a vocation

Many years before she entered religious life, Sister Mary Gianna Thornby was an ordinary high…

‘That’s my mother. I know she’s innocent.’ Calls for mercy grow a week before Melissa Lucio is set to be executed

The family and advocates of the only Hispanic woman on Texas’ death row are fighting to stop…

The Recovery of Fraternal Correction Among Bishops

In the golden age of the Catholic episcopate—the days of great Church Fathers like Cyprian…

Were you there when the stone was rolled away? An account from the guards

He was not afraid. Of course he was not. Only, he could not seem to…

What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like?

When I gave a talk recently at the Institute of Catholic Culture on the subject of the…

Italian archbishop says Jews don’t need to accept Christ to be saved

An Italian archbishop has proposed that Jews do not need to accept faith in Christ,…

6 Ways Elon Musk Could Actually Improve Twitter

Can Elon Musk save Twitter from itself? It sure seems the billionaire eccentric may try….

Bishop Cozzens on pro-life witness, clergy sex abuse, and Eucharistic revival

Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens, 53, is the Bishop of Crookston, Minnesota. He grew up in Denver,…

New Scientific Technique Dates Shroud of Turin to Around the Time of Christ’s Death and Resurrection

An Italian scientist is claiming a new technique using X-ray dating shows the Holy Shroud…

Priest sends open letter to German cardinal begging him to uphold Catholic teaching on homosexuality

Editor’s note: Two of the most influential Catholic prelates in Europe have advocated publicly in…

Easter: Hope That Does Not Disappoint

The celebration of Easter over the last two years has taken place beneath the dark…

An Easter Particular Exam

One of the classic practices of Catholic spirituality is the particular exam, which is a…

Proclaim Paschal Joy: Live Liturgically in the Easter Season

Our Lord is not dead, but alive! And we live to tell this glorious truth. Likely, Lent…

German Bishops’ President Responds to Letter Warning of Schism Risk in Synodal Path

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, president of the German bishops’ conference, responded Thursday to a…

Why Jesus’ Resurrection Is Not Borrowed from Pagan Myths

Skeptics will argue that Jesus’ resurrection is just one more instance of the dying-and-rising-god motif…

What Skeptical Scholars Admit about the Resurrection Appearances of Jesus

On June 26, 2000, ABC aired a documentary called The Search for Jesus. The network’s leading…

4 Paintings of the Crucifixion that you probably haven’t seen

With images in churches veiled, here are four painted Crucifixion scenes that are moving but…

The Passion Through Mary’s Eyes

It was early Friday morning when I saw my son. That was the first glimpse…

Meditation: ‘The 7 Last Words of Christ’

“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” “Today you will be with…

Praying The Stations of the Cross

One of my favorite devotions is the Stations of the Cross. It is a devotion…

Easter is the door, and Good Friday is the key

“Likewise, either on the altar or near it, there is to be a cross, with…

The Relics of Christ: The Nails

Spread throughout the world, in cathedrals and chapels, are perhaps three dozen rough iron nails…

When Apostles Became Priests

In the Upper Room, on the night Jesus was betrayed, the twelve apostles learned that…

Former Anglican Bishop of Rochester elevated to rank of ‘monsignor’ by Pope

Pope Francis has conferred the title of “monsignor” upon Michael Nazir Ali, the former Anglican…

Holy Thursday and Divine Mercy

As the Sacred Triduum begins Holy Thursday, the Church ponders three interconnected realities: Christ’s washing of…

You can follow Holy Week, Easter events on EWTN. Here’s the schedule

Are you planning to stay at home for the Holy Week and Easter Season celebrations?…

Eucharistic Revival Kicks Off in US

NEW YORK — Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York was consigned a first-class relic of Blessed Carlo…

Holy Week 2022: A wartime meditation

n both the Roman and Byzantine liturgical calendars, Lent 2022 has coincided with a brutal…

Bishop ‘horrified’ by Brooklyn shooting, asks prayers for injured and first responders

Bishop Robert Brennan of Brooklyn urged prayer for those injured in a shooting at a…

Oregon to become “center for assisted suicide tourism”

Oregon, the first U.S. state to legalize physician-assisted suicide, is now welcoming terminally ill non-residents…

Meet Fr. Stu – the real priest, and true story, behind Mark Wahlberg’s new movie

“I kept hearing the same message over and over again: ‘There is power in suffering,…

International Coalition of Bishops Offers ‘Fraternal Letter of Concern’ to German Episcopacy Over ‘Synodal Path’

Seventy-four Catholic bishops from four continents have signed a “fraternal open letter” to their episcopal…

How to live Holy Week? Here are Mother Angelica’s tips

Mother Angelica, the foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), offered advice, counsel, and…

Cardinal Parolin says he hopes Vatican-China deal can be tweaked

With the Vatican-China deal on the appointment of bishops due to expire in October, Cardinal…

Cancelling St. Nicholas of Myra?

“Everyone is free to express their opinions, but that statue [of St. Nicholas of Myra]…

‘A blow from the devil’: Shattered Fatima statue found in Ukrainian Catholic seminary occupied by Russians

When Father Ruslan Mikhalkiv returned on April 7 to the abandoned seminary outside Kyiv where…

Missing the Marx: Theologians Critique German Cardinal’s Statements Supporting Homosexuality

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the archbishop of Munich and a prominent backer of the Catholic Church…

5 Problematic Patterns of Sin That Emerge in the Passion Account

Sunday, April 10, is Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. Mass readings: Luke 19:28-40; Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9,…

Bishop skips college commencement over dispute over “gay pride” and “BLM” flags

The bishop of Worcester, Massachusetts, will not be attending the College of the Holy Cross’s…

Gretchen Whitmer Seeks to Bolster Abortion in Michigan

Ahead of an anticipated ruling in this term’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in which…

German diocese hires self-identified transgender man to teach religious ed

A German diocese has defended its decision to grant a biological female who identifies as…

Ukraine, suffering, and the Passion of Christ

Holy Week, the week of Christ’s suffering and death, has a special name this year–…

Burmese archbishop remains under house arrest; ‘We are all praying,’ priest says

Mandalay Archbishop Marco Win Tin, Vicar General Monsignor Domenic Kyo Du and their respective staffs,…

Why Social Media Is Not Smart for Middle School Kids

I really love middle school kids. I have two of them! If you have been…

Nuns in Ukraine: Our convents have become refugee centers

Millions of people have had to flee their homes to save themselves and their children,…

On 25 years a Catholic

A quarter century ago this year my wife and I entered the Catholic Church, receiving…

Seven Meditations on Christ’s Seven Last Words

Now we turn to some of the lessons Christ poured out for us while He…

3 Sisters Were Called to Be Nuns in the Same Religious Order

Sister Mariana, Sister Roziane and Sister Isabela Guimaraes are three blood sisters who embraced their…

Abducted American Religious Sister a Former Leader of Her Congregation Whose Heart Turned to Missionary Work

NEW ORLEANS — The American religious sister kidnapped in West Africa this week is a…

Kentucky to treat churches as ‘essential services’ during pandemics, emergencies

Kentucky has passed a law that requires the government to treat houses of worship the…

If We Lose Our Memory, We Lose Our Religion

In a famous passage from the Phaedrus, Plato recounts a warning that the invention of writing…

How to choose forgiveness: A priest and a psychologist on how to break free from resentment

Fr. Thomas Berg and Dr. Timothy Lock provide a step-by-step approach to achieving forgiveness, that…

‘These Bombs Led Me to Christ’

You have seen my picture a thousand times. It’s a picture that made the world…

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, the Truly Rich Young Man

Everything. That is what Jesus asked the rich young man to be willing to part…

Martyr of Communisms: Blessed Nicholas Charnetsky

On April 2, the Catholic Church commemorates Blessed Nicholas Charnetsky, a Ukrainian Catholic bishop who…

Pope Francis to visit Lebanon in June, says President Aoun

The president of Lebanon said on Tuesday that Pope Francis will visit the Middle Eastern…

Archbishop Chaput: “Things Worth Dying For”

Editor’s note: The following address was given at St. Francis De Sales Seminary, Milwaukee, on April…

Let Jesus Free Us From Slavery to the Past

believed the distressed man’s story about being broke and needing some money from me to…

Activists tell story of aborted baby remains

What began as an effort to give a proper burial to aborted babies led two…

Lessons for Lent from the conversion of the Prodigal Son

It is vital to grasp the twofold context in which St. Luke situates his account…

What happened when this 2022 Final Four hero was asked to explain his heart, mind and soul?

OK, faithful GetReligion readers, you know the drill. Especially those of you who are among…

English police guidelines change after Catholic MP dies without Last Rites

Police guidelines in the U.K. have changed to allow clergy to assist badly injured crime…

The Silent Strength of the Blessed Sacrament

In 1996, when Mother Teresa’s health was deteriorating, she was often in the hospital. One…

Finding faith in trauma: Oxford student sees God’s promise shine through darkness

At 12:50 p.m., Nov. 30, 2021, LeeAnn Johnson was walking to her biochemistry class at…

After police find aborted fetal remains at home of DC pro-life activist, group pledges full explanation

Police on Wednesday found the remains of at least five aborted fetuses at the Washington,…

Haydn’s Music of Gratitude and Goodness

I love Haydn. If I had to be left with only one composer in my…

When Classical Liberals Went to the Mountaintop

During a recent seminar, a student asked me to rank the influence of classical liberalism…

Cardinal Marx, the Catechism, and heresy

Münich’s Cardinal Reinhard Marx courted controversy this week, appearing to make his most explicit statement…

Meet the American Catholic journalist who “couldn’t imagine” leaving war-torn Ukraine

Joe Lindsley hadn’t planned to make Ukraine his home. He moved there almost by chance—or…

Healing is Possible: How gaining self-compassion from trauma therapy helped me heal from past wounds

Please note that the following post includes discussion of the topics of abuse and self-harm,…

How a little girl’s Eucharistic faith inspired Fulton Sheen

Fulton Sheen was well-known for his habit of making a daily holy hour, no matter…

Ten Important Aspects of Saintliness

All of us are called to become saints. How do we know? Jesus commanded us:…

Christian Condemnations of LGBT Not Hate Speech in Finland, Court Rules

Helsinki district court judges have dismissed hate speech charges against a Finnish politician who tweeted out Bible…

How the Rosary became a source of strength and meaning on a refugee bus

The Polish people are giving us all a lesson in humanity by their behavior in…

Tabernacle, with Eucharist inside, stolen from Maryland Catholic church

A tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament located inside, along with other church belongings, was stolen…

Saint John Climacus and the Ladder to Heaven

Why is it so helpful to use material analogies to better understand immaterial concepts? Because…

The Impossibility of Christian Transhumanism

So-called “Christian transhumanism,” or the attempt to blend the transhumanist agenda with the precepts of…

Catholic leaders plead for clemency for Texas woman

Texas Catholic leaders and other opponents of the death penalty are urging Texas officials to…

Priests Accused of Abuse Returned to Ministry Without Involving Law Enforcement, Says Former Albany Bishop

In a deposition released March 25, the former Bishop of Albany admitted that he did…

Daring priest saves man from shark attack and wins prestigious award

Fr. Liam Ryan has just received the impressive Australian Bravery Award for paddling out to…

The Father’s Gifts without the Father

“A man had two sons.” So begins our Lord’s most famous and familiar parable. Some…

‘Love means radical solidarity’: Walking with the Sisters of Life

The Sisters of Life are a special kind of religious community. Founded in 1991 by…

New Vatican instruction: Identity of Catholic schools to be respected by teachers, students

The Vatican’s education congregation on Tuesday published a document responding to conflicts over the interpretation…

Lessons for Lent from the conversion of St. Peter

When Simon Peter saw the great catch, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart…

The gift of World Youth Day 2016: Fr. Patrick Briscoe reports from Poland

In 2015, in anticipation of World Youth Day, Cardinal Stanislas Rylko, President of the Pontifical Council…

The Unreality of Will Smith’s Oscars Slap

“Art imitates life,” Will Smith said in his acceptance speech last night after winning the…

A Minnesota man is released after being held by Russian troops for 10 days.

A man from Minnesota who was detained by Russian troops as he tried to leave…

Mother Angelica’s Work Still Brings Inspiration and Conversion, 6 Years After Her Death

The foundress of EWTN, Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, died six years ago, but…

A history of Catholic slaps, punches, and all-out brawls

If you watched the Oscars last night, you probably saw the moment when actor Will…

Joseph Ratzinger: The Mystery of the Annunciation is the Mystery of Grace

From Dogma und Verkundigung, quoted in Co-Workers of the Truth: Meditations for Every Day of the Year (Ignatius…

Supreme Court Rules for Condemned Inmate Who Sought Pastor’s Touch

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Texas may not for now execute a death row inmate…

‘It’s the time for the world to hear our voice’: Catholic news agency in Iraq to serve persecuted Christians

On the solemnity of the Annunciation, March 25, local dignitaries, priests, religious, and two archbishops…

From coast to coast, US bishops join in the consecration of Russia and Ukraine

Preaching the homily at a Mass in Philadelphia on Friday, the voice of the leader…

Details emerge of Russian killing of priest in Ukraine

The priest was unarmed. He held a cross above his head as he ran out…

Miracle baby finally leaves NICU after 460 days

Baby Kendall Jurnakins was finally able to go home Thursday after being in an Indiana…

What they don’t tell you about motherhood: An Open Letter to Women

We live in a world that will only tell you about the hard parts of…

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Dies at 84

Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright died at age 84 on Wednesday, her family announced…

‘Healthy’ American Sisters Die at Swiss Suicide Clinic

Repeat after me: Assisted-suicide legalization eventually leads to death on demand. Oh, you doubt me?…

How the Resurrection Narratives Fit Together

People are sometimes confused by the differences in the Gospels’ infancy narratives and their resurrection…

Want to join in the consecration of Russia and Ukraine? Here’s how

Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday, March 25,…

The latest on Sister Dede: D.C. has given her a religious exemption from vaccination mandate

Sister Deirdre Byrne, perhaps better known as “Sister Dede,” says that Washington, D.C. officials have…

Vatican releases text for March 25 consecration prayer for Ukraine, Russia

The Vatican has sent bishops around the world the text of the prayer that Pope Francis…

Is Your Spiritual Life Like a Sailboat or a Motorboat?

When I was about 10 years old I took some sailing lessons and then did…

Meet the Dominican seminarian who’s hosted 108 Ukrainian refugees in Krakow

Brother Andrzej Mońka, a Dominican seminarian in Krakow, received permission to house refugees at the…

The blessed who influenced the pope to consecrate the world to Mary during World War II

Blessed Alexandrina of Balazar influenced Venerable Pius XII to consecrate the world to the Immaculate…

St. Nicholas Owen, Builder of Secret Hiding Places for Priests

On March 22, 1606, St. Nicholas Owen, the Jesuit lay brother and carpenter extraordinaire, died…

Mother knows best: Turning Red, Encanto, and Disney/Pixar’s new overbearing moms

(Note: This essay includes Turning Red spoilers.) A decade or more ago, if the protagonist of an animated…

A Week of Big Changes

By the end of this week, the Vatican will have carried out two large acts….

Without ‘Metanoia’ We Perish

Jesus insists in Sunday’s Gospel (Lk 13:1-9) that, without repentance (metanoia), we “will all perish”…

10 Highlights of ‘Praedicate Evangelium’

On the ninth anniversary of the formal inauguration of his pontificate, the feast of St….

Benedict will join in consecration of Russia

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the personal secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, confirmed that Benedict will…

The blessed who influenced the pope to consecrate the world to Mary during World War II

Blessed Alexandrina of Balazar influenced Venerable Pius XII to consecrate the world to the Immaculate…

Pope Francis invites Catholic bishops worldwide to join him in consecrating Russia, Ukraine

In a letter sent urgently on Mar. 17 to all U.S. bishops, the Apostolic Nuncio to the…

Lessons for Lent from the conversion of King David

A prophet with a perilous mission “And the Lord sent Nathan to David” (2 Sam…

St. Joseph: Our Sublime Model for Saintly Fatherhood

If we want to look to the saints as models then we should raise our…

The Hope of Lent

Fasting generates hunger. Almsgiving limits our personal desires. Prayer time takes from “me time.” Lent’s…

Putin invokes the Bible to justify Ukraine invasion at Moscow rally

Russian President Vladimir Putin used a Bible verse on Friday while praising Russian military forces’ actions in the war in…

A relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis’ heart is coming to New York

A relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis’ heart is coming to New York in the first…

Bind On the Breastplate of St. Patrick

Go, Patrick,” a voice echoed through his sleep, “thy ship is prepared! Arise and go!”…

Ukraine and the gift of fathers and mothers

“They bombed a maternity clinic and a hospital,” says a young Ukrainian mother at the train station,…

St. Patrick’s Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus

I am Patrick, yes a sinner and indeed untaught; yet I am established here in…

India court upholds hijab ban in schools as religious tensions continue in Karnataka

The state of Karnataka may ban Muslim girls from wearing head scarves in schools, the…

Desperate Minnesota family trying to bring home son they say was detained by Russia after Ukraine invasion

 The family of a Minnesota man says their son was taken by Russian troops as…

Priest in Ukraine: “I am not going to run away”

It’s hard to express in words so much love, so many phone calls, so much…

Pastors Get Crookston

In many regards, it was entirely unremarkable: a short and simple memo, detailing some personnel…

A woman of faith directs a Man of God

“Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” This simple prayer…

In Ukraine, art is cultural memory

When visiting the Roman church of San Luigi dei Francesi, I often show a black…

Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Bill Hits Target: Gender Ideology Harms Kids

Children are being targeted with sexual content—not just in social media, but also in school curriculums. As…

Ukrainian refugees spend a night in the presence of Jesus at a railway station in Poland

The St. Catherine of Alexandria Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at the central railway station in Wrocław,…

Mexican diocese to deny communion to Catholic politicians who voted to legalize abortion

After the legislature of the Mexican state of Sinaloa voted to legalize abortion up to…

From Anglican to Catholic

On September 29 last year, the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, I was…

Pastor and Family of Pakistan’s First ‘Servant of God’ Akash Bashir Awaits Celebration of his Martyrdom Day

The parents and siblings of Akash Bashir, the 20-year-old martyr raised to Servant of God by…

‘We Were Practically Nothing to Him,’ Ex-Seminarian Says of Bishop Zanchetta’s Abusive Behavior

One of the former seminarians who was the victim of sexual abuse by Argentine Bishop…

Sister Dede’s Medical License Restored, After Temporary Religious Exemption From Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers

The religious sister who sued Washington, D.C., for denying her a religious exemption to its COVID-19 vaccination…

Royal Oak church community gathers in prayer after man damages building, beloved statue

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – A community is coming together in prayer after a man broke into a…

Nuns continue to provide spiritual care for Ukraine’s wounded and their families

Despite the increasing risk of remaining in the war zones in Ukraine, religious communities have…

They enrolled in Catholic school because of the pandemic; now, they’re becoming Catholic

 In November, catechumens and candidates who will join the Church this Easter at St. Isaac…

The Crucifix Is a Reminder of God’s Love

Saint Paul said that all religion was contained for him in “Jesus Christ, and Him crucified”…

20 Holy Hacks to Help You Get to Heaven

Saints had a knack for shaking things up as they blazed a heavenly trail, taking…

It’s My Life, and I’ll Do What God Wants

The 1965 hit song “It’s My Life,” performed by the Animals, expressed the angst of a generation,…

‘There’s no place I’d rather be,’ says frontline aid worker in Ukraine

Tetiana Stawnychy is the daughter of political refugees who fled Ukraine as teenagers in 1944…

Ukraine for the Long Haul

he world is rightly horrified by Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine and its people.  I…

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lenten Message to Catholics

Born in 1906, Bonhoeffer was a German theologian active in the “Confessing Church”, an ecumenical…

The Religious roots of the Ukraine crisis

Has Vladimir Putin gone mad? It is a question hinted at when the British Prime…

Viral photos of empty strollers at train stations: a moving sight

The stroller movement began in the Polish border town of Przemyśl. This city was quickly…

Protest convoy loops capital on D.C. Beltway

HAGERSTOWN, Md.—About two dozen semitrucks and 50 personal autos set out on a cross-country protest…

Iconography and healing the eyes of the heart

What does it mean to see God? Are there special places to look, or particular…

Ukraine for the Long Haul

The world is rightly horrified by Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine and its people.  I…

G.K. Chesterton Became Catholic 100 Years Ago, Drawn in by Jerusalem and Our Lady

On July 30, 1922, at the Railway Hotel, in Beaconsfield, England, G.K. Chesterton became a…

Ukrainian, Polish Knights of Columbus marshal resources to help care for refugees

Polish and Ukrainian Knights of Columbus have been working together to provide aid to the…

Missionary family returns to Spain from Ukraine: ‘We witnessed God’s miracles’

César Campomar and María Auxiliadora Hernando and their ten children have lived in Ukraine since…

German Catholic bishops’ leader calls for change to Catechism on sexuality

The chairman of the German Catholic bishops’ conference has called for changes to Church teaching…

Dozens killed in blast at Shia mosque in Pakistan’s Peshawar

A blast struck a Shia mosque during Friday prayers in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar,…

Florida legislature bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy

The Florida legislature voted for a bill that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks…

Fasting: ‘We Do It In Imitation of Jesus’

Going all-in at Lent requires a commitment to fasting. Of the three pillars of Lent…

Catholic bishops support praying football coach in Supreme Court case

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) submitted an amicus brief Wednesday in support…

Russia attacks Ukraine nuclear plant as invasion advances

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces shelled Europe’s largest nuclear plant early Friday, sparking a…

The Martyrdom of Paulo Uchibori and Companions

A glowering, scar-faced volcano named Unzen reigns over the Shimabara Peninsula in southwestern Japan. Atop…

Polish Catholic archbishop to Russian Orthodox leader: Please ask Putin to stop Ukraine war

The president of Poland’s Catholic bishops’ conference has urged the head of the Russian Orthodox…

The religious roots of Ukrainian resistance

As chilling as morally serious people find Vladimir Putin, his evident pleasure in humiliating his…

Nun in Ukraine: When we hear the sirens, we take the Blessed Sacrament, hide and pray

There is a war in Ukraine. Apart from those who have joined the army, the…

Bishops ask Pope Francis to consecrate Ukraine and Russia to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Ukraine’s Latin Rite Catholic bishops have asked Pope Francis to consecrate Ukraine and Russia to…

Biblical examples of fasting that brought peace and conversion

Lent reminds us of the necessity of fasting, not only for our own conversion, but…

You and I Are Going to Die — So Let’s Spend Lent Talking About It

Today is Ash Wednesday, a day that takes its name from the ashes imposed on…

Doesn’t Jesus Say Not to Wear Ashes on Your Forehead?

On Ash Wednesday, to kick off the penitential season of Lent in preparation for Easter,…

Please don’t forget to fast, pray for peace on Ash Wednesday, Ukrainian Catholic priest pleads

A Ukrainian Catholic priest who is the dean of theology at the Catholic University of…

Our Lady of the Ukraine

The first incident actually occurred two weeks before World War I, on May 12, 1214,…

Vatican Cardinal: ‘There is Still Room for Negotiation’ to End Ukraine Conflict

The Vatican secretary of state said on Monday that it is not too late for…

EWTN’s new movie chronicles true stories of Ukrainian persecution

Viewers who want to know what life is really like after a Communist invasion need…

Putin Plays the Nazi Card

mong the most shocking claims by Vladimir Putin in justifying his Ukraine invasion is his…

Ukrainian Catholic leader: ‘May dialogue and diplomacy conquer war’

The leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church expressed hope on Monday that dialogue and…

‘Who trespass against us’ — For Ukrainian Catholics, ‘Forgiveness Sunday’ comes during Russian invasion

Before Lent begins, many Orthodox Christians and Eastern Catholics celebrate “Forgiveness Sunday” — an observance…

The Voice of a Prophet: Solzhenitsyn on the Ukraine Crisis

Alexander Solzhenitsyn was many things. A fearless champion of freedom in an age of totalitarianism….

John Paul II’s prayer to Our Lady for Ukraine

When St. John Paul II visited Ukraine in 2001, he began his apostolic pilgrimage with…

Russia sanctions are a ‘big deal,’ experts say. But effects could take years.

The flurry of sanctions the U.S. announced this week against Russia are some of the…

7 things to know about Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson

President Joe Biden nominated federal appeals court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court…

Pope Francis visits Russian embassy to Vatican ‘to show his concern’ at Ukraine conflict

Pope Francis visited the Russian Embassy to the Holy See on Friday morning, according to…

Hundreds arrested as shocked Russians protest Ukraine attack

Shocked Russians turned out by the thousands Thursday to decry their country’s invasion of Ukraine…

Guns fell to Rosaries in Philippine Revolution

It was a revolution like no other. Instead of guns, there were prayers; instead of…

Things to know about the Catholic Church in Ukraine

Though most of Ukraine’s population is Eastern Orthodox, Catholics are among those suffering amid Russia’s…

‘Our life is in God’s hands,’ says EWTN priest in Ukraine

With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine underway, one local priest says that he and Ukrainian Catholics…

Saints and blesseds of Ukraine

After a shocking wave of Russian military strikes across Ukraine on Thursday — attacks beginning…

Ukraine Crisis: Pope Calls for an Ash Wednesday Fast for Peace

Expressing great sadness at the worsening situation in Ukraine, Pope Francis asked world leaders on…

A Doctor Begged a Religious Sister for Help. Last Week, She and Her Family Escaped Afghanistan.

When Sister Deirdre “Dede” Byrne picked up the phone in December 2021, a young man…

After ‘we baptize’ scandal, have ‘we’ catechized?

When the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said in August 2020 that…

Leader of Polish Catholic Church warns German counterpart over errors of the Synodal way

The president of Poland’s Catholic bishops’ conference has expressed “fraternal concern” about the direction of…

Ukraine crisis: Catholic archbishop says God will have last word on Russia conflict

A Catholic archbishop has emphasized God’s power over Ukraine’s worsening crisis with Russia, urging people…

Russia’s Putin announces military operation in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday announced a military operation in Ukraine and warned other…

Trudeau Lifts Emergencies Act Just after Extension

The Canadian government announced Wednesday it will revoke the Emergencies Act after invoking it only…

California Suppressing Evidence That ‘Would Exculpate’ David Daleiden, Attorney Says

California is limiting undercover journalist and pro-life activist David Daleiden from conducting his legal defense…

This Catholic doctor lost everything in the Nagasaki bombing. Except faith, hope, and love.

Dr. Takashi Nagai’s work to help survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bombing and to console…

The Letter in Which Lincoln Debated the Morality of Slavery With Himself

Abraham Lincoln wrote countless private notes for his eyes only—scribbled words to capture ideas and…

Russia, Ukraine and Moral Reckoning

There have been vast improvements in the techniques and technology of filmmaking since 1961, when…

Why Do We Care So Much About St. Peter’s Chair?

On Feb. 22, Catholics celebrate the Feast of the Chair of Peter. “A feast for a chair?”…

Who Baptizes? Sacramental specificity in an auto-correct world

“Do this in memory of me.” –Luke 22:19 For a few years now, I have observed…

FSSP says Pope Francis has issued decree confirming its use of 1962 liturgical books

Pope Francis has issued a decree confirming that the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP)…

How George Washington anticipated and warned of our present national situation

As America’s laborious process for choosing a president moves slowly but noisily ahead, there is…

Heroic beginning of Catholic Church in China

In 1905, one of the greatest Catholic missionaries to China wrote down his thoughts for…

‘War, destruction and death’: U.N. Security Council members slam Russia’s Ukraine escalation

U.N. Security Council members had one clear message for Russian President Vladimir Putin: We know…

St. Peter Damian: Monk and Reformer

During his general audience on Sept. 9, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about St. Peter Damian,…

60% Abortion Drop in Texas? Now Is the Time for Walking With Moms in Need

As reports surfaced last week of a 60% abortion drop in the state of Texas with the…

Verdict in Finland’s Bible Tweet Trial Expected in March

A verdict in the closely watched trial of a Christian MP in Finland is expected…

Mexican bishop: Apparent Eucharistic miracle of Tixtla has yet to be approved by Rome

The case of the alleged Eucharistic miracle of Tixtla in Mexico has not yet been…

Q & A: The Man Who Led Bible Studies with Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston was “a trumpet to the world” who was “not ashamed of the gospel…

More Than 800 Anti-Christian Incidents Reported in France in 2021

Investigators have so far identified a total of 1,659 anti-religious acts in France in 2021,…

Phoenix priest who botched baptisms for decades apologizes, seeks to make amends

A Catholic priest in Phoenix has apologized, asked forgiveness, and resigned as parish pastor after…

The new Lord of the Rings prequel, The Rings of Power, is set in the Second Age of Middle-Earth – here’s what that means

Amazon Studios is due to launch its Lord of the Rings prequel TV series in…

Vatican Observatory astronomer finds new member of the solar system

An astronomer at the Vatican Observatory (www.VaticanObservatory.org), together with his colleagues, has found a new…

Ukrainian Catholic bishops in US beg prayers for peace in their homeland

The bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States issued a statement on…

Canada’s Trudeau invokes emergency powers to quell protests

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked emergency powers Monday to quell the paralyzing protests by truckers…

Cop says Ethan Crumbley texted friend: ‘I’m mentally and physically dying’

Months before he allegedly blasted gunfire through his school, Ethan Crumbley was begging for help….

Trial Begins in France Over Murder of Father Jacques Hamel

 A trial began in Paris on Monday, Feb. 14, for four people charged with conspiring…

I am sick, elderly, and disabled. Why isn’t the ‘assisted dying’ lobby listening to me?

One of Britain’s most influential newspapers, The Daily Express, has decided to back the legalisation of “assisted…

Blessed Are Those Who Embody the Beautitudes

The yellowing notebook for my college philosophy of religion class contains this plaintive inscription: Sunday school…

French Catholic Nun Turns 118, Making Her the Second-Oldest Person in the World

Sister Andre Randon, a French nun, celebrated her 118th birthday on Feb. 11. This milestone…

America’s High Holy Day

The most important day of secular America’s calendar is fast approaching. I’m talking of course…

Rams WR Cooper Kupp finds ultimate purpose in honoring God on journey to Super Bowl

It would be easy to understand if Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp struggled to pick…

In Canada it’s trucks versus tweets and the trucks are winning

Two weeks ago, the “Freedom Convoy” began in earnest, with thousands of truckers from every…

Archbishop Gänswein: Movement Wants to Destroy Benedict XVI’s Life and Work

Archbishop Georg Gänswein has claimed that a movement is not only out to destroy Benedict…

Archdiocese of Chicago shifts course on school mask mandate

Catholic schools across much of the Archdiocese of Chicago can now make masks optional, according…

This Colombian bishop in a drug trafficking zone receives death threats

Since 2017 Bishop Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya has led the Diocese of Buenaventura, centered on…

Martyr of Communism: Blessed Aloysius Stepanic

When Aloysius Stepanic was brought into court on September 30, 1946, everyone knew it was…

Pope Benedict’s Departure From the Public-Relations Handbook

For more than 70 years as a priest, Joseph Ratzinger set for himself the mission…

Cardinal Hollerich and the Destabilization of Doctrine

Last month, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg, the relator general of the unfolding Synod on…

Muslim leaders ‘alarmed’ by Catholic politician’s inclusion in European Islamophobia report

A body representing more than 1,000 Muslim leaders worldwide expressed alarm on Tuesday at a…

2 Strangers bring gift to newborn in hospital after unintended text

The elderly are often teased for their lack of tech-savvy, but one grandmother’s slight technical…

Bishop Fabre to succeed Abp. Kurtz in Louisville

Bishop Shelton Fabre will soon be announced as the new Archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky, Church…

St. Josephine Bakhita sculpture shines light on reality of human trafficking

With his latest sculpture, a Catholic artist hopes to draw attention to the devastating reality…

Traditional Latin Mass: Canonists Question the Legislative Force of Recent Vatican Guidelines

 The Vatican document to bishops on how to implement certain restrictions on the traditional rites…

Fired nurse practitioner charges CVS Pharmacy with religious discrimination

A Christian nurse practitioner formerly employed at a CVS Pharmacy in Texas has filed a…

The German Church and the dissolution of the one-flesh unity

“The whole world woke up astonished to find itself Arian.” So lamented the fourth-century Church…

Zucker, Gollust’s cozy ties with Andrew Cuomo included coaching him on COVID briefings

CNN boss Jeff Zucker and his paramour Allison Gollust had an inappropriately close friendship with former Gov….

Pope Francis: Rayan, The Boy Stuck in a Well in Morocco, Shows Beauty of ‘Saints Next Door’

Pope Francis on Sunday shared two recent examples of everyday holiness, times when people gathered…

This Physicist Believes in Miracles

When I converted to Catholicism some 26 years ago, my Catholic wife rejoiced.  But I…

Details emerge about man accused of murdering priest in Vietnam

A bishop in Vietnam has released a letter that sheds light on the possible motives…

Jimmy Lai: A Beacon of Courage Amid Communist Oppression

“Taped on the wall by my desk,” wrote Wall Street Journal columnist William McGurn in the summer…

Episcopalian church sues Oregon city limiting its meals to homeless

The Episcopal Diocese of Oregon and St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church are suing the city of…

Retired Anglican bishop Peter Forster becomes Catholic, news report confirms

Peter Forster, a former Anglican Bishop of Chester, was received into the Catholic Church in…

German ‘Synodal Way’ Members Back Text Calling For Women Priests

Participants in the German Catholic Church’s “Synodal Way” voted on Friday in favor of a…

The Galleon, the Tyrant and the 26 Martyrs of Nagasaki

Raked by frothing waves and howling wind, the galleon San Felipe rode the merciless Pacific…

Australian police officer stops Catholic Mass to check for masks

A Catholic Mass in Perth, Australia, was disrupted when police officers stormed in to check…

Former Cleveland priest McWilliams dead in suspected suicide

Robert McWilliams, the former Cleveland priest serving life in prison for multiple child sexual exploitation…

Beijing 2022: Blind eyes come cheap at the IOC

Upon arrival in Beijing, Olympic athletes are being greeted with hazmat suits and malware. They…

The circus priest

Father Frank Cancro has one of the most unusual priestly apostolates in the United States:…

ISIS leader dies during U.S. special forces raid in Syria, Biden says

An overnight raid by United States special forces in northwestern Syria led to the death of the Islamic State terror…

Four Chaplains Day honors self-sacrificial World War II chaplains, including Catholic priest

Four Chaplains Day, Feb. 3, recognizes the heroism of four World War II military chaplains…

Funeral Teaches Mother and Son the Inestimable Value of Community

My 16-year-old son and I spent the morning together this past Saturday. This is a…

Prayer to St. Blaise to prepare for Lent

After the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, the Church turns her eyes away…

5 things to know about the World Day for Consecrated Life

Consecrated women and men — together with Catholics in general — are invited to celebrate…

COVID Isolation Remains a Concern for the Elderly and Their Caregivers

As the COVID pandemic enters its 22nd month, elderly men and women continue to bear…

Surveying the Supreme Court Landscape After Justice Breyer’s Resignation

WASHINGTON — Amid a groundbreaking U.S. Supreme Court term that could end with the demise…

Two families and the communion of saints

Despite being immersed for over thirty years in the study of modern Polish history, I…

A child stops a police officer to ask her to pray with him

Every day brings us the gift of unexpected allies. Paying attention and recognizing them is…

What’s Happening at the Presentation of the Lord?

Feb. 2 is the Feast of the the Presentation of the Lord. We read about…

Las Vegas bishop asks pro-abortion Catholic politicians not to present themselves for Holy Communion

The Bishop of Las Vegas, responding to a pro-abortion column written by a Catholic politician,…

Akash Bashir, who died protecting Catholic worshippers in Pakistan, named a Servant of God

When a suicide bomber attempted to enter a Catholic church in Pakistan in 2015, a…

Cardinal Bo: Myanmar Has Endured an ‘Extended Way of the Cross’

On the one year anniversary of the military coup in Myanmar, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo…

Whoopi Goldberg’s Ignorance About The Holocaust

It’s a chilling concern that corporate media repeatedly get matters of Jewish life and identity…

Dominican Priest Killed in Vietnam

Dominican Father Giuse (Joseph) Trần Ngọc Thanh was killed in a knife attack on Saturday….

Texas Synagogue Attack: Moving Backstory of the Catholic Church That Hosted the Hostages’ Families

It was only two weeks ago today that Catholics around the world witnessed a moving…

Catholic cop wins $75K settlement after suspension for praying at abortion clinic

The city of Louisville, Ky., is paying a local police officer a $75,000 settlement after…

Anglican Pastor Shot Dead in Pakistan on Way Home from Church

An Anglican pastor was shot dead after church on Sunday in northwest Pakistan. Two gunmen…

The Dog who Saved John Bosco

Most Catholics are well aware of the crisis of youth in our day, but what…

Emerging NFL superstar – Cooper Kupp – puts his faith on his hat, not that reporters notice

If you have been following the remarkable 2022 National Football League playoffs, then you have…

With U.S., others boycotting, China’s Olympic Opening Ceremony guest list is full of authoritarian leaders

Chinese president Xi Jinping will host a who’s who of authoritarian leaders and other international…

Was the life of Dorothy Day too Catholic for the New York Times to grasp?

The New York Times veers close to self-parody in publishing “Was Dorothy Day Too Left-Wing…

Pope to Catholic media: Check facts but always respect people

As misinformation continues to swirl regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, Pope Francis is calling on journalists,…

Martyrs of Communism: Blessed Olympia Bida

How many people have died as a result of Communism? The Victims of Communism Memorial…

St. Thomas Aquinas, a corpulent man nicknamed the dumb ox shows us how to live for Jesus

On January 28th, the Catholic Church commemorates the great Western theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas. As…

Support for Freedom Convoy heats up despite Trudeau’s chill

It was an extremely cold day to be out on Hwy. 401 cheering on a…

Francis de Sales: The Beauty of the Devout Life

In order to be devout, not only must we want to do the will of…

Ukrainian crisis a threat to Europe and democracy, local leaders say

Local Ukrainian-American Catholics warn a Russian troop buildup on Ukraine’s border poses a grave threat not only…

“I Heard Sobbing”: Hospitalized Baby Meets Jesus in Adoration in Powerful Story of Faith in the Eucharist

This is a beautiful story!  A female Twitter user posted an incredibly moving story about an experience…

Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from Supreme Court, paving way for Biden appointment

 Justice Stephen Breyer will step down from the Supreme Court at the end of the current term,…

‘Pray for peace and justice in Ukraine’

Archbishop Borys Gudziak is the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Archeparch of Philadelphia — leader of the…

Who were Sts. Timothy and Titus?

The New Testament is full of letters that are addressed to early Christian communities, such…

The Constant Conversion of St. Paul

St. Paul did not really fall off his high horse on the road to Damascus….

Funeral Mass homily: Catholic intellectual Alice von Hildebrand ‘defended all that is worth defending’

Editor’s note: Catholic intellectual Alice von Hildebrand, whose husband was the late Catholic philosopher Dietrich…

NY auxiliary appointed by Pope Francis will be one of world’s youngest bishops

Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed two new auxiliaries for the Archdiocese of New York, one…

Catholic adoption agency in Michigan wins settlement allowing it to operate in accord with the faith

A Catholic adoption agency in Michigan reached a settlement with the state on Tuesday which…

‘Shedding Their Blood’ — The Popes, Ukraine and Russia

On Dec. 23, 1945, Pope Pius XII issued the encyclical Orientales Omnes Ecclesias, a statement addressed…

Finnish Government Puts Christianity On Trial, Calls The Bible ‘Hate Speech’

Two Christian leaders in Finland stood trial in Helsinki on Jan. 24 for publicly stating…

Biden reaffirms support for abortion on anniversary of Roe v. Wade

President Joe Biden pledged to defend a so-called right to abortion and reaffirmed his commitment…

Why Biden, a Senate success, is a White House mess

President Biden’s 36 years in the Senate define his political style. That’s a plus when it comes…

Why the Catholic Church Is Losing Latin America

Tatiana Aparecida de Jesus used to walk the city’s streets as a sex worker, high…

Ven. Aloysius Schwartz: Modern Missionary to Korea

Aloysius Schwartz was more than half way through seminary, but it wasn’t going fast enough….

St. Francis de Sales and the Love Heresy

It turns out that St. Francis de Sales is not the patron saint of shoppers;…

Benedict XVI confirms he attended disputed 1980 meeting in Munich

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has apologized for mistakenly saying that he did not attend a…

Abortion battle lines

STUDENTS FOR LIFE PRESIDENT Kristan Hawkins sat typing in the bedroom of her family camper in…

Abortion and the Problem of the “Parental Project”

As tens of thousands of people gather again in Washington today for the annual March…

‘A Wonderful Life’: Meet the woman with Down syndrome speaking at March for Life

Katie Shaw is many things: a champion for the unborn, an advocate for those with…

Pro-abortion group projects message on DC basilica during March for Life

“Pro-choice Catholics, you are not alone,” read a large sign at one of the many…

Meet the Pro-Life Activist Who Narrowly Escaped Being Aborted Herself

The most powerful stories are those that bring the hypothetical to life. In 1989, a…

Marching toward a different future

The annual March for Life in Washington began in 1974 — and it’s hard to…

It’s official: St. Irenaeus to be declared a Doctor of the Church

St. Irenaeus of Lyon is one step closer to being the first martyr to be…

Answering the Call: When a Fire Truck Becomes a ‘Friar Truck’

Sound the alarm, and make way for the “Friar Truck” and its first official call:…

German report accuses Benedict XVI of abuse coverup. What does it say?

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is in the headlines Thursday, as a new report alleges that…

Remembering Lily von Hildebrand

I first met Alice von Hildebrand (known to her friends as Lily) in 1987, when…

How Stalin’s Russia-Ukraine ‘Sobor’ Applies to China’s ‘Sinicization’

The Winter Olympics in China are about to open, a welcome propaganda exercise for an…

City names 2022 the Year of Edith Stein to mark 100 years since her baptism

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Edith Stein’s baptism in the Catholic Church. The…

The 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Follow Jesus in 2022

A thousand more Christians were killed for their faith last year than the year before….

Sotomayor, Gorsuch dispute NPR report about masking feud in joint statement: ‘It is false’

Supreme Court justices Neil Gorsuch and Sonia Sotomayor issued a joint statement Wednesday disputing a recent NPR report as…

Pro-life vs. Pro-choice states: If Roe falls, what would the abortion landscape look like?

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case which observers believe could present a significant…

Emmanuel Macron calls for abortion to be added to EU rights charter

French President Emmanuel Macron called on Wednesday for abortion to be added to the EU…

‘We offered them a safe space’: Texas priest details parish’s role helping synagogue hostage families

When a gunman entered a nearby synagogue in Texas and took four people hostage, including…

Supreme Court Considers Boston’s ‘Flagpoles Case’

At Tuesday morning’s Supreme Court oral argument, Harold Shurtleff stood up for free speech and…

Pope Francis to Confer New Lay Ministries for First Time in St. Peter’s Basilica

The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will confer the ministries of catechist, lector, and…

Let Freedom ring

In a league that has bent over backward to avoid offending China and hurting its…

Christianity: The #1 Recipient of Hate Crimes

Hate crimes against Christianity and its followers in Europe — formerly and for centuries the…

The nuns who witnessed the life and death of Martin Luther King Jr

Sister Mary Antona Ebo was the only black Catholic nun who marched with civil rights…

MLK, the Law and Human Rights

It has always struck me how close Martin Luther King Day is to the day…

Kansas State Football Player Heard Call to Seminary on the Field

How does God call a football player? Especially one who is from a family that…

Speaking like persons, not a corporation

Readers are no doubt familiar with this: The USCCB’s Twitter account posted a graphic a few…

Britain forty years after St. John Paul II’s historic visit

This year will see the 40th anniversary of the first ever visit of a pope to…

FBI identifies hostage-taker at Texas synagogue

The FBI on Sunday identified Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British national, as the man…

March for Life: What about bathrooms? Food? We’ve got answers here

Pro-life Americans from across the country are planning to attend the March for Life on Friday, Jan….

The Deeper Meaning of Mary’s Intercession at Cana

Woman, what have I to do with thee? This question—posed by Jesus to Mary after…

Alice von Hildebrand on the Lost Sense of the Supernatural and Feminism

Editor’s Note: Dr. Alice von Hildebrand died on January 14, 2022. We share this interview…

Students set sights on skilled trades

After losing his job during the pandemic and mowing lawns to make money, Joel Zelaya…

What’s at Stake with the Synod?

A lot of Catholics are, if you haven’t noticed, somewhat ambivalent about the Synod on…

The Incarnation: A Revolution for the Ancient World

The Incarnation is the epicenter of a transformative explosion that swept through the cold and…

Supreme Court blocks Biden’s vaccine-or-test mandate for large private companies

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test rule Thursday, declaring that the…

Top 7 Pro-Life Moments of 2021

As the pro-life movement across the nation gears up for the March for Life in…

We Should Cheer the Pig-to-Human Heart Transplant

This is an amazing potential advance in organ transplant medicine. A pig’s heart — genetically…

Defenders of the Unborn, Never Give Up — I Became Pro-Life Because of People Like You

The clouds above concealed Brother Sun’s face like a veil. Patches of crusted snow dotted…

Cardinal Joseph Zen at 90: ‘A Great Gift of God to Hong Kong’

Close friends of Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun will hold a celebratory lunch for the indomitable…

Afghan baby handed to US soldier as Kabul fell finally reunited with his family

You may remember the moving photo of an Afghan father handing his tiny baby to…

Catholic nun who secretly baptized babies under communism dies at 92

An Albanian nun who inspired Pope Francis with her courageous faith under communist persecution has…

Mary’s Presence in the Liturgical Year

As a seminarian studying in Rome, the Postulants formed a group to get to know…

Where will Supreme Court draw the line on vaccine mandates?

Part of the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses took effect Monday while employers…

Outspoken Nigerian bishop says he is ‘fine’, amid reports he was called in for questioning by state police

Following Nigerian media reports over the weekend that a Catholic bishop had been summoned for…

March for Life 2022 Speakers Include Father Mike Schmitz

The March for Life Education and Defense Fund announced the speaker lineup for the upcoming…

Two Non-Terminally Ill Colombians Euthanized

Within the span of 24 hours this weekend, two Colombians became the first people without…

Italian Bishop Forbids Unvaccinated Priests from Distributing Communion

An Italian bishop has prohibited unvaccinated priests and lay people from distributing Communion as Italy…

Pope Francis, Pets, and the Stewardship of Creation

Recently, Pope Francis reflected on the “pet parent” phenomenon, noting that sadly, many married people…

Alabama coach Nick Saban credits his Catholic faith with his success

Nick Saban didn’t become the winningest coach in college football history by being a nice…

K-State football player plans to enter seminary

There are nearly 500,000 college athletes, and of those, about 2% will embark in a…

Sotomayor Fact-Checked: Justice Gets Four Pinocchios for ‘Wildly Incorrect’ Covid Claim

During oral arguments on the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for large private employers on Friday,…

Pope Francis Prays for Victims of New York City’s Deadliest Fire in Decades

Pope Francis is praying for the victims of New York City’s deadliest fire in decades,…

Pope Francis laments ‘cancel culture’ in annual address to diplomats

Pope Francis lamented “cancel culture” in an address to diplomats at the Vatican on Monday….

Top 7 Pro-Life Moments of 2021

As the pro-life movement across the nation gears up for the March for Life in…

From the Peripheries of ‘Traditionis Custodes,’ a Plea to the Bishops

As most of you know, just before Christmas, an explanatory document (“responsa ad dubia”)was issued…

Pope Francis receives manifesto challenging German ‘Synodal Way’

Pope Francis on Wednesday received a manifesto, backed by almost 6,000 Catholics, challenging the German…

Bombshell NYTimes Exposé: These Prenatal Tests Are Almost Always Wrong

God’s plan is not always easy, but it is always perfect. Prenatal tests, however, are…

Pope Francis at Epiphany Mass: Let Us Adore Christ Like the Magi

On the Solemnity of the Epiphany, Pope Francis encouraged people to spend time in the…

U.S. judge blocks Pentagon from punishing Navy SEALs who refused COVID-19 vaccine

A federal judge on Monday barred the U.S. Department of Defense from punishing a group…

March to Be Held Between Paris and Rome to Beg Pope Francis: Save the Traditional Latin Mass

Some faithful devoted to the Traditional Latin Mass are mobilizing to convince the Pope to…

NYT report fuels concerns that many abortions are based on false test results

Pro-life leaders say they are deeply disturbed by a recent New York Times investigation that…

Christmas at the Top of the World

Shortly before Christmas, I received a phone call from the office of the Air Force…

Our Lady of Hope: Amid 1,000 Colorado Houses Destroyed by Fire, Virgin Mary Statue Stands Unscathed

Editor’s Note: Tom Greany and his wife, Kat, lost their home in the Louisville, Colorado,…

Father David Hudgins, judicial vicar of the Diocese of Lansing, dies in Monday morning car crash

Of your charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of Father David Hudgins,…

Pope Francis’ 8th Consistory of New Cardinals Expected in 2022

Predicting the coming year at the Vatican is always tricky, and that’s especially so in…

Women of Valor and the Pro-Life Cause

I first met Erika Bachiochi—then Erika Schubert—in July 1998, when she was my student in…

Religious Freedom Gets Its Day in Court

Religious freedom in the United States is being threatened asnever before. This year the Supreme…

What is Christmas like in space?

1968 was a turbulent year in America. The Vietnam War was in full swing; Martin…

Hong Kong News Outlet Forced To Close Following Police Raid, Staff Arrests

Hong Kong pro-democracy news outlet Stand News was forced to shut down on Wednesday following…

Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity seek swift fix after Indian government blocks foreign donations

Supporters of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity reacted with surprise and concern to the Indian…

From the Nineveh Plain: Iraqi Christians Focus on Light in the Darkness

Seven years ago, when I first flew into Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, thousands…

St. Thomas Becket shows us the key to overcoming tyranny

When faced with oppression, whether it comes from the government, or from an individual, it…

This 18-month old was judged “incompatible with life,” now she’s learned to say “Mum”

Cassy Gray was told there was virtually no hope for her unborn daughter—only a 3%…

Mary & John the Baptist: Two Ways of Being Christian

There are two fundamental ways of encountering the word of God. The first way is…

Meet the Holy Innocents: The ‘infant martyrs’ who died for Baby Jesus

The Holy Innocents did not know Jesus, but they died in his place. Dec. 28…

Cardinal Cupich Issues New Restrictions on Traditional Latin Masses

CHICAGO, Ill. — Cardinal Blase Cupich has issued a new policy for the Archdiocese of…

Yes, the Slaughter of the Innocents Really Happened, and Here Is the Evidence

On Dec. 28, the Church commemorates the slaughter of the holy innocents. These are the…

Believe, that you may Understand

In 1970, Michael Polanyi wrote an essay called “Why Did We Destroy Europe?” In it,…

While a typhoon raged, this priest continued his Mass

On December 16, 2021, as Typhoon Rai hit the Philippines with full force, devastating the…

Urgent appeal from Supreme Knight: Start this novena on Christmas Eve for persecuted Christians

The head of the Knights of Columbus is asking for the order’s members to consider…

Pope Francis to beatify ‘smiling pope’ John Paul I in September 2022

Pope Francis will beatify the “smiling pope” John Paul I on Sept. 4, 2022. Vatican…

Hindu Nationalists Hit Indian Christians With Anti-Conversion ‘Christmas Whammy’

Some Christians in India are having nightmarish times ahead of this Christmas.  Alongside brazen attacks…

It’s been 75 years. Does ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ still matter?

Released this very week in 1946, It’s a Wonderful Life still has much wisdom to impart to…

Quebec Cardinal cancels Christmas Masses

“In view of the worsening health situation,” the Archbishop of Quebec City has decided to…

The Silent Wonder of Mary and Joseph

We beheld the shepherds coming in from their fields glo­rifying God and bringing all who heard…

These Mexican Cardinals Are in Trouble for Telling Catholics to Pray — Let’s Support Them

Two Mexican cardinals, a bishop and three priests were found guilty of violating the Mexican constitution for…

Why did Facebook ‘kill’ charity’s petition drive against the forced marriage of Christian women and girls?

A Catholic charity says it’s been censored and de-platformed by Facebook without explanation in connection…

In our darkest times, Emmanuel, God with us, is our light

The following is a message from Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron to the people of the…

The Sacred Earthiness of Christmas

ROME. A massive, sixteen-volume Lives of the Saints, first published between 1872 and 1877, informs me…

Catholics have dual Mass obligation weekend of Dec. 25-26, but not Jan. 1

‘Unusual’ liturgical calendar has Christmas, New Year’s falling on Saturdays; obligation dispensed for Jan. 1…

On The Winter Feast

Have you ever heard the smug criticism that Christmas is really a Pagan festival? While…

Why Catholics Should Contemplate the Four Last Things During Advent

Catholics should contemplate death in preparation for Baby Jesus’ birth, according to Sister Danielle Victoria….

Mary, Motherhood, and World History

On the Fourth Sunday of Advent this year, the Church listens to the account of…

Christ is born! So what?

What is the real reason the Word became flesh at Christmas? What does the Church…

New York Prep School Announces Students Will Be Suspended for Failure to Comply with Mask Mandate

The Horace Man School, a preparatory academy in the Bronx, NY, sent an email to…

Pro-Life Candidate Defeated by Pro-Abortion Rival in Chile’s Presidential Election

José Antonio Kast, a lawyer and pro-life Catholic politician, conceded defeat Dec. 19 to leftist…

Jesus actor in ‘The Chosen’ talks about show’s Christmas special

The internet series “The Chosen” recently hit theaters with a Christmas special that follows the…

Missionary Hostages Forgive Haiti Gang, Sang Psalm 34

All the former hostages from a US-based missionary group kidnapped in Haiti have been flown…

Sandy Hook mother shares journey from tragic loss to hope

On Dec. 14, 2012 Jennifer Hubbard’s six-year-old daughter Catherine died when a lone gunman shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown,…

Agency: Haiti Missionaries Made ‘Daring’ Escape to Evade Kidnappers

Captive missionaries in Haiti found freedom last week by making a daring overnight escape, eluding…