• Friday Funny: New Research May Prove Santa Was Inspiration For Fabled Third-Century Saint

    After close to a decade of research, historians from the University of America announced Wednesday that the fabled third-century saint, known to many as St. Nicholas, was actually a “sort of devolution” on the present day character of Santa Clause. “What we believe is that the Santa... Read more
  • Family Stories About Jesus and Mary

    Have you ever been at a family gathering and one of your elders or siblings tells a story of what you were like when you were little? This happened to me just this Thanksgiving. My brother, who likes to embarrass me, told everyone at the table—my abbot, my prior, and the others... Read more
  • The Blame Game and the Immaculate Conception

    The Immaculate Conception reminds us of the original problem with original sin: blaming others. When things go wrong the first thing we do is blame others. God: “Adam, did you eat the fruit?” Adam: “Eve gave it to me.” God: “Okay. Eve, did you eat the fruit?” Eve: “The... Read more
  • It’s All Grace: The Meaning of the Immaculate Conception

    The Beatitudes rank high on the list of all-time favorite Bible passages.  But what is “beatitude,” anyway?   In the bible, a “blessed” person is someone who has received gifts of the greatest value, gifts that lead to true fulfillment and lasting happiness. If I were to ask you to... Read more
  • America for the Immaculata

    When I was learning about Catholicism, as an Anglican in the process of converting, Mary was a sticking point. Yes, of course Jesus’s mother was “full of grace,” as the angel had said, and therefore worthy of admiration. But why did the Church teach that she was conceived without original... Read more
  • Beauty advice from Pope Francis: Be virtuous like Mary

    Vatican City, Dec 8, 2017 / 04:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday’s Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis offered his own ‘beauty secret’ – with Mary as model – saying beauty does not come from age or appearance, but from living a virtuous life rooted in scripture. The... Read more
  • The Case of Masterpiece Cakeshop Now Hangs in the Balance

    The legal case of Jack Phillips came and went and now they wait with bated breath to find out how the Supreme Court rules and where Justice Neil McGill Gorsuch stands on the issue of religious freedom and freedom of conscience. We shall find out if voting for the Republican candidate is still... Read more
  • Pope Francis urges world leaders to respect UN position on Jerusalem

    Vatican City, Dec 6, 2017 / 03:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With debate on the status of Jerusalem heating up in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognize the city as the capital of Israel, Pope Francis has urged international leaders to proceed with prudence... Read more
  • Pope Francis Makes Two Key Episcopal Appointments

    Pope Francis today made two key episcopal appointments, naming Archbishop Michel Aupetit, a former medical doctor and bioethics expert respected in the pro-life movement in France, as the new Archbishop of Paris, and Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes as the new Archbishop of Mexico City — the... Read more
  • Kidnapped twice, missionary priest returns to Nigeria

    Rome, Italy, Dec 6, 2017 / 09:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After he was kidnapped in Nigeria in October, Italian missionary priest Fr. Maurizio Pallù has returned to the country, attributing his kidnapping to the work of the devil and crediting the Virgin Mary with his protection and... Read more