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Senate rejects ‘Trojan horse’ Right to Contraception Act

The U.S. Senate has rejected the “Right to Contraception Act,” which would create a federal...

Remembering 3 heroic chaplains on the 80th anniversary of D-Day

Tens of thousands of Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944....

Hong Kong Cardinal Urges Forgiveness on Tiananmen Square 35th Anniversary

Cardinal Stephen Chow Sau-yan of Hong Kong, marking the 35th anniversary of the infamous Tiananmen...

Why is June the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus?

June is known as the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus most simply because...

After Christian outreach, India’s Hindu nationalist party wins first seat in Kerala region

The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gained its first member of parliament in the...

Theologians hold closed-door meeting in Rome on guidance document for October synod

Approximately 20 theologians are in Rome for 10 days of preparatory work preceding the drafting...

The Sacred Heart and the Eucharistic Revival

Editor’s Note: Father Roger Landry is making a 65-day pilgrimage on the St. Elizabeth Ann...

Aroused Consciences Changing History

Forty-five years ago, The New York Times cast its gimlet eye over the first three days of Pope...

Catholic Doctors, Ethicists Criticize Pontifical Academy for Life Book

Representatives of the Australian Catholic Medical Association, with the support of several Catholic moral theologians...

The English-language version of the Catechism is 30 years old this month

For those of us who grew up in the wake of the Second Vatican Council—the...

As Jimmy Lai languishes in prison, fellow activists convicted in Hong Kong

Fourteen pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have been convicted of subversion while billionaire Catholic convert...

Another elderly pro-life activist sentenced to two years in prison

Paulette Harlow, an elderly woman with a debilitating medical condition was sentenced to 24 months...

Church responds to mob attack on Christians in Pakistan

Church officials strongly condemned a recent attack on Christians in Sargodha, Pakistan, and expressed disappointment...

The Reconstruction of Man

Last fall I argued that our current cultural moment is characterized by desecration. And at the heart...

Famous or Forgotten: 12 Poets Everyone Should Know

It is not often that the name of Enid Blyton, the bestselling children’s author, is...

Who is Our Lady of the Trinity?

"Our Lady of the Trinity” is a title given to Our Blessed Mother by the...

USCIRF Shines Light on Azerbaijan’s Persecution of Christians

The time to save the persecuted Christian Armenians is now. The recent release of USCIRF’s annual...

Invited into Communion: Trinity Sunday

On this first Sunday after Pentecost, the Church calls us to remember the Most Holy...

The rise of the “nones” may be done

New data released in the 2023 Cooperative Election Study suggests that the upward trend in those...

Transgender Hermit Announcement Poses Questions About Church’s Teaching on Religious Life

A hermit in Kentucky who publicly identified as transgender this past weekend has prompted questions...

Carlo Acutis to be first millennial saint: Pope Francis recognizes miracle for canonization

Pope Francis has recognized a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Carlo Acutis, paving...

Church and Communism: An interview with Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller

Vatican (kath.net) “When I look at the Gospel sociologically, then yes, I am a communist,...

Invoking John Paul the Great

ROME — Age certainly accelerates one’s sense of the passage of time. Well do I...

Institutional Diversity and Identity in Catholic Education

St. Bonaventure University is a Catholic liberal arts college in upstate New York. Run by...

“The Wind Blows Where It Wills”: Understanding the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Second Vatican Council, in its document Gaudium et Spes, teaches us that only in the...

Our Lady of Guadalupe becomes point of contention in Mexican presidential debate

Our Lady of Guadalupe took center stage during the presidential debate in Mexico this week...

Proof the sacrifice for our family is worth it

As parents we might sometimes feel overwhelmed with what it takes to raise our children....

Jesus’ Eucharistic Charity Part II

The charity of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist is the medicine to help us truly...

On the new Vatican norms for the discernment of supernatural phenomena

Much of the talk last week was about the new Vatican norms for the discernment of...

Why Cuba is getting worse for the Catholic Church

It is almost a cliché in Latin America that whenever a leftist government is elected,...

German priests do not support Synodal Way, new study finds

Priests in Germany are not supportive of the controversial German Synodal Way, according to a...

UK plans to end gender ideology in schools, set age-based sex education rules

The United Kingdom’s Department of Education intends to prohibit the promotion of gender ideology within...

4 Features of the Vatican’s New Documents on Apparitions

Apparitions and extraordinary spiritual phenomena are not necessary for salvation, but they can be spiritually...

There and Back Again: How J.R.R. Tolkien Helped Save a Marriage

There is a couple I know who found their marriage nearly untenable, and in some...

The BREATH of God: Pentecost Sunday

On Resurrection Day, Jesus breathed on His disciples—a gesture odd in itself but packed with meaning for...

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage: When is it passing through your town?

The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage kicks off this weekend as Catholics observe the solemnity of Pentecost...

Harrison Butker supported by Kansas City bishop, prominent Catholics amid speech backlash

Prominent Catholics are voicing their support for Kansas City Chiefs’ kicker Harrison Butker after he delivered a...

The Holy Spirit is Being Unleashed Today

The Most Holy Trinity wants to unleash supernatural power in our lives through the Holy...

On the Ministry of America’s Bishops

Eleven years into his pontificate, Francis remains popular among Americans who identify as Catholic. Some...

Pro-lifers imprisoned under FACE Act speak out

After seven pro-life activists were sentenced to years in prison for a “rescue” attempt at...

Plato and Aristotle on youth and politics

As faculty, including even philosophy professors, aid and abet student bad behavior on campus, it...

St. Gianna, ‘Beautiful Witness of Hope,’ Offers Lessons Ahead of National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Jubilee 2025

Sometimes it’s hard to have hope. Living hopefully can be difficult ... when there seems...

Chicago priest apologizes for same-sex blessing, saying it violated Church norms

A priest in Chicago has apologized for the controversial way in which he blessed a...

UPDATE: Washington pro-life activists sentenced to years in prison under FACE Act

Two pro-life activists were sentenced to years in prison in a Washington, D.C., district court...

Germany now a ‘mission country,’ Bishop Bätzing says amid declining Catholic numbers

The German Bishops’ Conference president has called Germany — a nation whose very history is entangled with...

Critical Race Theory and Campus Antisemitism

The month of May has mercifully arrived. That means the end of the spring semester...

The Heart Has Its Reasons

In summer 2021, when I realized that on April 28, 2022 it would be exactly...

Blessed Imelda and childlike devotion to the Eucharist

Affection for Blessed Imelda Lambertini, whose feast day is May 12, has spread all over...

Ascension Sunday: The Lord ‘Taken Up Into Heaven’

Sunday, May 12, is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. Mass readings: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm...

A Mother’s Prayer

My wife is my godmother. On the day of my baptism, my wife stood by...

Jesus Ascended Yet Still With Us

On Ascension Day, Jesus gives His apostles—a group of men singularly lacking in influence—a worldwide...

Bishop Paprocki: Biden Mocks Catholic Faith by Invoking Christ in Pro-Abortion Message

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, is accusing President Joe Biden of...

The Cup We Share: The Intricate Connection between the Mosaic and the New Covenants

Jesus utilized the Passover Seder to not only institute a new ritual that we now...

A World Without the Ascension

The Feast of the Ascension seems on a par with Easter.  It gets equal attention...

United Methodism: How Conservatives won the Debate, but lost the Denomination

The “United” in “United Methodist Church” (UMC) has always been aspirational. The UMC was founded...

Cause for canonization of quadriplegic lay evangelist advances

The diocesan phase of the cause of beatification of the Servant of God Nino Baglieri...

Transparently bad faith: Answering “LGBTQ” critics of Dignitas Infinita

I have been very sad since April 8, 2024, when the Vatican’s Dicastery for the...

Explorers of Divine Magnificence: The Spirituality of Don Dolindo and St. Charbel

In the book of Numbers, Moses sends twelve men to explore the Promised Land before...

Our Blessed Mother Joins the Eucharistic Pilgrimage

To highlight a strong Marian aspect of the National Eucharistic Revival during the National Eucharistic...

Canonization of Pier Giorgio Frassati: A Saint for Every Young Person

Pier Giorgio Frassati’s friends called him an “explosion of joy.” Those same words describe perfectly...

Jesus’ Eucharistic Humility Part II

There is no quicker way to becoming a saint and to advancing in humility than...

China, Church and State: Easter in Beijing at Three Cathedrals

Editor’s Note: There are an estimated 10-12 million Catholics in mainland China, spread across 147 ecclesiastical jurisdictions...

Biden’s Obsession With Pushing Gender Ideology Reflected in Latest Title IX Rules

Last month the Biden administration issued final rules related to Title IX, the federal law that prohibits...

Could Edith Stein be declared the next doctor of the Church?

Edith Stein could be declared a doctor of the Church with the title “doctor veritatis,”...

Mater Misericordiae: Mary, Mother of Mercy

The title “Mother of Mercy” first appears with reference to Mary in the tenth century,...

Erasing Christianity in France

In early March, the organizing committee for the upcoming Paris Olympics released its official promotional...

Extreme divisiveness now the norm in our national life

Evidently timed to coincide with the heating up of the presidential race, a movie called Civil...

The Rosary Draws Us Close to Jesus Christ Our Healer

Does anyone sit back after 15 minutes of scrolling, give a peaceful sigh, and say,...

Restoring Christian Culture: The Mission of Young Catholics

Most people born in the late nineties and into the two-thousands have lived their childhoods...

Our Response to His Command: The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Today, Jesus tells His disciples that they should keep God’s commandments.  The reason might surprise...

Columbia’s Catholic Chaplain: Campus Protests Were Pushed by ‘Explicitly Communist’ Outsiders

Father Roger Landry, a Catholic chaplain at Columbia University, said on Thursday that the protests...

‘To find your people’ – How Catholics are building intentional communities

St. Joseph Shrine in Detroit is a thriving parish. Just minutes from the center of...

The day the Vatican flag went to the Moon

It’s one of the most astonishing items on display in the Vatican Museums. A flag...

Jesus’ Eucharistic Humility

Here begins the first virtue in this series of Jesus’ Eucharistic Virtues: humility. It is...

The Times They Are A-Changin’

The words we use to describe our politics and parties – liberal, conservative, etc. –...

An Early Christian Saint for Our Time: St. Athanasius

Athanasius lived a long and varied life subject to philosophical, political, and theological controversies, violence,...

Priest shot dead in South Africa; Catholic bishops there decry ‘pandemic’ of murder

Father Paul Tatu Mothobi, a member the Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata (CSS/Stigmatines) and former media and...

Leah Darrow’s Newborn Baby Needs Our Prayers

Urgent prayers are needed for Leah Darrow’s son, who was born prematurely late last night....

Dispensing Marxism at the Pharmacy Counter

In the March-April 2024 Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, there is an article that...

Here are the countries that rank worst in the world in religious freedom

    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released a new report on Wednesday highlighting...

Pro-life roundup: Here’s what happened with abortion at the state level this week

Here’s a look at abortion-related developments that took place in various U.S. states this week....

Today begins May, the month dedicated to our spiritual mother, the Virgin Mary

May will always be a special month, the month that the Church dedicates to the...

Piety and Virtue

I should pray more.  And I definitely need to be a better person. Since I...

Seizing the Day the Christian Way

Is “seizing the day” the solution to our modern maladies, to the anxieties that we...

Prosecutor dismisses case against French priest who said homosexual relations are a sin

French priest Matthieu Raffray disclosed that the Paris prosecutor’s office has dismissed a case initiated...

EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal William Goh of Singapore: ‘Deep Encounter With Jesus’ Is Key to Passing on the Faith

Pope Francis recently announced his intention to travel to Southeast Asia in September to visit...

Pope St. Pius V: Dominican Reformer

There have been twelve popes named Pius; the first (Pope Saint Pius I) in the...

Spanish bishop to Biden: Invoking Jesus Christ in support of abortion is a sacrilege

U.S. president Joe Biden has come under fire for making the sign of the cross...

The Vine, the Branches, and “Eternal Security”

Readings: • Acts 9:26-31 • Ps 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32 • 1 Jn 3:18-24 •...

Radicalized Students Will Regret Backing Hamas

Today’s Gen Z students have a (perhaps unfair) reputation for caring more about their social-media...

Pope St. John Paul and the Eucharist Inextricably Linked

On April 27, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the canonization of Pope St. John...

Whodunnit? The Strange Case of Shakespeare’s Will

William Shakespeare is a mystery. What we know about the facts of his life is...

Four German bishops resist push to install permanent ‘Synodal Council’

Four German bishops on Wednesday distanced themselves from the controversial Synodal Way’s plans for a permanent...

Pier Giorgio Frassati could be canonized during 2025 Jubilee, cardinal says

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati could be declared a saint during the Catholic Church’s 2025 Jubilee...

“Suffering has the power to transform us to be like Christ…”

All of us suffer. We live in a fallen world, and suffering is simply a...

Pew Research: Biden, Trump unpopular with Catholic voters

Incumbent U.S. President Joe Biden, a Catholic, is battling a high unfavorability rating among his...

Reviving the “Forgotten” Art of Sacred Music

A new Mass setting has ranked #1 in Billboard’s Traditional Classical Albums chart this month....

Columbine High School massacre, 25 years later: ‘God, why did you allow me to survive?’

Throughout her freshman and sophomore years at Columbine High School, Jenica Thornby went to the...

How to Believe in God: A Philosophical Approach for the Sincerely Disposed Skeptic

I have heard it said by several atheists that they wish they could believe in...

The Subway to the Sacred: Brooklyn’s Breathtaking Eucharistic Revival

I’d never ridden the subway with a bishop before. But then again, how many of...

The Lord Loves Us in Our Weaknesses

For 7 years, I have lived with a chronic medical condition called bile reflux disease....

What Does It Mean to “Fast” for the Saints?

In general, the modern era neglects the practice of honoring excellent people. We idolize the...

Unleashing the Power of the Holy Spirit: the Vision of Encounter Ministries

Here in the Diocese of Lansing — and, indeed, in a growing number of Catholic...

Veil to Unveil: Aquinas on the Mystery of the Mass

Thomistic theology is rarely associated with liturgical prayer, even by many of St. Thomas’ own disciples....

How the Risen Lord Ministers to Us as the Good Shepherd

Sunday, April 21, is the Fourth Sunday of Easter. Mass readings: Acts 4:8-12; Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26,...

Scotland pauses sex-change and puberty-blocker drugs for children

Scotland’s only gender clinic for minors is formally pausing the prescription of puberty blockers and...

NPR editor Uri Berliner resigns after essay accusing outlet of liberal bias

A senior business editor at National Public Radio has resigned after writing an essay for an online...

St. Bernadette died on Easter Wednesday praying these words

As the miraculous waters at Lourdes became widely known, St. Bernadette chose to live a...

Remembering Pope Benedict XVI on His Birthday

I first learned of Pope Benedict XVI, then Cardinal Ratzinger, from his former student, Father...

It’s Time to Remove Father Rupnik’s Art

While it is far short of the sort of justice that this case demands, we...

Ferrero Rocher: The Chocolate Inspired by Our Lady of Lourdes

Many know Ferrero Rocher for its popular hazelnut chocolates, but the company’s tie to Our...

Wisconsin Man Sentenced to Over 7 Years in Prison for Firebombing Pro-Life Organization

A man convicted of firebombing a pro-life organization’s office in Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced to over seven...

No First Confessions as the Solution to Clergy Sexual Abuse?

In the wake of sex abuse scandals in the German Archdiocese of Freiburg, a commission has called...

Abortion Amendment Disqualified from Maine 2024 Election Ballot

A proposed constitutional amendment allowing abortion until birth in Maine was disqualified from the November...

Saint Paul, Masculinity, and Priestly Identity

When speaking to his son, King David reminds Solomon what it takes to succeed as...

Cultural Sanctification: Engaging the World like the Early Church

By the end of the second century, Christians were thoroughly entrenched within Roman culture and...

Current Sacramental Preparation is Failing Lost Souls

Earlier this week, my spiritual daughter texted to tell me that the course she and...

The faith of the next generation

For years, religious leaders in the U.S. have raised concerns about the rise of the...

Puberty blockers may cause irreversible harm to young boys, Mayo Clinic study finds

When parents seek medical help for their gender-confused children, they are assured that puberty blockers are “reversible”...

How to Build a Healthy Culture

Culture wars, like most wars of attrition, are wearisome, enervating affairs. Competing and irreconcilable accounts...

Creative 303 redux: Another win for religious freedom

On June 30, 2023, in 303 Creative v. Elenis, a major win for free speech, the...

‘Dignitas Infinita’ and the Roots of Human Dignity

Dignitas Infinita, the new declaration of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF),...

13-Year-Old Filipina Who Loved the Eucharist Is Officially on Path to Sainthood

LAOAG CITY, Philippines — On April 7, the cause for canonization of 13-year old Filipina Niña...

College sports association bans biological men from women’s sports

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) approved a policy on Monday that stated that...

I’ve Been at NPR for 25 Years. Here’s How We Lost America’s Trust.

You know the stereotype of the NPR listener: an EV-driving, Wordle-playing, tote bag–carrying coastal elite....

Easter and the Eclipse

Were you there when the sun refused to shine? So our choir sang on Good...

Seeing God in the Eclipse

The Day has arrived. The Great 2024 North American Solar Eclipse occurs today, and weather...

Trump on Abortion: ‘It’s Up to the States to Do the Right Thing’

Former President Donald Trump, the presumptive presidential Republican nominee for 2024, announced his abortion policy...

The Annunciation: When Angels Held Their Breath

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux writes that when Saint Gabriel announced to Mary that she had...

Jessica Hanna, Catholic mother who chose life amid cancer battle, dies

Jessica Hanna, a Catholic mother of four and pro-life advocate who chose to forgo cancer...

‘Dignitas Infinita’: New Vatican Document on Human Dignity Condemns Gender Transition, Surrogacy, Abortion

The Vatican’s top doctrinal office issued a declaration on the theme of human dignity on...

Divine Mercy and the Sacred Heart Share a Common Message

This weekend, we celebrate a First Friday in honor of the Sacred Heart and Divine...

Divine Mercy Sunday and the Meaning of the Resurrection

Today’s Gospel records a post-Resurrection appearance of Jesus in which His mercy to sinners begins...

California Plans to Kill Terminal-Illness Requirement for Assisted Suicide

I am always amazed when people still believe legalized assisted suicide/euthanasia is about terminal illness....

Thomas Gumbleton, former Detroit auxiliary bishop known for political activism, dies at 94

Thomas Gumbleton, a vocal peace activist and critic of war and nuclear weapons who served...

Communion wafers found discarded in parking lot of West Virginia church after Easter Mass

Catholics who attended Easter Mass at a historic Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, church were met...

Resurrection in Narnia

Almost exactly a year ago, during last year’s Easter Octave, I wrote an essay focusing on themes...

Oldest man in the world dead at 114; prayed the rosary twice daily

Juan Vicente Pérez Mora, a twice-daily prayer of the rosary who at his death was...

How Will Cardinal Fernández Influence the Vatican’s Gender Ideology Response?

When the Vatican releases a document on human dignity April 8 that addresses gender ideology, it won’t...

Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew Hopes for ‘Unified Date’ for Easter in East and West

The Eastern Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople has expressed a desire that Christians in the East...

Creation’s Rebellion: What changed after the Fall?

When faced with the question of why there is so much suffering in the world,...

Catholic Convert-Soccer Star Glorifies God and Scores One for Moms and Babies

  I admit I don’t know much about soccer, but when Catholic convert and professional...

Crisis in Haiti worsens: Minor seminary attacked by gangs

The Haitian Conference of Religious (CDH) reported that a minor seminary run by the Spiritan Fathers was...

French government cracks down on priest who said homosexual relations are sinful

The French government has initiated a series of legal measures against Father Matthieu Raffray for...

Pope Francis: I Was ‘Used’ Against Ratzinger in 2005 Conclave, But He Was ‘My Candidate’

Pope Francis said he was “used” in the 2005 conclave in an effort to block...

What Does Belief in the Resurrection Look Like?

I believe all kinds of things: I believe E = mc2 (though I do not...

4 pro-life protesters found guilty of FACE Act violations in Tennessee

Four pro-life Christians in Tennessee were convicted Tuesday of violating the Freedom of Access to...

YouTuber finds faith: from evangelical roots to Catholic conviction

A YouTuber disillusioned with his experience in an Austrian evangelical Protestant environment has found a...

This blessed martyr celebrated Mass hidden in a cave

Religious persecution in early 20th-century Mexico brought with it many martyrs who offered their lives to defend...

Vatican to Publish Document on ‘Moral Questions’ Regarding Human Dignity, Gender, Surrogacy

The Vatican’s top doctrinal office next week will unveil a new declaration on the theme...

Thousands mourn slain NYPD officer at Catholic funeral

Thousands of mourners lined the streets of the New York suburb of Massapequa on Long...

Scottish Police Won’t Charge J.K. Rowling for ‘Misgendering’ Trans Convicts under New Hate-Speech Law

The Scottish police announced Tuesday that they won’t charge J.K. Rowling under the country’s new hate-speech...

Truly, This Man Was the Son Of God

One of the strangest lines in the Gospels is uttered by the centurion at the...

“The Truth of the Resurrection” by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

Editor’s note: The following excerpt is from Introduction to Christianity (2nd edition) by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Ignatius Press,...

The Resurrection and the Meaning of Life

If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated...

Pope Francis Celebrates Easter 2024: ‘Jesus Christ Is Risen’

Pope Francis presided over Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Easter Sunday 2024 before giving...

Fulton Sheen on the True Meaning of Easter

In his inimitable style, Archbishop Fulton Sheen shed light on an essential part of Easter’s...

Easter Sunday: Day of Deliverance and Victory

Today’s Gospel describes an absence that confounds the disciples, preparing them for the Presence their...

He Suffered Under Pontius Pilate

The birds of Jerusalem welcomed brother sun’s rise with morning songs. The shadow cast by...

Pope Francis Does Not Attend Via Crucis in Rome While Tens of Thousands Pray His Meditations

In an apparent last-minute decision, Pope Francis did not attend the Way of the Cross...

The Work of the Cross

For the Son of God to become man means that it was actually the person...

Good Friday’s Silence Speaks

Silence speaks. On a first date, long periods of silence, say, “This is not going...

The Cross Must Be Deeply Ugly to Be Beautiful

I first venerated the cross when I was attending a high-school model UN conference that...

Music of Holy Week: Good Friday

On this Good Friday, as we recall the Passion and Death of Jesus, we gaze...

Faithful line the streets of Seville, Spain, for Holy Week processions

Holy Week in Seville is one of Spain’s most impressive, picturesque Catholic traditions. The faithful...

Spy Wednesday: Are We Spies for the Darkness?

Today is traditionally called “Spy Wednesday” because this is the day that Judas Iscariot betrayed...

Archdiocese of Baltimore ministers to victims’ families, stranded crew of bridge collapse

In the wake of the Francis Scott Key Bridge’s collapse on Tuesday, the Archdiocese of...

Cardinal Grech’s Controversial Comments Add to Growing List of Concerns on Post-Synodal Study Groups

If Cardinal Mario Grech held nearly any office other than the one he does, his...

Living a different kind of time during Holy Week and Easter

Easter in America is fast becoming a hidden feast. I’ve already noted that, unlike Christmas, secular America...

How St. Maximilian and Mother Angelica Came to Work in Catholic Media

The lives of St. Maximilian Kolbe and Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN, have many similarities:...

Five Films to Watch During Holy Week

For centuries people have used art during Holy Week to meditate on the mysteries of...

The Plenary Indulgences of Holy Week, Easter Octave and Divine Mercy Sunday for Everyone

Holy Week and Divine Mercy Sunday, present everyone with particular plenary indulgences that everyone has...

Holy Week Prayers for Princess Catherine, King Charles and All Who Are Sick

The monarchy is a fixture of life in Britain. We record our history through the...

5 Suggestions From Mother Angelica for Holy Week

Mother Angelica, foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), the Register and CNA’s parent...

Holy Week, the Annunciation and St. Dismas

Happy feast of the Good Thief! (More or less.) There are no feast days observed...

Why Isn’t the Annunciation Celebrated Today?

Every March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord is celebrated in the...

Palm Sunday: Studies in Contrast

In our Lenten journey, have we discovered that we are studies in contrasts?  Did we...

Following the Jewish Jesus

Twenty-four years ago this week, I was in Jerusalem to cover Pope John Paul II’s...

Holy Week and Easter: The Fact of Our Redemption

Holy Week and Easter bring with them liturgies of great beauty and solemnity suitable to...

The Shroud shows what Jesus endured for our salvation

Nora Creech is a lecturer on the history, science, and pastoral implications of the Shroud of...

Palm Sunday: Glory flows from the obedience of selfless love

The readings for Palm Sunday, or Passion Sunday, are dramatic and demanding. They are excruciating...

Princess of Wales Reveals Cancer Diagnosis; Catholic Cardinal Praises Her Courage, Encourages Prayers

Catherine, the Princess of Wales, surprised the world on Friday by publicly announcing that she...

Nicaraguan dictatorship trying to totally eradicate the faith, lawyer charges

With Holy Week just a few days away, Catholics in Nicaragua are preparing for religious...

Capuchin friar who resisted communism is now “venerable”

Antonio Tomičić was born on March 23, 1901, in the village of Razbojine, Croatia, to...

‘Cuba Decides’ initiative says Cubans are ready to transition to democracy

The Cuba Decides initiative, founded by Catholic opposition activist Rosa María Payá, is calling on...

Christ Uses Our Sufferings for Good

The Christian life is a long progression of letting go of our own wants and...

Bishop Burbidge: ‘Inclusion Is Not Optional’ for Children With Down Syndrome

In 2019, with the help of Vatican News, the world learned all about the first...

Students with Down Syndrome belong in our Catholic schools

If you ask the fifth-graders at St. Mary’s School, they’ll tell you that the luckiest...

Come to the (St. Joseph) Table: Feasts Overflow With Food and Faith

Festive tables overflow with colorful foods, ranging from pastas, breads and desserts, to a cornucopia...

7 Special Favors You Can Receive When You ‘Go to St. Joseph’

For some centuries, the powerful intercession of St. Joseph was little known. In the 16th...

St. Joseph Experienced the Greatest Holy Hours in History

“St. Joseph was the first adorer,” St. Peter Julian Eymard recounts in his book The Month...

St. Gianna Beretta Molla: A Saint for Our Times

St. Gianna Beretta Molla is a saint for our times. But, not for the reasons...

Revolutionary War Hero Ethan Allen’s Daughter Became a Nun After an Apparition of St. Joseph

  Sister Frances Margaret (Fanny) Allen of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph died on...

The often silent and surprising history of devotion to Saint Joseph

Our Lord’s foster-father has always held a prominent place in the hearts of the faithful,...

Vatican Observatory publishes new method to better understand the Big Bang theory

Two priests and cosmologists from the Vatican Observatory have made further progress in developing a...

On four great virtues of Saint Joseph

March 19th is the Solemnity of St. Joseph. People look to the saints as models...

My Hour Has Come: The Fifth Sunday of Lent

In our Gospel, some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem to worship at Passover asked...

Satisfying the ‘hungry heart’: an interview with Bishop Barron

Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, provided both diagnoses of and prescriptions for the most...

Who will succeed Nicaragua’s Cardinal Brenes – and when?

Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, the Archbishop of Managua, Nicaragua, marked his 75th birthday Thursday with an...

The Bachall Isu—The Crozier of St. Patrick

Of all the relics bequeathed to us by Ireland’s catalogue of saints, the greatest was...

Riley Gaines, other female athletes, sue NCAA for allowing transgender competitors

Riley Gaines and more than a dozen other female athletes filed a lawsuit against the...

Meet the Therapy Dog Named After St. Patrick

Every Wednesday, as students stream into St. Patrick High School in Chicago, a staff member...

By Summer, Two New Abortion Rulings

Come right down to it, the argument is simple to the point of being self-evident:...

The Good News is that the Bad News isn’t all the News there Is

In the course of an insightful essay on Vladimir Putin’s challenge to civilization, Italian historian Roberto...

Cuban priest: ‘Communism won’t survive’ and ‘the Church will remain’

In an interview with EWTN Noticias, the Spanish-language sister service of EWTN News, Cuban priest...

35 Years Ago, Venerable Jérôme Lejeune Warned Us About IVF

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is back in the headlines. In February 2024, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that...

Kamala Harris becomes first vice president to visit abortion clinic

Kamala Harris became the first sitting vice president to visit an abortion clinic when she...

Synod announces new study groups, ‘permanent forum’ on synodality

Pope Francis announced on Thursday the creation of 10 new study groups, which will meet...

The Sacrament of the Possible, Or, Why I Became a Catholic

Like Augustine’s Confessions, what is offered here is in a mode of theological memory. [1] It is a...

Religious Freedom Deserves a Right of Its Own

While the human right of religious freedom is ever crushed in China, Iran, Nigeria, and...

US commission ends Saudi trip after Jewish chair told to remove kippah

An American diplomatic trip to Saudi Arabia was cut off Monday after a Saudi official...

A Very Short Introduction to the History of Catholic Debates About the Multiverse and Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Are we, on Earth, the lone intelligent inhabitants of this vast universe? The Catholic tradition...

Meet the Priest Fabricating a Stairway to Heaven

Sparks fly, dropping bright glints of light around the piece of metal. A metal worker...

Restoration of Communion: Admonish the Sinner

When I was a student priest studying in Rome, I was invited to become a...

How Authentic Is Our Worship?

A survey published in 2023 by Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate...

Meet the young Catholic pilgrims who will walk thousands of miles with the Eucharist this summer

A group of two dozen young Catholic pilgrims will walk thousands of miles across the...

On the nakedness and temerity of Job—and ourselves

One of the most striking passages in all of Scripture is Job’s prayer just after...

South Sudan Bishop: Our People ‘on Brink of Destitution, Slowly Perishing’

The people of God in South Sudan are in urgent need of external support, the...

England’s National Health Service Ends Puberty Blockers for Kids

Doctors in England can no longer prescribe puberty blockers to children to facilitate a gender...

In Resounding Rebuke to Progressives, Irish Voters Reject Constitutional Overhaul of Motherhood and Family

DUBLIN — “The best possible present ahead of Mother’s Day.” That’s how pro-family campaigner David...

Why Popular Faith-Based Films Like ‘The Chosen’ Aren’t Nominated For Oscars

NEW YORK — Are faith-based projects such as “The Chosen” not considered for secular awards...

Two SCOTUS cases will address the legal status of the human fetus

Come right down to it, the argument is simple to the point of being self-evident:...

Gaza teen waits to follow vocation: ‘My faith is flourishing amidst the challenges of war’

Five months ago in Gaza City, 18-year-old Suhail Shadi Abu Dawod was waiting for a...

The Birds, the Temple, and the Pilgrims

The Bible mentions swallows and sparrows that have an envious place for nesting. They have built...

Coptic Orthodox Church Confirms Ecumenical Dialogue Suspended Due to Rome’s ‘Change of Position’ on Homosexuality

VATICAN CITY — The Coptic Orthodox Church has confirmed that its decision last week to...

The Fourth Sunday of Lent: Prophecies of Rebirth

Once, in Israel’s wilderness wanderings, Moses put a bronze serpent on a pole and lifted...

Argentine President Milei: Abortion is aggravated homicide

The president of Argentina, Javier Milei, says abortion “is murder aggravated by the bond” between...

Irish government: Voters keep motherhood, traditional family in constitution

Voters in Ireland appear to have voted to preserve the country’s constitutional recognition of the...

Transgenderism and the End of the Sacramental Order

"The Incarnation is the hinge of salvation” and “Iconoclasm as a denial of the Incarnation is...

The Realignment That Wasn’t

National Conservatives made a bet on a major political realignment following the election of Donald...

Feminine Genius vs. Feminist Agenda: Learn From Female Saints Like Mother Cabrini on International Women’s Day

We rarely see television shows these days where a strong, courageous man rescues a damsel...

The impressive moment when a fireman delivers flowers to Our Lady

Joining the fire service can provide for an exciting career: From rescuing people to putting...

Two Holy Guides for When Lent Doesn’t Go as Planned

Lent is a beautiful opportunity each year to enter into deeper prayer, fasting, and almsgiving....

10 little-known facts about the early visionary St. Perpetua and her companion St. Felicity

Many have heard of Sts. Perpetua and Felicity; they are early saints mentioned in Eucharistic...

Death of St. Thomas Aquinas 750 Years Ago Today: His Eucharistic Testament

Editor's Note: The following homily was preached on the evening of March 6th at St. Dominic's...

C.S. Lewis and the Apocalypse of Gender

From very nearly the beginning, Christianity has wrestled with the question of the body. Heretics...

Anonymous Cardinal ‘Demos II’ proposes agenda for next pope

In March 2022, the late Cardinal George Pell published an at the time anonymous critique of Pope...

How The 2024 Oscars Wrestle With A Post-Christian West

Warning: This column contains spoilers.  (ANALYSIS) This year’s Best Picture nominees at the 2024 Academy...

The Eucharist and Catholic Education

A Biblical verse that can kind of haunt you, if you’re a teacher, says, “for...

Catholic Church warns of threat posed by organized crime in upcoming elections in Mexico

The bishops of Mexico have expressed their concern about the possibility that “organized crime and...

The Holy Spirit Is Not a Mere Custodian — He Is the Lord and Giver of Life

The Holy Spirit is the author of holiness and the principal agent of evangelization, and...

A Very Short Introduction to the History of Faith and Science in the Catholic Tradition

The Catholic tradition has much to say about the relation of science to the faith....

I Was Told My Baby Was ‘Incompatible With Life’

The day I first heard the words "Trisomy 18" was the worst day of my...

French bishops call for fasting and prayer as France enshrines abortion in constitution

The French Bishops’ Conference on Monday issued a call for fasting and prayer as the...

Vladimir Putin Is No Christian Hero

One of the more striking aspects about Tucker Carlson’s recent interview with Vladimir Putin was that so...

Self-immolation and the true witness of the martyrs

On February 25, a twenty-five-year-old member of the United States Air Force named Aaron Bushnell...

Lenten Demolition of Sin

On Word on Fire’s Chicago office, my coworkers and I have been driven to distraction...

Relearning the Moral Life While Rejecting the Tyranny of the Banal

David Deane is Associate Professor of Theology at the Atlantic School of Theology (Halifax, Nova Scotia)....

Mother Cabrini’s Secret to Sainthood

There’s a sort of paradox when discussing the secret to sanctity. Saints are so timeless...

What happens to the saints whose feast day falls on Feb. 29 when there is no leap year?

The Gregorian calendar, named after Pope Gregory XIII (1502–1585), is used almost throughout the world...

At St. Patrick’s a Battle of the Icons

I love St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. It was painful to see it the...

Who Can Be Denied a Catholic Funeral? A History and Church Teaching on the ‘Very Rare’ Denials

The confrontational behavior by mourners attending a funeral service at New York City’s St. Patrick’s...

Worldly Priests: Learning to Love the Leper in My Life

There is a beautiful story from the life of St. Francis of Assisi that is...

Mafia in Italy Suspected of Poisoning Priest’s Chalice

During evening Mass on Feb. 24, Father Felice Palamara, a parish priest in Cessaniti, a...

Venerable Nelson Baker: A Man of Great Faith

In the city of Lackawanna, New York, near Buffalo, there is an incredibly beautiful basilica...

Pope Francis visits the hospital: His health issues through the years

Pope Francis was hospitalized Wednesday morning after a public audience, with the Vatican confirming that he underwent...

St. Joseph’s silence reminds us of the importance of our actions

As we approach March, a month dedicated to St. Joseph, I can’t help but think about...

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for Us Sinners

“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of...

Actor Gary Sinise Pays Tribute to Son Who Died: ‘A Man Who Loved His Catholic Faith’

Catholic actor Gary Sinise took to social media this week to mourn the loss of...

The Simple Encounters Matter

You’re incredibly beautiful. Did you know that?” I looked up, very much startled. A man...

Embryos, injuries, and damages

The demagoguery surrounding last week’s Alabama Supreme Court ruling involving in vitro fertilization (IVF)—incendiary rhetoric being pushed by Democrats to stoke...

Catholic Discipline

On the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, the reading for Morning Prayer that comes from...

‘The white coat and the cross’ – the witness of Dr. Lejeune

On January 21, 2021, Pope Francis declared Dr. Jerome Lejeune as “Venerable,” a step in...

Looking at the Mass Through the Eyes of Mary

The Eucharistic sacrifice is the summit and source of the entire Christian way of life....

Dying well in today’s world: Medical and spiritual perspectives

Stephen Doran is a permanent deacon (Archdiocese of Omaha), neurosurgeon, and bioethicist. He’s also author...

More Than a Dozen Killed in Attack on Catholics at Mass in Burkina Faso

At least 15 Catholics were killed in an attack during Mass on Sunday in the...

The Catholic Church Lacks an Imagination for Lay Agency

Some two years ago, I attended the Called and Co-Responsible conference at the University of Notre Dame....

The Second Sunday of Lent: the Mystery of Glory on the Far Side of Suffering

Today, high on a mountain, Jesus briefly draws back the veil of His humanity to...

After Alabama Supreme Court’s embryo personhood ruling, what comes next?

An Alabama Supreme Court decision that established the personhood of frozen embryos drew praise from...

The End of the Galileo Affair: Galileo’s Theological Contributions

Many people think that the traditional Christian way of interpreting the Bible was very narrowly...

Praying to the Saints with Aquinas

Throughout his theological career, Saint Thomas Aquinas named six reasons why people should pray to...

Argentine Nun Remembered for Her Smile Considered for Sainthood

Archbishop Sergio Fenoy of Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz in Argentina signed the edict...

‘Conscience Before Conformity’: What the White Rose Students Can Teach Today’s Young Scholars

A great deal of ink has been spilt recently about the culture wars on campus,...

Cultivate the Right Attitude to Sin this Lent

I had concluded Holy Mass in a parish and was rushing for my next engagement...

A Chair and a Half

Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, he who in his...

The Birth of the Communist Manifesto

Marx and Engels published their Communist Manifesto as the official programmatic statement of the Communist Party—or Communist...

Catholic prison ministry makes good use of large donation of Bible study materials

Jerry Trzeciak leads a lot of Catholic retreats. But the participants aren’t your typical parishioners,...

9 Things You Need to Know About the ‘Chair of St. Peter’

Yes, there is a physical object known as “the Chair of St. Peter.” It is...

Catholic Graphic Designer’s Resolution to Leave Planned Parenthood Opens Door to Creating Sacred Art

For much of the time Matt Lorens worked at Planned Parenthood Federation of America as...

Two pilgrimages, one Way: On Assisi and Santiago de Compostela

Can one commit pilgrimage “adultery”? In the months of planning leading up to my taking...

Converting Conservatives: The Importance of Moral Consistency

Recently, my wife Deborah sent me a YouTube video of Michael Knowles’ speech at a Young...

Persecution and Israeli Academia

An eerie silence envelops Kfar Aza, one of the Israeli communities brutally attacked by Hamas on...

St. Patrick’s Cathedral offers reparation Mass after ‘scandalous’ funeral for trans activist

The pastor of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City said the church has offered...

Lent Should Hurt, But We Aren’t Alone

Lent is a liturgical season brimming with immense graces. It is a time when we...

Alabama Supreme Court rules that frozen embryos are children under state law

The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that frozen human embryos constitute children under state statute,...

The Friendship of Pope John Paul II and President Reagan — Plus More Commanders-in-Chief’s Catholic Connections

Everyone knows John F. Kennedy was the first Catholic U.S. president. He overcame a long...

The Curious Rise in Disability: How Changing Language Alters the Nature of Reality

My son is blind, immobile, nonverbal, and hearing-impaired, with multiple brain abnormalities and complex orofacial...

St. Francisco of Fatima’s deep love of the Eucharist

Outside of the miraculous visions at Fatima, the three shepherd children did all they could...

German bishops halt move toward establishing a Synodal Council at Vatican’s request

In a significant setback for the Synodal Way project in Germany, the German bishops will...

Almost All Catholic Women’s Colleges Admit Men Who Identify as Women

When a media storm hit last fall after word leaked that a prominent Catholic women’s...

Russian opposition leader, outspoken Christian Alexei Navalny reportedly dead in prison

Russian leaders on Friday announced the death of Alexei Navalny, a prominent opposition politician to President Vladimir...

Why You Should Get Married

Isn’t marriage a trap, mostly for men? Don’t most married couples end up getting divorced?...

Pope pays tribute to “living martyr” of Communism

Pope Francis paid tribute to Cardinal Ernest Simoni (present at the audience), the Albanian “living martyr”...

Lenten Kitchens

Do your Lenten traditions include a spring cleaning of your kitchen?  For our Catholic ancestors,...

Notre Dame cathedral spire to be unveiled nearly 5 years after devastating fire

The unveiling process for the newly rebuilt spire of Paris’ legendary Notre Dame Cathedral began...

“We have to show up”: On Lent and our love of God

A few weeks ago, the priest gave me the most memorable advice that I’ve heard...

Catholic Mother of 2 Killed in Shooting at Kansas City Chiefs Victory Parade

Following a shooting in downtown Kansas City yesterday afternoon during a packed Super Bowl victory...

Wood and Water Work Wonders! A Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

On the first Sunday of Lent the readings have a baptismal theme. This makes sense, for it...

Will the German Bishops Defy Pope Francis? All Eyes Are on Augsburg to Find Out

Has the Vatican’s strategy to contain the controversial German Synodal Way had any effect? We’re...

Louis is a missionary from his wheelchair

Louis waits in his room, settled in his black wheelchair, back and head very straight....

Blessed Detox

The Book of Deuteronomy resounds with Moses’s final counsel to the Israelites before entering the...

21 Coptic saints honored on February 15 in the Roman Rite

On February 15, 2015, 21 Christian workers, 20 of whom were Coptic Orthodox and one...

Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday Collide: When Cupid Meets Lent

It’s almost that favorite feast day, when love is in the air, red heart-shaped boxes...

Prepare Yourselves to Live a Eucharistic Lent

Lent is about going spiritually to the state of the desert, about uniting ourselves to,...

Can We Get Lent Wrong?

And pray to God to have mercy upon us And pray that I may forget...

Ash Wednesday and St. Valentine’s Day: A Providential Confluence

This year, Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent fall on St. Valentine’s Day. While...

Hong Kong Activist: Proposed Law Could Worsen Religious Liberty, Persecute Catholics

A religious-freedom advocate from Hong Kong is warning that proposed legislation could further restrict religious...

Married, churchgoing couples among the happiest, data says

Men and women who are married and who attend church regularly are among the happiest...

No, Michelangelo’s Depiction of God Doesn’t Capture the Essence of ‘White Supremacy’

Robin DiAngelo, author of the infamous White Fragility and a matchless grifter, recently appeared on a podcast...

A Nation (Still) Faithful to Its Roots? What St. John Paul the Great Might Say to Poland Today

For several years, Western media created a false narrative that Poland had descended into an “illiberal,” “anti-democratic,”...

Karen McClelland’s tips for helping your kids grow this Lent

1) Grapevine wreath (our family has done this for years; it's similar to adding hay to...

Meeting Between Pope Francis and Argentine President Signals Possible Turn in Relationship

Pope Francis met with Argentine President Javier Milei in a highly anticipated private audience on...

The Last Hero of the Cold War … Lech Walesa Survives

There were seven. Seven figures above all, with varying influences, some more intentional than others,...

Raising Catholic kids: New study suggests what successful parents have in common

At or near the top of almost any Catholic parent’s list of things they want...

Lent and the Divine Life

“Fasting is a medicine.” — St. John Chrysostom “The days will come, when the bridegroom...

What Toby Keith Taught Us About the Songs We Need

He should’ve been a cowboy. He should’ve learned to rope and ride. But he didn’t....

Indian Church to observe ‘day of prayer and fasting’ amid growing religious polarization

The Catholic Church in India has called for observing March 22 as a “day of...

“If You Wish, You Can Make Me Clean”

What can we learn today from a leper who kneels before Jesus in the hope...

Carmelite Nuns Move From New York to Florida in Pursuit of ‘Silence and Solitude’

A religious community of 14 Discalced Carmelite nuns has moved from a busy street in...

Pray the Rosary with Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich

Do you know about Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich? Incredibly, God gave this nun the special...

Holy Humor and Lenten Wisdom: Mother Angelica’s Guide to Fasting and Sacrifice

Mother Angelica had the knack for always providing the right advice — including for Lent....

Argentina prepares for the canonization of Mama Antula

Argentina is living in a situation of eternal crisis, but Mama Antula invites us to...

Catholic prayer app Hallow to air commercial during Super Bowl LVIII

The Catholic prayer app Hallow announced that its first-ever Super Bowl commercial will air during the big...

Survivor of human trafficking St. Josephine Bakhita discovered God’s infinite love

On Feb. 8, we celebrate the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, an African nun who...

I Came to Cast Fire upon the Earth; and Would that It Were Already Kindled

“I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled!”...

Why Theology?

Given how much bad theology there is and how often it seems to corrupt people’s...

Self-Starvation to Qualify for Assisted Suicide

There are never enough assisted suicides for the euthanasia movement. So, while they will promise...

A Reappreciation of Pope Pius IX

On Feb. 7, we celebrate the feast day of Blessed Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, more popularly...

The Twists and Turns That Led to the First Vatican Council

Note: We are sharing this article, originally published in June 2020, for the feast of...

Your Life Is Hidden With Christ in God

You have died: to what? To sin. You have died to it by baptism, by repentance,...

Two priests kidnapped from parish rectory in Nigeria

A religious missionary order in Nigeria is appealing for the safe release of two of...

‘Voices Crying Out From Deep Under the Rubble’: One Year Since the Deadly Earthquake in Turkey

60,000. It’s a staggering number that’s hard to comprehend. But that’s how many people died...

GetReligion: Farewell, after 20 years: Why we did what we did

If you know anything about world religions, then you know that Easter is a big...

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...

‘Trust Has Been Broken’: After Trans Policy Fallout, Controversy Still Simmers at St. Mary’s College

St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, is accustomed to its famous next-door neighbor grabbing...

‘Gestis Verbisque’: Vatican Doctrine Office Releases Note on Discerning the Validity of the Sacraments

The Vatican Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) released a note on Saturday...

Church in Sri Lanka to begin canonization process for hundreds killed in 2019 Easter attack

The Archdiocese of Colombo, Sri Lanka, is set to begin the canonization process for the...

Social Media, Tweens, and Teens: Data, Consequences, Solutions

Have you been in a classroom, restaurant or airport lately? Have you noticed how everyone’s...

The Silver Chalice: A Story of Faith

What follows is a homily delivered during Mass on August 3, 2021, at Our Lady...

Meet Father Richard Rocha, Super Bowl LVIII ‘Team Priest’ for the Kansas City Chiefs

When Super Bowl LVIII kicks off at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas Sunday, Feb. 11,...

Everyone Is Looking for You: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

When Jesus met the first of His disciples, He asked, “What are you looking for?”...

Cardinal Zen Discusses His New Book for Lent and Concerns for the Church

In an interview on The World Over with Raymond Arroyo that aired Feb. 1, Cardinal Joseph Zen...

Seeking Moral Vision in a Digital Age

In suburban America, we like our bumper stickers, yard signs, and graphic t-shirts. In the...

Why the Catholic Church Celebrates Consecrated Life

Celebrated annually on Feb. 2nd, the World Day for Consecrated Life is intended to “help...

Pope Benedict XVI and the Breaking of Patterns

They broke a pattern. For over a century, nearly every man who had been elected...

The Hostility of Illness and the Therapeutic Importance of Hospitality

The experience of illness can be isolating and alienating. Serious and chronic illness can make...

Pope Benedict XVI’s Christocentric Ecclesiology and the National Eucharistic Revival

We are now more than halfway through the National Eucharistic Revival called for by the...

Suspect arrested over killing of Spanish priest

A 40-year-old man has been arrested by police in Spain on suspicion of murdering Fr....

Christmas in the Cancer Ward

This past Christmas, Jesus did not come to me as a baby in a manger...

Six Pro-Lifers Face FACE Act Charges in Tennessee, Could See 11 Years in Jail

Six pro-life activists are on trial in Nashville, Tennessee, facing federal charges related to a...

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jesus Tangles with the Devil

Right after Jesus’ baptism, He tangled with the devil.  In St. Mark’s account of His first...

Despite liberation of nuns, experts say violence in Haiti is far from over

Despite the Jan. 24 release of six Catholic nuns and one other hostage in Haiti,...

How American Colleges Gave Birth to Cancel Culture

Over the past few years, people have been targeted in real life and on social...

Fishers of Men

Jesus gives his disciples many instructions and their duties as disciples. For example, in the...

Cardinal Zen Contends ‘Fiducia Supplicans’ ‘Creates Confusion’ and Suggests Cardinal Fernández Should Resign

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun has said Pope Francis’ recent declaration allowing the blessing of same-sex...

Catholic volunteer killed on way home from adoration was ‘old soul’

Volunteering to help people was a big part of who Ryan Realbuto was. He scrubbed...

Catholic Church in Haiti holds day of prayer for release of 6 kidnapped nuns, others

The Haitian Conference of Religious (CHR) and the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince held a day of...

St. Francis de Sales: Love for a loveless age

“Nothing so much presses man’s heart as love,” wrote St. Francis de Sales, whose feast...

Finland: a laboratory of ecumenism and Christian unity

Pope Francis received an ecumenical delegation from Finland on Friday, Jan. 19, on the second...

A Journey of Faith: From Seeker to Catholic School Teacher

In the quiet corners of reflection, I find myself overcome with a deep sense of...

Pope Francis Announces Year of Prayer to Prepare for 2025 Jubilee

Pope Francis announced the start of a Year of Prayer on Sunday in preparation for...

Lenin’s ugly legacy of identity politics

“I broke sharply with all questions of religion,” said Vladimir Lenin, with typical vituperation. “I...

The Venerable Father of Modern Genetics

The Roman Catholic Church can boast of many notable Catholic scientists and medical professionals going...

Cardinal Explains How African Rejection of ‘Fiducia Supplicans’ Was Handled

Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar...

The Preaching of the Kingdom of God

In Ordinary Time, we hear “the preaching of the kingdom of God” through all the...

Faith-filled RBs Blake Corum, Donovan Edwards power Michigan to national title

All season long, it seemed like No. 1 Michigan was a team of destiny. On...

Chaos deepens as Dutch bishops collectively reject blessings for same-sex couples

The Dutch bishops have become the latest conference to collectively reject the new provision by...

March for Life Speakers Promote Care For Pregnant Women and Children Nationwide

At the 51st annual national March for Life, taking place in snowy conditions on Friday in...

Time Toward Home: Richard John Neuhaus for Our Time

Fr. Richard John Neuhaus loved to say that “when we get to heaven, there will...

Divine Shepherdess procession in Venezuela draws 2.7 million

More than 2.7 million people gathered in the city of Barquisimeto in Lara state, Venezuela,...

Martin Scorsese is making a Jesus film. Here’s what we know

In May of last year, Martin Scorsese announced that he was planning to make a...

Words of wisdom as we march for babies and their moms

On Friday, January 19, pro-life people from all across America will participate in the 51st March...

Our Blessed Mother In The Divine Plan

The Mother of the Redeemer has a precise place in the plan of salvation, for...

Warming shelter at Wisconsin parish builds bonds of trust, community

On Tuesday mornings, Laurie Pollack leads a group of men and women in a Bible...

How to Watch the March for Life 2024: EWTN’s Coverage Schedule

With tens of thousands of pro-life Americans gathering for the 51st-annual March for Life in...

Claudine Gay, Jimmy Lai and the Truth of Things

To my mind, the most cringe-inducing moment in the drama of Claudine Gay and her...

March for Life Marks 51st Anniversary in January: Here’s What to Expect This Year

The 51st annual March for Life will kick off in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 19...

The 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Follow Jesus in 2024

Almost 5,000 Christians were killed for their faith last year. Almost 4,000 were abducted. Nearly...

Five legislative issues Catholics in Michigan should know about in 2024

The new year is here, and that means the Michigan Legislature is resuming session after...

Matt Maher to headline National Eucharistic Congress

Famed Canadian singer/songwriter and all-around Catholic hit-maker Matt Maher has been chosen as the headline...

5 Life Lessons From A Legendary Notre Dame Football Coach

With the Michigan Wolverines’ College National Championship victory not far behind us, and Super Bowl...

St. Anthony of the Desert, a father of monasticism and co-patron of animals

St. Anthony of the Desert was born in Egypt on Jan. 12, 251, into a...

Human Rights Need Religion

Last month, on December 14, 2023, I attended a remarkable meeting of religious leaders from...

An Important Year for the Pro-Life Movement

The year 2024 is looking to be a very important year for the pro-life movement....

Pope Francis to Preside Over Canonization Mass of Argentina’s First Female Saint

Pope Francis next month will preside over the canonization Mass of the woman set to...

A Forgotten Virtue

On December 1, 2023, The New York Times published an opinion article which argued that children should...

How a Supreme Court Case Involving Herring Fishermen Affects the Little Sisters of the Poor

A Supreme Court case being argued this week could have significant implications for a decade-long...

Biblical Archaeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2023

The major biblical archaeology stories of 2023 contain a lot of doom, destruction, and disappointment....

Navigating Outrage Culture

From its inception, the Catholic Church has regularly found itself in a countercultural position to...

Nicaraguan dictatorship releases Bishop Álvarez, brother bishop, and priests

The dictatorship of Daniel Ortega on Sunday released and sent to the Vatican two imprisoned...

Vatican’s Doctrinal Office Preparing ‘Very Important Document on Human Dignity,’ Cardinal Fernández Says

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s doctrinal chief has revealed that his dicastery is writing “a...

A Song of Joy in a Moment of Sadness: A Friend of C.S. Lewis Goes Home

It is a little more than three years since the death of Walter Hooper, the...

Warming shelter at Wisconsin parish builds bonds of trust, community

On Tuesday mornings, Laurie Pollack leads a group of men and women in a Bible...

US Bishops Reflect on ‘Rallying Cry’ of Martin Luther King Jr.

Ahead of the federal holiday commemorating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the U.S. bishops...

What Are You Looking For? The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

What are you looking for?” Jesus asked this question of two men who had begun...

My Favorite Story: The Astonishing Power of One Hail Mary

Did you ever think about or realize what the power of one Hail Mary can...

Antisemitic incidents in U.S. up by more than 350% since start of Israel-Hamas war

The number of antisemitic incidents in the United States has surged by more than 350%...

How St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, first female saint of Canada, discovered her vocation

Every Jan. 12 the Church celebrates St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, CND, a 17th-century French nun who...

What’s Going on in Canada with Assisted Suicide?

Over the past year, the law and practice of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) in...

A crisis of the human person: St John Paul II’s remedy

Yesterday, in the name of equality, many progressive voices demanded that women be permitted to...

Disfigured man embraced by Pope Francis passes away

Many will never forget Vinicio Riva, the man whose face was disfigured by a rare...

Mary Is the Star that Guides Us to Jesus

The feast of the Epiphany celebrates the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles in the...

Church destroyed by ISIS in Iraq completely restored 10 years later

The Dominican Church of Our Lady of the Hour, one of the most emblematic in...

Report: Over 130 Catholic priests and religious arrested, kidnapped, or murdered in 2023

Throughout 2023, more than 130 Catholic priests and religious were either arrested, kidnapped, or murdered,...

Requiem Mass for Cardinal Pell celebrated on first anniversary of his death

A requiem Mass was held in Rome on Tuesday evening to mark the first anniversary...

One-of-a-kind Saint Sharbel spiritual center opens in Pittsburgh

Located in Pittsburgh’s suburban neighborhood of Beechview sits a unique Catholic spiritual center that is...

Musical siblings create kids’ show to embed the faith

Over the past 19 years, siblings Annie, Alex, Benjamin, Gretchen, Jeremiah and Camille Wolaver have...

McCarrick case suspended in Wisconsin court

A Wisconsin judge suspended a sexual assault case against Theodore McCarrick on Wednesday, after a...

Celebrating 60 Years With the Baltimore Catechism

Who made you? God made me. Why did God make you? God made me to love, know,...

Christian Burial Through the Ages

With its dedication to the Holy Souls, the month of November sees Catholics throughout the...

How Hard Is It to Commit a Mortal Sin?

Scripture speaks of two types of sin: “sin which is mortal” and “sin which is...

Pope Francis calls surrogacy ‘deplorable,’ calls for global ban in speech to ambassadors

Pope Francis called surrogacy “deplorable” and called for a global ban on the exploitative practice...

In Today’s Church, Who Is Evangelizing Whom?

As the Lord Jesus was preparing to ascend to the Father, He gave His Apostles...

We Must Cultivate a Discerning Heart Today

King David had a brilliant idea to build a temple for the ark of the...

Jesus Is Sinless — So Why Was He Baptized?

Pope St. John Paul II, in his 2002 Apostolic Letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, proposed adding a...

Missouri priest found guilty of sexual solicitation during confession

A priest of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, was found guilty of sexual solicitation...

25 year-old book by Vatican doctrinal czar surfaces on God and orgasms

In a 25-year-old book written by Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández that has resurfaced amid disputes...

The Epiphany: Pulled from Fear to Truth

As C.S. Lewis shared his grief after the death of his wife, the greatest compliment...

‘We need Jesus Christ’ — Germans at SEEK look to spark renewal

A tear fell from Bishop Stefan Oster’s eye. A standing-room-only crowd was silent as the...

The Epiphany of the Lord

In this Sunday’s Gospel, magi “from the east” ask, “Where is the newborn king of...

‘St. John Neumann Was Here’ — Philadelphia’s Bishop and America’s Saint

Before he became the fourth bishop of Philadelphia, St. John Neumann spent a considerable amount...

Chinese bishop who was removed from diocese by Communist regime is arrested

Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of the Diocese of Wenzhou in the eastern region of Zhejiang,...

Religious Liberty in 2024: Healing our deep divides

Americans are a litigious people and no less so in clashes over religious liberty. Every...

Renewal in Radiance: Embracing Hope and Forgiveness in the New Year

As we bid farewell to the trials and tribulations of 2023, a year marked by...

Shia LaBeouf Enters Catholic Church, Considers Vocation to the Diaconate

Hollywood star Shia LaBeouf was received into the Catholic Church with the sacrament of confirmation...

Italian priest excommunicated for calling Pope Francis a ‘usurper’

An Italian priest has been excommunicated by his local bishop for saying in a homily...

Nicaragua claims Bishop Alvarez is fine; US denounces “staged” photo

Nicaragua’s government claims that imprisoned Catholic bishop Rolando Alvarez is in good health, but the United...

St. Elizabeth Seton and the Inexorable Power of the Eucharist

“A saint! She is the first daughter of the United States of America to be...

Vatican Responds to Widespread Backlash on Same-Sex Blessing Directive

The Vatican’s doctrine office issued a response on Thursday to “clarify the reception of Fiducia Supplicans”...

The MAD Magazine Caricature of US Catholicism

' One hesitates to begin the civil new year on a critical note, when hopes...

Year in Review: Suffering through wars, disasters, and religious persecution

This year, news on the international stage again included persecution of Christians and wrestling over...

How to think (better) about the ‘AI moment’

Since the introduction of Chat GPT late last year, artificial intelligence has become pervasive in...

Supreme Court Supported Religious Freedom in 2023

Threats to religious freedom are becoming commonplace, especially as progressive policies brook no dissent. But...

In 2023, World Youth Day’s Joy Shined Amid Synodal Way, Holy Land’s Sorrow

As the year 2023 draws to a close, all eyes are on the Holy Land,...

Conference on anniversary of Benedict’s death focuses on legacy defined by love of Christ

Friends, scholars, and former colleagues of Pope Benedict XVI gathered in the Campo Santo Teutonico...

Kentucky court swears in first paid deputy with Down syndrome

A 45-year-old man with Down syndrome has seen his dreams come true when he was...

Discovering the Sacred Gift of Christ in the Eucharist

Jesus is not an idea, a sentiment, a memory! Jesus is a ‘person,’ always alive...

Jimmy Lai Pleads Not Guilty in Hong Kong National Security Trial

Jimmy Lai, the embattled Hong Kong Catholic democracy activist, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to...

Benedict XVI on The Peace That Is God’s Gift

Dear Brothers and Sisters, “May God bless us and make his face to shine upon...

Vatican: 20 Catholic missionaries killed in 2023

Twenty Catholic missionaries were murdered in 2023, according to a new Dec. 30 report issued by the...

Here’s Every State Where Abortion is on the Ballot in 2024

The 2024 elections are less than a year away. While all eyes are on the...

English Lawyer Weighs in on Wrongful Death of Baby Indi Gregory

In the early hours of Nov. 13, a fierce storm made landfall in Britain. Driving...

A powerful way to prepare for Sunday’s feast of the Holy Family

Look, we get it. In the post-Christmas haze of travel, exhaustion, hosting, and gift-giving, it’s...

With Nearly 200 Killed Over Christmas, Christian Villages in Nigeria Are Reeling After Dayslong Attacks

Catholic and Nigerian leaders are demanding government action as Christian villages in the central Nigerian...

It’s a Wonderful Film — Yes, the Best Ever

Asked in an interview recently to name my favorite Christmas movie, I went through the...

Vatican to publish private homilies of Pope Benedict XVI

The Vatican will publish the previously uncirculated “private” homilies of the late Pope Benedict XVI...

Christmas and Its Forgotten Message

It is only too common for people to view Christmas as a social experience rather...

The scandalous, glorious point of Christmas

“There has fallen on earth for a token A god too great for the sky....

‘Contemplate Jesus’ This Christmas: A New Bethlehem and the Lessons of Greccio

We live at a time in which Christmas crèches have become so much a part...

Full Text: Pope Francis’ Homily for Christmas 2023

Below is the full text of Pope Francis’ homily for the Solemnity of the Nativity...

St. Stephen’s radiant and sacrificial love

In 1944, the then-22-year-old Father Luigi Giussani gave a homily on the Feast of Saint Stephen ,...

The Holy Land and Christmas

This year, there will be no festive celebrations during the Christmas season in Bethlehem or...

Müller – ‘Fiducia supplicans’ is ‘self-contradictory’

The Vatican this week prompted widespread debate among bishops and other Church leaders, after Monday’s...

Approach the crib on Christmas like the shepherds

In St. Luke’s Gospel, the birth of Jesus is followed immediately by a visit from...

A Muted Christmas in Philippine City After ISIS Attack on Churchgoers

Two weeks after ISIS-linked terrorists detonated an explosive during a Catholic Mass held at Mindanao...

Seeking The Burning Babe Who Sets Our Hearts Aflame

We are all pilgrims seeking to find the love we are made for. Christmas is...