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The Cross is our hope: Pope gives extraordinary ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing during coronavirus


Need a laugh? Watch Leonard Nimoy sing “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins”...
Philip Kosloski
J.R.R. Tolkien’s influence on pop-culture has had an enduring legacy ever since The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were published. The universal (Catholic) messages found in Tolkien’s stories make them appealing to all people, no matter their belief system. In one of the most obscure (and hilarious..though also embarrassing) moments of pop-culture...


This photographer captured a rare sight — frozen waves on a lake in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park...


What will be the long-term impact of the coronavirus on the Catholic Church?
Marcel LeJeune
When the Catholic Church, in the USA, faced the biggest problem in her history (the clergy abuse scandal), the reaction and change was dramatic. In fact, due to changes made after the scandal, the Church in the USA has now become one of the most effective organizations in the country, in terms of protecting children and vulnerable adults...


No gods before me: Leaving Thomas Merton behind...


A Baptist pastor discovers St. Peter...


Coronavirus could kill 81,000 Americans and subside “by June at the latest,” says University of Washington study...


“It’s a razor’s edge we’re walking”: Inside the race to develop a coronavirus vaccine...


Peyton Manning surprises UT online class with a special message for students going through this time...


That discomfort you’re feeling is grief. Let yourself feel the grief and keep going, with God’s grace...


Beyond the chattering classes, Catholics are ambivalent about shutting down...
John Allen
Today’s Catholic debate over suspending Masses and closing churches amid the coronavirus is a serious conversation with high stakes, and it’s striking how often people of intelligence and good will, Catholics who take both faith and public health deeply seriously, appear to feel ambivalent about it. Earlier this week I participated in an online discussion group with Catholics from several different countries...


5 saints Catholics are calling on to fight the pandemic...
Clemente Lisi
The coronavirus outbreak has led millions upon millions of Christians around the world — and other faith traditions as well — to prayer. Pope Francis prayed the rosary last Thursday with Catholics around the world via internet to ask God to end the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more people in Italy than anywhere else. The Vatican also announced that Holy Week and Easter services would go on without any public participation for the first time ever...


What does it mean to live “The Gospel of Life” today?
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Today is the 25th anniversary of John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae, “The Gospel of Life.” I remember when he died how many tributes flooded my inbox from so many members of Congress at the time who had been inspired by his words in it. I daresay most of them were not Catholic. Back then Evangelicals and Catholics together was a real thing...


The four possible timelines for life returning to normal...


Did a Hobby Lobby letter really say God told them to keep stores open during the coronavirus crisis?


Person who lives in Casa Santa Marta, current residence of Pope, tests positive for coronavirus...


Mulier Fortis — A homily for the Solemnity of the Annunciation...


J.R.R. Tolkien’s Bible translation is basis of new comic book version of Jonah story...
John Burger
he ancient city of Nineveh is under the spell of a malevolent demon who thirsts for souls. In an effort to liberate the people from the evil darkness that enslaves them, God sends the prophet Jonah to deliver a message of warning. That’s the setting of a new comic book by Philip Kosloski, author of Finnian and the Seven Mountains and The Mission of Joan of Arc...

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Should Catholic politicians act on what the Church teaches?


Doctor sentenced for saving mom and child with emergency C-section instead of aborting baby...


How Christ makes Himself present to the City and to the World...


Google Earth launches virtual tours of America’s national parks...


Many patients and not enough ventilators: Is religion part of this coronavirus debate?
Terry Mattingly
Let’s state this coronavirus question bluntly: Is the emerging “let Granny die” puzzle a political story, an economics story or a religion story? Based on the coverage I am seeing, it appears that the safe route is to call this a “medical ethics” story. Something tells me — based on his fierce writings about materialism...


‘Urbi et Orbi’ homily: “You, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm”...
Pope Francis
“When evening had come” (Mk 4:35). The Gospel passage we have just heard begins like this. For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void, that stops everything as it passes by; we feel it in the air...


Sursum corda! Double rainbow seen over Lourdes on the Solemnity of the Annunciation...


WSJ asks: Could this plague be America’s best hope for religious revival? There’s reason to think so...


We need to do what Moses did: Plead to God for divine mercy...
Msgr. Charles Pope
I want to be clear that I am not concluding that God is directly punishing us, but he has permitted this. And, as we know, the people of Bible used times like these to repent and call on God. As I prayed these readings today at a private Mass the following prayerful thoughts came to mind: Lord God we are in a great crisis, a worldwide crisis...


Why the Pope’s March 27 “Urbi et Orbi” blessing will be absolutely unique...


What’s afoot in German Catholicism today is “Wittenberg” in synodal slow motion...
George Weigel
As Yale’s Carlos Eire masterfully demonstrated in Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450-1650, there was no one “Protestant Reformation” but rather several religious movements, often in disagreement with each other, that shattered western Christendom in the 16th century. Still, Martin Luther’s protest at Wittenberg on October 31...


If you see things as they truly are, you’ll see that you have nothing to fear...
John Cuddeback
Fear is an essential human emotion, so it surely must have its proper place. Yet there are different kinds of fear, or ways of fearing, and it is hard to know how to fear well. It is especially difficult to think clearly about this when much of the fear that we experience probably needs to be set aside, or in any case transformed or redirected...


How the world will change over the next 18 months...


Saving for a rainy day (like today) as modeled in Scripture...


8 things to know and share about the Annunciation...
Jimmy Akin
We are celebrating the solemnity of the Annunciation. This day celebrates the appearance of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary to announce of the birth of Christ. What's going on and why is this day important? Here are 8 things you need to know. First, what does the word “Annunciation” mean? It's derived from the same root as the word “announce...


U.S. Senate passes $2 trillion coronavirus economic rescue bill...


The Annunciation and the perpetual virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
In the story of the Annunciation the word ‘overshadowed’ is full of multi leveled significance. One connection is that it is an allusion to the the story of Ruth and Boaz in the Old Testament. You may remember that the young widow Ruth presented herself for marriage to her husband’s kinsman, Boaz, and that he evidenced his betrothal to Ruth by wrapping his cloak around her...


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