An Atheist’s Last Stand: Jennifer Fulwiler’s Journey to the Catholic Church

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"What was wrong with me that I had to leave a place that I loved in many ways because I couldn't be around religious people?  Why was I always so close to an existential crisis that I couldn't function like a normal person?  Nobody struggled with that kind of thing.  The other atheists I knew didn't seem to have any problem with the fleetingness of human life.  I'd never met anyone else who seemed troubled by the insanity of religious fervor, or who had their thoughts constantly drifting in t … [Read more...]

Another Ecumenical Breakthrough: Swedish Megachurch Pastor Converts to Catholicism

Ulf Ekman

The pastor of Sweden's largest non-denominational megachurch shocked Christians in his own community and around the world this weekend, by announcing that he is entering the Roman Catholic Church. *     *     *     *     * Several times in the last month, I wrote about bold initiatives in ecumenism, most notably the exchange of greetings and blessings between Pope Francis and evangelical pastor Kenneth Copeland, brokered by Anglican Bishop Tony Palmer.Perhaps I spoke too soon, though—for t … [Read more...]

Ostia Antica: St. Augustine’s Home Town

Our guide Fr. Joseph Fox, O.P. explains the layout of Ostia Antica.

On August 28, we celebrate the feast of St. Augustine of Hippo, the North African convert who became one of Catholicism's greatest educators after his conversion.I've posted several articles about St. Augustine (here and here and here).  I thought I’d round out the series with a few pics from some of his favorite hometown haunts.Back in 2003 or 2004, I had the privilege of leading a group of pilgrims to some of the fun spots in and around Rome.   One of my favorite spots, outside of t … [Read more...]


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