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Kyrie Eleison: The “Year of Mercy” Can’t Come Too Soon…

“The mercy of God is not an abstract idea but a concrete reality,” writes Pope Francis.Well thanks be to God for this emphatic good news, and for the nearly here Jubilee of Mercy. That it begins one week into Advent — the sweet and lonely season of anticipation for the coming of the All Merciful … [Read More...]

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Pope Francis Has Set a Confrontation in Place; Not the One We Think

So, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat published a piece on October 17, where referred to Pope Francis as the "chief plotter" in an effort to change Catholic doctrine, and thus the Church, itself.The response to Douthat's column played out in various articles and twitter-fights, during which … [Read More...]

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Child Breaks Host in Half to Share With Divorced/Remarried Father

The headlines, and the stories could not be more different.From Italy, (via Google Translate): A Child Moves the Synod; divides the Host with this divorced father. We read that Pope Francis and 270 Synod Fathers listened with emotion today in the Synod Hall to the story of a bishop who … [Read More...]

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What Pope Benedict Wrote about the Shroud of Turin

An excerpt from John Thavis' new book, The Vatican Prophesies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age":As one might expect, Pope Benedict, who was often called "the pope of reason," was much more circumspect on the [Shroud, than Pope John Paul II.] He, too, … [Read More...]

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A Simple Question for Nancy Pelosi

I barely get to read news, anymore, but I stumbled across this interesting exchange between Nancy Pelosi and a reporter:The reporter sparked the exchange by asking: “Is an unborn baby with a human heart and human liver a human being?”“Why don’t you take your ideological questions…I don’t know … [Read More...]

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The Thrill of the Chaste, and the Mystery of Agape Love

In this new Catholic edition of The Thrill of the Chaste, [Dawn] Eden is still living as a sign of contradiction — the world, after all, still misunderstands chastity as being little more than a dreary and joyless island of “no” — but she also has become a rather paradoxical witness to the world of “ … [Read More...]

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Are the 21 Coptic Martyrs of February Creating Converts?

The news moves so quickly and we gorge ourselves on it so mindlessly, that I sometimes wonder if anyone really remembers the 21 Coptic martyrs created just last February, and whose deaths moved us as much and as deeply, back then as the deaths of Aylan and Galip Kurdi are moving us now.Have we … [Read More...]

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No, the Rosary is not “vain repetition”; here’s why

From my "Ora Pro Nobis" column at The Catholic AnswerHow often do we think of Christmas in April? In praying a daily Rosary, one will ponder the Nativity of the Lord, and the whole great mystery of His incarnation, twice a week, throughout the year. The entirety of the Gospel is therefore alive … [Read More...]


Aylan, Gassed Refugees: A Pivotal Moment for Civilization

The crisis of Syrian refugees is coming to a head. We've all seen the awful pictures and even drawings and artwork covering little Aylan Kurdi's tragic death.On August 26, there were reports of a tear-gassing of refugees, in Hungary. It is dramatic and hard to watch.These are human beings, … [Read More...]

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Scalia Resigns Patheos to Take Helm at Aleteia-US

I said earlier that I had an announcement to make, and now I have the chance to do it. So, here goes:Effective the close of business yesterday, I have resigned my position as Managing Editor of the Catholic Channel.I have loved working with all of Catholic channel writers, who have become … [Read More...]