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Pope’s Wednesday Audience: Christians are salt and light, made so by the Holy Spirit


In our day, as during the time of Luther, what happens in Germany will not stay in Germany...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
In The Making of Martin Luther, the Cambridge scholar Richard Rex notes that 1518, not 1517, marks the real birth of Luther’s public profile. Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses hit the wider German market in January 1518. He wrote his Instructions for Confession and his Sermon on the Proper Preparation of the Heart for the Reception of Communion in the spring of the same year...


Little-known facts about 6 U.S. bishops...
Jim Graves
Bishop of Oakland, California, Michael Barber, in addition to being diocesan bishop, has been a commissioned officer for the U.S. Navy Reserve for 27 years. In 1991, while studying in Rome, he was asked to celebrate Mass onboard naval vessels heading to and from the First Gulf War. He was told, “Father, the next time you come aboard...


Why did tongues of fire appear at Pentecost?
Taylor Marshall
Why tongues of fire? Why not lips of fire or words of fire? Why not a fiery dove to conform to the baptism of Christ at the Jordan? The tongues likely evoke the Hebrew concept of “tongues” praising God. As such, there is a Jewish mystical tradition that God’s heavenly temple above is surrounded by praising “tongues of fire...


16 tips to improving your parish hospitality...
Marcel LeJeune
Every parish has visitors, but not every visit is the same. Are your visitors having a positive experience? Will they come back? Do they feel welcomed? How is our hospitality to these visitors? Think of the last time you visited another parish for the first time. Did you know where to park? Did you find your way around easily? Did you feel welcomed...


What if Helena Daily were for priests?
Carrie Gress
When we launched Helena Daily, a dear priest friend voiced his concern that we were being a bit sexist. I offered to remedy it by adding an occasional piece for men, or better, we could make a collection exclusively for our beloved priests. So here is our specially (tongue-in-cheek) cultivated collection for the Men in Black.


Origami robots just helped build the world’s smallest house...


Where is the original Siloam Pool from the Bible?


Pope laments vocations ‘hemorrhage,’ wants ‘clear rules’ on money...
John Allen
Speaking to the powerful Italian bishops’ conference Monday, Pope Francis tagged three “preoccupations” in the only country in the world where he rules as Primate: a “hemorrhage” of vocations, “evangelical poverty and transparency,” and the need for a “consolidation” of Italy’s sprawling number of dioceses. Francis told the bishops he wasn’t sharing these concerns to “beat you up...


A closer look at those Justice Kennedy retirement rumors...


Why is there such strong hatred for the Church?
Msgr. Charles Pope
In the final week of Easter, there were frequent references in the readings to the fact that the world would hate true Christians. For example, If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first. If you were of the world, it would love you as its own. Instead, the world hates you, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world...


Cardinal Sarah is now proto-deacon of the College — the one who gets to announce ‘Habemus Papam’...


Pope laments vocations ‘hemorrhage,’ wants ‘clear rules’ on money...


Married priests and Synod of the Amazon...


‘The woman’ and ‘the two’...


Vetoing life, vetoing women’s care...


Chilean abuse victim claims Pope ‘told me to accept being gay, God made me this way’...


Why the Church needs more athletics apostolates like Denver-based Frassati Sports ...

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Pope’s decision to punt on Communion question is ‘puzzling,’ says Canadian Jesuit archbishop...


‘Gay doesn’t matter’ remark continues ‘shadow magisterium’...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
Pope Francis has pioneered a new form of papal teaching, massively influential but officially nonexistent. It is something of a shadow magisterium, but on occasion it shines a brighter light than the official magisterium. The latest example regards the nature of homosexuality. Juan Carlos Cruz, one of the Chilean sexual-abuse victims who spent several days with Pope Francis in April...


Singer Andrea Bocelli walks on knees in reverence at Fatima, says “every breath becomes a prayer”...


Keeping Catholic schools Catholic in a “love is love” culture...
Elizabeth Anderson
For the last few years we have sent our oldest child to our beautiful local parish school. The education there has given us and our child many blessings—frequent visits to the church, interaction with the priests, strengthened connection to the parish and diocese, as well as a sense of community. The list of wonderful things goes on...


On entering the Church: When a friend becomes family...
David Mills
On Sunday afternoon at the Church of the Holy Family in New York City near the United Nations, my young friend Barbara stood in front of a priest. She stood by herself except for a nun, her sponsor, standing at her side and slightly behind her. The priest, the nun, and my friend made a small island in the wide space in front of the altar...


Pope worries about Europe 'hemorrhaging' priests, nuns: Can you spot the big hole in this AP story? ...
Terry Mattingly
I apologize for going on and on about this subject, but when it comes to the religion beat this is only one of the most important Catholic news stories in the world. Come to think of it, questions about changing birth rates and demographics are important when covering Judaism, Islam, Pentecostal Christianity, Mormons, liberal Protestantism and other major faith groups...


Philadelphia’s unnecessary war on Catholics (Washington Post paywall)...


When priests are formed to lead spiritual warfare, the vocations crisis will take care of itself...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
John Allen reports at CRUX today on the Holy Father’s brisk and realistic discussion with the Italian bishops about the crisis in the Italian church. There are money problems, clergy living high off the hog, bishops being sly with the loot and a general falling away from the faith. As I have written elsewhere, the situation in the church right now is not so different from the church at the threshold of the Protestant Revolution...


Bishops’ fates in the balance, Pope to consult Chile victims — again...
Rocco Palmo
Five days after all the Chilean bishops moved to offer their historic joint resignation to the Pope, late tonight brought a further sign of Francis' immersion in the country's abuse crisis – a sudden Vatican announcement that a second group of victims would spend next weekend staying with the pontiff at the Domus (above) for private talks...


The silence, richness and beauty of the Traditional Latin Mass...


New technology lets parents hold 3D-printed likenesses of their unborn babies...


Australian archbishop convicted of child sex abuse cover-up...


After Pentecost, we sing and pray the Salve Regina...
Stephanie Mann
This is one of the four Marian antiphons the Church uses throughout the liturgical year. The Alma Redemptoris Mater is chanted from the First Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent through the Feast of the Purification on February 2. The Ave, Regina Caelorum/Hail, O Queen of Heaven is the antiphon from the Purification until the Wednesday of Holy Week...


They Might Be Giants on joy, death and unlikely anagrams...


How people become digital pirates without even knowing it...


A little-known feature in Google Maps lets you explore Mercury, Venus, and other planets and moons...


Adoption and foster care must be a priority for people who consider themselves pro-life...


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