May 23, 2013 7:02 AM The Ideal of Pope Francis: the Servant Church By Phil Lawler
“When the Church becomes closed up on itself it gets sick.” With that single sentence, uttered during a prayer vigil before Pentecost, Pope Francis summed up the most important theme of his pontificate. Before the conclave...
May 21, 2013 6:13 PM Against a Facile Assurance of Salvation, the Need for Mystery By Dr. Jeff Mirus
It is likely that too many Catholics think too little about their own salvation, but perhaps not only for the most obvious reason. My own first thought is that such a dearth of due diligence concerning salvation is a result of...
May 24, 2013 The Russell Ford problem By Phil Lawler
Russell Ford produced some outstanding work—fine essays on apologetics and evangelization—while he was a long-term prisoner in an Alabama jail. Now finally released after 25 years behind bars, he has redoubled his efforts to promote...
May 24, 2013 Revealing News, and Revealing Christ
Sometimes news stories reveal more than they say. Consider our story about the tribute paid by Cardinal McCarrick and Joe Biden to Fr. Theodore Hesburgh. Nothing could more clearly indicate the end of an era in which Catholic leaders...
- Under house arrest, Chinese bishop uses social media to encourage pilgrimage
- Avoid careerism, Pope counsels Italian bishops
- Israeli-Palestinian problem at base troubles in Middle East, says Jerusalem Patriarch
- Bishops: Nigeria ‘totters on the brink’
- Pope urges recognizing 'light of hope' in eyes of refugees
- Texas passes law permitting Nativity scenes in schools
- Biden, Cardinal McCarrick pay tribute to Notre Dame’s Father Hesburgh
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Ordinary Time: May 24th
Thursday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time: Australia: Solemnity of Mary Help of Christians; Bl. Louis-Zepherin Moreau (Canada)
Today the Church in Australia celebrates the Solemnity of Mary Help of Christians. Mary Help of Christians was adopted as patron of the new Church of Australia in 1844, at a significant time in their history. British settlement was... More
Includes prayers, readings, family activities and recipes for the day.
May 23, 2013 The Rise and Fall of the (American?) Church By Dr. Jeff Mirus
Writing about the rise and fall of the Catholic Church in the United States is a very tricky thing, and Russell Shaw has done a fine job of it in his new book from Ignatius Press, American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and...