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Blessed Paul VI to be canonized this year, says Pope Francis...

Pope Francis has said he will proclaim Blessed Paul VI a saint later this year, and joked that he and Benedict XVI are “on the waiting list.” At the end of a closed-door question and answer session with priests of Rome on Thursday, the Pope said it will be a “holy year” for Paul VI. "There are two Bishops of Rome who have recently become saints: John XXIII and John Paul II...

Compared to the giants of old, my Lenten practices look pretty small...

I was explaining to a new Catholic recently that the color purple (violet) used during Lent symbolizes its penitential quality. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence, and all Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. These remind us that during Lent we are to give special attention to our sins and our need for salvation...

Congrats to Bermuda for reversing ‘same-sex marriage’...

Last year a court, as happens so often these days, unilaterally imposed ‘same-sex marriage’ on Bermuda. That judicial fiat has now been legislatively reversed and, while “domestic partnerships” are recognized in Bermuda, some of which partnerships will make it legally easier for same-sex partners to carry on their common life...

In new Tweet, Spadaro pillories Weigel, Chaput; Jesuit suggests conspiracy theory explains opposition to China deal...

... and then meanwhile Steve Bannon compares China to the 1930 Nazi Germany, an American Archibishop, by chance, is remembering the Reichskonkordat...

Why the Blessed Virgin Mary is the best promoter of culture...

In my book, The Marian Option: God's Solution to a Civilization in Crisis, I spent a lot of time talking about how Mary is a unique driver of culture. The insight was certainly not my own, but hails from some unlikely places. The first is from Henry Adams (1838-1918), grandson of President John Quincy Adams, and great-grandson of Founding Father and President John Adams...

In newly-released talk, Pope pillories internet critics, warns Jesuits not to become ‘gossiping old bachelors’ ...

On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 7 p.m., on his first full day of an apostolic journey to Chile and Peru, Pope Francis met with 90 Chilean Jesuits in the Centro Hurtado of Santiago. On arrival he was shown a reproduction of the green Ford van that St. Alberto Hurtado would use to bring aid to the city’s marginalized: it is a true symbol of apostolic passion...

When flood waters parted to make way for the Holy Eucharist...

During the 15th century torrential rain fell on the French city of Avignon. The Sorgue and Rhône rivers continued to rise until they flooded the lower part of the city, making it one of the worst floods ever in that region. A group of Franciscan friars were worried that their small church would be destroyed. Even worse, the Eucharist had been exposed in a monstrance on the altar and was not put away before the flood waters came and the Franciscans escaped...

On Cardinal Cupich’s problematic, convenient conscience...

When I first became Catholic, over twenty years ago, I focused much of my writing on apologetics and controversies with various forms Fundamentalist or Evangelical Protestantism. As I already knew, having grappled with them myself, the key points of contention were authority and the papacy, Scripture and Tradition, beliefs about Mary (I was asked more than once by Protestant friends: “How can you join a Church that worships Mary...

When warrior ants are injured, nurses lick them to health, study shows...

A species of African ant lives a life so fierce that it's become expert at wartime triage. In fact, the behavior exhibited by Matabele ants marks the first time that non-humans have been observed "systematically nursing their wounded back to health," per National Geographic. Researchers lay it out in a new study in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: The ants regularly raid termite colonies...

Palestine asks Vatican to defend Jerusalem's status quo...

The Palestinian Foreign Affairs minister, Ryadh al Maliki, met officials of the Vatican Secretariat of State Feb. 16, asking the Holy See to amplify its voice defending the status quo in Jerusalem. “It is important to understand that the situation of Jerusalem also deals with Christians,” the minister told CNA after the meeting...