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Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘God uses mercy — do not forget this’...

In today’s Gospel reading (cf. Mt 20: 1-16), we find the parable of the labourers called for the day, which Jesus tells to communicate two aspects of the Kingdom of God: first, that God wants to call everyone to work for His Kingdom; and second, that in the end He wants to give the same recompense, namely salvation, eternal life...

The 12 people you meet in the adoration chapel...

I’ve seen my fair share of adoration chapels, and they can be pretty different. You’ve got round chapels, rectangular chapels, trapezoidal chapels with a tabernacle in the far corner. There could be pews or chairs, candles or stained glass, maybe a simple, circular monstrance or an intricate wood-carved Mary-holding-Jesus monstrance (those exist...

You really should turn off Bluetooth when you're not using it...

You intuitively know why you should bolt your doors when you leave the house and add some sort of authentication for your smartphone. But there are lots of digital entrances that you leave open all the time, such as Wi-Fi and your cell connection. It's a calculated risk, and the benefits generally make it worthwhile. That calculus changes with Bluetooth...

Discover the crucifix drawn by Saint John of the Cross after a mystical vision...

In the writings of St. John of the Cross, one of the greatest mystics in history, thousands of people have found a path for drawing closer to God. However, few are familiar with the image of Christ crucified that the saint drew after receiving a mystical revelation. It’s a small sketch (its original size is roughly 2.25 in. by 1...

Is it big news when liberal Lutherans say the early Church was wrong on sex? Why not?

When it comes to lesbians and gays in the ministry, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America speaks with a clear voice. So that doctrinal stance really isn't news anymore. When it comes to ecclesiastical approval for same-sex marriage liturgies, the ELCA – at this point – leaves that decision up to local leaders. So it really isn't news when an ELCA congregation backs same-sex marriage...

A review of ‘The Unknown Girl’...

“Listen.” It’s the first word of dialogue spoken in the Dardenne brothers’ The Unknown Girl, as Dr. Jenny Davin (Adele Haenel), stethoscope held to the back of a heavyset, older patient, presses her intern Julien (Olivier Bonnaud) to diagnose the condition of the man, whose heavy breathing dominates an otherwise mostly silent opening shot...

Why 3 man-sized cages hang from a medieval German church steeple...

Visitors to St. Lambert’s church in Muenster, Germany may notice something odd about the building’s facade. Three gleaming iron cages, 7 feet tall and a yard wide and deep, hang empty from the church spire. Once home to the mutilated bodies of three revolutionaries who shaped one of the strangest chapters in the Protestant Reformation...

Losing my child at Easter...

The closest my husband got to giving away he was going to propose was at the Easter Vigil. We’d gone back to our college, to see an undergraduate friend received into the Church, and just before we’d gone in to the liturgy, we’d heard that two friends of ours had gotten engaged. “It’s a little weird to get engaged on Holy Saturday...

Why Hollywood turned against Catholic priests...

In film history, the priest has been among the most common and enduring characters, and to a large extent has been played by actors of Catholic background. From the 1930s, Catholics were prominent in Hollywood, whether actors such as Spencer Tracy and James Cagney or directors like John Ford and Leo McCarey. Producers turned to Catholic actors to perform what was judged to be the difficult and delicate role of a priest...

Has South Korean President Moon Jae-In's Catholicism influenced his diplomacy?

Earlier this month, U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize the South Korean leadership for “appeasement” of North Korea. In a dig at South Korean President Moon Jae-in days earlier, Trump likewise cautioned that “Talking is not the Answer!” in reference to Moon’s preference for negotiations with Pyongyang...