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Mexican priest stabbed to death in parish amid continuing wave of violence...

A Catholic priest in the Diocese of Cuautitlán Izcalli, México, was stabbed to death inside a church Wednesday, local reports said. The death of Fr. Rubén Alcántara Díaz, judicial vicar of the diocese, makes 22 priests who have been murdered since 2012, the Catholic Multimedia Center reported.

Alfie Evans’ father flies to Rome, pleads with Pope Francis to help save his son...

Tom Evans, the father of toddler Alfie who UK authorities have ruled must have his life support switched off against his parent’s wishes, met with Pope Francis this morning to plead that his son be given asylum to receive alternative medical care. At the private audience early this morning in the Pope’s Santa Marta residence...

The truth about Benedict XVI’s resignation: revelations in a new documentary...

It was February 11, 2013, when Benedict XVI communicated to the world his decision to resign from the exercise of the papal ministry. This historic event has left many open questions. Five years later, on the occasion of the Pope Emeritus’ 91st birthday, a documentary has been presented in the Vatican, called “Benedict XVI: in Honor of Truth...

Vatican rejects German Bishops’ intercommunion proposal...

Sources confirm that, with the Holy Father’s approval, the Vatican’s head of doctrine has thrown out the bishops’ pastoral guide allowing Holy Communion for some Protestant spouses, but the Pope wishes the rejection letter to remain secret.

Reel Presence: How friendship is a synonym for salvation...

What I know about film can fit comfortably in a single frame. I am neither Siskel nor Ebert, nor even the little robot characters on “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” But I know a thing or two about the New Testament, and I know what I like in a movie, and I was deeply moved by the film Paul, Apostle of Christ. It made me aware...

The world is in rebellion and the Church is at the cross...

During Eastertide we reflect on the afterglow of the resurrection and the first weeks of the Church, bathed in the joy of Pentecost and the evidence of miracles and growth. But in the liturgy, we also read from the Acts of the Apostles: of persecutions, of the jailing of Peter and Paul, and even of internal struggles with the deception of Ananias and Saphira...

When three F-15 jet fighters raced a lunar eclipse...

A trio of F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets chased the moon’s shadow across the Earth during the January 2018 lunar eclipse. The jets, taking off from northern Idaho, stayed in the moon’s shadow for three minutes. The speed of the Moon, and the speed of the rotation of the Earth, meant the planes really had to shovel to stay within the darkness created by the eclipse...

How the director of ‘The Exorcist’ discovered the reality of demonic possession...

Sometimes the best opportunities result from a mix of asking and having things fall into your lap. So it was for William Friedkin, who directed “The Exorcist” 45 years ago and thought he was through with the subgenre he helped create. Then came his documentary on exorcism, “The Devil and Father Amorth.” “It was a complete accident...

Watch a US Navy submarine smash through polar ice like it's nothing...

A tense new video shows what it’s like in the control room of a seven thousand ton nuclear-powered attack submarine as it breaks through a layer of polar ice. The USS Hartford surfaced in the Beaufort Sea, north of the Canadian mainland, to participate in the U.S. Military’s ICEX 2018 exercise.

As nuns lead fight against trafficking, governments say they're listening...

Though a sprawling network of Catholic activists, usually featuring determined members of women’s religious orders, are helping to lead today’s social and humanitarian crusade against human trafficking and modern-day slavery, they know they need the unique resources and powers of governments to turn the tide. A Rome summit on consumerism on Wednesday suggested that at least some governments around the world are listening...