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Amazon Synod’s controversial carved figures taken from church, thrown into Tiber River


Ironic collision of two Sunday stories raises question of what a “poor Church” means...
John Allen
When James Joyce used the phrase “here comes everybody” to describe the Catholic Church, he wasn’t kidding. The glorious, and also maddening, thing about Catholicism is that it contains both everything and the logical opposite of everything. Two headlines on Crux yesterday make the point anew: “Amazon bishops pledge poverty...


The Amazon Synod and 10 learning points from St. John de Brebeuf...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
The current Amazonian synod is a reminder that the struggles of Catholic missions to indigenous peoples is nothing new. Today is the memorial of St John deBrebeuf and his companions. The Jesuit missionaries to North America endured the most amazing hardships to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to tribal people who were locked in superstition...


What should Sunday Mass look like in a “missional” parish?
Timothy Glemkowski
Full disclosure: I do not want to write this blog. I do not want to write this blog because most people read things on the Internet, not to seek genuine dialogue in pursuit of the Truth, but to see which ideological camp you fit in and whether, based on that designation, they can applaud or discredit you off-handedly. I also do not want to write this blog because liturgy conversations online are a hornet’s nest and...


Where do Communion hosts come from?


Vatican II’s forgotten apostle of the poor stages comeback at Amazon synod...


The real reason why planes don’t fly over the Himalayas...


Leaked documents detail $200 million Vatican deal for swanky London property...


On imperfection, as seen in an animation...


The little-known ‘slow fire’ that’s destroying all our books...


Missionaries who have “dis-evangelized” the Amazon: Stats from a Church reduced by half...
Sandro Magister
At the press conference on Monday, October 14 Paolo Ruffini, prefect of the Vatican dicastery for communication, was asked why updated statistical data have not been released on the religious affiliation of inhabitants of the Amazon, seeing the impetuous growth of the Evangelical and Pentecostal Churches, at the expense of the Catholic Church...


The Blessed Virgin Mary can help you in your mental prayer...


The Pachamama or the Virgin: which does the Synod revere?
Phil Lawler
Questioned about the Pachamama icon that has become the most visible symbol of the Amazon Synod, Father Giacomo Costa told reporters that it was an image of “an indigenous woman who brings life.” The Synod spokesman added: “Nobody said it was the Virgin Mary.” I beg to differ. Browsing the internet during the past week...


Are you tormented by scrupulosity? Be at peace. Intellectual conversion is a huge step toward overcoming it...
John Clark
In the 1957 movie, “12 Angry Men,” a dozen jurors are assembled for the purpose of determining whether a boy, accused with the murder of his father, is guilty of the alleged crime. The first ballot, though one-sided, lacks the required unanimity to convict: 11 guilty; 1 not guilty. And so, the arguments begin. Juror no...


‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ doesn’t live up to its title...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
It’s tempting to suppose that Maleficent: Mistress of Evil opening in the wake of Columbus Day isn’t a coincidence. Each year Columbus Day brings another round of controversy pitting what was originally intended as a way to validate Italian American and Catholic identity against increasing resistance to celebrating a pivotal figure in a thorny story marked by slavery...


St. John Henry Newman and the scandal of Catholic classical education...


Brazilian bishop: Yes, Amazon people can understand celibacy...


How can a star be older than the universe?

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Why did Marvel Comics create a biography of St. John Paul II’s life in 1982?
Philip Kosloski
Here is the story behind the remarkable comic book that has captivated millions since its first publication. The story is recounted on the final page of the printed issue. Here is a brief summary, along with some added details. John Paul II was on a tour of the Pacific in 1981 and spent 3 days in Japan, February 24-26. During that visit he had several major appearances in a country that has a very small Catholic minority...


Santa Muerta, don’t pray for us...
Sean Fitzpatrick
When godlessness reigns, it’s not surprising to see false gods rise in response to the human hunger for spiritual fulfillment. It is surprising, however, to see people turn to death to fulfill their lives. In recent decades, a cult has risen out of Mexico with an unholy rival to the Virgin of Guadalupe: Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte—Our Lady of Holy Death...


6 things every Christian should know about prayer...
Msgr. Charles Pope
This Sunday’s readings speak to us of the power of persistent prayer. The first reading (Exodus 17:8-13) in particular depicts prayer quite powerfully. In it, we can discern six fundamental teachings on prayer. None of us like problems, but one good thing about them is that they help to keep us praying. Israel was at war and her enemies were strong; it was time to pray...


Presumption and anxiety can lead to disaster. Only trust in the Lord can help you endure a storm of destruction...
Anthony Lilles
There are periods of prayer that must endure "storms of destruction" (Psalm 57:1). These storms can be exterior events - whether meteorological or else political, sometimes familial. Currently, it seems we are in the midst of an ecclesial storm. There are also internal storms. There are tempests of temptation that, if you ever timed them...


The secret to Sriracha hot sauce’s success...


How an Amazon pagan rite brought 48 years of demonic torment, until Jesus Christ and His Church freed me...


The Art of Manliness: How to open a can without an opener...


A million people are jailed at China’s gulags. I managed to escape. Here’s what really goes on inside...


This genius trick will change how you fry eggs...


In the Synod debate over married priests, is the Rhine flowing into the Amazon?


10 things to know and share about St. Luke...
Jimmy Akin
Oct. 18 is the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist. Who was he and what do we know about him? Here are 10 things to know and share. First, who was St. Luke? St. Luke is mentioned by name in three passages of Scripture: In Colossians 4:14, St. Paul writes: “Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you.” In 2 Timothy 4:11, Paul writes: “Luke alone is with me...


Pro-Abortion Ford Foundation identified as major funder of key organizations behind Amazon Synod...
Edward Pentin
A missionary council for indigenous peoples run by the Brazilian bishops’ conference has received almost $2 million from the pro-abortion Ford Foundation since 2006, a Brazilian journalist has revealed. Bernardo Küster, who publishes largely through YouTube and on the website OsLeigos.com, said two other organizations participating in the synod have also received funding from the foundation...


“I asked thousands of biologists when life begins. The answer wasn’t popular...”...


What is the wrath of God?


St. Thérèse of Lisieux and the renewal of missionary zeal...


10 great infographics by XKCD’s Randall Munroe...


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