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Vatican denies risk of default over structural deficit


Whatever you think the destruction of those statues was, it wasn’t a “stunt”...
Edward Peters
A few days ago men removed some female figurines (centerpieces for several weird ceremonies in Rome the last few weeks) from a church and tossed them into the Tiber River. Vatican spokesman Paolo Ruffini dismissed the act as a “stunt.” Regardless of how one assess this act, however, I think it not accurate to describe it as a mere “stunt...


Abortion legalized in Northern Ireland, after deadlock in devolved legislature...


A rare and fascinating interview with Archduke Rudolf of Austria, head of the legendary Habsburg family...
Victor Gaetan
Archduke Rudolf of Austria, 69, is a very busy man. Having worked in the financial sector for decades, he now concentrates on holiness: promoting the cause for beatification of his grandmother, Servant of God Zita, the last empress of Austria; monitoring progress toward sainthood of his grandfather, Blessed Charles I (or Karl), the last emperor of Austria and the last king of Hungary (who reigned from Nov...


Ironic collision of two Sunday stories raises question of what a “poor Church” means...


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...


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


6 things every Christian should know about prayer...


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...

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Facing fresh charges of financial scandal, all the Pope’s men strike back...
John Allen
Back in 2009, a frenzy broke out around the then-editor of the newspaper of the Italian bishops, a layman named Dino Boffo, with lurid media accounts first of his alleged homosexual misconduct, and then, when the charges turned out to be bogus, speculation about who’d set him up. Many theorized a complex plot involving the Vatican’s Secretary of State...


Yes, Russian interests in Syria are political, but there are centuries of religious ties as well...
Terry Mattingly
As a rule, the foreign desk of The New York Times does high-quality work when covering religious stories that are clearly defined as religion stories, frequently drawing praise here at GetReligion. However, when an international story is defined in political terms — such as Donald Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish communities in northern Syria — editors at the Times tend to miss the religion “ghosts” (to use a familiar GetReligion term) that haunt this kind of news...


What I saw while serving on a Grand Jury...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In yesterday’s post, I wrote about my experience serving on a grand jury, describing in particular the darkness we jurors had to face each day as we listened to testimony about and video of some horrible crimes. In today’s piece, I’d like to point out some light I saw in the midst of that darkness, some positive elements of my experience...


The radical equality of Christianity...


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...


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...


‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ doesn’t live up to its title...


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