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The extraordinary friendship of Rev. Billy Graham and Pope John Paul II...

Evangelical Protestant preacher the Rev. Billy Graham passed away today at the age of 99. He preached Jesus Christ in-person to hundreds of millions of people in nearly every country in the world. He fought for Civil Rights and against Communism. He befriended every U.S. president from Eisenhower to Obama. And he was a friend of Catholics...

Pope issues new message to youth: ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God’...

World Youth Day 2018 represents another step in preparation for the international WYD due to take place in Panama in January 2019. This new stage of our pilgrimage falls in the same year that the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will meet on the theme: Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. This is a happy coincidence...

Saint Polycarp was one degree of separation from Jesus...

How many people today have left the Church because they deem the Bible incongruent, mythological and unscientific? This falling away is usually undergirded, whether knowingly or unknowingly, by assumptions made in critical historical and textual analysis of the Bible. Modern scholars have sought over the past couple of centuries to deconstruct the Bible by weeding out prophecies...

Things to come: Faith, state and society in a new world...

We live in complicated times. It’s easy to be angry and distressed. Earlier this month a friend sent me an email with a message of exactly four syllables: “Worse is better.” He was quoting a famous line from Vladimir Lenin. And his message did have some merit. The worse things get, the more painful they become. The more painful they become...

Cardinal Sarah says Communion in the hand part of ‘diabolical attack,’ calls for Communion on the tongue while kneeling...

A combination of factors has lead to erosion of understanding of the Eucharist and reverence for the Eucharist. Included in these factors is a near universal insistence that everyone go to Communion at every Mass and, of course, lay ministers of the Communion because numbers of people going are up, and, above all, Communion in the hand...

One of the more underreported sins is greed...

One of the more underreported sins is greed. It is easy to conclude that greed is something manifested by “that other person,” who has more than I do. Yes, that rich guy over there, the one who earns a dollar more per hour than I do; he’s greedy, but I’m not. Honestly, does any one of us ever come to a point in our life when we say...

Bishop Paprocki: Pro-abortion Sen. Durbin “is not to be admitted to Holy Communion until he repents”...

I agree completely with His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, who called the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act “appalling.” Fourteen Catholic senators voted against the bill that would have prohibited abortions starting at 20 weeks after fertilization...

Classical music’s divorce from God has been one of the great failures of our times...

Reverend Jonathan Arnold, dean of divinity at Magdalen college, Oxford, has written about the “seeming paradox that, in today’s so-called secular society, sacred choral music is as powerful, compelling and popular as it has ever been”. But is this a paradox? Arguably the power of this music derives from having been written by supremely talented...

A real-world comparison between Apple Maps, Google Maps and Waze...

In early 2017, a conversation with yet another Waze fanboy finally nudged me to start a navigation app experiment. I was skeptical that the Alphabet owned company could meaningfully best its parent’s home grown Google Maps. I was also curious whether Apple Maps had discovered competence since its iOS 6 release. I thus set out to answer three questions: Which navigation app estimates the shortest travel time...

Matt Meeks, former Warner Bros. exec, is making digital media work for the Church...

About a year-and-a-half ago, I interviewed Matt Meeks, chief digital and marketing officer for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, for an article on the transformation of the archdiocese’s media outreach. During that discussion, some interesting personal details came out, such as Meeks’ former job at Warner Brothers and his time spent discerning the priesthood...