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How to stay human while arguing on social media...

Like many Catholics, I spend a lot of time on social media. Some of this is for my job: I need to find out what people are talking about. Some of this is for my own entertainment: I want to know what’s up. Some of this is for my own sanity: I need to talk to someone who is not a toddler or a kitten or a parakeet. And some of this ...

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...

The Eucharistic miracle of Sokolka: The host seems to be tissue from the heart of a dying man...

Every day, on the altars of Catholic churches around the world, the greatest miracle possible takes place: the transformation of bread and wine into the true Body and Blood of Christ. Nonetheless, when we receive Communion, we can only touch its true nature with our faith, because our senses only perceive bread and wine, physically unaltered by the consecration...

‘Tied in Knots’ is a book we all need...

Peace is something I am always seeking. Every.single.day. And...I don’t think I’m alone in that. I’ve been reading a lot of the news lately, curating content for work I do. It’s been years since I paid close attention to the news headlines (and wow, the peace that inserted in my life was HUGE!), and I’ve found myself praying a lot more...

Fr. Stanley Rother becomes first US-born martyr to be beatified...

Fr Stanley Rother’s distant cousins from Minnesota planned to be in the crowd attending the beatification ceremony of the martyred priest in Oklahoma City. “We’re all very proud,” Lee Rother said of his third cousin’s upcoming beatification, adding that he feels special that his family has a saint who can intercede for them and now the whole world...

An overview of the financial and sexual scandal in Guam's Archdiocese of Agaña ...

Corruption, vendettas, lobbies, financial scandals, and sexual abuses. Everything seems to intertwine in Guam, the largest island of the Mariana Archipelago in the Western Pacific Ocean, most recently under the international spotlight because of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s threats to bomb the island’s US military bases...

In Vatican trial, witness calls spending on Cardinal Bertone's apartment 'anomalous'...

In the latest hearing on Friday of the Vatican’s first-ever trial for financial crimes, an official of the Government of the Vatican City State testified that a remodeling project for the private Vatican apartment of Italian Cardinal Tarcisio bypassed the normal bidding process, and was “singular” and “anomalous.” That remodeling project is at the heart of the case...

I must confess: Building a habit of the Sacrament of Reconciliation...

When I was a Catholic kid growing up, like most Catholic kids I’ve ever known, I hated going to confession. I hated the sinking feeling in my stomach as I stood in line, palms sweating and heart speeding up as each penitent in line ahead of me disappeared behind the door with the red light overhead. I hated coming up with a list of things I was ashamed of and having to whisper them aloud to another human being...

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...

Emergency telegraphs: Inside America's historic fire and police call boxes...

Before 911 (or even household telephones), roughly 500 American cities relied on specialized call boxes tied into police and fire stations for everything from officer check-ins to emergency reports. In many places, these have been abandoned or adapted to new uses, but some still serve their centuries-old function in modern metropolises...