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‘Jeopardy!’ contestant nearly brings Alex Trebek to tears with Final Jeopardy message...

The day Dhruv Gaur's "Jeopardy!" episode taped was also the day it was announced that beloved host Alex Trebek would be undergoing another round of chemotherapy for his pancreatic cancer. So when Gaur found himself sitting well behind the pack going into Final Jeopardy, he decided to use his answer to send a message to Trebek...

Pope Francis will publish results of Vatican’s McCarrick investigation by early 2020, Cardinal O’Malley reveals...

The results of the Vatican’s investigation of Theodore McCarrick should be published by early 2020, Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston told U.S. bishops on Monday. “The intention is to publish the Holy See’s response soon, if not before Christmas, soon in the new year,” Cardinal O’Malley said on Monday afternoon Cardinal O’Malley presented a brief update on the status of the Vatican’s McCarrick investigation during the annual fall meeting of the U...

Pondering our judgment, one of the Four Last Things...

There is a distinction to be made between our personal judgment and the general judgment of the whole world. In the general judgment, God’s truth and justice will be made manifest; all those who have loved evil will be seen by all for who and what they were. Further, every evil and foolish philosophy will be seen for the darkness it is...

On opening day of the USCCB meeting, more questions than answers...

A hundred years since the bishops of the United States – freshly gathered into an episcopal conference – made their first collective strike on the national stage with a sweeping Program of Social Reconstruction, the bench has returned to its cradle in this Premier See with a considerably less ambitious agenda, but the specter of history still hanging over the place...

Pope Francis’ nuncio admonishes U.S. bishops: “The pastoral thrust of this pontificate must reach the American people”...

The Apostolic Nuncio to the United States told the nation’s bishops that their commitment to evangelization is the measure of their communion with Pope Francis. Archbishop Christoph Pierre addressed the bishops during the opening session of the USCCB general assembly in Baltimore Monday morning. Pierre told the bishops Nov. 11 that he would propose “some topics for reflection” which he hoped would inform the conference sessions...

A taste test, and a question: Does eating fake meat (like the Impossible Burger) violate Friday abstinence law?

Food trends come and go, and the trend du jour is plant-based “meat” that is partially made in a laboratory. Many vegans and vegetarians have rejoiced at the growing popularity and relative mainstream success of both the “Beyond” and “Impossible” brands, and there is a growing claim that eschewing meat choices in favor of these new products is a more ethical choice for consumers...

How to love others better than you do...

The people that had to talk, they bothered me. My sister was dying, and later died, of a cancer that created hundreds and hundreds of tumors in her spine and long bones. She suffered continuous, deep, aching pain. I could barely keep control of my feelings, and they forced me to paste on that pained fake smile, the one you have to wear when good people try to help you...

Does the Pope’s nuncio hope to silence questions from American bishops?

“The pastoral thrust of this pontificate must reach the American people,” Archbishop Christoph Pierre said today in his address to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Believe me, the impact of this pontificate has reached the American people—but not in the way the apostolic nuncio has in mind. When the US bishops met in Baltimore one year ago...

Angels, knights, and midichlorians — A look back at ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’...

There comes a time in every Star Wars fan’s life when he is confronted by the reality that the franchise isn’t quite geared towards audience members above a certain age. For those who, like me, were members of the ideal demographic target group for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace upon its release in 1999, that reality may hit a little harder than for fans whose childhoods unfolded during the heyday of the timeless original trilogy...

Cardinal Burke to Ross Douthat: “I’m called the enemy of the Pope, which I am not”...

In mid-October, while the Catholic Church’s internal debates were reaching another crescendo at a synod for the Amazon region held in Rome, I sat down with Cardinal Raymond Burke, best known as Pope Francis’s most vocal critic in the church’s hierarchy. Our conversations, which continued last week, covered Burke’s role in Francis-era debates about Catholic moral teaching...