Will Pope Francis meet the Chinese president this week?

Will Pope Francis meet the Chinese president this week?

CNA—As communist Chinese President Xi Jinping travels to Rome this week, there has been much speculation as to whether his trip will also include an unofficial visit with Pope Francis. Ahead of China’s president’s arrival in Italy on March 21, the Associated Press (AP) reported that Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said, “Our…

The Collapse of Our Nation: The Antidote

The Collapse of Our Nation: The Antidote

Beneath the soil of every continent lie buried the ruins of fallen civilizations. The Sumerians, Akkadians, Mayans, Assyrians, Babylonians, Minoans, Romans: all of them, faded memories of past grandeur and glory. History records the collapse of at least thirty-two major civilizations that once thrived and prospered before our time.  No great civilization is built in…

Directors speak of ‘spiritual warfare’ while making pro-life film

Directors speak of ‘spiritual warfare’ while making pro-life film

Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, the writers and co-directors of the upcoming film Unplanned revealed that they prepared for a “spiritual battle” in the hopes that the pro-life film will change hearts and minds through its groundbreaking depiction of the abortion process. “From the beginning, we knew that it would be spiritual battle, spiritual warfare.…

Cardinal DiNardo hospitalized after ‘mild stroke’

Cardinal DiNardo hospitalized after ‘mild stroke’

The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference was hospitalized March 15 after suffering a mild stroke, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, which has been led by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo since 2006. “It is expected that Cardinal DiNardo will remain hospitalized for a few more days of testing and observation, followed by…

Lenten Reflections from a Catholic Business Leader

Lenten Reflections from a Catholic Business Leader

For this article, I’ve been asked to “dig deeper” and to share some of my inner, personal motivations for Lent this year. It’s a challenge I am happy to embrace, even though imperfectly, because throughout my career and even now I have been — and continue to be — inspired by and learn so much…

Mediocrity or Virtue: Our Choice Every Day

Mediocrity or Virtue: Our Choice Every Day

In the history of Christianity, few people spoke more gracefully and truthfully than John Henry Newman. In the nineteenth century, this English teacher and preacher embraced the Faith. And then, with the grace of his conversion, he explained how, throughout history, God’s grace and truth had been sensed, intimated and expressed, even by those who…

BOOK REVIEW: Brother John and the Trappists, a response to a life in which something is missing

BOOK REVIEW: Brother John and the Trappists, a response to a life in which something is missing

A Review of August Turak’s Brother John: A monk, a pilgrim and the purpose of life.   Author August Turak, a successful entrepreneur in the software business, endured a personal crisis that led him to a Trappist Monastery in Charleston, South Carolina. While there, he began a decades-long journey to find the secrets to a life…

Millennial-to-Millennial Evangelization

Millennial-to-Millennial Evangelization

Steve Lewis isn’t a big name. Not even on your radar. He is a missionary.  But you won’t find him on the streets of an inner city or Third World country.  He’s not even a monk!  Yet he’s doing great missionary work in most unlikely of places: YouTube.  A 30-year-old, fully engaged, fully faithful young…

Center of Christianity has a newcomer: Mormons

Center of Christianity has a newcomer: Mormons

If you think every corner of today’s world doesn’t need serious evangelization, think again.  Even in Rome.  Yes.  Rome, the renown center of the Catholic Church and Christianity, and home to some of the most breath-taking Christian art and historical evidence for early Christianity, has a newcomer and its doors just opened for public tours…

Europe Fed-Up:  Migrant Muslim “Welcome Mat” Shut Down in  Austria, Italy and More

Europe Fed-Up: Migrant Muslim “Welcome Mat” Shut Down in Austria, Italy and More

The unrestrained migration of hundreds of thousands of mostly Muslim immigrants into European countries the last few years—most notably in Germany, where German Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed more than a million Syrian refugees to pour into the country’s cities and towns, but also in other European countries—seems to have come to an abrupt about-face.  This…

No Parade for NY Catholic Senator who backed NY abortion law

No Parade for NY Catholic Senator who backed NY abortion law

CNA—Controversy over a New York abortion bill resulted in a rebuke for a state senator who has been disinvited from a Huntington, N.Y. Irish-American Catholic group’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities and asked to resign as a member due to his vote for the legislation. Monsignor Steven R. Camp, chaplain of the Ancient Order of Hibernians’…

Utah school apologizes after student forced to remove Lenten ashes

Utah school apologizes after student forced to remove Lenten ashes

CNA—A school district in Utah has issued an apology after a fourth-grade student was told by a teacher that he must remove the cross from his forehead on Ash Wednesday. William McLeod, a student at Valley View Elementary School in Bountiful, Utah, arrived at school with ashes on his forehead in the shape of a…

Lent can change us, regardless of all else

Lent can change us, regardless of all else

Lent is an invigorating time for truth. The Truth Himself spent forty days in the wilderness combatting the Prince of Lies. He did it as our “champion.” A champion is more than someone who gets his face on a cereal box for having won contests. Go back to the thirteenth century and you will see…

BOOK REVIEW: Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox

BOOK REVIEW: Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox

G.K. Chesterton’s brilliant sketch of the life and thought of Thomas Aquinas is as relevant today as when it was published in 1933. Then it earned the praise of such distinguished writers as Etienne Gilson, Jacques Martain, and Anton Pegis as the best book ever written on the great thirteenth-century Dominican. Today Chesterton’s classic stands…

National Legatus Summit: LEARN, GET DIRECTION, STAND FIRM

National Legatus Summit: LEARN, GET DIRECTION, STAND FIRM

Pat and I recently returned from the annual Legatus Summit in Dana Point, California. For those not familiar with Legatus it is an organization of leading Catholic business men and women from across America who are Ambassadors for Jesus Christ. At the Summit, you hear nationally recognized speakers and learn the current status of things…

BOOK REVIEW: No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy

BOOK REVIEW: No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy

In this 10th Anniversary Edition of No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy,  the Very Reverend Donald Calloway, MIC, provides a compelling account of his journey from darkness to light. His struggles with severe drug and alcohol abuse, “free” sex, gangs, deception and theft take him down a road that seemingly has no return. By…

Interview with Portrait Photographer of Saints Mother Teresa and John Paul II

Interview with Portrait Photographer of Saints Mother Teresa and John Paul II

Renown portrait photographer Michael Collopy, a devout Catholic, is about as humble as you can get. Yet his easy-to-know manner and quick smile belie his extraordinary talent with people and the camera.  The subjects of his work would agree, who include Saint John Paul II and Saint Mother Teresa, as well as Mick Jagger, Bono,…

Editorial:  The Only Way to Break the Walls of Silence about Clergy Sex Abuse is to Name It for What it is

Editorial: The Only Way to Break the Walls of Silence about Clergy Sex Abuse is to Name It for What it is

When you name a thing squarely, it ceases its ability to deceive. It can no longer present itself in your understanding—or that of the public—as anything other than what it truly is. Then, and only then, can one find a genuine solution to any problem caused by that thing. For example, if church leaders were…

In rare letter, Benedict XVI says he’s ‘on pilgrimage home’

In rare letter, Benedict XVI says he’s ‘on pilgrimage home’

CNA—In a rare new letter penned by Benedict XVI, the retired pontiff said he is in the last phase of his life, and while his physical strength might be waning, he is surrounded by a “love and goodness” that he never imagined. “I can only say that at the end of a slow decline in…

EWTN Wins Lawsuit Over HHS Contraception Mandate  11th Circuit Court of Appeals Vacates Lower Court Ruling

EWTN Wins Lawsuit Over HHS Contraception Mandate 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Vacates Lower Court Ruling

Following a  legal battle that has lasted nearly seven years, EWTN Global Catholic Network has prevailed in its lawsuit against the U.S. government over what has become known as the “HHS Contraception Mandate.” In an order by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit published Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, the court vacated a…

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