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Homily at Mass of Canonization of Sts. Paul VI, Óscar Romero and 5 Others...

The second reading tells us that “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword. It really is: God’s word is not merely a set of truths or an edifying spiritual account; no – it is a living word that touches our lives, that transforms our lives. There, Jesus in person, the living Word of God, speaks to our hearts...

Pot activists say “Jesus performed miracles with cannabis oil.” What are these people smoking?

Watch out for all the old heresies and new "weeds" that are constantly popping back up. But this one is just ... it's a whole new level of crazy. And I recently interviewed Dr. John Bergsma to show you just how crazy. Marijuana activists are now trying to tie Jesus to cannabis oil. Pot proponents are arguing that Jesus was actually an early advocate of cannabis oil...

3 lessons the Synod might draw from John Paul II, the greatest papal youth minister in modern history...

Pole that he was, Karol Wojtyła had a well developed sense of historical irony. So from his present position in the Communion of Saints, he might be struck by the ironic fact that the Synod on “Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment,” currently underway in Rome, coincides with the fortieth anniversary of his election as Pope John Paul II on October 16...

Archbishop Chaput is right: Our culture is frozen in a kind of moral adolescence...

I would like to argue that our modern culture seems to manifest many fixations that are typical of the teenage years. In fact, one way to describe our modern culture is to see it as developmentally like that of a teenager. Such a situation presents rather serious problems in terms of facing life with the necessary sobriety, seriousness...

Exorcist and Catholics respond to curse against Kavanaugh...

Catholics and exorcists are responding to the news that a curse on the newest U.S. Supreme Court Justice is planned for Saturday Oct. 20 at Catland Books, a “metaphysical boutique and occult bookshop” in Brooklyn, New York. He will be the main focus, at the “Ritual to Hex Brett Kavanaugh” but others will also be targeted...

Was this obscure 170-year-old Polish poem a prophecy about John Paul II?

On October 16, 1978, the Cardinals of the Catholic Church gathered in the Sistine Chapel and elected the first non-Italian Pope in 455 years. Many people know him as Karol Wojtyla but the world knows him now as Pope Saint John Paul II. He is my hero and the reason I do things I do today. I don’t remember his election like I remember his successors since I was only 4 years old...

In the midst of life, and so much death, yet we’re anything but helpless...

The young bank teller clearly spoke English as a second language, and compliments me on “your verdant white hair.” I thank him and as we talk, tell him it started turning white early. “That is genitally caused, I think,” he said. Last week’s trip to New York City wasn’t always so amusing. On the train there, an elderly couple across the aisle and one row behind me kept getting phone calls from their kids...

What the Dead Sea Scrolls tell us about the surprising reliability of oral tradition...

It all started with a stray goat. On an otherwise nondescript day in the spring of 1947, a young Bedouin boy searched for a goat that had strayed from his flock just northwest of the Dead Sea. While he was looking, Muhammed the Wolf, as the boy was known, noticed a series of small caves in the limestone cliff above him. Thinking his goat may have gone into one of those caves...

Busy bees take a break during total solar eclipses...

On August 21, 2017, people across North America from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic seaboard paused their normal routines to experience a total solar eclipse. And so did the bees.

The bishops who’ve never seen their dioceses...

Thala in Tunisia is not a remarkable city by any means. Nestled in the mountains, the North African country’s highest town – and its almost entirely Muslim population – was probably unaware that Pope Francis had a particular interest in the settlement. In 2016, he even went so far as to appoint the then 45-year-old priest Richard Umbers as Thala’s bishop...