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Goodbye (Hotel) Columbus — hello to Bill Gates’ Four Seasons chain?

The Order of the Holy Sepulchre has said it is still considering which company to choose to run a hotel in a renaissance-era building it owns just outside St. Peter’s Square, casting doubts over Italian media reports that it had decided to give the contract to a luxury hotel chain majority-owned by the American billionaire Bill Gates...

Why Washington’s Rainier is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the United States...

A question I get asked a lot (and I mean a lot) is what I think the most dangerous volcano in the United States might be. Now, that is a loaded question in more ways than one. Even defining what we mean by "dangerous" is fraught with peril. Is a volcano more dangerous if it erupts frequently but smaller eruptions? Or maybe it only has infrequent large blasts and happens to be near a populated area...

Archbishop Cordileone teaches Pelosi and the world: If abortion is not wrong, then nothing is wrong...

When Lady Astor first went to the Soviet Union back in 1931 in the hope of meeting Josef Stalin, she committed a cardinal breach of protocol by asking the dictator, “When are you going to stop killing people?” A perilous question, one would think, to put to someone who already had enough blood on his hands to rival Attila the Hun...

The reactions to Cardinal Zen’s arrest were notable — and for different reasons...

In the 10 days since Cardinal Joseph Zen was arrested in Hong Kong, interrogated for hours and then released on bail, pending charges, there have been a variety of reactions — on the global scale and my own. The Holy See Press Office noted the arrest of Cardinal Zen with “extreme attention.” The secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin...

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Communion Ban: 5 Key Takeaways...

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has formally barred Speaker Nancy Pelosi from receiving Holy Communion “until such time as you publically [sic] repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance.” His decision was communicated not only via a direct letter to Speaker Pelosi...

San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone Bars Nancy Pelosi From Receiving Communion Over Her ‘Advocacy for the Legitimacy of Abortion’...

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced on Friday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should not be admitted to Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, nor should she present herself to receive the Eucharist, until she publicly repudiates her support for abortion.

Prominent German Priest Andreas Sturm Becomes Latest to Leave Church to Join Liberal ‘Old Catholics’...

A senior German priest has announced that he is no longer Catholic, citing his disappointment over a lack of “reforms” in the Church and admitting to having broken his promise of celibacy. Andreas Sturm, the former vicar general of the Diocese of Speyer in southwestern Germany, made the announcement on May 13, reported CNA Deutsch...

Do not underestimate a person’s need for spiritual healing when proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ...

The sincerity of his eyes offered a striking glimpse into the pain he had endured as a child. Left with spiritual scars and wounds that can only be described as demoralizing to any child who experiences a life of abuse regardless of the matter and form, there was still much left to address after I first met this particular gentleman...

What feminism got wrong — and how to make it right...

For so long, the feminist movement has pitted men and women against each other, instead of allowing men and women to naturally complement each other — and encouraging them to work together to solve challenges [facing] families, individuals and societies. Women and girls, in particular, have been a focus of the feminist movement for the past few decades and so we've got this girl-boss...

Take a lesson from the early Christians: It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God...

The first reading from Sunday Mass this week (5th Sunday of Easter) is very Catholic, and it’s too informative to just pass by. It presents a Church as rather highly organized and possessed of some the structures we know today in full form. Granted, some of these structures are in seminal (seed) form, but the are there. One can detect qualities of the original kerygma that are at variance with what some modern thinkers declare should be the methodology of the Church...