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Minnesota Bishop Retires Early While Seeking Health Treatment

By Catholic News Agency | VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has accepted the early resignation of Bishop John LeVoir, who has led the Minnesota diocese of New Ulm since 2008, and took a leave from his...

9 quotes on work from Saint Josemaría Escrivá...

This has to be one of the worst times in US history to be searching for a job. I am not trying to be overdramatic when I say that, however, trying to find work in this economy has been rough! Everyone I speak to says the same thing and feels for me as I have been searching for a new job. It’s been four months since I have worked a full-time job, however, job searching has kept me pretty busy. If you have ever sought out work before, you know that finding a job is a full-time job in and of itself.

Firebomb attack damages chapel, centuries-old image of Christ at Managua’s cathedral...

An unidentified man threw a firebomb into a chapel of Managua’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, severely damaging the chapel and a devotional image of Christ more than three centuries old.

Brandon McGinley: Hope for Catholic reconciliation and restoration...

In the parable of the Prodigal Son, “I think about the triumphant return, not the living in the pigsty,” said Brandon McGinley, speaker and author of books, including ‘The Prodigal Church: Restoring Catholic Tradition in an Age of Deception,’ just published.

Can you guess which door the ball will hit in these machine puzzles?

I challenge you to these six machine puzzles. Guess which door the ball will go through by imagining how the machine will run. I bet no one can get all six correct!

The mysterious life of birds who never come down...

I found a dead common swift once, a husk of a bird under a bridge over the River Thames, where sunlight from the water cast bright scribbles on the arches above. I picked it up, held it in my palm, saw the dust in its feathers, its wings crossed like dull blades, its eyes tightly closed, and realized that I didn’t know what to do. This was a surprise...

How one Jehovah’s Witness came to see Catholic Church authority in God’s light...

As a Jehovah’s Witness, Cary Dabney was familiar with the idea of being obedient to a governing authority that determined truth and taught authoritatively. But because of the Jehovah’s Witness emphasis on end-times prophecy, Cary felt like the foundation of that authority kept shifting every time it got a prophecy wrong, and it left him unsettled.

This Sunday, the miracle God keeps doing every day...

This Sunday, the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we hear the “live-action version” of Jesus’s parables when he performs a miracle so significant that all four of the Gospel writers, including John, tell the tale. When you consider what the story entails about how Jesus acts in our lives — and how we act in his — it’s no wonder the memory of this historic day was so cherished. In one way the “multiplication” of the loaves is the wrong name for what Jesus does.

The Vatican should not allow itself to be played by the communist Chinese...

In October 1997, as Pope John Paul II prepared for a historic visit to Fidel Castro’s Cuba, a once devoutly Catholic country that communists had subjected to a nasty war on religion, Vatican aides found a hidden microphone in the parish house where the Pope was scheduled to stay. The Vatican team made the discovery once it had gone ahead to Havana to help plan for the pontiff’s Jan. 21-25, 1998, visit.

It’s easier to wear slippers than to carpet the whole of the Earth.....

We have today the very familiar miracle of the loaves and fishes. One is tempted to say, “Oh that one ... and tune out.” But, if we allow it, the gospel today contains a very personal appeal from the Lord’s lips to your (my) ears: “There is no need to dismiss the crowds, give them some food yourself.” Immediately all the objections swim through our minds, but be still, and let us allow the Lord to instruct us and apply this Gospel in five stages...