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St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks...

When I was in elementary school, my parents splurged on a membership to the Catholic Youth Book Club. I was an avid reader, and we lived quite a distance from the library – so each month I’d thrill to tear open the box which arrived in our mailbox, and to reveal the new hardcover biography of one of the saints. I collected the books on a shelf beside my bed...

Here are the two key chapters of the draft on the Vatican curia reform...

Last July 8 Pope Francis previewed another fragment of what will be the future Vatican curia, once its new configuration definitively goes into effect. He appointed six nuns, all superiors general of their respective orders, among the members of the congregation for religious, breaking with the practice that did not allow women to be part of the curial congregations...

What can Pope Francis learn from Eastern Churches?

The meeting of Pope Francis and the Synod and metropolitan bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has been labeled as “a new methodology” in the final release by the Holy See Press Office. Speaking with ACI Stampa, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the UGCC, underscored that this new methodology consisted in the meeting with all the representatives of the Church together...

When theology must fall silent: A reflection on a teaching from St. Bonaventure...

Saints sometimes say daring things. Today, on the feast of St. Bonaventure I’d like to reflect on a saying by him. First, though, let’s consider a certain idiom he used, drawn from biblical times. In Scripture there is an “absolute” way of speaking that many of us moderns misconstrue. For example, Jesus says, For I desire mercy not sacrifice...

Apollo 11 as told by the astronauts’ heart rates...

Two men were about to land on the moon, and Mission Control in Houston was thrumming with tension. In the science operations room, Gerald Schaber, a geologist, needed something to do while he waited for the lunar module to touch down. Schaber had come from northern Arizona, where engineers had warped the desert with dynamite to make a cratered landscape where the astronauts could train...

Colombian bishop uses holy water and a fire truck to ‘drive out the Devil’...

A Colombian bishop’s determination to exorcise a violent, crime-ridden city in his diocese by pouring holy water from the air, was executed instead by a fire engine. As reported by La República, Bishop Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya said, “We want to surround Buenaventura and pour holy water so that God’s blessings come and free us from all the evil that is in our lives...

Dominicans elect 88th Master General of the Order...

On July 13, 2019, the Order of Preachers welcomed the 87th successor of St. Dominic de Guzman, in the person of Fr. Gerard Francisco Parco Timoner III, O.P., a son of the Dominican Province of the Philippines and first Asian Master of the Order. The ceremonies took place in line with the Elective General Chapter currently being held in Bien Hoa in Vietnam...

Italian Cardinal Paolo Sardi Dies at Age 84

By Hannah Brockhaus/CNA | VATICAN CITY - Cardinal Paolo Sardi, who served under five popes, died Saturday at Gemelli Hospital in Rome after a short illness. The 84-year-old Piemontese cardinal...

Chile Ends Statute of Limitations for Sex Crimes with Underage Victims

By Catholic News Agency | SANTIAGO - Chile has removed the statute of limitation on sex crimes against children and adolescents, though the new law is not retroactive. The move comes in the wake...

Educators Need More than ‘Male and Female He Created Them’

By Patrick Reilly | So, the Vatican has reasserted one of the most basic facts of Christian anthropology: “Male and female He created them.” Now what? Catholic educators will need a whole lot more, if they are to withstand the...