• US House says Armenian mass killing was genocide

    The US House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly in favour of recognising the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War One as a genocide. The issue is highly sensitive and comes amid deteriorating US-Turkey relations. Presidential hopeful Joe Biden said the vote... Read more
  • Dead Theologians Society: The ‘memento mori’ youth group

    Denver, Colo., Oct 28, 2019 / 03:12 pm (CNA).- When Eddie Cotter Jr. was a youth minister in the diocese of Orlando, Florida, he had his students watch the 1989 film “Dead Poets Society.” The movie stars the late and widely beloved Robin Williams, who plays an eccentric and unorthodox... Read more
  • Pray for a Miracle — An Initial Reaction to the Close of the Synod

    I, like many of you, feel overwhelmed by the events of the past month in Rome. Many an evening, late into the night, I have come before the Lord in the rectory chapel in lament for the confusion and chaos in the Church, the Lord’s beautiful bride and our mother. Oftentimes too in the fourth... Read more
  • Bill Barr’s speech and the problem with generic religion

    On October 11, Attorney General William Barr delivered a powerful speech on religious freedom at the University of Notre Dame. The Attorney General detailed the many ways in which the State has taken sides with various anti-religious pressure groups not only to curtail religious freedom, but to... Read more
  • The Divine Mercy Biopic, featuring St. Faustina

      Although she probably never envisioned it, Faustina Kowalska (Kamila Kaminska) is one of greatest saints of the 20th century. This simple nun became the instrument to bring the endless mercy of God to a century ravaged by countless horrors. Love and Mercy: Faustina brilliantly uses the... Read more
  • Taiwanese authorities to Vatican: China deal not helping Catholics on the ground

    TAIPEI - A year after the Vatican made its secret agreement with China on the appointment of bishops, top Taiwanese officials have expressed doubt that the deal is making a difference for Catholics on the ground, and voiced hope that the Holy See would not drop Taipei in favor of... Read more
  • Newman’s Three Ideas of a University

    The basic idea of John Henry Newman’s great work, The Idea of a University, is one of those brilliant arguments that take your breath away for its simplicity and power.   A university, he says, as its name implies, is a place of universal learning.  Therefore, an institution that failed... Read more
  • A Million People Are Jailed at China’s Gulags. I Managed to Escape. Here’s What Really Goes on Inside

    STOCKHOLM – Twenty prisoners live in one small room. They are handcuffed, their heads shaved, every move is monitored by ceiling cameras. A bucket in the corner of the room is their toilet. The daily routine begins at 6 A.M. They are learning Chinese, memorizing propaganda songs and confessing... Read more
  • Biden reportedly denied communion at SC parish

    A South Carolina Catholic priest reportedly denied Holy Communion to  presidential candidate Joe Biden on Sunday, because of the candidate’s support for legal abortion. Fr. Robert Morey, pastor of St. Anthony Catholic Church in the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina, reportedly denied... Read more
  • In war-torn South Sudan, a Catholic missionary priest offers hope

    The Catholic Church is observing October 2019 as an Extraordinary Missionary Month. The missionary work of the Church is often performed under difficult conditions: in the midst of persecution, poverty and war. This is also true for South Sudan. Hundreds of thousands of casualties, millions... Read more