• Catholic lay leader receives award from European rabbis for fighting anti-Semitism

    Zelda Caldwell Andrea Riccardi, the founder of the Catholic lay association Sant’Egidio, was today awarded the Moshe Rosen Award by the Conference of European Rabbis. The award recognizes the efforts of “non-Jews who promote dialogue, understanding and tolerance to ensure a Jewish future... Read more
  • What Makes a Pope “Great?”

    Church historians generally recognize two popes with the title “the Great”: St. Leo I (r. 440–461) and St. Gregory I (590–604). Some Catholic historians add St. Nicholas I (858–867). Pope St. John Paul II’s recent canonization was cause for discussion over whether he, too,... Read more
  • Polish bishops open beatification process for parents of St John Paul II

    The Polish bishops’ conference has agreed to begin the canonization process for the parents of Saint John Paul II. The Polish episcopate made the announcement Oct. 10, setting in motion the first steps for the beatification of John Paul II’s father, Karol Wojtyla, and mother, Emilia nee... Read more
  • Lepanto, the Poles, Islam, and Our Lady

    Not many countries have their own names in Turkish. We usually use an adaptation of the French word, like Ingiltere for England, or Almanya for Germany. But the Polish had been a pebble in the shoe of the Ottoman Empire for so long that they earned their own word. Leh for the Pole, and Lehistan... Read more
  • The Greatest Mass Murderer in History Turns 70

    This week, the Chinese Communist Party commemorates 70 years of brutal, totalitarian repression of the suffering people of China.   It is fitting that the CCP has celebrated its big day October 1 with a massive military display, including the unveiling of the “Dongfeng-17,” a new,... Read more
  • Catholic Mythbusters: Could a large ship really be built from all the relics of the True Cross?

    September 14 is known as the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and celebrates the glory of the cross of Christ by which we have been saved. It is also a day that commemorates the “Finding of the True Cross” by Saint Helena (Constantine’s mother) in the year 326. Historically, the... Read more
  • Cries that pierced the Iron Curtain: Archbishop Tamkevicius and the Church in Lithuania

    Author’s note: After the Sunday Angelus on September 1st, Pope Francis announced that he will create 13 new Cardinals at a consistory to be held on October 5th. Ten of the Cardinal-elects are of voting age in the next conclave. But Pope Francis named three Cardinals beyond the... Read more
  • Cross that survived atomic bombing of Nagasaki returned

    An Ohio college is returning to Nagasaki's Immaculate Conception Cathedral a wooden cross that was recovered from the cathedral's remains after the Aug. 9, 1945 atomic strike on the city. Dr. Tanya Maus, director of Wilmington College's Peace Resource Center, planned to return the cross Aug.... Read more
  • Commission on Unalienable Rights Much Needed

    Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights: One of the best gifts to emerge from the Trump administration is the creation of the State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights. It is a tribute to Secretary of State Mike... Read more
  • Nazi Propaganda in the Holocaust

    Propaganda tries to force a doctrine on the whole people… Propaganda works on the general public from the standpoint of an idea and makes them ripe for the victory of this idea.” Adolf Hitler wrote these words in his book Mein Kampf (1926), in which he first advocated the use of propaganda... Read more