• C. S. Lewis on the Coronavirus

    It’s now clear that COVID-19 is a deadly serious global pandemic, and all necessary precautions should be taken. Still, C. S. Lewis’s words—written 72 years ago—ring with some relevance for us. Just replace “atomic bomb” with “coronavirus.” In one way we think a... Read more
  • Pius XII Archives Offer More Than the Pontificate’s War Record

    The Vatican today opened archives relating to Pope Pius XII’s pontificate, and as historians and researchers begin to scour some 2 million documents for information, most attention will be paid to what they reveal about Pius’ actions and attitudes toward the Jews and the Nazis during the... Read more
  • The Mass on Mount Suribachi

    After the American flag raising in Iwo Jima, a Mass occurred in the top of the Mount Suribachi which encouraged the soldiers to proceed with the battle. The famous photo entitled Raising the flag on Iwo Jima recorded the moment when the Marines conquered, on February 23, 1945, the... Read more
  • Bringing the Blessed Sacrament to the Battlefield

    For years, the Lord God accompanied his Chosen People in a special way in the wilderness—a tabernacle that he overshadowed (Exod. 40:34-35)—which eventually became the most important part of the Temple in Jerusalem. At the heart of the tabernacle, in the holy of holies, God manifested his... Read more
  • Henry VIII, the English Reformation, and Brexit

    Most anti-Brexit polemic is so inane, banal and stultifyingly dull that it hardly warrants the time and effort of a response. Occasionally, however, we come across a piece of rhetoric which is clever and imaginative enough to deserve attention. Take, for instance, the interesting idea, posited... Read more
  • No Greater Glory: The Four Chaplains and the Sinking of the USAT Dorchester

    In the early morning hours of 3 February 1943, First Sergeant Michael Warish nearly gave up hope as he floated helplessly in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic.  Just minutes earlier, he and the almost 900 others aboard the USAT Dorchester were near safe waters when a German torpedo... Read more
  • Sorrow and triumph, an Auschwitz survivor’s journey back to a former hell

    OSWIECIM, Poland (Reuters) - Jona Laks could smell the burning flesh as she walked towards death at the Auschwitz crematorium. More than 75 years later, aged 90, she has returned to what was the most notorious Nazi death camp of World War Two's Jewish Holocaust. "I can see it now," she says,... Read more
  • 75 years after Auschwitz liberation, Europe’s bishops condemn anti-Semitism, call for peace

    Krakow, Poland, Jan 25, 2020 / 09:00 am (CNA).- Seventy-five years after the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, the Catholic bishops of Europe condemned racism, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism, calling for a renewed human commitment to peace, and forgiveness. “75 years... Read more
  • Fundamental Transformation of a Nation, Culture: The Decade in Review

    [caption id="attachment_76802" align="aligncenter" width="919"] The White House illuminated in rainbow colors the day of the Obergefell decision, 2015. (Reuters photo: Gary Cameron)[/caption] “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” declared a... Read more
  • Refuting the ‘Pagan Roots of Christmas’ Claim

    ONE OF THE FIRST SHOWS about Christmas I watched as a kid was A Charlie Brown Christmas. I haven’t watched it in years, but I haven’t forgotten the culminating scene where Charlie Brown shouts above the noise to demand an answer to a question he’s struggling with: What is Christmas... Read more