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JULY 15, 2017


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis says private Mass with maintenance staff • Vatican group asks bishops to check Eucharistic abuse • The papal Sunday Angelus address on turning to Jesus • Remembering longtime spokesman for St. John Paul II • Vatican's 'Sea Sunday' celebrates all maritime workers • Pope creates a new 'offering of life' path to beatification • Cardinal Muller denies claims about papal conversation • Francis calls catechists to be joyful witnesses of Christ • Two from pope's hospital charged with misuse of funds

WORLD NEWS: London hospital asks new hearing in Charlie Gard case • Filipino bishops insist Marawi conflict isn't religious war • Priestly ordinations reach new 20-year peak in Scotland • Trademark for Missionary of Charity blue and white sari • French president links Africa poverty with high birthrate • Cardinal Sandri visits Ukraine, sees hope for the future • Yemeni minister indicates Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil still alive • Iraqi official warns that Mosul will need aid in rebuilding

U.S. NEWS: A second halt of deportations of Chaldeans back to Iraq • Abortion funding becoming more compulsory in Oregon • Bishops discuss best practices for use of social media • Bishops preach hope, solidarity amidst opioid epidemic

FEATURES: New documentary analyzes the art Pope Francis loves • Movie review: 'Baby Driver' a thrilling car chase picture • 700-year-old Christian tattoo ritual thrives in Jerusalem • Former Manchester United player is ordained as priest • Gluten and Communion: So just what is a celiac to do? • Catholic book takes issue with 'gay' and 'straight' labels • Study shows Shroud of Turin blood from a torture victim

SCRIPTURE READINGS: July 16, 2017 – July 22, 2017


JULY 8, 2017


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis names a new prefect for Doctrine of Faith • A few reasons why last week's consistory was different • Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus address on discipleship • Departing Muller denies any dispute with Pope Francis • Pope asks respect for parents' wishes in Charlie's case • Pope donates money to Greek island hit by earthquake • Francis' message to U.N. food and agriculture meeting • Passing of 'dubia' requester Cardinal Joachim Meisner • Vatican, al-Azhar meet and review papal trip speeches • Pope's July prayer video for those distant from the faith • Vatican confirms past issues at Bambino Gesu hospital • Pope advances six sainthood causes, two martyrdoms • Papal message to G20 summit speaks of responsibility

WORLD NEWS: German bishops blast legal gay marriage by parliament • Rise in priest suicides prompts helpline setup in Ireland • Rome's Bambino Gesu hospital offers to take in Charlie • London hospital refuses Bambino Gesu Charlie request • Bishop responds to abortion being Canadian core value • North Korea prompts new call for nuclear weapons ban

U.S. NEWS: Man wrecks Arkansas' Ten Commandments monument • Archbishop Dolan's lead-in Fortnight for Freedom homily • Closing Fortnight for Freedom homily of Archbishop Lori • Cardinal DiNardo's closing Catholic Convocation homily • House bill would expand liberal abortion laws in Oregon

FEATURES: How U.S. Church will answer as demographics change • Bishop Robert Barron on how to evangelize the 'nones' • Movie review: Latest reboot 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: July 9, 2017 – July 15, 2017


JULY 1, 2017


VATICAN NEWS: Itinerary of Pope Francis' trip to Columbia in September • Text of pope's address to Congregation of Resurrection • The full text of Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus address • Vatican prefect issues strong statement on drug abuse • Pope's homily at 25th episcopal ordination anniversary • Papal meeting with Orthodox Church of Constantinople • Full text of the pope's address to the General Audience • Pope creates 5 new cardinals in an ordinary consistory • The full text of Francis' allocution in ordinary consistory • Vatican's Cardinal George Pell charged with sex abuse • Full text of papal homily for Solemnity of Peter and Paul • Pope St. John XXIII's relics to visit home diocese soon • Cardinal Pell to be on leave while facing abuse charges • Pope reflects on Peter, Paul in feast's Angelus address

WORLD NEWS: How Church's aid is helping Christians return to Aleppo • Chinese bishop forcibly removed from diocese missing • Christians in Zambia warn against government abuses • Islamic terrorists destroy chapel in southern Philippines • Hope continues for captured Filipino priest sighted alive • U.K. parents lose appeal to keep baby alive for therapy • Anglicans and Methodists in U.K. study sharing clergy • Hard abortion push in U.K. prompts outcry from doctors

U.S. NEWS: U.S. bishops critical of Senate version of healthcare bill • Judge halts deportations of Chaldean Christians to Iraq • Supreme court rules in favor of church with playground • High court to rule on travel ban and gay wedding cakes • Texting suicide case could affect assisted suicide laws • More criticism for the Senate's version of healthcare bill • Solanus Casey beatification set for November in Detroit • State Department issues its report on human trafficking • Three newest U.S. archbishops look forward to serving

FEATURES: How Catholic culture can adapt to thrive on the Internet • To understand Francis, we need to understand Jesuits • Living liturgically as Catholic Christians during the year • Bishop Robert Barron on weddings, brides, and grooms • Why one priest isn't afraid of waning Christian influence

SCRIPTURE READINGS: July 2, 2017 – July 8, 2017


JUNE 24, 2017


VATICAN NEWS: Will a pontifical commission reinterpret Humanae vitae? • Pope Francis conveys his sorrow for London fire victims • Pope meets with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel • Seven advanced by Congregation for Causes of Saints • The full text of Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus address • Papal homily for Solemnity of Body and Blood of Christ • Pope Francis to visit Chile and Peru in January of 2018 • Pontiff makes pilgrimage to graves of two Italian priests • Papal address in remembrance of Don Primo Mazzolari • Pope's address in remembrance of Don Lorenzo Milani • First Auditor General of Holy See Libero Milone resigns • Full text of the pope's address to the General Audience • Pope Francis sends troubled South Sudan aid package • Francis meets National Football League Hall of Famers • Pope's meeting with king and queen of the Netherlands • Text of papal address at Serra International convention

WORLD NEWS: Bishop begs that Syria, Iraq Christians not be forgotten • U.K. party leader resigns due to Christian faith criticism • London cardinal prays for victims of attack on Muslims • Violence in southern DRC leaves well over 3,000 dead • El Salvador's first cardinal was friend of Oscar Romero • British court blocks 10-month-old's overseas treatment • New patriarch of Melkite Greek Catholic Church elected • Filipino bishops implore flock to stop sharing fake news

U.S. NEWS: U.S. bishops ask forgiveness from sex abuse survivors • Bishops urge caution as Senate debates health care bill • Newark diocese defends its hosting of LGBT pilgrimage • Pro-lifers claim victory in Georgia special election runoff • U.S. bishops begin 2017 Fortnight for Freedom initiative • Archbishop prays for U.S.S. Fitzgerald collision victims • Most Planned Parenthood investigator charges dropped

FEATURES: Alice von Hildebrand: Praise of receptivity over passivity • What 'The Joy of the Gospel' looks like today in the U.S. • Bishop Robert Barron: Pope Francis speaking to priests • Using relics to help ecumenism with Orthodox churches • Pro-life Stephanie Gray speaks at Google headquarters • Movie review: Salma Hayek dramedy 'Beatriz at Dinner'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: June 25, 2017 – July 1, 2017


JUNE 17, 2017


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis addresses interreligious dialogue council • Pope prays for victims of deadly ISIS attacks in Tehran • Papal Mass at Santa Marta house focuses on suffering • Pope asks for inclusion among youth at online hangout • The full text of pontiff's address to the President of Italy • Panama bishops meet with pope about gender ideology • The full text of Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus address • Pope wants obedience from Nigerian diocese's priests • Consolation theme at papal Mass at Casa Santa Marta • A new process set for bishops' ad limina visits to Rome • Pope's letter on migration to Latin American Parliament • Full text of the pontiff's message for World Day of Poor • Priests could be incardinated into ecclesial movements • Carl Anderson appointed to Pontifical Academy for Life • Abortion backer is named to Pontifical Academy for Life • Full text of the pope's address to the General Audience • Council of Cardinals continues to work on Curia reform • Vatican group meets to discuss global migrant situation • Website and survey launched for the 2018 youth synod • In book foreword, pope calls corruption cancer of world • Dicastery on Integral Human Development lineup is set

WORLD NEWS: Chaldean bishop has update on fate of Iraqi Christians • Polish bishops see continuity among popes' teachings • South Sudanese bishops reassure people of papal trip • Nigerian priest shares his harrowing tale of kidnapping • Church destroyed, Christians beaten in China's Henan • Catholic community gives aid to the London fire victims • Half of Iraqi and Syrian Christians have fled since 2011 • Cameroon's bishops want clergy guarded after murder • Stolen relic of St. John Bosco's brain is now recovered

U.S. NEWS: Critics warn of advance directive bill in Oregon's senate • Detroit archdiocese challenged to 'unleash the Gospel' • FOCUS consecrates its ministry to Jesus through Mary • Bishops pray for congressman shot on a baseball field • U.S. bishops make disillusioned youth a synod priority • Massive parish mergers await Archdiocese of Hartford • Pope's U.S. nuncio speaks at annual bishops' meeting • Bishops make religious freedom committee permanent

FEATURES: Catholic beard balms created from non-blessed chrism • Life of Bishop Matulionis, Lithuania's Soviet-era martyr • Bishop Robert Barron: Using fresh eyes to view Luther • Reviewing St. Anthony of Padua's life on his feast day • Monks of Norcia announce special beer to help rebuild • What priests can do to help combat our porn epidemic • Saving ancient Christian cultures, one artifact at a time • Movie review: Psychological thriller 'It Comes at Night'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: June 18, 2017 – June 24, 2017


JUNE 10, 2017


VATICAN NEWS: Full text of Pope Francis' interview with school children • Pope names future month of prayer for missionary work • Francis hears testimonies of Italy's earthquake children • Pope talks to Charismatic Renewal at Circus Maximus • Full text of papal homily for the Solemnity of Pentecost • Pope prays for victims of terror attack in central London • Text of pope's message for World Missionary Day 2017 • Full text of Pope Francis' Sunday Regina Coeli address • The full text of papal address to Consolata Missionaries • Pope dedicates June prayer video to ending arms trade • Pope's warning about deceit at Casa Santa Marta Mass • Full text of the pope's address to the General Audience • Pope and Venezuelan bishops talk about nation's crisis

WORLD NEWS: Mystery deepens after body of Cameroon bishop found • Italian exorcist responds to Jesuit leader about the devil • Catholic bishops respond to terrorism attacks in London • European leaders discuss plight of child victims of wars • Muslims and Christians join to rebuild Mosul monastery • Ukraine's Cardinal Husar remembered as spiritual father • Brain relic of St. John Bosco stolen from Italian basilica • Cameroon bishop's autopsy reveals torture and murder • Priest and three companions killed for their faith in Iraq

U.S. NEWS: U.S. State Department report on IS victims in Kurdistan • Supreme Court religious hospital pension plan decision • U.S. bishops encouraged by draft religious freedom rule • Bishops ask Senate to fix flaws in House healthcare bill • Mike Pence talks at National Catholic Prayer Breakfast • Archbishop Chaput warns about mythologizing the devil • U.S. to improve on the sending of aid to Iraqi Christians • Delaware legislature votes to drop abortion restrictions • Missouri governor calls to protect pro-lifers in St. Louis

FEATURES: The oldest nun in the world dies in Florence at age 110 • Prime minister of Poland's son ordained as a new priest • Catacomb frescoes in Rome restored with use of lasers • New ultrasound imaging reveals 20-week baby in utero • Bishop Barron: Kathy Griffin and the fading of argument • Mother Teresa's heroic battle against spiritual darkness • Can the Catholic Church help this addicted generation? • Movie review: Tom Cruise's bad reboot of 'The Mummy'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: June 11, 2017 – June 17, 2017


JUNE 3, 2017


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis urges on Genoa workers, religious, youth • Full text of Pope Francis' meeting with Genoa's workers • Pope celebrates Mass for Feast of Ascension in Genoa • Full text of Pope Francis' Sunday Regina Coeli address • The pope meets with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau • South Sudan trip will not be on pope's itinerary for 2017 • Papal Mass with priests, bishops at Santa Marta house • Full text of the pope's address to the General Audience • Pope Francis condemns the latest Kabul terrorist attack • Francis meets with members of Congregation for Clergy • Full text of papal speech to Catholic family associations • Looking forward to ten years of 'Summorum Pontificum' • Pope honors two priests who were ahead of their times

WORLD NEWS: Priests help to rebuild homes in Iraq destroyed by ISIS • Kidnapped priest in Philippines pleads for help in video • S. Korean president seeks papal help for reconciliation • Rome conference to seek safeguarding children online

U.S. NEWS: Increasing need for military chaplains to get PTSD help • Portland archbishop calls for prayer after train stabbing • Trump ponders religious freedom rule for HHS mandate • Planned Parenthood's services decline except abortion • Illinois makes foster care workers back transgenderism

FEATURES: How pro-life crusade can help women choose adoption • Bishop Barron: On silence and its meaning in the Mass • Fifty years of Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement • Movie review: 'Baywatch' and 'Dead Men Tell No Tales' • Memorial Day calls us to reflection, prayer, conversion • Priest reaches out to attendees at Napa music festival • Everything you need to know about Pentecost Sunday • Movie review: Newest superhero film 'Wonder Woman'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: June 4, 2017 – June 10, 2017


MAY 27, 2017


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis blesses houses of poor in a surprise visit • Church teaching helps us to avoid the harm of ideology • New unified strategy needed to counter gender ideology • Pope invited by bishops to address the future of Europe • Full text of Pope Francis' Sunday Regina Coeli address • Pope announces new consistory to appoint 5 cardinals • Full text of the papal homily to St. Peter Damiani parish • What common ground could Trump and the pope find? • Pope Francis' newest cardinals reveal a global Church • The full text of the pope's address to the Italian bishops • Pontiff meets with Sister Disciples of the Divine Master • Event schedules for Melania and Ivanka's day in Rome • Pope Francis' landmark first summit with Donald Trump • Full text of the pope's address to the General Audience • Ivanka Trump with human trafficking survivors in Rome • Pope taps Bishop Angelo de Donatis as Vicar of Rome • The pope meets with Little Missionary Sisters of Charity

WORLD NEWS: The first Catholic church in 60 years being built in Cuba • Thousands gather at the annual March for Life in Rome • Religious icon ban in autos sparks outcry in Philippines • Local bishop condemns Manchester Arena terror attack • Philippines ISIS ally takes a Catholic cathedral hostage • Cardinal Zen asks help for persecuted China Christians • Cardinal begs militants to release Philippines hostages • Colombian cardinal has high hopes for the pontiff's visit • Romania advances its defense of marriage amendment • Dozens of Egyptian Christians killed in bus terror attack

U.S. NEWS: Justice Alito tells seminarians of religious liberty threats • Pence delivers commencement address at Notre Dame • Interview with Knights of Columbus head Carl Anderson • Bishops welcome Trump's reprieve for Haitian migrants • Lawsuit over St. Louis ordinance against pro-life groups • Texas approves legal protections for adoption agencies • New video has explicit discussion of aborted baby parts • Results from the latest survey of newly ordained priests

FEATURES: This new technology may create babies from skin cells • Francis resets Marian devotion during his trip to Fatima • Seminarian who saved Eucharist from IS now ordained • Why 'head transplants' won't disprove God's existence • Bishop Robert Barron: A word to those being confirmed • Humility lesson from Irish immigrant who saw Our Lady • How a nuns' home helps girls freed from sex trafficking

SCRIPTURE READINGS: May 28, 2017 – June 3, 2017


MAY 20, 2017



VATICAN NEWS: Details of the pope's schedule for Fatima visit released • Complete itinerary for Pope Francis' Fatima pilgrimage • Hope for pair's sainthood before May Fatima centenary • Consistory declared for canonization of Fatima children • Pope to canonize Fatima visionaries during visit in May • Visionaries' canonization affirms the Fatima apparitions • Bishop discusses Pope Francis' coming visit to Fatima • An interview with Vatican prefect on meaning of Fatima • Full transcript of the pope's video message to Portugal • Pontifical Academy of Mary member discusses Fatima • Interview with Cardinal Bertone on Fatima's third secret • Welcome ceremonies for the pontiff's arrival in Portugal • Pope Francis leads pilgrims in prayer first day at Fatima • Full text of the prayer at Fatima's Chapel of Apparitions • The pope reflects on qualities of Mary at Fatima chapel • Full text of the pope's greeting at Chapel of Apparitions • Cardinal Pietro Parolin stresses rosary in Fatima homily • Full text of the homily by the Cardinal Secretary of State • Pope canonizes Francisco and Jacinta at Fatima Mass • Full text of Francis' homily at Fatima canonization Mass • The pope offers words to sick after Fatima canonization • Full text of pope's greeting to the sick people of Fatima • Farewell ceremony for Francis' departure from Portugal • Francis is suspicious of ongoing Medjugorje apparitions • Pope Francis hopes to find common ground with Trump • Complete transcript of pope's in-flight press conference • Full text of Pope Francis' Sunday Regina Coeli address • Report finds progress in Vatican financial transparency • Pope urges Macron to support France's Christian roots • Francis meets with soccer teams in Coppa Italia match • Pope reminds that true peace comes through the Cross • Full text of the pope's address to the General Audience • Francis receives six new ambassadors to the Holy See • The full text of pope's address to Huntington's sufferers

WORLD NEWS: Our Lady of Fatima statue will be at the United Nations • Pilgrimages to Fatima on rise as centenary approaches • Fatima press conference explains canonization miracle • Sydney archbishop lauds rejection of state abortion bill • Despite persecution, Christianity on rise in North Korea • Syria's Aleppo now consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima

U.S. NEWS: Cardinal O'Malley makes journey to Fatima celebration • State Department expands a pro-life Mexico City Policy • Free speech protects a printer from promoting gay pride • Trump names Callista Gingrich as Vatican ambassador • Remains of Oklahoma priest re-interred for beatification

FEATURES: Niece of Fatima visionaries ponders her amazing family • Everything Catholics should know about Fatima (Part I) • Everything Catholics should know about Fatima (Part II) • Cardinal's personal look at Fatima's saintly Sister Lucia • Sr. Lucia's advice after Fatima visions was always pray • The 'silence' of Fatima is vital message for world today • 'Miracle of the sun' shattered Portugal's atheist regimes • Our Lady of Fatima and a theological reading of history • What the smallest children can teach us about suffering • Joint menorah exhibit by Vatican and Jewish museums • Movie reviews: Sixth 'Alien' and 'Everything, Everything'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: May 21, 2017 – May 27, 2017


MAY 13, 2017


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis' May prayer video for Christians in Africa • Pope talks with Romanian Greek Catholic seminarians • Francis answers students' questions about world at war • New Swiss Guards take oath to defend, protect Francis • Interview with Vatican's prefect of Laity, Family and Life • Full text of the pope's speech to newly ordained priests • Full text of Pope Francis' Sunday Regina Coeli address • Full text of pope's words to Portugal's Pontifical College • Pope urges bishops to keep Venezuelans from despair • Full text of the pope's address to the General Audience • Papal message to Coptic patriarch on day of friendship • Vatican's astronomer on link between faith and science • Text of papal letter to Latin American Episcopal Council

WORLD NEWS: Archbishop discusses state of Catholic Church in Cuba • Priest kidnapped in Yemen pleads for help in new video • Catholic bishop urges Macron to fight for France's good • An Irish archbishop's guide for engaging secular culture • Rebuilding of the Iraqi towns destroyed by Islamic State • President-elect Macron of France is a 'zombie Catholic' • Bishop voices hope for the new South Korean president

U.S. NEWS: House healthcare bill is pro-life but still raises concerns • VP Pence talks at pro-life Susan B. Anthony List dinner • Texas House has conscience protections for foster care • The first summit to guard world's persecuted Christians

FEATURES: Movie review: 'Guardians of Galaxy' sequel is great fun • IVF-conceived embryos cremated and used for jewelry • An Irish immigrant who never forgot Our Lady of Knock • Bishop Robert Barron: How to preach like the Apostles

SCRIPTURE READINGS: May 14, 2017 – May 20, 2017


MAY 6, 2017



VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis hopes to visit Cairo, Egypt at end of April • A full itinerary for Pope Francis' Apostolic visit to Egypt • Despite deadly terror attacks, pope will still go to Egypt • Transcript of pope's video message to Egyptian people • Pope Francis refuses bullet-proof vehicle for Egypt trip • Praise and caution for Vatican's dialogue with Al-Azhar • Welcome ceremonies for Pope Francis' arrival in Egypt • Francis talks religious violence at Al-Azhar conference • Full text of International Conference for Peace address • Pope urges Egypt's leaders to help in brokering peace • Full text of pope's address to the Egyptian government • Ecumenical summit with the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch • Text of papal speech to His Holiness Pope Tawadros II • The text of Francis and Tawadros' common declaration • Pope celebrates a stadium Mass with Cairo's Catholics • The full text of Pope Francis' homily for Mass in Egypt • Pope reassures Egypt's priests, religious, seminarians • The full text of Pope Francis' address to Egypt's clergy • Farewell ceremony for the pope's departure from Egypt • Pope talks nuclear war and North Korea on flight home • A full transcript of the pope's in-flight press conference • Order of Malta picks interim head amid ongoing reform • Full text of Francis' speech to Catholic Action audience • Full text of Pope Francis' Sunday Regina Coeli address • Pontiff reflects on dignity of work in his May 1 message • Vatican group has new ways to help poor, marginalized • The pope reflects on St. Stephen's martyrdom in homily • Full text of the pope's address to the General Audience • Bishop discusses Pope Francis' coming visit to Fatima • The pope urges Vatican's communications to go digital • Trump will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on May 24 • Solanus Casey, Cardinal Van Thuan beatification OK'd • Vatican and Myanmar officially establish diplomatic ties

WORLD NEWS: Egyptians filled with hope by pope's message of peace • Our Lady of Fatima statue will be at the United Nations • Belgium religious fight euthanasia at Catholic hospitals • Why it might be too soon to lift the sanctions on Sudan • Demolished cross in India sparks outrage for Catholics

U.S. NEWS: State of Arkansas executes fourth inmate in eight days • Trump advisor reiterates religious freedom commitment • Pro-lifer Charmaine Yoest appointed to a key HHS role • Catholics have hope, concern in Trump's first 100 days • Miraculous survival after tornado slams Catholic church • Lawmakers ask Trump for religious freedom protection • What Catholics like and dislike in the new spending bill • Trump signs executive order boosting religious freedom

FEATURES: Movie review: Tale of internet privacy fears 'The Circle' • Mexican beauty queen opts for a switch to religious life • Wide-ranging interview with Catholic actor Jim Caviezel • Bishop Robert Barron: Pride, humility, and social media • St. Padre Pio relics to tour the U.S. in May, September

SCRIPTURE READINGS: May 7, 2017 – May 13, 2017


APRIL 29, 2017


VATICAN NEWS: The full text of Pope Francis' homily at Mass for martyrs • Full text of Pope Francis' Sunday Regina Coeli address • Pontiff comforts the sister of French priest slain by ISIS • Francis to visit graves of two 20th-century Italian priests • Transcript of pope's video message to Egyptian people • Pope Francis refuses bullet-proof vehicle for Egypt trip • Full text of the pope's address to the General Audience • Transcript of pope's video message to TED conference • Small changes expected from cardinals' latest meeting • Pope donates to beach serving people with disabilities • Francis thanks Papal Foundation for service to Church • Praise and caution for Vatican's dialogue with al-Azhar

WORLD NEWS: A troubling new ban on Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia • Christians most widely targeted religious group in world • Bishops in Australia fight proposals for assisted suicide • Peru flood victims who lost everything asking for Bibles • Dutch ship performing abortions just off Mexico's coast • Commission on International Religious Freedom report • Swedish study on oral contraceptives, health in women • Canada cuts non-Catholics' funding at Catholic schools

U.S. NEWS: College sells Plan B contraceptive in vending machines • Catholics protest looming Arkansas prisoner executions • Trump administration continuing HHS mandate appeals • Colorado marks 50 years of the first legal U.S. abortions • Democrats' pro-abortion platform called 'non-negotiable' • Bishop wants Boy Scout troops with Catholic guidelines • Catholic hospital sued for refusing a sex reassignment • Congress introduces new bill against human trafficking • Bishops concerned again with revised health care plan

FEATURES: Catholic leaders' caution for Netflix's '13 Reasons Why' • Finding a common ground between feminists, pro-lifers • Alice von Hildebrand: The joy of being indebted to God • Thomas' doubts and the wounds that heal our disbelief • Seven ways to help you pray your Rosary more deeply • Movie review: 'The Fate of the Furious,' eighth in series • Coach Jim Harbaugh talks of euphoria in meeting pope • John Sullivan, the Irish priest whose prayers could heal • Honors for philosopher promoting Christian perspective • Why the devil hates Mary, especially during exorcisms • Movie review: 'The Promise' exposes hidden genocide

SCRIPTURE READINGS: April 30, 2017 – May 6, 2017


APRIL 22, 2017


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis reflects on sin, mercy at Stations of Cross • Full text of the papal prayer during the Way of the Cross • The full text of the pope's homily at Mass of Easter Vigil • The full text of pope's homily at Mass of Easter Sunday • Full text of Pope Francis' 'Urbi et Orbi' Easter message • Interview with personal secretary of Pope Benedict XVI • Francis' address before Regina Coeli on Easter Monday • 90th birthday for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Easter • Pope Francis praises Assisi's sanctuary of renunciation • Pro-Francis posters across Rome counter critical signs • Full text of the pope's address to the General Audience • Vatican cricket club takes Fatima interreligious tourney • Pope to canonize Fatima visionaries during visit in May • Pope Francis among Time's 100 most influential people • Pope sends his regrets to Brazil for not visiting this year • Visionaries' canonization affirms the Fatima apparitions

WORLD NEWS: Case of a Swedish midwife who refused to do abortions • Chile nullity cases always include defender of the bond • Fears rise in Egypt after IS attack at ancient monastery • Group planning attacks on Christians arrested in Egypt • India bishops condemn Good Friday service disruption

U.S. NEWS: Arkansas Catholics heartened by stays on 8 executions • Missouri makes churches eligible for some state grants • U.S. bishops release video message for Easter season • Flurry of legal calls affect pending Arkansas executions • The family of Facebook murder victim forgives the killer • Court seems wary of state denying benefits to churches • Tennessee to drop 2 pro-life laws following Texas ruling • Missouri court decision lowers abortion clinic standards

FEATURES: Lent and Easter are over, so what do Catholics do now? • Addressing the ongoing problem of liturgical clericalism • The Benedict Option and the identity/relevance dilemma • Costly weddings seen to be crippling for new marriages • Reasons why the Catholic Church still cares about Latin • Easter is more than a day, Easter is a new means of life • Society of Catholic Scientists' first gathering in Chicago • Niece of Fatima visionaries ponders her amazing family

SCRIPTURE READINGS: April 23, 2017 – April 29, 2017


APRIL 15, 2017


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis' address at World Youth Day prayer vigil • Bishops seeking input from youth ahead of 2018 synod • Full text of papal homily for Palm Sunday and Passion • The full text of Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus address • Pope prays for terror victims in Egypt's Coptic churches • Full text of pope's address to science and tech leaders • Papal Charities laundry opens up for Rome's homeless • Despite deadly terror attacks, pope will still go to Egypt • Pope Francis' speech to patients in a pediatric hospital • Consistory declared for Fatima children's canonization • Young people respond to appeal ahead of 2018 synod • Bible scholar authors Stations of the Cross for Vatican • Blood donors gets free admission to Vatican Museums • Full text of the pope's address to the General Audience • Full text of Francis' Holy Thursday Chrism Mass homily • Pope discusses prison ministry in newspaper interview • The pope washes inmates' feet at Holy Thursday Mass • Francis pays Benedict a visit to extend birthday wishes • Message of the Cross at Vatican liturgy for Good Friday

WORLD NEWS: Venezuelan religious seek end to current political crisis • South African bishops call on President Zuma to resign • Global bishops unite in prayer after Egypt church terror • South Sudanese bishop calls for unity to achieve peace • West African bishops on challenges facing their nations • Egypt's Christians to have restrained Easter celebration

U.S. NEWS: Catholic leaders debate on U.S. missile strikes in Syria • Planned Texas budget would defund abortion providers • Bishops uphold religious freedom for adoption providers • States can once again end Planned Parenthood funding

FEATURES: Movie review: New faith-based film 'The Case for Christ' • Why allowing priests to marry might not fix the shortage • Human gene editing a mix of promise, ethical problems • 'The Case for Christ' and a stubbornly historical religion • What Holy Week looks like in a remote diocese in India

SCRIPTURE READINGS: April 16, 2017 – April 22, 2017


APRIL 8, 2017


VATICAN NEWS: Cardinal addresses continuing issues in liturgy renewal • Pope proclaims shrines a means of New Evangelization • Papal speech to members of Pontifical Spanish College • Full text of Francis' homily about the raising of Lazarus • The full text of Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus address • The pope's words to those struck by Italian earthquake • Francis' address to conference on human development • Vatican takes in Syrian refugees, including ISIS victims • SSPX priests receive path to validly celebrate marriage • Charles and Camilla meet with Pope Francis at Vatican • Full text of the pope's address to the General Audience • Pope's letter to Chicago's archbishop on city's violence • Pope Francis tells Muslim leaders dialogue is essential • Papal envoy sees great fruits, challenges in Medjugorje • Pope challenges young people in his April prayer video • Vatican approves Latin Mass for 100th Fatima feast day • Vatican stats show regions of growth, decline in Church • Pope Francis has plans to visit prison on Holy Thursday • Pope's interview: Media should report fairly on migration

WORLD NEWS: Catholics, feminists join up to fight surrogacy in Europe • Moscow bishop speaks of St. Petersburg's metro attack • Bishop pleads for aid after chaos of Colombia landslide • Cardinal on power grab by supreme court in Venezuela • Paraguay bishops call for peace after riots at Congress • Aleppo Christians find protection in the world's prayers • Irish pro-abortion group is forced to return Soros money

U.S. NEWS: Papal ambassador tells Catholics to be soul of the U.S. • California bill threatening faith-based codes of conduct • Teen pleads guilty for plot to kill pope during U.S. visit • U.S. ends U.N. agency funding due to forced abortions • Top bishop in U.S. denounces chemical attack in Syria • New civil rights ruling will create religious liberty issues • Iowa is the latest state to adopt a 20-week abortion ban • Pro-life leaders praise the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch

FEATURES: From Yale to the seminary: The tale of a neuroscientist • Bishop Robert Barron: Jackie O's debates with a priest • A papal letter to the U.S. president lost with the Titanic

SCRIPTURE READINGS: April 9, 2017 – April 15, 2017


APRIL 1, 2017


VATICAN NEWS: Protection of minors event brings in top Vatican leaders • Full text of Pope Francis' speech to the European Union • Francis' meeting with residents of Milan housing project • Full text of papal session with religious in Milan Duomo • Full text of papal Mass homily on Annunciation in Milan • The full text of papal address to youth in Milan stadium • The full text of Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus address • Vatican abuse commission aims to serve victims better • Full text of papal message to U.N. on nuclear weapons • Hope for pair's sainthood before May Fatima centenary • Full text of the pope's address to the General Audience • Full text of Francis' letter for World Meeting of Families • The full text of papal address to the Somascan Fathers • Full text of the pope's greeting to conference on Luther • Pope makes surprise visit to a center for blind in Rome

WORLD NEWS: Bolivian abortion bill builds alliance of clergy, feminists • Catholics bring desperately needed health care to Haiti • Peru's March for Life to aid victims of massive flooding • Bishops withdraw from peace negotiation in DR Congo • Ireland prepares for change with large decline in priests • Ambassador likens the civil war in Syria to hell on earth • Church of the Holy Sepulchre is in danger of collapsing • Mexican bishop asks gang leaders for priest protection

U.S. NEWS: Pro-lifers go after 'wrongful birth' lawsuits in Texas bills • New York admissions error excludes Catholic students • Arizona protects conscience for its health care workers • Supreme Court on executing the intellectually disabled • New HHS head strong on religious freedom, civil rights • Supreme Court reviews pensions in religious hospitals • Undercover video of babies' fate when survive abortion • Planned Parenthood investigators deny felony charges • Pence casts a tiebreaking vote to advance pro-life bill • More modifications to the North Carolina bathroom law

FEATURES: Movie reviews: Offbeat 'Wilson' and space thriller 'Life' • The Catholic Church: Our judge, therapist, and mother • How American Bishop Byrne became a Korean martyr • Science provides the strongest argument against porn • The pregnant Gypsy martyred in the Spanish Civil War • Visit to a church in Iraq destroyed by the Islamic State • Movie review: Holocaust drama 'The Zookeeper's Wife'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: April 2, 2017 – April 8, 2017


MARCH 25, 2017


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis plans to visit Cairo, Egypt at end of April • The full text of Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus address • Pope meets with President of the Republic of Rwanda • Details of the pope's schedule for Fatima visit released • Good Friday Collection to benefit Holy Land Christians • Full text of pope's message for World Youth Day 2017 • Transcript of Francis' World Youth Day video message • Full text of the pope's address to the General Audience • Little girl at General Audience steals Pope Francis' hat • Pope Francis prays for victims of deadly London attack • Miracle approved for Blessed Francisco, Jacinta Marto • Francis meets with President of Republic of Cameroon • Cardinals at important child abuse prevention seminar

WORLD NEWS: Catholic priests facing a wave of violence in DR Congo • Philippines bishops deliver statement on death penalty • Messages from Argentine apparition to be kept private • Italian bishop bans mobsters from becoming godfathers • Prayers go out amid confusion, chaos of London attack • Dublin prepares for the 2018 World Meeting of Families • Priests in Peru encouraged to visit victims of mudslides

U.S. NEWS: Knights donate $2 million after declaration of genocide • Catholic leaders petition Trump not to slash foreign aid • U.S. bishops want health care that's universal, pro-life • High court nominee drilled by Senate panel on issues • Privacy violation lawsuit over girl in boys' locker room • Gorsuch nomination has the backing of pro-life groups • Complaints about crosses on Catholic college's bridge • Gorsuch's important distinction about assisted suicide • Poll supports paid parental leaves for moms and dads • Gorsuch lauded for building unity on religious freedom

FEATURES: The impact of Raymond Arroyo's books on at-risk kids • Society of Atonement founder's cause for canonization • Beatification of Italian martyr who defied Nazis in WWII • What the bishop who resisted Hitler can teach us today • Bishop Barron: St. Patrick, St. Joseph, and conversion • A new video series focuses on Mary, Queen of Heaven • Glasgow campaign to honor the martyr St. John Ogilvie

SCRIPTURE READINGS: March 26, 2017 – April 1, 2017


MARCH 18, 2017


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis will visit Colombia in September 2017 • Full text of the pope's homily on the Transfiguration • Full text of Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus address • Pontiff reminds us conversion is a journey of action • How the pope's sincere humanity molds pontificate • What it truly means when a priest becomes laicized • Papal speech: International Association of Charities • Full text of pope's address to the General Audience • The pope helps Chinese pilgrims stopped by guards • Pope warns laying off people carelessly is grave sin • Francis and Lebanese president discuss Syrian war • Holy See archbishop speaks to U.N. on health care • Holy Week preparations underway for Pope Francis • Papal address for the Course on the Internal Forum • Pontiff first to go to confession at penitential service

WORLD NEWS: What the world could learn from Christians in Egypt • Church is only viable institution left in South Sudan • Ecuador quake victims hope they won't be forgotten • Graphic testimony before Senate of Syrian civil war • Nigeria bishops ask leaders to defend human rights • South Sudan bishop: Prayers must provoke change

U.S. NEWS: Divorce numbers are rising among older Americans • U.S. congratulates Francis on his fourth anniversary • First U.S.-born martyr will be beatified in September • Assisted suicide bill advanced by Senate in Hawaii • South Dakota protects religious adoption agencies • Bishops in New Mexico chide pro-choice Catholics • How the U.S. can assist survivors of ISIS genocide • Texas advances bathroom bill, but its fate is unclear

FEATURES: Rwandan doctor's incredible story of survival in war • Porn leaves men dissatisfied with real relationships • Bishop Robert Barron: Why it matters who Jesus is • The reality of being a refugee from Syria's civil war • Irish Americans in the Ancient Order of Hibernians • Monks who devote lives to praying for Irish priests • St. Patrick knew well what it was like to be a slave • Movie review: 'Beauty and the Beast' in live-action

SCRIPTURE READINGS: March 19, 2017 – March 25, 2017


MARCH 11, 2017


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis has gone on retreat and we can all join in • Papal speech: International Congress on Sacred Music • The full text of Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus address • Vatican event highlights women's role in peacemaking • Holy See archbishop addresses U.N. on death penalty • Women view Vatican female advisory group positively • Pope Francis' ideas on how to stop the priest shortage • Interview with Vatican Museums director Barbara Jatta • Pope Francis back in Rome grateful for spiritual retreat

WORLD NEWS: Why is gendercide wrong and Down screening alright? • Horror of Ukraine's forgotten famine still casts shadow • Croatia erecting one of world's largest Marian statues • Over a million march against gender ideology in Peru • Bishops blast South Sudan's day of prayer as political • More than 200 Korean martyrs are up for beatification • Sudan church demolition critics pressured into silence • Benedictine monks of Norcia rebuild after earthquake

U.S. NEWS: Trump talks education choices in Catholic school visit • Supreme Court sends transgender student case down • Minnesota diocese files for bankruptcy due to lawsuits • What the U.S. bishops want to see in health care plan • Arizona college holds first Pregnant on Campus Week • N.Y. archdiocese defends its right on hiring decisions

FEATURES: Once he spat upon Mass-goers, but now he's a priest • Bishop Robert Barron: Love is both tolerant, intolerant • Meet Friar Carmelo, a four-legged Franciscan brother • Approval for corned beef on St. Patrick's Day this Lent • Movie review: Giant ape returns in 'Kong: Skull Island'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: March 12, 2017 – March 18, 2017


MARCH 4, 2017



VATICAN NEWS: The full text of Pope Francis' message for Lent in 2017 • Francis' address to priests on new matrimony process • Rome's Anglican pastor comments on the pope's visit • The full text of Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus address • The Pope's historic visit to All Saints Anglican Church • Surgeon, father among sainthood causes to advance • Interview with Pope Francis in Milan street magazine • Pope reminds God gives all to those who surrender all • Full text of the pope's address to the General Audience • Abuse survivor resigns from protection of minors panel • Full text of Pope Francis' homily from Ash Wednesday • A new generation of Benedict XVI scholars on the rise • Francis' meeting with members of clergy in his diocese • The latest papal video spotlights Christian persecution • Pope Francis seeks silence, reflection in annual retreat

WORLD NEWS: After liberation of Aleppo, living conditions are still dire • Are the youth of the Mideast losing the virtue of hope? • Northern Ireland bishops speak on how to vote wisely • South Sudanese bishops' request for food aid, peace • Bosnian bishop refutes Medjugorje Marian apparitions • Filipino Catholic Church fights ongoing brutal drug war • Why Catholic teaching on marriage matters for society • World fails to notice as Egyptian Copts are driven out • Europe warned it will be adrift if it loses Christian roots

U.S. NEWS: U.S. bishops denounce anti-Semitic attack escalation • Assisted suicide discriminates against poor, disabled • U.S. Congress can do more for religious liberty abroad • Pro-lifers want protections in health care after speech

FEATURES: Bishop Robert Barron: Evangelizing through the good • Feminist scholars weigh in on Church as anti-woman • Communities ask if Benedict Option is the only option • Beer made by 17th-century monks for the Lenten fast • Multicultural ministry is in need of a new perspective • Just what is the point of fasting during Lent, anyway? • Movie review: X-man Wolverine's latest flick 'Logan' • Movie reviews: 'The Shack' and 'Scientology Movie'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: March 5, 2017 – March 11, 2017


NOVEMBER 19, 2016


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis says the Church's mercy is for everyone • Pope selects new bishop for an embattled Hong Kong • God and neighbor are treasures which don't disappear • Year of Mercy ends, Holy Doors close across the world • Cardinals asked Pope Francis to clarify Amoris laetitia • Homeless persons find spiritual father in Pope Francis • Papal nuncio addresses assembly of the U.S. bishops • Syria's new cardinal is a sign of the Pontiff's closeness • Pope encourages U.S. bishops in their Latino ministry • Francis reminds Catholics to practice what they preach • Vatican praises Archbishop Gómez immigration stance • Pope warns business leaders on dangers of corruption • Francis meets Patriarch of Assyrian Church of the East • In new interview, Pope reflects on close of Jubilee year • Francis urges priests to avoid any attachment to money • Bishops need compassion for those in failed marriages • Pope warns new cardinals against falling into polemics • American cardinals hear pope's anti-division comments • A Missionary of Mercy's advice for priests after Jubilee • Pope closes St. Peter's Holy Door at Jubilee Year end • How an ex-prostitute's horrific suffering moved Francis

WORLD NEWS: U.K. cardinal highlights many hidden homeless people • Resilience of persecuted Christians focus of a new film • Kidnapped Mexican priest found alive following torture • Islamist extremism isn't only threat to religious freedom • Neglected tropical diseases are linked to world poverty • Spanish judge rules stealing Hosts for 'art' is not illegal • Promoting reconciliation, Salesians remain within Syria • Kenya's bishops talk to people ahead of 2017 elections • Venezuelan crisis prompted new cardinal appointment • New Bangladesh cardinal looking forward to papal visit

U.S. NEWS: Archbishop Kurtz at end of his U.S. bishops leadership • U.S. bishops asking for calm after presidential election • DiNardo and Gómez are elected head of U.S. bishops • New U.S. bishops' head stands for vulnerable persons • Archbishop Chaput on how to fix broken sexual culture • The full text of Archbishop Chaput's interview with CNS • On abortion policy, tale of two White House transitions • Interview with L.A. Archbishop Gomez on immigration

FEATURES: Bishop Robert Barron: Pilgrim, bishop, and an iPhone • We've all got it wrong about women in Catholic Church • This new film shows how mercy can transform your life • So, exactly what is the consistory of cardinals, anyway? • Movie reviews: 'Fantastic Beasts,' 'Long Halftime Walk'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: November 20, 2016 – November 26, 2016


NOVEMBER 12, 2016


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis warns fear is existential whip on society • Francis addresses inmates during jubilee for prisoners • Pope asks authorities to grant clemency during jubilee • Bishop ordinations in China unauthorized by Holy See • Pope lauds women religious in fight against trafficking • Vatican bishop gives roadmap for dialogue with Islam • The pope believes that a leader is really just a servant • Vatican hopes a Trump presidency will promote peace • The pope seeks sharing of mercy, end to indifference • Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity meets • Pope's primary concern is migrants after U.S. election • Stronger solidarity for homeless in poverty than wealth • Francis meets with ex-priests on his last Mercy Friday

WORLD NEWS: In fight against prostitution, there's no focus on clients • Canada assisted suicide could kill Catholic healthcare • British Columbia court vote upholds religious freedom • Proposed Australian ban on visas for all boat refugees • Catholics from South Korea evangelize the rest of Asia • Bishop in Malawi fights against abortion expansion bill

U.S. NEWS: Catholics urge AMA to not change on assisted suicide • Bishop's statements distorted in pro-death penalty ads • Hard to predict who'll win Catholic vote in this election • Catholics need to be source of unity after voting's over • Archbishop Tobin named head of Newark archdiocese • Just what does the Catholic Church say about voting? • Priest slammed for using dead baby as a political prop • Little Sisters continue to serve poor during legal battle • U.S. bishops ask for unity, prayer after election results • Three states keep the death penalty in critical election • Assisted suicide foes in Colorado lose at the ballot box • Final breakdown of Catholic vote in Tuesday's election • Democrats say Clinton paid price by ignoring pro-lifers

FEATURES: The Ireland forest that secretly sprouted a Celtic cross • Papal nuncio reminds scripture isn't just for Protestants • Doctor Strange, scientism, and the Gnostic way station • Hook-up culture is making our young women miserable • The ways of telling if an individual is demon-possessed • Why no one speaks about the trauma of abortion by pill • Movie reviews: 'Loving' and 'Moonlight' on need for love

SCRIPTURE READINGS: November 13, 2016 – November 19, 2016


NOVEMBER 5, 2016



VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis prays for Italian towns hit by earthquake • Joint declaration to emphasize Catholic-Lutheran unity • Pope lands in Sweden, urges new links with Lutherans • Commemorating 500th anniversary of the Reformation • Francis celebrates his All Saints Day Mass in Sweden • Pope Francis reiterates a strong 'no' to women priests • A full transcript of the pope's in-flight press conference • The pope says All Souls Day Mass at Rome cemetery • How Vatican-China relations could learn from Vietnam • The pope urges religions to condemn acts of terrorism • Prisoners are to be papal guests at Mass in St. Peter's • Pope honors cardinals, bishops who died in past year • Pope Francis' new prayer video on migrants, refugees

WORLD NEWS: Cardinal Kasper's use of Amoris laetitia within ministry • Sudan bishop urges peace to put end to child soldiers • Norcia's Basilica of St. Benedict leveled in earthquake • Trying to ensure the survival of Middle East Christians • Church honors 38 martyrs of Albania's communist era

U.S. NEWS: California bishops attack pot bill's effects on kids, poor • Minnesota bishop urges faith in a contentious election • Taxpayer-funded abortion stays unpopular with voters • Guam archbishop accused of abuse gets a successor • Court rules for the sanctity of Confession in Louisiana • Why Catholic Spring disturbed black Christian leaders • Justice Scalia endured sophisticated world's contempt • Archbishop outlines threats faced by Christian doctors • D.C. city council votes to approve assisted suicide bill • Prayers for 2 Iowa police officers ambushed and killed • Religious freedom risk regardless of election outcome • To make America great again, we all need to be saints • The role of Catholics in rescuing a health care system • Boston Catholics at front lines of fight to stop legal pot • Did Catholic Spring group intimidate Florida churches? • The ordination of new Denver bishop Jorge Rodriguez

FEATURES: Saint Death, the poster girl of narco-satanic spirituality • Was the last witch of Boston in fact a Catholic martyr? • Bishop Robert Barron: 3 lessons for our Catholic teens • The Church has answers to all our questions on death • Rediscovering an authentic Catholic view of Purgatory • Former Manchester United player now becomes priest • Museum on souls in Purgatory visiting people on earth • Presidential election is a supremely important decision • Movie reviews: 'Doctor Strange' and 'Hacksaw Ridge'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: November 6, 2016 – November 12, 2016


OCTOBER 29, 2016


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis believes dialogue to be critical for mercy • Story of a priest reprimanded by Pope St. John Paul II • Summer papal home Castel Gandolfo opens to public • Holy See and Benin sign treaty on Church legal status • Pope calls for end to violence as Mosul fight drags on • The pope addresses General Congregation of Jesuits • Message from Rome on the powers of liturgical music • Pope meets with Nicolas Maduro on Venezuela crisis • Vatican releases new instruction regarding cremation • The Kingdom of God doesn't grow through org charts • Welcoming the stranger is same as welcoming Christ • Rome's poor to be guests of honor at Vatican concert • Tangible progress seen in Catholic-Lutheran relations • Victim of human trafficking shares story with the pope • Pope meeting with students from John Paul II Institute • Pope Francis interview on Sweden, Lutheran dialogue

WORLD NEWS: 120 priests enable Confess-a-thon at Colombian mall • Iraq Christian girls who barely escaped IS credit Mary • CRS addresses criticism of its Congolese aid projects • As Mosul battle rages, don't forget persecuted groups • Visiting last remaining Catholic church inside Somalia • Filipino cardinal's rehab centers shed light in drug war • Peru president consecrates his nation to Sacred Heart • Syrian refugees arrive in Rome with hope of better life • Exploiting the death of Italian woman to push abortion • Heinous desecration at site of Christ's Transfiguration • Middle East key arena for EU religious freedom envoy • Prisoners remain the focus of Religious Freedom Day • Archbishop is hopeful for Iraq's Christian communities • Christ's burial slab uncovered for first time in centuries

U.S. NEWS: Parishes are ill-prepared for domestic abuse epidemic • Program identifies impact of student debt on vocations • Outcry over plan to close D.C. Metro Sunday mornings • 82-year-old priest attacked outside Kansas City parish • Arizona Mass for migrants shows Catholic border unity • Importance of president's Supreme Court nominations • Princeton event highlights healthy marriages in society • A deeper network is lurking behind the Catholic Spring • Why LGBT activists back certain Christian businesses • Full text of Donald Trump's exclusive EWTN interview • Iowa church drops suit over gender identity guidelines • Supreme Court to take up transgender bathroom case

FEATURES: 5,000 relics of saints find a home in Pittsburgh chapel • Time to end death penalty in womb and prison system • Movie review: 'Inferno' best Dan Brown film adaptation

SCRIPTURE READINGS: October 30, 2016 – November 5, 2016


OCTOBER 22, 2016


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis' postponed Milan trip will occur in March • The pope encourages grandparents to speak with kids • Pope declares seven new saints at canonization Mass • A papal daytrip to diocese of Genoa for spring of 2017 • Francis, Benedict admire patriarch as a brother in faith • An interview with the pope's nuncio to Iraq and Jordan • Cardinals upset over new McDonald's near St. Peter's • 14-year-old Jose Sanchez del Rio, saint of the Church • The reality of poverty is challenging, but do not avoid it • Holy See tells U.N. nuclear weapons' peace is not real • U.N. warned global progress for children stalled by war • Ratzinger prize winners include the first-ever Orthodox • Vatican, Al-Azhar Mosque to officially resume dialogue • Pope says vocations begin with an encounter with God

WORLD NEWS: Dutch ask euthanasia for those without terminal illness • Iraqis hopeful but cautious as Mosul battle approaches • Interview with Syrian priest who escaped ISIS captivity • After protests, religious leaders in Ethiopia want peace • Memorial where Moses saw the Promised Land opens • New Jesuit head critical of Venezuela's Maduro regime

U.S. NEWS: Archbishop Chaput denounces 'Catholic Spring' emails • Planned Parenthood anniversary is no cause to rejoice • Court allows church's suit against Iowa law to continue • The dark side of physician-assisted suicide bill for D.C. • Insurance pays for suicide drugs but not cancer chemo • The pre-election novena to Mary, patroness of the U.S. • Archbishop slams Kaine's reasoning of abortion stance • What the Soros network saw in a Catholic Spring group • In final debate, candidates diverge sharply on abortion • Augustine Institute has theology master's scholarships • Cardinal Dolan recaps awkward dinner with candidates • We all should be like Mary, punch the devil in the nose

FEATURES: Runner for Japanese mob who is now a Catholic priest • The trouble with the 'You go, girl!' culture of Hollywood • Remembering eight Jesuits as North American martyrs • Why there is hope for Catholic liturgical music of today • Catholic moms talk about the celebration of Halloween • Msgr. Mannion: News articles that caught my attention • Movie reviews: 'Joneses,' 'Accountant,' 'Jack Reacher'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: October 23, 2016 – October 29, 2016


OCTOBER 15, 2016


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis celebrates special 3-day Marian Jubilee • The most godlike people might not be who you expect • Pope announces new consistory for the end of Jubilee • Albanian priest who moved Pope is named a Cardinal • Pope's meeting with Society of the Catholic Apostolate • Pope Benedict XVI earned his title of The Green Pope • Francis pleads for ceasefire in endless Syrian civil war • Cardinal Parolin visits Fatima, Portugal ahead of pope • Analysis of Pope Francis' 2016 consistory of cardinals • When it comes to migration, children are first to suffer • A papal audience for Lutherans on Vatican pilgrimage • For Cardinal Veglio, impeding migration isn't Christian • Fr. Arturo Sosa is elected as new head of Jesuit order • Pope Francis donates $100,000 for Haiti hurricane aid • Papal visit with the children of difficult family situations • Pope grieves over death of King Adulyadej of Thailand

WORLD NEWS: China's poor human rights history worsens every year • How will educators address push for gender ideology? • Conference debates how to best evangelize Americas • Priest shot with rubber bullets in a South Africa protest • Millions of girls can't celebrate U.N. girl awareness day • Christian TV blackout in Pakistan from lack of permits • Europe's bishops' plan to help the Church in its crises • Christian forgiveness is the path to Middle East peace • Boko Haram frees 21 kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria

U.S. NEWS: CatholicVote calls for Trump to quit after tape scandal • Aquinas College students enjoy first on-campus dorm • Christian bakery in religious freedom fight shuts down • Texas bishops declare the death penalty pro-life issue • Leaked Trump tape on women splits Catholic support • Little Sisters provide death with dignity, but no suicide • Colorado assisted suicide bill preying on fear, anxiety • Detroit Mass reveals need to admit sin to enjoy mercy • A third U.S. political party based on Catholic teaching • Clinton campaign emails call for Catholic Spring revolt • Congressman urges prayers and fasting for life issues • Religious leaders condemn rhetoric of civil rights chair • State law to forbid churches to talk on transgenderism • HHS rule forcing doctors to perform gender transitions • Bishops warn American ideals at risk in Podesta email • New health-share group has care with Catholic values

FEATURES: Assisted suicides will destroy the sacred time of death • Praying psalms for the rest of the world, not ourselves • Knowing who we are and what we are supposed to do • A tribute to the Catholic baseball announcer Vin Scully • Priest donates $250K winnings from 'Millionaire' game • When American Catholic politics split the Church apart • Mother Marie Adele Garnier is on the path to sainthood

SCRIPTURE READINGS: October 16, 2016 – October 22, 2016


OCTOBER 8, 2016



VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis lands in Georgia, urges peace in region • The pope's meeting with Georgian Orthodox patriarch • In Georgia, pope finds a country of Christian tensions • Georgian Catholics to imitate St. Therese's 'little way' • Pope blasts gender theory as the 'enemy' of marriage • Disabled youth perform a special dance for the pontiff • Argentina told pope won't make it back home in 2017 • Georgian Orthodox invited to a unity through baptism • In Azerbaijan, faith, service meld Christian life as one • Pope Francis praises religious harmony in Azerbaijan • Civil society must always guarantee religious freedom • Pope green-lights beatification for Fr. Jacques Hamel • Love those who struggle but don't back gender theory • Full transcript of the pope's in-flight press conference • Francis visits Amatrice to pray for earthquake victims • Papal prayer intention is for journalists to tell the truth • Pope Francis looking for a diplomatic thaw with China • The pope seeks new closeness to Caucasus nations • Francis describes the benefits of sports for all people • Pope Francis meets with Anglican Archbishop Welby • Youth and discernment picked as 2018 synod themes • Holy Spirit helps us dodge ignorance of legalistic faith • Pope prays for Haiti devastated by hurricane Matthew • Francis calls charity the heart of all missionary action • Sistine Chapel Choir releases Jubilee of Mercy album

WORLD NEWS: Vandal destroys statues across four Roman churches • What's next for Georgia Catholics after the papal visit • English bishop tells how to live out the Year of Mercy • Bishops urge calm after Colombians veto FARC deal • Irish archbishop fights new push to legalize abortions • Relief moving to Haiti after Hurricane Matthew strikes • Catholic groups across globe divesting from fossil fuel • Nigerian bishop on Boko Haram decline due to rosary • Over a million Syrian children sign a petition for peace • Argentine priest who denounced drug traffickers killed • Al-Qaeda ally attacks Christians in Kenya border town • Colombia's President Santos wins Nobel Peace Prize • U.N. Secretary General nominee is a faithful Catholic

U.S. NEWS: Bill protects churches with political views from the IRS • Archbishop urges public officials to rely on Holy Spirit • Vermont law asks doctors to discuss suicide 'benefits' • 2016 VP nominees: A tale of two Catholic candidates • Catholic bioethicists face range of murky moral issues • Anchorage and Arlington dioceses have new bishops • Catholic university issues its domestic violence toolkit • Alaska's new national shrine to St. Therese of Lisieux • What the VP candidates said about abortion in debate • Nebraska Catholics add support for death penalty ban • Donald Trump submits open letter to Catholic leaders • Theologian knocks Kaine's personal view on abortion • Federal court blocks Pence's ban for Syrian refugees • New Arlington bishop devoted to Holy Name of Jesus • N.Y. archdiocese to compensate its sex abuse victims

FEATURES: 101-year-old Brazil woman receives First Communion • Communion of saints versus satellites and the Internet • On feast day, will the real St. Francis please stand up? • Yeast as biblical metaphor: Elisabeth and Felix Leseur • Mark Wahlberg's online video on why he loves priests • 81-year-old woman gets a 'Don't Euthanize Me' tattoo • Movie reviews: 'Miss Peregrine' and 'Girl on the Train'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: October 9, 2016 – October 15, 2016


OCTOBER 1, 2016


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis has audience with Nice attack survivors • Papal homily at the Mass for the Jubilee of Catechists • Curia reform by cardinals is an experiment in flexibility • Pope Francis' solution for times of spiritual desolation • The journey from being homeless to meeting the pope • Cardinal Koch interview on Catholic-Orthodox healing • God's mercy overcomes human desperation, suffering • Pope Francis on death of Israeli leader Shimon Peres • Giving hope center of next World Communications Day • Pope condemns abuse of power that leads to violence • EWTN launches a new Rome bureau near the Vatican • Pope Francis concerned by North Korean nuclear test • Pope lands in Georgia, urges peace in troubled region • The pope's meeting with Georgian Orthodox patriarch • In Georgia, pope finds a country of Christian tensions

WORLD NEWS: Body of yet another kidnapped Mexican priest located • Mexicans flood the capital to deter same-sex marriage • Priest martyred in concentration camp is now blessed • Syrian children unite in prayer for end to their civil war • Bishops ask U.N. for a world without nuclear weapons • Colombia peace accord the start of better future for all • Mexico may be most dangerous country to be a priest • Danish study sees higher depression with birth control • Polish pro-life leader sees hope in passed abortion bill

U.S. NEWS: Catholic event to address sexuality issues with charity • Archbishop Gomez asks for end to capital punishment • Pope taps Dallas parish priest as new Lubbock bishop • Concern that faith not discussed at presidential debate • New technology unveils ancient Biblical scroll contents • Christian-Muslim dialogue turns strangers into friends • Thousands ask high court to protect bathroom privacy • U.S. bishops on myopic media view of Amoris Laetitia • Fr. Philip Bochanski is new Courage apostolate head • The L.A. Dodgers put on their first-ever Catholic Night • Critics question ethics in three-parent baby conception • New data on American religious liberty, discrimination • Hyde Amendment has saved estimated 2 million lives • Bishop permits abstaining from either presidential pick • Colorado assisted suicide ballot measure still not safe

FEATURES: Confronting apathy over loneliness among our elderly • Los Angeles priest shows his love for Syrian refugees • Television show prompts renewed interest in exorcism • Young Catholics are now losing their faith by age of 10 • Rhoda Wise, the mystic who advised Mother Angelica • Sr. Joan Roccasalvo's column: Recognizing leadership • Movie reviews: 'Deepwater Horizon' and 'Masterminds'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: October 2, 2016 – October 8, 2016


SEPTEMBER 24, 2016


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis seeking merciful response to refugees • Man rams car through barrier into St. Peter's Square • Ambassadors to serve humbly, not get lost in politics • Vatican police told corruption is worst variety of crime • Ambassadors issue appeal to enhance peace efforts • Cardinal to visit Colombia for peace accord's signing • 'Bishop school' looks for Church unity in global focus • Francis slams 'paganism of indifference' in Assisi talk • Peace requires doing more than changing a channel • Cardinal asks U.N. to tackle issue of forced migration • Catholic scholars lash back at Humanae Vitae critics • Hundreds bid farewell to Rome's exorcist, Fr. Amorth • The Eucharist represents beating heart of the Church • Pope Francis condemns two Mexican priests' murder • Being 'merciful like the Father' should be a way of life • The modern, little-known miracles of Saint Padre Pio • Were right lessons learned from 2007 financial crisis? • Religion has responsibility to censure world terrorism • Pope warns of journalism as a weapon of destruction • The Vatican changes rules on how it verifies miracles • Catholic-Orthodox agreement on synodality, primacy • Exorcist discusses a demon that targets only families

WORLD NEWS: Bishops warn of media guiding Catholics on divorces • Annual march for life in Berlin draws many thousands • Yazidi IS survivor is now a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador • Two priests kidnapped, murdered in Veracruz, Mexico • New Catholic university opens in communist Vietnam • Catholics bring women's equality to a Cameroon clan • Mexican priest who allegedly abused may not be real • Odd mentally ill deaths concern South Africa bishops • Another Catholic priest has been kidnapped in Mexico • D.C. leaders talk of protection, justice for ISIS victims

U.S. NEWS: Catholic advocates look to offer more aid for refugees • Colorado classical academy targets millennial parents • Bishops support a day of prayer for sex abuse victims • Phoenix bishop's plea to voters: No votes for abortion • Former Baptist named next head of Louisiana diocese • The world's oldest Catholic bishop passes at age 104 • Trump gathers 33 conservative Catholics as advisers • Bishop approves Pope Francis' continuity on marriage • Charlotte priest's comments after fatal police shooting • Christmas carols will be allowed in veterans' hospitals • Missionaries' advice on words to say to the homeless

FEATURES: EWTN members share memories of Mother Angelica • Friends with Down syndrome open Argentine pizzeria • Bishop Robert Barron: A 'Baby Bishop School' report • Not your grandpa's porn: Church response is lacking • Sr. Joan Roccasalvo: The President who nearly was • Why Catholic thinkers reject a push for contraception • The U.S. Supreme Court likely won't go for polygamy • Movie review: 'The Magnificent Seven' a fine remake

SCRIPTURE READINGS: September 25, 2016 – October 1, 2016


SEPTEMBER 17, 2016


VATICAN NEWS: Pope blesses a picture of Mother Angelica for EWTN • It's Jesus who radically sets us free from sin's slavery • Prodigal son shows no sinner beyond the love of God • How new joy of Pope Francis surprised Benedict XVI • The pope urges turning off cell phone for authenticity • Pope on Communion for the divorced-and-remarried • Killing Christians in the name of God is work of Satan • Put your trust in Jesus, not in things that don't matter • The pope calls murdered Fr. Jacques Hamel blessed • Pope's anti-abuse commission will train new bishops • Human beings are very different from rest of creation • Changes to Latin Church code for Eastern Catholics • Francis visits neonatal unit to highlight respect for life • Cooperating in abortion an impediment for ordination • Francis tells bishops to bring people mercy of Christ • Rome's exorcist, Fr. Amorth, passes away at age 91

WORLD NEWS: How 9/11 affected Christians' fate inside Middle East • Indictments in foiled attack on Notre Dame cathedral • Anti-Christian persecution prompts action in Hungary • Why Japan won't release knife attack victims' names • Vienna cardinal warns of Islamic conquest of Europe • Using 'moral authority' to push for change in Vietnam • Converts found Church through EWTN in Middle East • Nigerian Christians are little more than target practice

U.S. NEWS: The heart of Padre Pio is literally traveling to Boston • The powerful action of Catholic priests taken on 9/11 • Tim Kaine claims Church to change on gay marriage • U.S. Bishops push for an end Little Sisters legal fight • Next U.S. president must help persecuted Christians • Bishop responds to Tim Kaine's marriage comments • School can't meet demand of transgendered student • Catholics for Choice misrepresenting Church beliefs • Archbishop slams reckless report by civil rights chair • Chaput labels U.S. presidential candidates bad news • D.C. exhibit has St. Thomas More's hats, other relics • New Catholic university launches MSA in Sacred Art • Section of street renamed to honor Mother Angelica

FEATURES: Couple helped Mother Teresa's nuns on honeymoon • Virtual reality film lets users experience life of Christ • Pretend Catholic college girl who duped all of Twitter • Sr. Joan: Dark night of the soul and 'The Dark Night' • The nativity show from the creators of 'The Muppets' • Are women truly more free now than back in 1950's? • Movie reviews: 'Bridget Jones's Baby' and 'Snowden'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: September 18, 2016 – September 24, 2016


SEPTEMBER 10, 2016


VATICAN NEWS: Calvary isn't just a painting, it's the reality of the poor • Pope Francis at Our Lady of Aparecida's inauguration • Mother Teresa of Calcutta is officially declared a saint • St. Teresa of Calcutta showed her vocation to charity • What St. Teresa of Calcutta meant to people of India • Francis offers pizzas to 1,500 poor after canonization • Mother Teresa's last wish was to serve poor in China • We should not use God to promote our own interests • Pope Benedict XVI talks in new book-length interview • Gossip is the devil's weapon used against the Church

WORLD NEWS: Amid protests, Church backs Venezuela leader recall • As Ukraine conflict continues, Christians look for unity • Only sister to survive Yemen attack elected to remain • Praise for Mother Teresa from Pakistani philanthropist • Vice-president hopeful Tim Kaine's days in Honduras • Medicus Christi helps heal broken limbs in Ghana kids • English cardinal reminds Catholics of prisoners' needs • Spanish nun shot dead during robbery attempt in Haiti • Spanish priests are celebrating Mass in sign language • After ISIS genocide, what is next for Iraq's Christians? • Doctor's proposal to kill coma patients for their organs

U.S. NEWS: Legal aide rejects abuse in name of religious freedom • Study finds abortions linked to mental health problems • Bishops' Labor Day words of hope to stressed families • Georgetown tries to make amends for 1838 slave sale • Pranks against a Catholic high school crossed the line • Ethical problems surface with human-animal chimeras • Remembering the life of pro-life activist Phyllis Schlafly • IUD controversy at Catholic hospital now appears fake • Company seeks to give employment to the mentally ill • Fr. James Martin wins award from LGBT activist group • First EWTN conference since Mother Angelica's death • Director of Courage ministry takes on new assignment • L.A. meeting puts liturgy at heart of new evangelization • Colorado's legal marijuana scores badly in new report

FEATURES: From inspiration to adoption: A story of Mother Teresa • Why young Catholics leave the faith and how to stop it • You don't have to be religious to oppose pornography • Sr. Joan's column: Proud of employment, willingly I go • Life of Julia Greeley, freed slave and Catholic convert

SCRIPTURE READINGS: September 11, 2016 – September 17, 2016




VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis says God's mercy gives hope for change • Mother Teresa's visions of Jesus led to order founding • We must open our hearts to all those 'defeated by life' • The pope meets with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg • Vatican wants to share works of mercy on social media • Interview with Mother Teresa's former spiritual advisor • Vatican office for integral human development created • Priest ancestor of Princess Diana on path to sainthood • Francis on the need for courage to ask for forgiveness • Pope speaks to cardiologists about openness to grace • Francis welcomes long-sought peace deal in Colombia • Pope declares care for creation is a new work of mercy • Cardinal Turkson on humanity's role in care for creation • Story of Mother Teresa's incognito visit to Rome prison

WORLD NEWS: Pope's firefighters rescue a 3-old-boy after earthquake • Mother Teresa's global impact at center of U.N. exhibit • Overturn of French ban on burkini does not end debate • Priest hurt after failed suicide bomb at Indonesia Mass • Our Lady of Guadalupe paving a path for the Americas • Catholic and Muslim leaders join to condemn terrorism • Brazilian man shares story of Mother Teresa's miracle • Egypt considering religious freedom with proposed law • Argentine sisters beaten up and Eucharist desecrated • Fr. Joseph Enkh Baatar is Mongolia's first native priest • Archbishop Gomez: Mercy aids credibility of Christians • Church in South Sudan responds to humanitarian crisis • Aid from church-run Ethiopian small business program • How Catholic program helps Pakistan's women farmers • Marian Shrine of Walsingham and Christian pilgrimage • The fate of Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil in Yemen still unknown

U.S. NEWS: The science of sexual orientation and gender identities • Soaring EpiPen costs puts focus on drug pricing ethics • Analysis of the rise in maternal mortality rates in Texas • Polls unclear on whether Trump has 'Catholic problem' • Mormons and Catholics join hands to aid refugee crisis • Concerns on Colorado assisted suicide ballot measure • U.S. has resettled 10,000 Syrian refugees in past year • Headscarf also a religious freedom issue for Christians • How the Catholic Church is fighting spread of Zika virus • Catholic hospital clarifies guidelines on removal of IUDs • Soros money exploited papal visit to influence elections • Diocese of Lincoln sponsors its first Sacred Music Clinic

FEATURES: After gay marriage ruling, polygamy legalization is next • Time for apologists, catechists, theologians to wake up • Mariano Rivera, Pentecostals, and the Catholic Church • Journalist who first told the world about Mother Teresa • Artist who painted Mother Teresa's canonization portrait

SCRIPTURE READINGS: September 4, 2016 – September 10, 2016


AUGUST 27, 2016


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis prays for Turkey wedding attack victims • Francis dedicates Olympic month to praying for sports • American new Vatican ambassador to Guinea Bissau • Benedict XVI's memoir will be published in November • Confession is encounter with God's re-creating mercy • Pope leads general audience rosary for quake victims • Vatican launches new sex education for young people • Pope John Paul I honored with northern Italy museum • Pope Francis will meet with Archbishop of Canterbury • Life isn't black and white, priests must discern the gray • In a rare interview, Benedict XVI names favorite saints • Nonviolent politics a focus of next World Day of Peace • Pope visit was the happiest day of Mother Teresa's life

WORLD NEWS: India plans celebration of Mother Teresa canonization • Filipino bishops demand justice in drug war escalation • A look at the growing crisis of the Church in Germany • Mother Teresa remembered by Apostle of the Rosary • Abortion clinic inspections have consequences in U.K. • Earthquake in Italy prompts massive outpouring of aid • Head of Missionaries of Charity recalls Mother Teresa • Uganda bishop takes stand against domestic violence • Powerful story of nun who survived Italy's earthquake

U.S. NEWS: New gender ruling to impact homeless shelter privacy • Missouri bishops contest limitless concealed carry bill • Pope taps a D.C. auxiliary as new bishop of Memphis • New Mexico bishops battle return of the death penalty • The dangers of misunderstanding the vegetative state • Splinter of Christ's Cross stolen from California church • Michigan diocese drops Common Core for liberal arts • Federal judge halts Obama transgender bathroom rule • Catholics discuss legacy of welfare reform at 20 years • Forcing doctors to perform sex reassignment surgeries • Nun's rosary beads stolen at knife-point during robbery • Mexican-born priest named auxiliary bishop of Denver • Growing Catholic concern over rise of religious 'nones' • St. Louis priest wins case against anti-sex abuse group • Two nuns found murdered at their house in Mississippi • New Denver bishop on getting Catholics back to Mass • Soros money shows Planned Parenthood is in a panic

FEATURES: Olympian wishes she could dine with Mother Angelica • Elizabeth Smart describes effects of captor's porn use • Spotlight on education protests at Matteo Ricci College • New book on Mother Teresa out as canonization nears • Movie reviews: 'Hell or High Water,' 'War Dogs' superb • Bishop Robert Barron: Advice to students, new and old • Actor Neal McDonough lets Catholic faith choose roles • Putting an end to college campuses' victimhood culture

SCRIPTURE READINGS: August 28, 2016 – September 3, 2016


AUGUST 20, 2016


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis calling us to be set ablaze by Holy Spirit • Prayers for the Democratic Republic of Congo victims • Pope voices sorrow for damage by Portugal wildfires • Dallas bishop to head a new Vatican laity department • Holy See calls U.N. to protect children within conflicts • Francis sees a lesson in Jesus' multiplication miracle • Rome's homeless get a special pizza treat from pope • Benedict XVI's students meet to discuss spiritual crisis • Pope Francis to visit Assisi for an interreligious summit

WORLD NEWS: Catholic school network sends nine Olympians to Rio • South American Catholics celebrate the Year of Mercy • Some stunning facts about the blessed Oscar Romero • French Assumption Masses said for nation's intentions • Colombian bishops cheer retreat from gender ideology • India's persecuted Christian ally Bishop Cheenath dies • Lourdes increases its security for Feast of Assumption • Mexican bishop willing to face prison for evangelizing • Young priest encouraged by Francis dies from cancer • Number of German priest ordinations drops to new low • Ireland abortion fight may be George Soros' first salvo • Six nations finish a Marian peace pilgrimage in Poland • Cardinal Marx faces accusations of mishandling abuse • Exhibit shows what it's like to be a persecuted Christian • Here's 5 things to know about World Humanitarian Day

U.S. NEWS: Government is violating Supreme Court mandate order • Archbishop Chaput urges us all not to vote on autopilot • Milwaukee's Archbishop Listecki addresses recent riots • Bill to ensure churches can help people pay premiums • Does U.S. talk on religious persecution match actions? • Amid Baton Rouge floods, victims become the helpers • California religious colleges dodge a big political bullet • Doubt on Hillary Clinton's pro-religious freedom claims • The history and ethics of doping by Olympics athletes • K of C on 'pro-choice but personally opposed' stance • Our Lady of Good Help in Wisconsin a national shrine • Marian procession to mark Los Angeles 235th birthday • Maryland Ten Commandments statue challenge ends • Questions for Catholic school following student suicide • Target testing bathroom compromise after sales drop • Cultural tensions present in murder of Arab Christian

FEATURES: These cards led this Catholic grandpa to build an app • Msgr. Mannion: Bishop Barron is a gift to the Church • Jane and John go to college, and so do their parents • Runner who helped fallen competitor inspired by God • Botched Jesus painting inspires a new comedic opera • An interview with Church Curmudgeon of Twitter fame • Will the next Synod consider married men for priests? • What to do if you're too ashamed to go to Confession • Alice von Hildebrand's column on love and friendship • The 'Ben-Hur' remake: A tale of Christ, a tale of grace • Movie review: 'Ben-Hur' falls short of original 1959 film

SCRIPTURE READINGS: August 21, 2016 – August 27, 2016


AUGUST 13, 2016


VATICAN NEWS: Imam thanks Pope Francis for his comments on Islam • Pope decries civilians paying price of conflict in Syria • Papal condolences for Pakistan hospital terror victims • Pope offers message of prayer over storms in Mexico • The Pope makes surprise visit to convents on day off • When receiving Christ's mercy, it's our duty to share it • Pope Francis invites 21 Syria refugees over for lunch • Possible papal visit to interreligious meeting in Assisi • Bishop lauds Muslims who interpret Quran peacefully • Former prostitutes get special visit from Pope Francis

WORLD NEWS: Irish archbishop moves seminarians from St. Patrick's • All about the Manoppello Image of the Face of Christ • Malawi leaders unite to help out a Catholic orphanage • The shocking prayer of young Iraqi for mercy on ISIS • Remembering an Irish bishop of Bloody Sunday fame • New Iraqi priests bring joy amidst years of heartbreak • Priest ministers to rural region of Papua New Guinea • Japan's bishops fight ending pacifism in constitution • Campaign will honor French priest murdered by ISIS • Suicide of Brazilian priest mentioned in 'Spotlight' film • Blasphemy laws threaten religious freedom worldwide • Aleppo's Catholics pray and fast for peace in civil war • Bishop calls for collaboration to end South Sudan war • Islamic aggression takes on a different form in Nigeria • Our Lady of Peace cathedral in Syria is in need of aid

U.S. NEWS: California bill hurts poor students at religious schools • Churches can't help people pay insurance premiums • Re-trial puts Catholic sex abuse conviction in doubt • Pence slammed for proposed Christian refugee ban • Possible execution of two innocent convicts in Texas • Rejecting call for abortions in face of U.S. Zika cases • Christians counter Satanic Mary mockery with prayer • Guam priest admits guilt during abuse investigations • Sale of saint relics on eBay sparks a Catholic outcry • 40th anniversary for Diocese of Orange in California

FEATURES: Olympians Ledecky and Biles talk about Catholic faith • The Catholic story of a 'Walker, Texas Ranger' actor • Back to school: The Catholic educational philosophy • Bishop Barron: World Youth Day is a source of hope • Movie review: 'Don't Think Twice' is a worthwhile film • Roma Downey chats on her epic remake of 'Ben-Hur'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: August 14, 2016 – August 20, 2016


AUGUST 6, 2016



VATICAN NEWS: Message of Pope Francis to the priests and religious • Pope Francis' off-the-cuff comments to WYD pilgrims • Francis' unexpected stop at a Franciscan monastery • Pope tells 1.6 million youth to avoid 'sofa happiness' • The pope reminds young people of their significance • Panama is chosen to host World Youth Day in 2019 • The pope on preparing for the next WYD in Panama • Pope Francis withholds a judgment on Cardinal Pell • Francis refuses to identify Islam as a violent religion • Transcript of Pope Francis' in-flight press conference • Pope creates new panel to explore women deacons • Meningitis death of WYD pilgrim prompts health alert • Pope Francis' letter to a young mother in Chile prison • A papal message to the athletes of the Rio Olympics • A Vatican cardinal calls Amoris Laetitia controversial • Practicing forgiveness is our direct route into heaven

WORLD NEWS: Young postulant says not to be afraid of God's calling • Muslims in Europe attend Masses to honor Fr. Hamel • WYD Panama to revitalize Church in Central America • Project Mater is an oasis of help for pregnant mothers • CRS and Special Olympics aid Kenya's forgotten kids • How Catholic Church will help bring peace to Africans • Murder of Fr. Hamel by IS calls us to say 'yes' to God • Why Middle East Christians are betrayed by the West • A few easy steps on how to aid persecuted Christians • Rio de Janeiro cardinal blesses torch for the Olympics

U.S. NEWS: Cardinal Dolan on political beliefs of young Catholics • Body of drowned seminarian found after saving a life • Recovery uphill one month after West Virginia floods • Friar advocates indulgence to connect with St. Francis • Head Knight of Columbus attacks voting pro-abortion • Fight for religious freedom by Little Sisters gets award • Louisiana court upholds the priest's seal of confession • 2016 VP nominees: A tale of two Catholic candidates • Supreme Court stops transgender school bathrooms • A request for asylum in the U.S. could land one in jail • What it's like being a Catholic bishop in 2016 election • Secularists' Satan clubs to drive religion from schools • Biden's gay wedding prompts response from bishops

FEATURES: Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo on martyrdom, then and now • The Catholic Church is desperately in need of artists • Movie review: 'The Innocents' a must-see film drama

SCRIPTURE READINGS: August 7, 2016 – August 13, 2016


JULY 30, 2016



VATICAN NEWS: The pope responds to violence in Munich and Kabul • Pope prays for pilgrims en route to World Youth Day • The thrill of seeing Pope Francis for youth in Krakow • Pope condemns violence after French priest is killed • What to watch for in Pope Francis' voyage to Krakow • WYD pilgrims to let the fire of faith enkindle the world • Pope to meet kids with cancer at John Paul II's tomb • Francis says world is at war, but not a war of religion • Poland urged to remember its past, look to the future • Pope Francis' message to young immigrants in Texas • In first balcony talk, Francis tells youth to make chaos • Francis at Czestochowa: The humble speak for God • Pope tells youth don't waste life seeking empty thrills • Pope Francis' three words every couple should know • At Auschwitz camp, Pope prays for God's forgiveness • The pope's healing words at Polish children's hospital • WYD panel assesses global state of religious freedom • Pope Francis sends video message to young Cubans • Where is God amid suffering? Within Christ's embrace • Heroism and sacrifice: A Catholic history of Auschwitz • The cruelty of Auschwitz still lives on, Pope tells youth • The story of Holocaust survivor who met Pope Francis

WORLD NEWS: Argentine nuns charged with helping to hide $9 million • Munich archbishop and Benedict XVI grieve shooting • Polish cardinal speaks of Krakow, Saint John Paul II • Day of fasting declared after murder of French priest • The story of Poland's vast underground salt cathedral • Nun who escaped death talks about French IS attack • Syrian brothers reunite at WYD, ask the world to pray • French pilgrims pedal their ways to World Youth Day • Japan knife attack shows disabled must be protected • A cry of hope after the murder of Father Hamel by IS

U.S. NEWS: Racial tensions spark day of prayer with U.S. bishops • Youngest U.S. Olympian relies on God in tough times • Americans support higher standard for abortion clinics • Millennial Catholic women chat about faith, life, dating • How knowing fertility can help you catch disease early • Bishops voice concern over Tim Kaine as Catholic VP • DNC e-mails show link to anti-religious freedom group • Tim Kaine draws wrath over Hyde Amendment flip-flop • Former Obama aide reviews the Democrats' platform • Pennsylvania court upholds priest's tainted trial ruling • Louisiana priest suspended following child porn arrest • Baseball Hall of Famer gives thanks for Catholic faith • Assessing the Democrats' vision for religious freedom

FEATURES: Movie review: 'Star Trek: Beyond' one entertaining film • Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo: Can the Catholic Church die? • Movie review: Action-packed 'Jason Bourne' delivers • How Christians deal with the experiences of suffering

SCRIPTURE READINGS: July 31, 2016 – August 6, 2016


JULY 23, 2016


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis leads prayers for victims of Nice attack • Who is the Black Madonna and why is she important? • Catechetical site to share mercy for World Youth Day • Pope marries young deaf couple at Casa Santa Marta • Pope Francis is ready for World Youth Day - Are you? • Francis to meet Holocaust survivors at Auschwitz visit • Mary Magdalene gets upgraded feast day for July 22 • Pope Francis issues new norms for women's cloisters

WORLD NEWS: Germany reports fewer churchgoers, parishes, priests • New film on miracles offers to explain the inexplicable • Religious laws in Russia not expected to hurt Church • Archbishop Ganswein criticism of German Church Tax • Remembering the 21 Copts martyred by ISIS in Libya • Death of Neocatechumenal Way's Carmen Hernandez • Local bishop's statement regarding German train terror • Catholic leaders make business responsible in Malawi • Baptism at sea: Refugee child born during boat rescue • Doubts over alleged photograph of Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil • The witness of Iraqi young people at World Youth Day • Spanish priest urges drivers to be merciful on the road • The day Jesus appeared in the sky of Ocotlan, Mexico • Zimbabwe's Christian leaders band together in protest

U.S. NEWS: California bishops ask voters to reject death penalty bill • Baton Rouge bishop: Christ the answer in violent world • Americans want statute of limitation law applied equally • Why Starbucks and McDonald's are blocking WiFi porn • Inspired by Pope, California lawyers offers free service • What Catholics are saying about GOP's party platform • Catholic News Service announces a new editor-in-chief • Examining the anti-porn stance of the Republican Party • Sandy Hook mother explains need for prayer after loss • Prosecutors drop charges against St. Paul archdiocese • Checking values in the Republican National Convention • NBA moves All Star game from North Carolina over bill

FEATURES: Movie review: 'Ghostbusters' remake brings big laughs • Urgently needed: More canonized mothers and fathers

SCRIPTURE READINGS: July 24, 2016 – July 30, 2016


JULY 16, 2016


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis' ongoing reform of Vatican's finances • World Youth Day pilgrims to get social doctrine app • Good Samaritan isn't just a parable, it's a way of life • American named as the new Vatican spokesperson • Vatican spokesman wades into ad orientem debate • New press directors given a warm Vatican welcome • Pope Francis grieves over deadly train crash in Italy • U.S. religious freedom lawyer on new Vatican team • Francis moves to re-launch a dialogue with Al-Azhar • Latin America department gets a surprise papal visit • Fr. Brochero: Gaucho priest, devil's worst nightmare • Vatican event draws leaders to discuss faith, sports • Holy See's comments on conflicts in the Middle East • Vatican condemns Nice terror as homicidal madness • Sixth generation of papal tailors in Gammarelli family • Pope Francis proves a man of his word with reforms

WORLD NEWS: Venezuelan officials blasted for blocking Church aid • South Sudan Church leaders' comments on civil war • Are these quite possibly the world's happiest nuns? • Cautious optimism as ISIS to lose control over Mosul • Eradication of religion teachers from Belgian schools • Reports of teen convulsions in Charlie Charlie game

U.S. NEWS: Half of U.S. states sue over transgender school rules • Iowa churches fear new state civil rights commission • Knights of Columbus' novena for peace in shootings • Wichita seminarian missing after rescuing a woman • Calls to protect doctors who won't perform abortions • The silent epidemic of domestic abuse within the U.S. • Support grows on conscience protection on marriage • Sinister one-stop shop for suicide opens in California • U.S. bishop now one step closer to becoming a saint

FEATURES: Learning from Catholics with psychological struggles • Mysteries of the Rosary coloring book for grown-ups • How Pokemon Go is getting people to go to Church • The Cross of Jesus: Seeing God's awful work of love • What a local parish and hipster bar have in common • The house we live in: Reflection on our violent world

SCRIPTURE READINGS: July 17, 2016 – July 23, 2016


FEBRUARY 20, 2016



VATICAN NEWS: Pope will venerate Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe • What will the Pope say about immigration in Mexico? • Pope Francis says he wants to bring peace to Mexico • First-ever meeting of a Pope and a Russian Patriarch • Why Pope Francis decided to meet with Patriarch Kirill • The full text of joint declaration from Francis and Kirill • Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill hold historic meeting • Pope Francis authors a new book of letters to children • Full text of Pope Francis' speech to Mexico authorities • Pope tells Mexican leaders to remember young people • Full text of Pope Francis' address to bishops of Mexico • Francis tells bishops to follow Our Lady of Guadalupe • Full text of Pope Francis homily at Basilica of Our Lady • At Guadalupe Mass, Pope highlights Mary's obedience • Francis prays before image of Our Lady of Guadalupe • The unscripted message of Pope Francis upon arrival • Full text of Pope Francis' homily at Mass in Ecatepec • Don't let the devil steal the dream God has just for you • Pope tells Mexicans to let gratitude to God shape lives • Full text of Pope Francis' address to children's hospital • Pope prays with young patients at a children's hospital • The full text of Pope Francis' homily at Chiapas Mass • Pope tells Mexico not to anesthetize the hope of youth • Full text of papal remarks during meeting with families • Even wounded families are better than life in isolation • Full text of Pope Francis' homily at Mass with religious • Pope warns religious that resignation is from the devil • Full text of Pope Francis' address to young Mexicans • What the Pope said to a huge crowd of Mexican youth • Ten things you may have missed from the Pope's visit • Did St. Therese of Lisieux give roses to Pope Francis? • Full text of Francis' address to Mexican prison inmates • Full text of the Pope's address to Mexico labor leaders • Pope tells inmates that no one is beyond God's mercy • The moment when Pope Francis got angry in Mexico • How the Pope proposes to fight Mexican drug violence • Full text of Pope Francis' homily at last Mass in Mexico • Pope Francis show his grief at the U.S.-Mexico border • If Donald Trump only builds walls he is not a Christian • Abortion is evil and is not a solution to Zika virus threat • Full text of Pope Francis in-flight interview from Mexico • What did Pope Francis really say about contraception?

WORLD NEWS: Mexican bishops warn of ticket scams during papal trip • Single mother to tell Pope her story from inside prison • Archbishop asks for prayers after Mexican prison riot • How millions of Mexican keys are used to honor Pope • Shoeshiner-turned-journalist meets with Pope Francis • Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica on Google street view • Girl with only half a heart is full of joy for Pope Francis

U.S. NEWS: Pope Francis' trip to include a Mass at the U.S. border • How Twitter is preparing for the Pope's visit to Mexico • For Justice Antonin Scalia, faith and work didn't conflict

FEATURES: The secret life of Pius XII, the Pope who battled Hitler • A chat with Joseph Fiennes, star of the thriller 'Risen' • The Doritos commercial and the revival of voluntarism • Meditations for Lent: On fasting and our taste for God

SCRIPTURE READINGS: February 21, 2016 – February 27, 2016


JANUARY 9, 2016



VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis declares a Holy Year for Mercy in 2016 • Homily of Pope Francis on Feast of Divine Mercy vigil • Papal Bull issued for upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy • Pope Francis' unprecedented Year for Mercy Jubilee • Pope Francis' schedule for the 2016 Jubilee of Mercy • Priests to forgive abortions during Holy Year of Mercy • Reconciliation with the SSPX in the Jubilee for Mercy • Pope urges European churches to welcome refugees • Mercy dialogue a focus of World Communications Day • Pope to open African cathedral Holy Door during visit • St. Peter's Holy Door uncovered as Jubilee draws near • Pope Francis opens the Holy Door in Bangui cathedral • Make the Jubilee of Mercy a revolution of tenderness • Benedict XVI to attend the Vatican Holy Door opening • The Sacrament of Reconciliation in the Year of Mercy • Jubilee launched with opening of St. Peter's Holy Door • Pope Francis on the Church's need for a Year of Mercy • An interview with Cardinal Muller on theology of mercy • Francis postpones Milan visit due to Jubilee schedule • The new annulment process went into effect this week • As Jesus' birth nears, the Pope will not allow sadness • To obtain peace, we must fight indifference with mercy • God reveals love and mercy to us through the Church • Pope Francis reminds railroad workers of God's mercy • To find God, we must seek him out in the most needy • Look for the presence of God in your life at New Year's • Mercy will be stronger than violence, injustice in 2016 • Pope Francis declares Mary the Mother of Forgiveness • First papal 2016 Angelus calls for vigilance against evil • Missionaries of Mercy depart under gaze of Padre Pio • Mankind seeks God and the Magi show us where He is

WORLD NEWS: Rome preparing for Holy Year of Mercy with ice cream • Huge pilgrimage for Mary opens Year of Mercy in Chile • Africa's bishops suggest how to live the Year of Mercy

U.S. NEWS: Understanding the meaning of the Holy Year for Mercy • The truth about mercy and some of its misconceptions

FEATURES: Bishop Robert Barron on Pope Francis and true mercy • Movie reviews: Epic 'Hateful Eight' and crude 'Sisters' • Untying knots with the Mother of Mercy in the Jubilee

SCRIPTURE READINGS: January 10, 2016 – January 16, 2016


DECEMBER 5, 2015



VATICAN NEWS: Excitement building for Pope Francis' journey to Africa • Pope to open Bangui cathedral's Holy Door during visit • What papal visit means to the Central African Republic • The Pope sends video messages to Africa ahead of trip • No matter what our divisions, we must strive for peace • En route to Kenya, Pope Francis confirms Mexico visit • Pope commends traditional values of Kenyan families • Interreligious dialogue is not an option but a necessity • Pope's off-the-cuff advice to Kenyan priests, religious • Pope Francis' address at U.N. office in Nairobi, Kenya • What the poor in slums have is worth more than money • The full text of Francis' powerful talk with Kenya's youth • Pope praises Uganda for helping refugees rebuild lives • Ugandan catechists' work is not easy but it is important • Witness to Jesus with all your life like Ugandan martyrs • Pope Francis' road map for faith is simply to serve poor • Pope tells Uganda's youth they are a people of martyrs • Memory, fidelity, and prayer urged for Uganda religious • Pope advocates for unity in the Central African Republic • Peace is not possible without tolerance and forgiveness • Francis meets Evangelicals in Central African Republic • Christ's love will overcome Central Africa's devastation • Pope Francis' off-the-cuff talk with Central Africa youth • Francis' stunning reaction to Bangui mosque murders • Pope Francis opens the Holy Door in Bangui cathedral • Pope urges Central Africans to be artisans of renewal • African Christians, Muslims must unite to end violence • Pope Francis responds to journalist's condom question • Full text of Pope's in-flight interview on return to Rome • Vatican tells Paris summit to put ethics in climate talks • The Pope asks African youth to become missionaries • Make the Jubilee of Mercy a revolution of tenderness • Jihadists arrested for making threats against Francis • Saint Nicholas' surprising visit to Saint Peter's Square • Pope Francis blesses a genuine car chapel at Vatican

WORLD NEWS: Anticipation is growing for Pope Francis' visit to Kenya • Ugandans fight contraception push as papal trip nears • African bishops offer Pope prayers and warm welcome • The legacy of martyrs from Venerable English College • Pro-lifers condemn abortion ruling in Northern Ireland • Spain Catholics protest Host desecration in art exhibit • Huge Marian pilgrimage opens Year of Mercy in Chile • Prayer ad before Star Wars movie rejected in the U.K.

U.S. NEWS: U.S. bishops have mercy for those with porn addiction • Pro-life groups condemn Planned Parenthood shooting • Utah diocese investigates mystery of a 'bleeding' Host • Denver's archbishop on Planned Parenthood shooting • San Bernardino bishop prays following mass shooting • U.S. Senate passes bill to defund Planned Parenthood

FEATURES: Bishop Robert Barron essay: The 'Waze' of Providence • Remembering the churchwomen martyrs of El Salvador • Bishops' Pact of the Catacombs still very relevant today • Movie reviews: Gay plots in 'The Danish Girl' and 'Carol'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: December 6, 2015 – December 12, 2015


OCTOBER 31, 2015



VATICAN NEWS: Francis tells Synod Fathers to learn from Holy Family • St. Therese relics to be on display throughout Synod • God's dream for creation is union of man and woman • Pope asks for prayers before Synod commencement • Pope Francis warns Fathers about politicizing Synod • Full text of Cardinal Erdo's introductory Synod report • Cardinal Erdo's emphatic defense of Church teaching • Pope Francis supports new synod process in speech • Need for more accurate translations of Synod papers • Bishops skewer working document of Synod in report • Mercy at Synod will not be abandonment of doctrine • Proclaim the beauty of God's plan for family at Synod • Synod is cautioned on perils of disunity in the Church • Concerned bishops write letter to Pope about Synod • Cardinal Pell's response to media leak of Synod letter • How 'shadow council' is trying to influence the Synod • Diverse Synod subgroups united on gender ideology • Cardinal Muller's response to Synod letter disclosure • Helping Synod bishops understand violent marriages • Synod bishops need clarity on what marriage truly is • Release from the German small group at the Synod • Do not 'regionalize' the Church teaching on marriage • Synod faces 'silent martyrdom' of family incest, abuse • Communion for divorced Catholics debated at Synod • Speculation on composition of final Synod document • 50th anniversary of Synod renews call to discipleship • Full transcript of interview with Cardinal Pell in Synod • Cardinal Urosa asks the Synod to empower marriage • Clarification of notorious 2014 Synod midterm report • Pope's catechesis on marriage, fidelity, and freedom • Support in Synod for Church teaching on communion • Archbishop Gomez's comments over family in Synod • Discussing the problem of pornography at the Synod • Gay urges Synod to keep teaching on homosexuality • Synod was always about upholding family, marriage • Final Synod document strongly backs Church dogma • Pope Francis' message to bishops at close of Synod • Pope grieves loss of many lives in Afghanistan quake • Prayer for Christians to remain within the Middle East • Pope Francis on prayer as the treasure of all religion

WORLD NEWS: Gay Catholics tell the Synod to promote chastity for all • Paris archbishop says no revolution to occur at Synod • More scheming outside Synod at Rome LGBT event • German bishops criticized over support of church tax • Sculpture seeks to comfort those mourning abortion • Salesians celebrate their 25th anniversary in Burma • Mexico glad Hurricane Patricia caused little damage • Investigation of Sodalitium Christianae Vitae founder • New guidebook gives a tour of John Paul II's Poland • China replaces one-child policy with two-child policy

U.S. NEWS: Congress told child migrants' home countries worse • A look at U.S. prison system as calls for reform grow • U.S. archdiocese overhauls marriage prep program • Bishops renew calls against death penalty in Florida • New Mexico seminarians soup up car for vocations • Advocates chide U.S. on ignoring religious violence • Marriage event expects record-breaking attendance

FEATURES: Bishop Robert Barron: Preaching the strange word • Two November feast days of special remembrance • All Saint's Day is for all men and women of goodwill

SCRIPTURE READINGS: November 1, 2015 – November 7, 2015


OCTOBER 24, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Speculation on composition of final Synod document • Canonization of the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux • 50th anniversary of Synod renews call to discipleship • Four new saints point to humility, not to worldly power • Genuine faith is a force against savagery of terrorism • Pope prays for peace in Holy Land amid new violence • Full transcript of interview with Cardinal Pell in Synod • Cardinal Urosa asks the Synod to empower marriage • Benedict XVI and cause for sainthood of John Paul I • Clarification of notorious 2014 Synod midterm report • What the Holy See told U.N. about using outer space • Vatican dispels rumor over Pope Francis' poor health • Pope's catechesis on marriage, fidelity, and freedom • Support in Synod for Church teaching on communion • Archbishop Gomez's comments over family in Synod • Holy See rises to support indigenous peoples at U.N. • U.N. urged to abolish nuclear weapons by Holy See • New Vatican office combines laity, family, life issues • Legacy of John Paul II still visible in Church teaching • Discussing the problem of pornography at the Synod • The Bible can change lives, but first you must read it • Gay urges Synod to keep teaching on homosexuality

WORLD NEWS: German bishops criticized over support of church tax • Ghana's bishops ask country to work for fair election • Filipinos host the International Eucharistic Congress • Spain's socialist party would ban all religion classes • Peruvian community confronts accusations of abuse • Living means witness to the Gospel for Thai Cardinal • Cuba Catholics seek removal of religious restrictions

U.S. NEWS: Media distorted efforts of archbishop to guide priests • Hyatt Hotels removes on-demand porn around globe • Archbishop Chaput's support for Francis was obvious • Culture of distraction keeps millennials from marrying • Denver archbishop questions German bishops' views • Funding renewal for global religious freedom monitors • Pro-life opinion rises in U.S. in the wake of papal visit • Evangelicals see growing opposition to death penalty • Congress told aid for Syrian refugees crisis falls short • U.S. House takes vote to defund Planned Parenthood • Catholic entrepreneur's food revolution helps the sick

FEATURES: Movie review: Scary films worth seeing this weekend • Prosperity Gospel, a travesty of Good News of Christ • Movie review: 'The Martian' and why each life matters • How All Hallows' Eve evolved into Halloween, Part II • Essay by Alice von Hildebrand: Discrimination on trial • Movie review: 'Steve Jobs' reveals a complex genius

SCRIPTURE READINGS: October 25, 2015 – October 31, 2015


OCTOBER 17, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Mercy at Synod will not be abandonment of doctrine • Pope Francis warns of traps of relativism and rigidity • Proclaim the beauty of God's plan for family at Synod • Pope prays for the victims of terrorist blasts in Turkey • Synod is cautioned on perils of disunity in the Church • Holy See at U.N. on poverty, environment, economy • Concerned bishops write letter to Pope about Synod • Vatican child protection to be custom-fitted per culture • Cardinal Pell's response to media leak of Synod letter • How 'shadow council' is trying to influence the Synod • Diverse Synod subgroups united on gender ideology • Pope Francis establishes dorm for Rome's homeless • Cardinal Muller's response to Synod letter disclosure • Helping Synod bishops understand violent marriages • Pope asks forgiveness for recent scandals in Church • Synod bishops need clarity on what marriage truly is • Release from the German small group at the Synod • Christian family counters Islamic, Western extremism • Pope Francis on existence of aliens in new interview • Pope meets with Chile miners five years after rescue • Do not 'regionalize' the Church teaching on marriage • Pope secretly visits new dorms for Rome's homeless • Synod faces 'silent martyrdom' of family incest, abuse • Communion for divorced Catholics debated at Synod

WORLD NEWS: Polish archbishop talks about sin, Christ's incarnation • More scheming outside Synod at Rome LGBT event • 'Confess-a-thon' at Colombian mall draws 350 priests • Identifying the remains of martyr St. John Plessington • Pro-abortion activists attack a cathedral in Argentina • India forces Missionaries of Charity to end adoptions • Kidnapped Syrian priest escapes from ISIS terrorists • Caritas Pakistan celebrates fifty years of relief service • Irish archbishop's devotion to the Little Flower family

U.S. NEWS: Bishop Conley prays for burglar after robbery at home • Cardinal Dolan lauds the minority who strive for virtue • Planned Parenthood to stop selling of fetal body parts • Gay Catholics who left the Church and then returned • The meaning of complementarity in men and women

FEATURES: Bishop Robert Barron: Pope Francis and true mercy • How All Hallows' Eve evolved into Halloween, Part I • Life is a lens through which we must view every issue

SCRIPTURE READINGS: October 18, 2015 – October 24, 2015


OCTOBER 10, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Vatican responds to gay Doctrine of Faith monsignor • Francis tells Synod Fathers to learn from Holy Family • St. Therese relics to be on display throughout Synod • God's dream for creation is union of man and woman • Pope asks for prayers before Synod commencement • Pope Francis warns Fathers about politicizing Synod • Full text of Cardinal Erdö's introductory Synod report • Possible visit to Mexico for Francis in first half of 2016 • Cardinal Erdö's emphatic defense of Church teaching • Pope Francis supports new synod process in speech • Pope John Paul II's secret to inspiration of the youth • The family saves us from indifference and loneliness • Need for more accurate translations of Synod papers • Bishops skewer working document of Synod in report • Francis leads Synod in praying for Middle East peace

WORLD NEWS: Gay Catholics tell the Synod to promote chastity for all • Paris archbishop says no revolution to occur at Synod • U.K. archbishop discusses migrant families' situation • Cardinal Ruini reflects on the Magisterium's continuity • Ugandans prepare for papal visit with prayer, penance • African bishops fight back on 'ideological colonization' • Will hope brought by the Pope's visit to Cuba endure?

U.S. NEWS: Catholic healthcare group sued over abortion coverage • California governor signs assisted-suicide bill into law • What it was like when Francis visited homeless in D.C. • Triumph through trial by a remarkable Catholic athlete • Religious ask Obama to declare IS violence genocide • New movement hopes to share the reality of marriage • How the Catholic Church fights loan sharks in Texas • Chicago shrine seeks help to rebuild after crippling fire • New book on future of marriage and religious freedom

FEATURES: Brian Williams, Chris Matthews, and the fly in the bottle • Some reflections on Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton • Movie review: 'Sicario' explores the war on drug cartels • Movie review: Joseph-Gordon Levitt stars in 'The Walk'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: October 11, 2015 – October 17, 2015


OCTOBER 3, 2015



VATICAN NEWS: Full text of Pope Francis' homily at Mass with clergy • Pope tells priests, religious how to inspire vocations • Full text of Pope Francis' address on religious liberty • The most important part of the Pope's trip is to come • Religious liberty is God's gift, so we need to defend it • Full text of Pope's unused Festival of Families speech • Pope reveals family as God's most beautiful creation • Pope Francis' comments after meeting abuse victims • Help youth be brave in opting for marriage and family • Pope tells inmates that confinement isn't an exclusion • God's love is for everyone and don't believe otherwise • Pope makes impromptu stop at statue for Jewish unity • Francis leaves U.S. with a heart of gratitude and hope • Communion for the divorced isn't the only Synod issue • I can forgive an abuser but understand why some can't • Full transcript of Pope's return flight press conference • Link between World Youth Day 2016 and Divine Mercy • Pope meets Argentine family who traveled to Festival • Mercy, dialogue a focus of World Communications Day • Pope appeals for the life of Georgia death row inmate • Sistine Chapel Choir releases first sacred music album • Francis reportedly met with embattled clerk Kim Davis • Pope lauds Archbishop Chaput's great love for family • To welcome a migrant is like welcoming God himself • Vatican clarifies nature of Pope's Kim Davis meeting • What to expect from the synod of bishops in October • Listen to your guardian angel, a messenger from God

WORLD NEWS: Nigerian bishops speak out for family as Synod nears • Catalan bishops' statement on Spanish independence • Rome event brings voice of chaste and gay to Synod • A Mexican exorcist advances on the path to sainthood • African pastors want Christ's love and truth at Synod • LGBT activists lobby bishops ahead of Family Synod

U.S. NEWS: Cardinal O'Malley on requirements for evangelization • Pope Francis transcended liberal/conservative divide • Archbishop Lori on Francis' defense of religious liberty • Junipero Serra canonization a great time for Catholics • Exclusive Archbishop Chaput interview on papal visit • Marie Miller describes what it was like to play for Pope • U.S. bishops echo Pope on sex abuse, accountability • Archbishop Kurtz's thoughts about Pope Francis' visit • What meeting Pope Francis was like for Harlem school • Families thank Pope with renewed marital commitment • Pro-life Democrats fight Planned Parenthood funding • Phoenix bishop challenges Catholic men in new letter • U.S. bishops urge Congress to act on religious liberty • Dating apps lead to rise sexually transmitted diseases • Oregon bishops, priests support a community in shock

FEATURES: Movie review: Something for all in 'The Intern' • A reflection on the moral life and human choice • Sr. Joan Roccasalvo: Recapping the papal visit • The Pope, the Congress, and a Trappist monk

SCRIPTURE READINGS: October 4, 2015 – October 10, 2015


SEPTEMBER 26, 2015



VATICAN NEWS: True evangelization demands a heart on fire for God • Pope reveals the key to childhood to Cuba, U.S. youth • Restoration of Cuba and U.S. ties are a sign of hope • Pope deeply moved by Vatican-housed refugee family • Vatican Observatory astronomer on God's providence • Pope urges Cubans to serve people and not ideology • Francis stresses urgency of peace talks in Colombia • Pope Francis gives Fidel Castro a copy of Laudato Si • Pope's advice to Cuba's religious in Cuba on poverty • Holy Father speaks from the heart to young Cubans • Do you believe that you can be transformed by Christ? • Nine things you missed from Francis' time in Havana • Cubans should imitate Mary's revolution of tenderness • Pope blesses unborn children while meeting families • Previewing the Pope's coming visit to United Nations • Full text of Pope's in-flight interview going to the U.S. • Pope Francis nixes left-leaning claims during interview • Pope reminds Obama religious freedom is priceless • Francis affirms immigrants enrich America and Church • Imitate Saint Junipero Serra, be trailblazers for Christ • Possible papal visit to the Martin Luther King memorial • Surprise stop at Little Sisters of Poor to show support • Full text of Pope Francis' address to the U.S. Congress • Congress told marriage and family are being threatened • Full text of papal visit to St. Patrick's Church and Shelter • Reminder that Jesus came into world as homeless man • Full text of vespers with Pope Francis in New York City • Pope's comments on recovery from the abuse scandal • Full text of Pope Francis' address to the United Nations • Leave ideology behind and care for the human person • Full text of Pope Francis' speech at the 9/11 Memorial • Pope Francis reflects on the destruction at Ground Zero • Full text of Pope Francis' address to a school in Harlem • Full text of Pope's Madison Square Garden Mass homily • Pope urges Harlem children to never lose their dreams • Francis tells New Yorkers that Jesus walks their streets • How the Pope used the environment to preach to U.N.

WORLD NEWS: Iceland's new bishop inherits turbulent Catholic history • A challenging message from Fidel Castro's old teacher • Prayers for new Assyrian leader amid current tragedy • Cuban youth who exchanged zucchettos with the Pope • United Nations will unfurl Holy See flag for Pope's visit • Iraqi Christians who fled Islamic State share their story • Cardinal Sarah on efforts to soften teachings of Christ

U.S. NEWS: What Pope Francis is likely to tell the U.S. Congress • Pope Francis' approval ratings are higher than Trump's • Bishop Robert Barron discusses why the Pope is here • New York City is anxiously preparing for 'The Francis' • Care for environment is moral duty, not political football • Little girl defies security guards to get hug from Pope • Bishop Conley on the visit of our brother, Pope Francis • This nine year-old wants to meet Francis and be pope • Can this giant Pope Francis mural move New Yorkers? • The talent who will perform for the Pope in Philadelphia

FEATURES: Essay on Pope Francis: Missionary of mercy and peace • Our missionary Pope named Francis and political piracy

SCRIPTURE READINGS: September 27, 2015 – October 3, 2015


SEPTEMBER 19, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Bankers urged to work towards more honest economy • Pope Francis gives a hint on how to become a saint • Jesus reveals to us the path to freedom, not success • Refuse to have kids? Then make room for migrants • Full text of Pope Francis' interview with radio station • As cross is lifted high, we must bring ourselves low • Pope Francis will likely meet Castro during Cuba visit • Four U.S. prelates invited to Synod by Pope Francis • Religious fundamentalism keeps us from the true God • Women have role in protecting humanity against evil • Council proposes new congregation for Roman Curia • Sex workers, lost children a result of our indifference • Pope Francis will be in Cuba as missionary of mercy • No one can play dumb on events in the Middle East • Vatican parish gets first refugees after papal appeal

WORLD NEWS: No justice after deadly anti-Christian attacks in India • Beatification of Benedict Daswa, South African martyr • European bishops visit Holy Land in show of solidarity • Cuban bishops hail prisoner pardons before papal visit • What massive Eucharistic Adoration looks like in India • A Syrian bishop wants solutions, not guns to end crisis • Brazilian bishop charges media with misquoting Pope • Japan's Christianity emerges from the Vatican archive • Cubans hope that Pope Francis' visit will rekindle faith • Syrian Christians pray for miracles amid ISIS carnage

U.S. NEWS: Catholics deal with dating apps and death of romance • Congress resolution labels ISIS atrocities as genocide • List of best opportunities to see Pope Francis in D.C. • Knock, knock. Who's there? Pope Francis, apparently • Pope names new bishop for Kansas City-St. Joseph • Planned Parenthood feared press on baby parts sales • Cardinal O'Malley's statement on Respect Life month • Office Depot recants calling pro-life flier 'hate material' • Nebraska bishop discusses goals of higher education • Over 45 million live in poverty on eve of Francis' visit • Chicago archdiocese appoints a new director of media • Catholic activists invited to White House papal reception • How marriage prep is failing today's Catholic couples • Papal visit to U.S. won't just be about the environment • House votes to rescind funding to Planned Parenthood • Vatican concerned over White House dissident guests

FEATURES: Alice von Hildebrand essay: The saints and offenses • Sr. Joan Roccasalvo essay: The meaning of mercy • Bishop Robert Barron: Your life does not belong to you • Oliver Cromwell is reviled in the annals of Irish history • Movie review: 'Black Mass' is empty and depressing

SCRIPTURE READINGS: September 20, 2015 – September 26, 2015


SEPTEMBER 12, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Pope engages Americans in a pre-trip virtual audience • Tell-all book suggests that the last Synod was rigged • Pope urges European churches to welcome refugees • Francis asks Armenian Catholics to remember martyrs • Vatican reform of annulment process to be presented • Revamped annulment process to involve local bishops • Churches, families must be made places of welcome • Vatican official praises Pope's decisions on annulment • How might new annulment process affect the Synod? • Vatican confirms Pope Francis' Africa visit in November • ACI Stampa launch to revitalize Italian Catholic news • Marriage between a man and a woman is under attack • Pope Francis will be 'Missionary of Mercy' on Cuba trip • When Pope John Paul II grieved with America on 9/11 • Is this the miracle that could canonize Mother Teresa? • Pope Francis warns against ignoring climate change

WORLD NEWS: Families take in refugees as Pope asks for Europe aid • Knights of Columbus to send one month of food to Erbil • The state of the Church Pope Francis will find in Cuba • A role for faith in Queen Elizabeth II's remarkable reign • Release of official prayer for Pope Francis' visit to Cuba • Assisted suicide bill fails during British Parliament vote

U.S. NEWS: Minnesota archdiocese's continuing sex abuse charges • Mother Teresa and the priest who was her kindred spirit • Texas abortion clinics ask court to stop safety standards • A message to celebrate Labor Day in the Catholic way • Church's real teaching on divorce is surprising to many • L.A.'s new bishops ordained in a call to joy, mercy, hope • Bishops urge anti-suicide terms in end-of-life counseling • Abortion survivors press House on Planned Parenthood • Bishop asks for prayers after Indianapolis church burns • California's fast-tracked suicide bill sparks accusations • Keith Fourner explains 'the common good' in his column • Inside dubious LGBT media guide to Pope Francis' visit • Lincoln diocese adds to its effective child protection plan • U.S. bishops to welcome refugees from Syrian civil war

FEATURES: Movie reviews: 'Walk in the Woods' and 'The Gift' • Keith Fournier: Rescuing the real Common Good • Catholic education, Part IV: Grace under pressure • Are cats and other animals allowed into heaven? • Movie review: M. Night Shyamalan film 'The Visit'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: September 13, 2015 – September 19, 2015




VATICAN NEWS: Autopsy results from ex-nuncio awaiting Vatican trial • Pope Francis mourns suffocation deaths of migrants • Conversion isn't appearance, it's a matter of the heart • What to learn at upcoming World Meeting of Families • Pope asks Catholic lawmakers to be strong, protect life • Pope Francis holds virtual audiences with Americans • God's truth, love, and goodness act to make us pure • Priests can forgive abortions during Jubilee for Mercy • Pope listens to what Francis of Assisi can teach us • Alliance between families and God can change world • Vatican rules against transsexual godparents in Spain • Pope says 'never again' to war on WWII anniversary • Reconciliation with the SSPX in the Jubilee for Mercy • Migrant crisis brings strong rebuke from the Vatican • Papal pop-by at Roman eyewear shop draws a crowd • Pope Francis' meeting with Israeli president on unity • Junipero Serra's cross gets a kiss from Pope Francis • Francis shows link between doctrine and pastoral care • Holy See's cautious support for U.N. development goals

WORLD NEWS: One African cardinal's prediction on the Church's future • Bishop in Swaziland seeks prayer after truck accident • Why women are needed to help end violence in Africa

U.S. NEWS: Planned Parenthood failed to report a suspected rape • Illinois diocese's policy for families in Catholic schools • Survey of Catholic practice and Catholic faith in the U.S. • Black leaders ask Smithsonian to stop honoring Sanger • Pope Francis is popular among Americans ahead of visit • Bishops call for renewal of religious freedom commission • Planned Parenthood's CEO validates suspicions in video • Seminary plants tree for Pope's day for care of creation • Monks who decided to go green years before Laudato Si • Don't believe the split between Francis and U.S. bishops • D.C. choir hopes Pope Francis will sing along during visit • Archbishop Chaput's commentary on Trump immigration • Samer Noam, the man behind the Eye of the Tiber satire • Five federal judges rebuke appeals court on Little Sisters

FEATURES: Movie review: Owen Wilson in thriller 'No Escape' • Catholic education, Part III: Fully alive for virtue • Understanding why Junípero Serra matters today

SCRIPTURE READINGS: September 6, 2015 – September 12, 2015


AUGUST 29, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Papal call for peace in Ukraine on Independence Day • When Jesus' words are hard, you need faith to stay • No Vatican officials involved in Ashley Madison leak • Pope tells parents to teach their children how to pray • Benedict XVI on the modern world's biggest challenge • Former apostolic nuncio facing sex abuse trial dies • Vatican rejects papal endorsement claim for gay book • Seminars discuss change on Communion for divorced

WORLD NEWS: Rome angered over alleged mob boss' lavish funeral • A role for the Catholic Church in Korean reconciliation • An exorcist identifies pride as favorite sin of the devil • Thai Catholics join prayer service after Bangkok bomb • CRS works to ease Mali food shortage amid violence • Filipinos mourn Bishop Francisco San Diego of Pasig • Catholics in Colombia assist refugees from Venezuela • Cuba's Women in White fear government crackdown • Forensic scientists reveal face of Saint Rose of Lima

U.S. NEWS: Hilton hotels to remove on-demand porn worldwide • Archbishop Cordileone thankful for teacher contract • Thousands protest at abortion clinics across the U.S. • PopUpPope seen in Philadelphia ahead of papal visit • Cardinal Levada apologizes after Hawaii DUI arrest • What servant leadership looks like on a global scale • Request of special needs students for Pope Francis • Tech company receives whole fetuses for harvesting • Andy Warhol: Pop artist, provocateur, and Catholic • New Orleans nun remembers Katrina ten years later • Catholic groups support U.S. bill against slave labor • Bishops continue to fight death penalty in Nebraska

FEATURES: Colbert, Tolkien, Newman, and Providence of God • Catholic education, Part II: Quality and non-quality • Movie review: 'Grandma' lacks redeeming qualities

SCRIPTURE READINGS: August 30, 2015 – September 5, 2015


AUGUST 22, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Mary's greatness comes down to the virtue of faith • Pope Francis on being transformed by the Eucharist • Hungarian Cardinal Laszlo Paskai mourned by Pope • Pope Francis reassures Thais after Bangkok attacks • When it comes to work, don't feed off backs of others • Our limits remind us that we are made for great things • Eleven cardinals join forces to write pre-synod book • Swiss money targets African bishops ahead of Synod

WORLD NEWS: Venezuela's economic crisis leads to Host shortages • Amnesty International on decriminalizing prostitution • U.N. development goals likely to increase abortions • Why Christianity is growing so fast in mainland China • Greece tour reveals ministry of Saint Paul to priests • Ecuadorian cardinal's expectations for Family Synod • Dozens of grads join ranks of Kenya's Catholic nurses • How a Nepal Jesuit school is helping quake survivors • ISIS destroys ancient Catholic monastery inside Syria

U.S. NEWS: Celebration of anniversary of Knights' founder's death • New Mexico court rules against assisted suicide in suit • Gruesome accident, powerful faith: One couple's story • Using friendship to help those with same-sex attraction • American pastor remains imprisoned despite Iran deal • Catholic congressman prepares for Pope's U.S. visit • EWTN and Sophia Institute Press in new partnership • What to expect in Tolkien's newly released short story • Does Planned Parenthood 'abort' babies after birth? • Woman attacked in Church responds with forgiveness • 5,000 saints' relics find a home in a Pittsburgh chapel • Luke Spehar, a rising young Catholic recording artist • Priestly vocations soar in Archdiocese of Philadelphia • Update on Little Sisters' case against HHS mandate

FEATURES: Series on Catholic education, Part 1: Jesus the Teacher • Science and religion are truly partners, not antagonists

SCRIPTURE READINGS: August 23, 2015 – August 29, 2015


AUGUST 15, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis pushes for global nuclear disarmament • Fabrizio Soccorsi, the Pope's new personal physician • Francis establishes World Day of Prayer for Creation • Achieving true peace involves overcoming indifference • U.S. embassy to the Holy See moves to new location • Sundays are a gift of rest and celebration from God • Francis baptizes children of old friend at the Vatican • Japanese view of Benedict XVI and Christian Europe

WORLD NEWS: Chilean legislators file court appeal over abortion bill • Jesuits survived Hiroshima bomb thanks to the rosary • Priest urges prayer after latest ISIS abduction in Syria • Beatification for Syriac bishop martyred a century ago • Brazilian bishop on chatting during the Sign of Peace • Ghana bishops organize large pro-life march in Accra • Chilean trekkers find God in hiking through the Andes • Colombian bishops on divorced receiving Communion • Celebrating birth bicentennial of Don Bosco in Peru • In Burundi's crisis, the Church stands with the people • How the Church is helping flood victims in Myanmar • Release of 22 Christians signals another ISIS attack • Vote to legalize assisted suicide draws near in U.K.

U.S. NEWS: IRS downplays gay marriage religious freedom threat • Other moral issues not seen as equivalent to abortion • What the Pope and Abraham Lincoln have in common • Abortion videos show need to cherish humanity first • Christian site ChurchPOP marks one remarkable year • Planned Parenthood took baby organs without consent • Post-abortion healing in Hispanic Rachel's Vineyard • Court rules against baker in case of gay wedding cake • Faithful Catholics with same-sex attraction not in Synod • The role of sinful anger in destroying good marriages • How hormonal birth control might be ruining your life

FEATURES: Alice von Hildebrand: Omosessualita • Mother Nature is one unreliable lady • Some lessons from the Mozart playbook • Bishop faces jail for defending marriage • Movie reviews: Three late-summer films

SCRIPTURE READINGS: August 16, 2015 – August 22, 2015


AUGUST 8, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Origin of John Paul II's love for the Jewish community • In Confession we encounter God's immense mercy • A possible Kenya visit for Pope Francis in November • Papal advice for thousands of young altar servers • The Pope reaches out to the divorced and remarried • To welcome refugees is a witness of the resurrection • Beware of the false peace that comes from the devil • Vatican confirms Archbishop Cupich to attend synod

WORLD NEWS: Armenian Catholic Church patriarch ends retirement • The beatification cause for Argentine Enrique Shaw • New Zealand priests' ministry in Antarctica at an end • Why one skeptical scientist believes in Shroud of Turin • Saint Nektarios: philosopher, poet, and miracle worker • 100-year-old priest still has the task of fighting Satan • Chilean women weigh in on debate over abortion vote • What Catholics are doing to help in the Greek crisis • China consecrates its first new bishop in three years

U.S. NEWS: The extraordinary tale of Sr. Blandina in the Wild West • Why the gay marriage sacramental effort won't work • Half of all church fires in the last 20 years were arsons • Judge rules sale of former Los Angeles convent invalid • Effort to defund Planned Parenthood stalls in Senate • Legal hurdles for undercover study of fetal organ trade • Altering abortion procedures to obtain intact body parts • Annual Supreme Convention of Knights of Columbus • Mothers denounce poor conditions in detention centers • The bashing of immigrants is nothing new to America • Archbishop on the sacredness of all human persons • Catholic bishops' latest plea for help in the Middle East • How Junipero Serra fought to save a California native • Colorado bishops' response to Planned Parenthood • Lessons from the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki • Abortion videos should compel us to fight all social ills • Boy Scouts' new policy leads Catholic bishop to cut ties • Pope thanks Knights of Columbus on truth of marriage • And you shall be like gods: The warning in 'Ex Machina' • States defund Planned Parenthood after Senate failure

FEATURES: John's Gospel, Chapter 6: Why you need spiritual food • Jesus' Transfiguration: Beauty rising from the ashes • Some recent news items that have caught my attention

SCRIPTURE READINGS: August 9, 2015 – August 15, 2015


AUGUST 1, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Vatican, global leaders fight climate change, slavery • Pope Francis on letting Jesus satisfy hunger for God • Pope registers for World Youth Day 2016 on an iPad • 'Shadow council' agenda for contraception, gay sex • Pope Francis to pick new doctor ahead of U.S. trip • Curia reform considers term limits for Vatican officials • Vatican quits suspect anti-human trafficking initiative • Thawing relations between China and the Holy See

WORLD NEWS: How Laudato Si is being put into practice within India • African leaders defy Obama's ideological colonization • 'Francis effect' takes hold in notorious Bolivian prison • Asia Bibi's case shows need for dialogue in Pakistan • Catholics in India mourn former president Abdul Kalam • 'British values' jeopardize Catholic education in U.K. • Sisters sue Colombian TV over depiction of saint's life • Priest in helicopter performs exorcism on Italian town

U.S. NEWS: What you know about human trafficking is likely wrong • Remembering the life of D.C. Cardinal William Baum • High price tags and ugly secrets of surrogacy market • Fate of religious Boy Scout troops when gay ban ends • Knights of Columbus aid to help Middle East Christians • How anti-discrimination bill could end up discriminating • Essure victims plan FDA hunger strike for Pope's visit • Former rock journalist who authored a book on chastity • LGBT advocate's plans for winning religious liberty fight • 'Women Betrayed' speak out on Planned Parenthood • Cardinal Dolan slams Donald Trump on immigration • Cautious optimism for a Catholic future in Boy Scouts • Availability of tickets to see Pope Francis on D.C. trip • Cardinal O'Malley's statement on Planned Parenthood • How knowing your fertility can catch diseases early • Catholic leaders tell Congress to raise minimum wage

FEATURES: Movie review: Film of John Green's 'Paper Towns' • The death of God and the loss of human dignity • Reflection on W. Holman Hunt's 'Light of the World' • Movie review: A new, sleazier, sloppier 'Vacation' • Movie review: 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: August 2, 2015 – August 8, 2015


JULY 25, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Use of the Vatican's helicopter by pediatric hospital • Pope Francis calls for justice in the mining industry • Towards a new era of budget-keeping at the Vatican • The story of yerba mate, the Pope's favorite drink • Francis entrusted his South America trip to Mary • The Vatican's response to lingering Ebola outbreak • Pope Francis' schedule for the 2016 Jubilee of Mercy • More questions on whether the Pope is a socialist • Francis' upcoming speech to the U.N. in New York

WORLD NEWS: The continued demise of Catholic magazines in Italy • Painting discovered in Rome's Catacomb of Callixtus • French bishops fight for the life of a paralyzed man • What African bishops want from the upcoming synod • Aid workers see hope for Gaza despite a tough year • Aleppo archbishop aims to keep Christians in Syria

U.S. NEWS: Bible publisher wins court victory over HHS mandate • U.S. bishops continue push for ending death penalty • U.S. and Cuba re-open embassies as relations thaw • L.A. archdiocese to get three new auxiliary bishops • Planned Parenthood leader jokes about baby parts • The man who filmed Planned Parenthood undercover • The story behind the L.A. bishops' pectoral crosses • Archbishop responds to death of California woman • Little Sisters of the Poor appeal to Supreme Court • Walk with Francis Pledge precedes Pope's D.C. visit • Fetal pain concerns drive new Wisconsin abortion law • Use of natural procreative technology in health care • Lafayette bishop offers prayers after theater shooting • Court rules against pharmacy's religious objections • Anti-Francis impact of Pope's challenge to America

FEATURES: Feast of Mary Magdalene, the apostle to the apostles • The Church needs better ministry to priests in prison • Finding true happiness: Satisfying our restless hearts

SCRIPTURE READINGS: July 26, 2015 – August 1, 2015


JULY 18, 2015



VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis speaks to sick children in Paraguay • Pope calls on Paraguay's women to build the future • Vatican postpones pedophilia trial for ex-nuncio • Francis visits Paraguay foundation for AIDS victims • Know that happiness and pleasure are not synonyms • Pope urges conformity to Christ in Paraguay clergy • Francis tells poor that faith without solidarity is dead • Papal advice on how to preach the Gospel effectively • Pope Francis urges youth not to waste their lives • Francis sets record straight on family synod remarks • The Pope's comments on gift of 'communist crucifix' • Complete text of Pope Francis' in-flight interview • Vatican praises nuclear deal between Iran and West • Benedict XVI heads back to Rome after vacation • Vatican meeting on link between slavery and climate • Francis' commitment to fighting human trafficking • Recognition for Ukrainian bishop who sheltered Jews

WORLD NEWS: Korean cardinal praises response to MERS outbreak • Spectacular Paraguay altar to be completely recycled • Freedom for Catholic education uncertain in England • Chile open to allowing adoption by same-sex couples • Singapore Catholics mark 50 years of independence • Franciscan priest abducted in Syria set free by captors • Catholics in Bologna mourn the loss of Cardinal Biffi • Mexican bishop sees complicity in 'El Chapo' escape • Young priests in Rome launch new Catholic podcast • Child in Guatemala chooses death over gang violence • Venezuela's bishops caution against no-fault divorce • Holocaust survivor who rescues Christians from ISIS

U.S. NEWS: Doctor who treats veterans fights assisted suicide bill • Congress told 15 million Africans displaced by violence • What would happen if Catholic outreach disappeared • Disappointment follows court ruling on Little Sisters • Planned Parenthood's alleged trafficking of baby organs • Congress responds to Planned Parenthood scandal • Archbishop tells priests how not to give bad homilies • What a proposed U.S. bill on religious liberty might do • Bishop rallies Chattanoogans after deadly shooting

FEATURES: A prophetic Pope and Catholic social teaching • Young people, summer time, and the language arts • Movie review: Judd Apatow's new film 'Trainwreck'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: July 19, 2015 – July 25, 2015


JULY 11, 2015



VATICAN NEWS: Honors for Benedict XVI as he credits John Paul II • Francis calls Ecuador to continue Catholic identity • Pope Francis off-the-cuff during Latin American trip • Bolivian priest's high expectations for Francis' visit • Pray that synod will deepen spiritual discernment • Pope Francis visits his old friend inside Ecuador • Evangelizing isn't about big talk, it's really about joy • Ecuador crowds top one million on Francis' first day • Like God to Cain, Pope asks, 'Where is your brother?' • Ecuador policy makers told to love society as family • Francis goes off-the-cuff with priests and religious • Pope Francis arrives in Bolivia speaking Quechua • Bolivia told not to forget how Christianity shaped them • Francis advocates for the poor on Bolivian leg of trip • Pope Francis not amused by communist crucifix gift • Like Bartimaeus, be a grateful witness of God's mercy • Humanity's future is always in the hands of the poor • Pope apologizes for past sins against native peoples • As a sinner, Pope asks for prayers during prison visit • Burger King act as sacristy for outdoor Mass in Bolivia • Francis lauds women amid Paraguay's bloody history

WORLD NEWS: Pakistani police save Christian couple from mob attack • Franciscans asks prayers for kidnapped priest in Syria • Ecuadorian put 'Laudato Si' into practice 40 years ago • Australia's bishops reaffirm marriage, then get reported • Ecuadorian sister says nation is a Church on the move • Spanish court recognizes pharmacists' conscience rights • Christians in Tunisia have reasons to remain hopeful

U.S. NEWS: The story of the Basilica of St. Mary in Norfolk, Virginia • Put encyclical into practice by protecting religious freedom • The bloody secret which still haunts the diamond industry • Update on Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Washington • When clerks object to providing gay marriage licenses • California legislature ends physician-assisted suicide bill • Oklahoma court rules against Ten Commandments statue • Interview with liaison for World Youth Day 2016 in Poland • Controversial HHS mandate accommodation finalized

FEATURES: Fidelity to moral truth at the Synod on the Family • Is life a cabaret or a pilgrimage? • America needs a new Baltimore Catechism • Movie review: 'Amy' a fascinating documentary

SCRIPTURE READINGS: July 12, 2015 – July 18, 2015


JULY 4, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Canonization path is set for Saint Therese's parents • Catholics and Orthodox should cooperate more often • New secretariat oversees Vatican communications • Pope Francis' answer to the question, 'What is faith?' • Archbishops encouraged to practice what you preach • Communications secretariat prioritizes new media • Cuba and U.S. set to be a busy trip for Pope Francis • Francis wishes Benedict XVI well in Castel Gandolfo • A brief history of Popes and the use of coca leaves • Human dignity must be center of Greek debt debate • Encyclical's unusual allies in fight for the environment • Vatican official urges protection of the environment • Sainthood for fourth member of Little Flower family? • Why Francis loves to meet with charismatic movements

WORLD NEWS: What it is like to be both gay and a practicing Catholic • Nuns making the Pope's vestments for Ecuador visit • Father Salvatore, the priest whose life moved the Pope • A gay Catholic speaks out on the choice of celibacy • Cuban bishops prepare for the Pope's upcoming visit • Pontifical university to offer diploma in child protection

U.S. NEWS: Religious freedom to follow marriage in Supreme Court • Author warns of persecutions of Middle East Christians • Benedictine monks' disputed role at Catholic university • Additional risks identified for Essure birth control device • Use of controversial lethal injection drug upheld in court • Pennsylvania charities protected from HHS mandate • Supreme Court delays Texas law regulating abortions • Pope Francis' visit expected to have great impact on U.S. • Anti-Catholic history in U.S. shows the Church will survive • Comedian Jim Gaffigan blends faith, humor in TV show • CatholicVote's controversial video's outpouring of thanks • 95-year-old Catholic couple dies in each other's arms • Junipero Serra statue in U.S. Capitol is safe for now

FEATURES: We've been here before: Marriage and the Room of Tears • Fourth of July reflection: The American Dream • Movie review: 'Terminator: Genisys' is underwhelming

SCRIPTURE READINGS: July 5, 2015 – July 11, 2015


JUNE 27, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Seeds of Christian unity in Middle East martyrdoms • Pope Francis speaks up for Italy's unemployed youth • Shroud of Turin reminds us of all human suffering • Francis asks workers to give immigrants compassion • Allowing God to transform us and make us new • Teen mechanics restore motorbike for Pope Francis • Pope Francis asks forgiveness of Waldensians • Papal meeting with juvenile prisoners in Turin • Pope Francis reconnects with his relatives in Turin • The Pope's connection with the Salesian world • Families need the Church's message of mercy • If families hide their problems, they only get worse • Review of Synod on the Family's working document • The influence of Romano Guardini on 'Laudato Si' • Cardinal's Ramadan wishes to suffering Muslims • Vatican synod and Philadelphia family meeting link • Vatican diplomats to bring Christ's face to the world • Vatican and Palestine sign religious liberty treaty • Educating girls on beauty and grandeur of vocation

WORLD NEWS: New film sheds light on beauty and truth of marriage • Sister Nirmala of Missionaries of Charity dies in India • Thousands gather in Rome to support the family • Pilgrims transfixed by Jesus at the Shroud of Turin • Marian apparitions at Medjugorje judged to be false

U.S. NEWS: New edition of Dorothy Day worker movement journal • An inspiration for U.S. Christians in modern martyrs • Laudato Si: Have a family, grow a garden, be holy • Sainthood for Boys Town founder Father Flanagan? • Faith leaders urge Supreme Court on marriage case • Andrea Bocelli coming to World Meeting of Families • The dark side of childfree: birth control and abortion • California renews push against Junipero Serra statue • Congress protects traditional marriage advocates • Priests of Nebraska dioceses face off in softball • Assisted suicide bill stalls in California legislature • Supreme Court redefines marriage throughout U.S. • U.S. bishops encourage witness to truth of marriage

FEATURES: A reflection on the Pope and the planet • 'Laudato Si' and Romano Guardini • Movie review: 'Ted 2' an improvement on the original

SCRIPTURE READINGS: June 27, 2015 – July 4, 2015


JUNE 20, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis on judges' need to protect human dignity • Papal message of caring for creation as a duty for all • Asking parents if they believe in the beauty of love • Balancing natural vs. human causes of climate change • Former archbishop faces abuse charges in Vatican trial • Benedict XVI's summer plans and Castel Gandolfo visit • Francis urges receiving new encyclical with open heart • Don't blame God when a loved one dies, but trust in Him • Seminarians chat with Benedict XVI in Vatican meeting • Encyclical takes a bold stance on controversial topics • Francis blasts abortion, population control in document • On transgender issues, accept the body God gave you • Link to the full text of the papal encyclical, Laudato Si • Magisterium, not secret authors, approved encyclical • Encyclical seeks to promote common good, not divide • Saint Francis and his starring role in papal document • The first encyclical from Francis trumps expectations • Will Pope Francis be changing the date of Easter? • Francis gives a pep talk to Italian Special Olympians

WORLD NEWS: Mosul archbishop's plea to the West on ISIS threat • Mary is a bridge for dialogue for Pakistani Catholics • When an entire country becomes infested with demons • Lebanese Muslims condemn Christian persecutions • Catholic seminary marks eight decades in Thailand • Consecration of new church in United Arab Emirates • Fourth annual Summorum Pontificum Conference • Arson attack on Catholic monastery by Sea of Galilee

U.S. NEWS: Married couples want clear teaching on marriage • Minnesota archbishop resigns amid sex abuse charges • California assisted suicide bill is empty compassion • U.S. bishops on how to overcome racial violence • States act to protect religious freedom ahead of ruling • U.S. bishops support traditional marriage before Synod • Catholics mourn with Charleston church after shooting • U.S. bishops on conversion theme of 'Laudato Si' • How binding is the Pope's encyclical for Catholics?

FEATURES: Love, tolerance, and the making of distinctions • On Father's Day: Fathers and their families • Unsympathetic confessors abuse the sacrament • Movie reviews: 'Inside Out' and 'Love and Mercy'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: June 21, 2015 – June 27, 2015


JUNE 13, 2015



VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis tells Bosnians to be workers for peace • Peals of a Jesuit bell welcome Francis to Sarajevo • No need for a consecrated person who doesn't forgive • Bosnia can be a sign of unity in a world torn by conflict • Pope talks of coming encyclical on return from Bosnia • Decision time nears for Marian apparitions in Medjugorje • The Eucharist teaches us to care for the weak of society • Papal meeting with Argentina's president Fernandez • Pope Francis on why men and women are different • Students design altar for papal Mass in D.C. this fall • Cardinal's warning against adapting to pagan lifestyles • Francis cautions against faith based on predicted visions • Papal briefing from Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts • Greater bishop accountability in abuse cases approved • Those who care for a sick family member are heroes • Ukraine is focal point in Pope's discussion with Putin • U.S. joins forces with the Holy See in fighting tax fraud • Francis condemns culture of waste before encyclical • Cardinal's statement on divorced, remarried Catholics • Francis meets with airport chaplain conference attendees • November papal visit to two African nations confirmed • The Christian landscape behind Francis' new encyclical

WORLD NEWS: Three former POWs from Bosnia encourage healing • Ethiopia's Cardinal Souraphiel's African family values • Archbishop warns of the magnitude of Ukrainian conflict • Heiner Koch of family Synod appointed Berlin archbishop • Christians' faith burns brightly among the ruins of Iraq • 3-D technology takes pilgrims back to medieval church • Polish bishops stand firm on pastoral care for families • European court undermines right to life for comatose • New U.N. agenda enables global expansion of abortion • ISIS could make religious minorities in Mosul disappear • Antioch patriarchs' support for Christians in Middle East • Oscar-winning composer pens a Mass for the Pope • Priests needed as Church growth explodes worldwide

U.S. NEWS: Knights of Columbus see another year of increased giving • To get millennials to marry, start by sharing your story • U.S. bishops' expectations for the Pope's new encyclical • Abortion rates are dropping, possibly due to millennials • Court ruling on safety standards in Texas abortion clinics • Bowling with Bishops at the World Meeting of Families

FEATURES: Bruce Jenner, the 'shadow council' and St. Irenaeus • An overview of the apostolate of the laity • A reflection on woman and redemption • Are angels on the Catholic endangered species list? • Movie review: 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: June 14, 2015 – June 20, 2015


JUNE 6, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis decries attacks against humanity • Sick children shouldn't be afraid to ask God 'Why?' • The arduous task of communicating in the modern age • Environmental encyclical 'Laudato Sii' (Praised Be You) • Celebration of the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity • Dominican bishops warned of indifference to migrants • Cardinal Pell's response to '60 Minutes' coverage • Behind Pope Francis' devotion to St. Therese of Liseux • Financial transparency serves the Church's mission • Peace is mission statement for papal Sarajevo visit • A Vatican response to the FIFA soccer scandal • Pope's prayers for victims of China's ferry disaster • Vatican liturgy chief to continue work of Benedict XVI • Pope Francis identifies war as the mother of poverty • Journalists' failed coverage of Synod 'shadow council' • Pope Francis pays for poor to visit Shroud of Turin • Corpus Christi procession honors persecuted Christians • Words of papal encouragement for Peruvian pro-lifers

WORLD NEWS: Scotland's assisted suicide bill defeated in Parliament • Rare solar halo appears at Oscar Romero beatification • Northern Ireland baker stands up for faith in workplace • Monks convinced Gregorian chant makes life better • Catholics voice hope for Pope Francis' trip to Bosnia • Wife of pastor imprisoned in Iran pleads with Congress • Cardinal George Pell's determination to fight sex abuse • African and European bishops meet to promote family • Twenty years after war, Bosnians work to reclaim trust • Sarajevo's hopes for justice and peace from papal visit • The 'Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo' in the Bosnian War

U.S. NEWS: Catholic author Flannery O'Connor on postage stamp • Farming co-ops in the Archdiocese of San Francisco • Claims of 'gay agenda' at the World Meeting of Families • Prayers for the late Beau Biden's from Delaware bishop • CRS vice president in same-sex marriage steps down • Supreme Court's hijab decision helps faith in workplace • Washington florist seeks appeal on gay marriage ruling • Cardinal Kasper backpedals on papal endorsement claim • Affordable tuition becomes a Catholic cause at St. John's • Minnesota archdiocese cooperating on abuse allegations

FEATURES: A reflection on beautiful minds and beautiful people • Some myths about post-Vatican II liturgical reform • Movie review: Melissa McCarthy's 'Spy' is utterly silly fun

SCRIPTURE READINGS: June 7, 2015 – June 13, 2015


MAY 30, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis' visit to Roman Curia departments • Empowering women by supporting motherhood • Papal trip to Bosnia will not include Medjugorje • Oscar Romero's beatification in San Salvador • Respecting creation a must for every Christian • Francis' response to migrants trapped at sea • What Francis misses most since becoming pope • Papal homily regarding the dangers of wealth • Council meetings plan upcoming family Synod • Love requires work, not just attraction or feelings • Sister Irene Stefani's beatification in Kenya • A new profitable direction for the Vatican bank • First-ever guidebook for Arab pilgrims to Vatican • The need for mercy and love in today's world • Vatican report highlights new financial oversight

WORLD NEWS: Love for little Chilean boy who can't talk or move • History versus caricature: The real Oscar Romero • Vote to legalize gay marriage in Ireland this week • Syrian Catholic archdiocese on kidnapped priest • Rainy season looms for an already ravaged Nepal • Massive turnout for Oscar Romero's beatification • Stunning facts about the blessed Oscar Romero • Relics of latest saints light fires of faith in Thailand • China's female suicide rate and one-child policy • Ireland's gay marriage both challenge and invitation • Franciscans credit vocation boom to Pope's name • The fierce devotion for Manila's Black Nazarene • A Spanish priest on the indissolubility of marriage • Invoking a Mexican demon in social media game • Another Christian accused of blasphemy in Pakistan • Catholics pledge support for Boko Haram victims • Ukrainian troops on pilgrimage for peace to Lourdes • Dozens charged in lynching of Pakistani Christians

U.S. NEWS: The impact of Vatican II's interreligious document • Restoring sacraments to original order in Denver • Cardinal Wuerl on challenge of being Catholic today • Nebraska legislators vote to abolish death penalty • Documentary follows JPII across the Americas • Bishop shares story of forty years of priesthood • Obama's immigration order stalls in federal court • Catholic Rick Santorum to run for U.S. president • One Native American's religious freedom fight • Illinois bill threatening doctors' conscience rights

FEATURES: Movie review: 'Tomorrowland' is highly entertaining • Thoughts on a smaller, more vibrant American Church • Stay with Us, a reflection on Feast of the Holy Trinity • The wisdom of St. Francis de Sales for a troubled world • Movie review: 'Aloha' is filled with heart and humor

SCRIPTURE READINGS: May 31, 2015 – June 6, 2015


MAY 23, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis' reminder to have a festive faith • The secret of the saints is life in Christ's love • A papal appeal for peace in Burundi conflict • New women saints' example for Arab Christians • Francis' warning about 'white-gloved' terrorism • Supporting the laity through Christian formation • Mother Teresa canonization in Jubilee for Mercy • Francis on being ready for your final goodbye • Papal appointment of two bishops for Brooklyn • Come out of exile and educate your children • Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, new Vatican consultant

WORLD NEWS: Wounded warriors' journey to Lourdes shrine • One U.S. Marine's experience in trip to Lourdes • Economic growth vs. saving the environment • Asking whether Islam is a religion of war or peace • Makeover for Paris' stunning Sainte-Chapelle • Continued persecution for Egypt's Christians

U.S. NEWS: Hundreds of priests ask Synod to stand firm • Benedict's legacy in Francis' upcoming visit • Improve family life for more religious vocations • Nuclear weapons still a threat without disarmament • Twin friars taking it to the streets to save souls • Death penalty for the Boston marathon bomber • House members vote on anti-human trafficking bill • Archbishop Gomez's reflection on Dorothy Day • A priest's impact on New York Times' David Brooks • Notre Dame's appeal on contraception mandate • Nebraska bishops praise move to end death penalty

FEATURES: Untying knots with a little help from Our Lady • Evangelical counsels: poverty, chastity, obedience

SCRIPTURE READINGS: May 24, 2015 – May 30, 2015


MAY 16, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Cardinal Pell's expectations for Synod on Family • Pope Francis' greeting to moms on Mother's Day • Raul Castro's private meeting with the Pope • Get ready to be martyrs even in the little things • Announcement of dates for papal trip to Cuba • Francis' encounter with seven thousand children • Pope's message to Coptic Orthodox patriarch • Spare no effort in defending human life and family • Benedict's new letter on shepherds for the world • Papal encouragement for Caritas aid workers • When did you last say 'Thank you' and 'I'm sorry?' • Christian marriage is demanding but magnificent • Vatican treaty acknowledges a Palestinian state • Cardinal Tagle, new Caritas Internationalis head • Fear and joylessness reflect bad spiritual health • Francis' keys to peace in Central African Republic • Caritas on population control and climate change

WORLD NEWS: Joint message from Europe's Christian leaders • March for Life in Rome draws forty thousand • Forced abortions within China's one-child policy • German bishops' controversial new labor laws • Argentines' gold donations for new monstrance • Cardinal Mamberti on need for Muslim dialogue • Cyprus archbishop urges putting people first • Patrick McKinney named Bishop of Nottingham • Rebuilding a Syrian Church amid destruction • Remembering Italy's saints of social action

U.S. NEWS: Virginia bishops' new criticism of death penalty • Understanding what fueled the Baltimore riots • Pleading for the Boston Marathon bomber's life • EWTN, Religious Television Station of the Year • Iraqi Christians have lost everything but faith • 20-week abortion ban passes in U.S. House • Report by U.S. bishops on immigration policy • Prayers for Philadelphia train derailment victims • Warnings on the use of armed drones in conflict • Is birth control shrinking parts of women's brains?

FEATURES: Celebrating Our Lady of Chartres and her cathedral • On Ascension Day the whole Church ascends • Movie review: 'Pitch Perfect 2' delivers astounding fun

SCRIPTURE READINGS: May 17, 2015 – May 23, 2015


MAY 9, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis celebrates life of Junipero Serra • Unity with Jesus Christ will transform your life • Francis' homily on how to remain within Jesus • Papal message to Congo bishops on families • A Bishop of Rome with a heart for Argentina • Pope's meeting with Swedish Lutherans' head • Cardinal Tagle to lead Caritas Internationalis? • Marriage is about a mission, not dress or photos • Raul Castro to visit Pope in Vatican on May 10 • New Swiss Guards swear oath of protection • Vatican recognition of two martyrdoms in Laos • Francis' reminder to star athletes about Mass • Mali bishops urged to fight violence toward women • Statutes for commission on protection of minors • Ecuador to be Pope's first South American stop • Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez on liberation theology origins • Francis' unprecedented Year for Mercy jubilee

WORLD NEWS: Synod questionnaire reveals crisis in Germany • Barcelona funeral for Germanwings crash victims • Outcry over drug trafficker executions in Indonesia • Iraqi refugees sacrificing for children's education • Dublin archbishop on Ireland's May marriage vote • Rome ice cream celebrating Holy Year of Mercy • Meeting of Chinese Catholic Bible Association • Argentine family seeking financial help on epic trip

U.S. NEWS: Junipero Serra hailed as a man ahead of his time • Response of International Criminal Court to ISIS • Dallas bishop on Muhammad cartoon shootings • Community is the only answer for West Baltimore • Cardinal honors fallen police officers in Blue Mass • Papal blessing for image of children killed in fire • 'Little Boy' filmmaker responds to movie critics • New book on Catholic fellowship and mixology • Prayer breakfast speakers on religious liberty • Iraqi nun's visa denial by U.S. State Department • Catholic Charities aid for tornado, flood victims

FEATURES: Movie reviews: 'The Avengers' and 'Ex Machina' • 'The Avengers' and Friedrich Nietzsche • A Mother's Day tribute: Mothers of the Bible • Baptism by immersion, a post-Vatican II practice • Movie review: 'Hot Pursuit'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: May 10, 2015 – May 16, 2015


MAY 2, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Francis' prayers for Nepal earthquake victims • Pope Francis on his soccer 'skills' as a youth • Assurances for Nepal earthquake survivors • Papal advice to new priests: Don't be peacocks • Pope Francis on the 'theology of the people' • The Holy See's stance on nuclear technology • The need to encounter Islam with the whole truth • $100,000 papal donation for Nepal quake relief • The pope's encyclical and climate change talks • Francis on why young couples avoid marriage • Rome's homeless on Vatican concert guest list

WORLD NEWS: Ireland's marriage defenders facing referendum • Recalling the last minutes of John Paul II's life • Why does the Left ignore persecuted Christians? • 'House of Waiting' for pregnant Peruvian women • A local bishop's account of Nepal earthquake • Cuban bishop on news of September papal visit • Conversions within Gaudi's Barcelona basilica • Announcement of papal visit to Fatima in 2017 • Chilean bishop on impact of volcano eruption • The gripping life and death of Kayla Mueller

U.S. NEWS: Coverage of third annual March for Marriage • Interview with makers of the 'Little Boy' film • Appointment of new Archbishop of Santa Fe • Need for conscience protection in marriage • Scholars on marriage rights in Constitution • Supreme Court takes up gay marriage case • Baltimore archbishop reflects on city's unrest • Young people's support of same-sex marriage • Remembering journalist Sr. Mary Ann Walsh • House votes to protect religious liberty in D.C. • Claims that Soviets created Liberation Theology • San Francisco archdiocese praises its teachers • Obama's Notre Dame speech, six years later • Supreme Court's review of lethal injection case

FEATURES: Reflections on being defeated by pleasure • Evelyn Waugh and the 'revolving door' • The inadequacy of lectionary-based catechesis

SCRIPTURE READINGS: May 3, 2015 – May 9, 2015


APRIL 25, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Towards the goal of ending human trafficking • Apostolic Blessing for Cardinal George mourners • Francis on doomed migrants in capsized ship • Continuing efforts to axe Junipero Serra statue • New ISIS executions of Ethiopian Christians • Resignation of Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn • Francis' growing litany of modern-day martyrs • Remembering Rome's Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff • Confirmation of papal visit to Cuba in September • Francis on complementarity of men and women • Today's urgent need for a dialogue with Islam • Papal meeting with gay ambassador nominee

WORLD NEWS: ISIS bomb attack in what was Iraq's safest city • Nigerian bishop on the rosary and Boko Haram • Iraqi bishop on need for education to fight ISIS • Promoting excellence in Malawi Catholic schools • Spanish film tells story of 'Three Rebel Monks' • Placing beautiful street art in a Rome ghetto • The spread of Boko Haram into Cameroon • A new start in Turkey over Armenian genocide

U.S. NEWS: Catholic groups protected from HHS mandate • Passing of international religious freedom bill • San Diego bishop on Junipero Serra statue • 20th anniversary of Oklahoma City bombing • CRS vice president in same-sex civil marriage • Reduction in confirmed priest abuse allegations • University of Nebraska's transformed church • Catholics and caring about the environment • Upcoming marriage march in Washington, D.C. • Vicar named new bishop for Victoria, Texas • Compromise on abortion funding in trafficking bill • Praise for Chicago's Cardinal George at funeral • Cardinal George remembered by his superior • New bishop for Greensburg, Pennsylvania • Chicago pays final respects to Cardinal George

FEATURES: Cardinal George, lion of the U.S. Church • The Resurrection: They did not believe • What's broken in today's Church liturgy • Movie review: 'Little Boy'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: April 26, 2015 – May 2, 2015


APRIL 18, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis on the Feast of Divine Mercy • Papal Bull for upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy • Francis' homily from Divine Mercy Sunday • Papal recognition of the Armenian genocide • Evangelization: more than advertising Jesus • Need for quality, not quantity, in vocations • A packed itinerary for Pope's Sarajevo visit • Behind Turkey's new protest of the Holy See • Embracing differences in today's gender theory • Papal blessing for condemned Pakistani woman • Approval of Vatican reforms by women religious • Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI on 88th birthday • Honoring Junipero Serra at American seminary • Update on reform process for the Roman Curia • Possible Cuba visit for Francis during U.S. trip • More leadership roles for women in Vatican

WORLD NEWS: Bishop's call for unity amidst Kenyan terrorism • Possible sainthood for priest on R.M.S. Titanic • Pilgrimage of Saint John Paul II's relic to Cuba • Senior Rome exorcist on Islamic State as Satan • The priests and nuns who stay in besieged Iraq • One-year anniversary of Nigerian girls' abduction • Australian bishops' statement on assisted suicide

U.S. NEWS: Reinstatement of Catholic school teacher in N.J. • Bishop's statement on Iran nuclear agreement • How porn may be destroying the impetus for sex • Video series for finding happiness in marriage • Full-page attack ad launched against cardinal • Cardinal Francis George of Chicago dies at 78 • Reaction to the death of Cardinal Francis George

FEATURES: Revisiting Handel's 'Messiah' at Easter time • Raising perfect children using authentic family values • Movie review: 'While We're Young'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: April 19, 2015 – April 25, 2015


APRIL 11, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Full text of Pope Francis' Easter Vigil homily • Pope Francis' complete Easter Sunday address • Rosaries and Easter cakes for Iraqi Christians • Holy See's diplomacy for persecuted Christians • Francis on the need to always protect children • Vocational formation in contemporary society • Rejection of Walter Kasper as Pope's theologian • The Vatican's rollout of new exorcism course

WORLD NEWS: Syrian girl as the new face of refugee children • Quest for care for the forgotten Yazidis in Iraq • Indian bishop's reflection on Easter and martyrs • Does the world really understand Boko Haram? • Bishop Mark Davies on the real 'British values' • Eastern Catholic patriarch's message of hope • Britain's support for world's persecuted Christians • Court's decision to block wall through West Bank • Faith of Iraqi seminarian amidst ISIS invasion • Slovak 'Charity Battalion' aiding Christians in Iraq • Does doctrine really divide and justice unite? • Paris wax museum with statue of Pope Francis • A light in the dark for Turkey's invisible Christians

U.S. NEWS: Story of the early Church on network television • Need for religious liberty after Indiana reaction • Role of alcohol in cultural and religious identity • Conflicting wedding cake rulings in Colorado • Opposition to death penalty in Boston bombing • Kansas first to ban dismemberment abortion • A Catholic response to transhumanism's goals • Young cancer patient becomes priest for a day • Increase in U.S. priestly ordination numbers • Criticism of fix in Indiana religious freedom law

FEATURES: 'The Passion' film, ten years later • Putting on Christ • That mysterious word: Mine • Paul Walker's legacy in charities and film

SCRIPTURE READINGS: April 12, 2015 – April 18, 2015


APRIL 4, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Pope's praise for deceased Assyrian patriarch • 500th anniversary of St. Teresa of Avila's birth • Francis on Holy Week and Jesus' humility • Papal envoy's gift of Easter cake for Iraq • Vatican appointment for Cardinal Versaldi • Pope's reflection on blood of Church martyrs • Caution for priests on spiritual worldliness • Francis' words to inmates while washing feet • Good Friday homily on true martyrdom • Pope's grief over persecuted Christians

WORLD NEWS: New era for Cuba Church after diplomatic thaw • Pope's delegation to Iraqi Christian refugees • Film on future of Catholic Church in Scotland • Inaction over missing Nigerian schoolgirls • British priests' open letter to family Synod • Abortion case before Mexican Supreme Court • One woman's harrowing story of ISIS captivity • Return of Christian refugees to Homs in Syria • Fearsome suffering for Church within Ukraine • Holy Week in remote Indian diocese of Miao • Medieval devotion of Column of the Flagellation

U.S. NEWS: Research to clear the record on Junipero Serra • Return of Chicago's Cardinal George to hospital • Ban for church use of New York City schools • U.S. bishops on detention of migrant families • Defense of Indiana's religious freedom law • Support for religious freedom laws in new poll • No murder charges over baby cut from womb • End-of-life care by Little Sisters of the Poor • Nebraska bishop's message to prison inmates • Religion News Service's LGBT advocacy grant • The Jewish roots of Holy Week celebrations

FEATURES: Temperamental parenting • It was never about the cake • 'My Son, with you I am well pleased' • John Paul II: He moved me • Public character for the Sign of Peace • Book review: 'Saint John Paul the Great'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: April 5, 2015 – April 11, 2015


MARCH 28, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis' invitation to Rome's homeless • The pope's slate of events for Holy Week • A half a ton of food for Rome's poor • The pope on Japan's 'hidden' Christians • The 20th anniversary of Evangelium Vitae • Private tour of Sistine Chapel for homeless • The family Synod needs prayers, not gossip • Francis' summer trip to the Shroud of Turin • The pope's plans with relatives in Turin • Limited authority of bishops' conferences • Papal meeting with ISIS victims' relatives • Francis with homeless in Sistine Chapel • Pope's planned visit to Florence this fall

WORLD NEWS: Papal message to Naples prison inmates • Francis on the challenges of consecrated life • Liquefaction of saint's blood in relic for pope • 50th anniversary of Southern Arabia cathedral • The Church of Naples after Pope Francis' visit • Opposition to statements by Cardinal Marx • Vatican's statement on plane crash in Alps • Protests over installation of Chilean bishop • Lent for young Vietnamese migrant workers • Richard Moth, new bishop of Brighton, U.K. • Rising departure of Jews from Europe • Growing fury over killing of Afghan woman • Requiem Mass and reburial for Richard III • Second Vatican visit for Palestinian president • Half a million in huge Peruvian march for life • Government order for London Catholic school • Pope's confidence in Chilean archbishop

U.S. NEWS: Holy See's U.N. message on 'feminine genius' • Art exhibit using the human figure to evangelize • Father who gave life for Down syndrome child • Honoring Archbishop Romero in Los Angeles • 50th anniversary of Selma civil rights march • N.J. ban on Archdiocese's headstone sales • Planned papal visit to White House this fall • Expansion of two religious orders in Denver • Death penalty facing new scrutiny by states • Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act • Ruling for workplace pregnancy protection

FEATURES: New Christian movie: 'Do You Believe?' • The Church isn't anti-contraception • And the Word became a clump of cells • Annunciations of suffering • Eucharist: The Church's 'memory bank' • Movie review: 'Get Hard'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: March 29, 2015 – April 4, 2015


MARCH 21, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: JPII Institute advisor for 2015 Synod • The Pope's challenge for teachers • Role of lay people in Church's mission • Francis on Pakistan church bombings • No papal endorsement for LGBT video • Advice for bishops of Bosnia, Herzegovina • Interview with 'The Francis Miracle' author • Vatican on the use of force against ISIS • A society that doesn't want children • Three laypersons among saints' causes • Papal condemnation of Tunisia attack • 750th anniversary of poet Dante's birth • 100th anniversary of Armenian genocide • The inadmissibility of the death penalty

WORLD NEWS: Possible contemplative order for Crimea • Words of a kidnapped Orthodox bishop • The Church in Pompeii and the mafia • Dolce and Gabbana's firestorm on marriage • Pakistani Christian victims of bombings • Hindu priest on elderly nun raped in India • Pope's assurances for Nigerian bishops • Australian bishop's response to abuse charge • Slow reductions in Ebola case numbers • Letter of support for Dolce and Gabbana • Condemnation of Congolese priest's murder • Excommunication for Brazilian bishop • Epic pilgrimage to see Pope in Philadelphia • Resignation of disgraced Scottish cardinal • Legal victory for Canadian Catholic schools • Pope's stern message for crime-ridden Naples • Francis on Naples' corruption, unemployment

U.S. NEWS: Knights' exit from St. Patrick's Day parade • St. Patrick's years spent as a slave • Company's victory against HHS mandate • St. Patrick's Day, Catholic schools, and Latinos • Archbishop Kurtz on March Madness • Archbishop Chaput on religious liberty • Pope Francis' Holy Year of Mercy • San Francisco cathedral's sprinkler dispute • Discovery of the secret to a happy marriage • D.C. laws set to threaten religious liberty • Presbyterian church's gay marriage vote • Fr. Mario Dorsonville, new D.C. bishop

FEATURES: Lying selflessness • Bond of brothers • Go to Joseph • On debt and openness to life • Society: covenant community or marketplace • You are my luxury • A very Christian 'Cinderella'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: March 22, 2015 – March 28, 2015


MARCH 14, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Communion and Liberation anniversary • Lessons from the cleansing of the Temple • Letting Jesus cleanse your heart • Marginalizing women and a sterile society • Pope Francis on trying to fool Jesus • Ransom offer for stolen Michelangelo letters • Papal message on simplicity, humility, divinity • Vatican's response to sinking of Lusitania • Full interview with Francis in La Carcova • Advice from Pope Francis' late grandmother • Archbishop Oscar Romero beatification date • New negotiations office in Secretariat of State • No room for compromise in one's faith • Papal meeting with Korea's bishops • Declaration of a Holy Year for Mercy • Francis on possible future visit to Mexico • Two-year anniversary of Francis' papacy

WORLD NEWS: Exploitation by Chilean euthanasia supporters • Empowerment of women by nuns in Burma • New bishop for Wewak, Papua New Guinea • Crisis of unaccompanied minors fleeing Syria • Way of the Cross meditations in the Colosseum • Economic progress for Syria's women amid war • Aid from Malawian bishops for flooded areas • Day of fasting and prayer for war-torn Syria • Abortion support in European Parliament report • Journalist who recorded priests in confessional • Possible papal visit for Central African Republic • Holy See's hospital works for prison inmates

U.S. NEWS: World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia • Corporations for gay marriage in Supreme Court • Ruling for Notre Dame against HHS mandate • End of lawsuit against national pro-life group • Knights of Columbus among most ethical • A milkshake for the Pope in Philadelphia • Assisted suicide bill before Maryland lawmakers • Catholic dissenters' convention keynote speaker • New bishops for Spokane, Lexington dioceses • Push for new religious freedom protections • CNA exclusive poll on protecting religious liberty • Catholic support for Archbishop Cordileone

FEATURES: Sanity-saving hacks for tired parents • The taste for God • A new model of Catechumenal formation • Is NFP Catholic birth control? • Movie review: 'Run All Night'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: March 15, 2015 – March 21, 2015


MARCH 7, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Benedict's resignation remembered • The family as center of social justice • Message of Jesus at Transfiguration • Judging yourself as a Christian virtue • The solution to North African violence • New statutes for Vatican economic reform • Satanism, Pompeii, and the Rosary • The mortal sin of discarding the elderly • More saints in the Little Flower family • Cardinal Pell's Vatican economy office • Francis on abandonment of the elderly • Church unity in Christ and the Eucharist • The legacy of Father Luigi Giussani

WORLD NEWS: A roadmap to happiness in marriage • Lenten message of Karachi Church • Indians' prayers for persecuted Christians • Cardinal Tagle on reaching Asian cultures • Anti-Christian harassment around the world • Seven challenges for the Mexican Church • Italian bishops' Loan for Hope program • UN indifference for Middle East Christians • Malawi bishops on devastating floods • Celebration of spring festival in India • Burmese parish facing ethnic conflict

U.S. NEWS: Chart-topping Benedictine nuns' new album • Fifty years of fighting the New York Times • Obituary: Fr. Hesburgh, Notre Dame president • Bishop McElroy, new head of San Diego diocese • Obituary: Charles Rice, Notre Dame professor • Christians by number and the future of religion • 'Homeless Jesus' statue on D.C. park bench • Alabama Supreme Court and gay marriage • Health status of Chicago's Cardinal George • In defense of marriage in Nebraska • Catholic publications on capital punishment • Obituary: Edward Egan, New York cardinal • Studies of children with same-sex parents • Clearing up misconceptions on women's fertility • Ideas on what makes a good priest

FEATURES: What's wrong with trashy books? • The lonely mission of motherhood • Balancing our lives: the great game • The story behind the baby 'drop box' • 'God's Household' as image of the Church • The delicate sense of touch • Movie review: 'Unfinished Business'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: March 8, 2015 – March 14, 2015


FEBRUARY 28, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis' meeting with Angela Merkel • Papal condemnation of organized crime • Confronting life's deserts during Lent • Annual Lenten retreat for Pope and Curia • Gregory of Narek, new Doctor of Church • Spiritual exercises for the Roman Curia • Swiss Guard, defenders of the Pope • Pension funding for Vatican retirees • Clarification of 'Mexicanization' comment • Ancient Roman pilgrimages during Lent • Possible upcoming papal visit to Ukraine • It's never too late for lapsed Catholics • Sowing seeds during Ariccia retreat • Homeless man buried in the Vatican • Jesuit roots of Pope's Lenten retreat • Possible ecology department at Curia

WORLD NEWS: St. Therese of Lisieux's 'difficult' sister • Release of priest abducted in Afghanistan • Thailand's new cardinal on secularism • ISIS kidnapping of 90 Christians in Syria • The war in Ukraine as evangelism failure • UK bishop's plea for traditional marriage • Murder of Czech priest who testified to miracle • Meeting of Chinese Bible association • Closing of Turkish border as kidnappings rise • Paraguay archbishop's message to UN • Hindu leader's attack on Mother Teresa • Elevating bishops' status in African Union • Jesuit priest's remarks on Afghan captivity

U.S. NEWS: Need for conscience rights in health care act • Daily threat of martyrdom for Coptic Christians • The new US religious freedom ambassador • Impact of HHS rules on unaccompanied minors • Looming extinction of Christians in Middle East • Obituary of Dr. John Willke, a pro-life giant • Muslim woman vs. Abercrombie in court case • The State Department's LGBT special envoy • PR campaign against SF Archbishop Cordileone

FEATURES: Sometimes it looks like this • Jesus drinks dark roast • Stephen Fry, Job, and Jesus' cross • Is it really about the children? • Praying with the Psalms during Lent • Evangelization as renewal of Catholic institutions • Movie review: Costner inspires in 'McFarland, USA' • ISIS and the meaning of the cross • Movie review: 'Focus' gets it right • The annual Lenten crash and burn

SCRIPTURE READINGS: March 1, 2015 – March 7, 2015


FEBRUARY 21, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Elevation of twenty new cardinals • Papal message to newest cardinals • Francis on the mercy of Jesus • Beheading of Egyptian Christians • Vatican's haircuts for the homeless • Coptic Christians viewed as martyrs • End to sectarian divisions in Scotland • Perils and potential of a global society • The role of siblings in the family • Lenten message from Pope Francis • Need for response to crisis in Libya • Challenge to follow God or the world • Pope Francis and married priests • Vatican treatment of LGBT group • Use of God as a cover for injustice • Oscar Romero and liberation theology

WORLD NEWS: Benedict XVI and Cardinal Jean Danielou • Challenges for family catechesis in India • Chinese New Year and Ash Wednesday • The plight of Christians in war-torn Syria • Boy with cancer who celebrates Mass • Response of Bishop of Ars to vandalism • Threat of Israeli barrier near Bethlehem • New apostolic nuncio in Australia • Libyan bishop's statement on ISIS massacre • Communion for divorced and remarried • Rise of racism and exclusion in Europe • Consecration of first Coptic church in Sinai • Ukrainian bishop's meeting with Francis

U.S. NEWS: Archbishop Chaput on death penalty • A priest, rabbi, and imam walk into a website • Construction of massive D.C. Bible museum • Presidents Day reminder on the gift of rights • Federalism and same-sex marriage • The Religious Freedom Restoration Act • Global impact of Lent and bowls of rice • Reflection on modern Christian martyrs • ISIS as a threat to all of civilization • The growing controversy behind Essure coils • Criticism of San Francisco school guidelines • Lawsuit over flowers for gay wedding

FEATURES: Lent in the age of excess • Margin for error • 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' as Lenten parable • Why everybody loses when we sugarcoat NFP • How not to give homilies • Coptic Christians and the White House

SCRIPTURE READINGS: February 22, 2015 – February 28, 2015


FEBRUARY 14, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Society's need for the female soul • Priestly celibacy and clerical abuse • The horrors of human trafficking • Cardinal Tagle of Manila • Criteria for reform of the Roman Curia • Protecting God's handiwork in nature • Cardinal Burke on resisting Francis • Pope's plea to Greek bishops • Finding God in restless hearts • German bishop's catechetical appointment • Ongoing efforts for peace in Ukraine • Surprise papal visit to Roman shantytown • Rumors of assassination attempt on Francis • The pope's take on a thriving society • Francis on the youth of Africa • The legacy of Father Benedict • New charity department in reformed Curia • Migrants in Mediterranean boat tragedy • Opening of a much-debated consistory • Three nations with first-time Cardinals • Dedication to Vatican reform in the consistory

WORLD NEWS: Archbishop Blazquez, Spain's next cardinal • A parish dedicated to Rome's poor • Jail for peaceful Christian protesters in India • Franciscan Holy Land pilgrimage • Australian bishops on death sentence • Germany's controversial church tax • Iraqi priest's call for action on ISIS • Ukrainian Catholic bishops and ceasefire • Italy's Archbishop Francesco Montenegro • Detention of child asylum seekers in Australia • Corruption in Nigerian presidential vote

U.S. NEWS: Two new D.C. laws affecting the Church • Statue of Francis' new saint in U.S. Capitol • Upcoming papal visit to Philadelphia • Views of former altar girl on boy-only servers • Instruction for ministry leaders on the poor • The reality of '50 Shades of Grey' • The Church's best-kept secrets • Cuba's record on human trafficking • Latino leadership in Church and culture • Catholic Benefits Association CEO • Religious freedom suppression by foundations • Bishop's message to Congress on immigrants • Muslim response to Chapel Hill shootings • Bishop's reflection on the state of marriage

FEATURES: Such a time as this • 50 shades of pain • Lourdes and beyond • Classical intellectual pitfalls • Banning altar girls • Movie review: 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: February 15, 2015 – February 21, 2015


FEBRUARY 7, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Participants in Synod on the Family • Pope Francis' praise of farmers • June papal visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina • The Roman Curia during Lent • Freedom from evil by the Gospel • Vatican judiciary report highlights • Papal praise for Lithuania's bishops • Francis on consecrated life without sacrifice • The Gospel versus soap operas or gossip • Recognition of Oscar Romero martyrdom • Day of Prayer against Human Trafficking • Seeking an end to violence in Ukraine • Parents' gift of wisdom to their children • Improvement in Vatican-China relations • The scourge of sex abuse of minors • 300 umbrellas for Rome's homeless • Francis' advice for special needs children • Oscar Romero and a self-centered society • Pope Francis goes to Washington • Awaiting the pope's ecology encyclical • Francis' statement on modern martyrs • Slovakian vote on same-sex unions • Need for consensus at the Synod of Bishops

WORLD NEWS: Bishop's message to the youth of India • New oversight for Jordan Catholic university • Italy's new president and Catholic teaching • Vandalism of fifth church in New Delhi • Attacks on Christian women and girls • Cape Verde's first cardinal • Indian Church's youth preparation • British vote on three-parent embryos • Political instability, war, and terrorism • Execution of Jordanian pilot by ISIS • About the two Polish martyrs in Peru • Archbishop Edoardo Menichelli • Prayers for the Vatican family synod • The life of Fr. Alessandro Dordi

U.S. NEWS: Human rights after the Holocaust • Colorado's death with dignity bill • IRS' vague rules on political speech • EWTN's contraception mandate case • Disability groups on Colorado bill • Cardinal George's battle with cancer • Palm Beach bishop's brain surgery • Religious freedom in HHS mandate case • San Francisco archdiocese on teacher rules • Catholic bishops' view of ENDA • This year's D.C. prayer breakfast • Debate on death to end human suffering

FEATURES: Why Catholics have so many kids • A love stronger than death • Willful blindness • Anniversary of Thomas Merton's birth • The gift of not knowing • Boys and Girls Town and Cristo Rey • If God is good, why there is suffering • Teaching troubled children • Movie review: 'Jupiter Ascending' • Movie review: 'Project Almanac'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: February 8, 2015 – February 14, 2015


JANUARY 31, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Deepening self conversion for Christian unity • Misunderstanding of Francis' words on family • Continuation of Ukraine violence • Need for encounter in Christian unity • Ending violence between religions • Canon lawyers and annulment process • Role of women in passing on faith • Giving up indifference for Lent • Upcoming papal visit to Naples, Pompeii • Discerning God's will in making a decision • Francis on a society without fathers • A Vatican take on digital communication • Link between Francis and St. John Bosco • Pallium ceremony for new archbishops • Haircuts for the homeless in the Vatican • Warning for Christians who don't love

WORLD NEWS: Beatification movement for Focolare founder • Taking on Nigeria's terrorists • The Catholic faith in Vietnam • Australian Catholics against human trafficking • Nazi martyr Blessed Odoardo Focherini • Reduction in number of Italian dioceses • Spreading the Gospel in Malawi • Car bomb attack in Syria • Saving historic Christian writings in Iraq • Francis' thoughts on being Pope • Bibles for Burma's laity • Marriage prep, youth formation in Ghana • Boko Haram church attacks in Niger • The future of Anglican-Catholic dialogue • Christians and Middle East politics • Fighting gender ideology in Italian schools

U.S. NEWS: Democrats in the pro-life movement • Denver Lighthouse women's center • Millennials' pro-life commitment • Death of prominent dissenting theologian • Pro-life Princeton professor • Catholics, evangelicals united on marriage • West Coast Walk for Life • The dark side of the Super Bowl • The latest on the call to religious life • Death penalty abolition before Supreme Court • A tale of two cakes and religious freedom • Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas • The Church's teaching on vaccines • Assisted living centers and HHS mandate • One Catholic school's fight against poverty

FEATURES: Letting the neighbors tell us how to raise our kids • Thomas Aquinas, a man of frugal speech • Housework as a source of spirituality • Movie review: 'Black Or White' • Having a heart of gold is not Christianity

SCRIPTURE READINGS: February 1, 2015 – February 7, 2015


JANUARY 24, 2015



VATICAN NEWS: Details of pope's upcoming visit to U.S. • Three U.S. papal stops in September • Possible Africa, South America trips • Pope on responsible parenthood • Western sex agenda's effect on poor children • Text of Pope's in-flight interview • Pope Francis' curial reform • Possible papal trip to Cuba • Hope within large families • Blessing of lambs on Feast of St. Agnes • Charlie Hebdo-motivated attacks in Niger • Financial appointment at Vatican • Francis' shoutout to March for Life • Pius XII and Jews in Rome • New Vatican clergy abuse office • Family life and communication • Reporter's gift for Pope Francis • American priest saint cause advancement • Faith as a criterion in marriage validity • Confession isn't the dry-cleaners • Caution against worldliness

WORLD NEWS: Pope Francis and homeless Manila girl • Prayers for woman killed at Philippines Mass • Prescription for an info-saturated world • Pope Francis on giving and receiving • Pope's parting message to the Philippines • Young people's interest in the Pope • Up to 7 million join Francis in Philippines • Philippine church's Year for Poor • Philippines typhoon survivor • One Buddhist nun's thoughts on Francis • Philippines' farewell to visiting pontiff • What Francis meant for Philippines bishops • Appointment of Panama's first cardinal • Oakland cathedral as architectural model • Filipino conference on evangelization • Francis' U.N. visit in New York • Suffering from Ebola in Sierra Leone • Suspension of Masses in Niger • Iraqi Christian's call to Muslims

U.S. NEWS: Ecumenism and racism in St. Louis • L.A. march for human dignity • Philadelphia archdiocese on Pope's visit • Martin Luther King Day • Beards and religious freedom • Potential in special needs kids • Video on men and abortion • First auxiliary bishop in Austin diocese • U.S. priest facing jail over confession seal • Widespread support for abortion restrictions • Pro-life movement and the marginalized • Junipero Serra's canonization • Changing face of the pro-life movement • March for Life 2015 coverage • Young pro-lifers of today

FEATURES: Paul's Desert and Garden • Choose Life and Compassion • Wine into Water • Movie review: 'Mortdecai'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: January 25, 2015 – January 31, 2015


JANUARY 17, 2015



VATICAN NEWS: Haitian amputee soccer star • Francis on Jesus' baptism • Infant baptisms by Pope • Papal message to diplomats • Concern for poor is not communism • Joseph Vaz, Sri Lanka's first saint • Possible environment encyclical • Sainthood for Junipero Serra • Pope's remarks on Charlie Hebdo • Francis' in-flight interview • Visit from St. Therese of Lisieux

WORLD NEWS: Christian refugees in Kurdistan • Crucifix restoration in Rome • Nigeria's hopes for solidarity • Haiti five years after earthquake • Sri Lankans live as one family • Meeting with Sri Lankan bishops • Pope's arrival in Sri Lanka • Religion as a weapon of war • Post-election peace in Sri Lanka • Uruguay's newest cardinal • Farsi Catechism translation in Iran • Condemnation of Venezuelan socialism • Spanish bishops on refugees • Healing in Scottish diocese • Pope's homily on Joseph Vaz • Papal Mass in Sri Lanka • Francis on healing in Sri Lanka • Pope's visit to Buddhist temple • Egyptian Christian kidnappings in Libya • New beginnings in Kurdish Iraq • Release of 600 Sri Lankan prisoners • Cyclone threatens Pope's trip to Philippines • Francis' farewell to Sri Lanka • Great welcome expected in Philippines • Malawi bishop dies in car accident • Attendee of Philippines WYD 1995 • Goans celebrate St. Joseph Vaz • Philippines' 500 years of Christianity • Pope's homily to religious in Manila • Missionary potential in Philippines • Message of Philippine cardinal • Twelve hours on a boat for Francis • Gift to the president of the Philippines • The threat of redefining marriage • Woman resuscitated three times • Paul VI warning against contraception • Gay marriage as ideological colonization • Statement of Filipino ambassador • Relics from St. Therese's parents • Francis' words for typhoon survivors • Gratitude of Filipino archbishop • Cancellation of Pope's visit to Leyte • Torrential rain during papal Mass • Undelivered papal address to the Philippines • Francis' encounter with Manila's street kids • Accidental death of woman at papal Mass • Pope Francis on Philippines visit • Why the Pope goes off script

U.S. NEWS: Archbishop Gomez on immigration reform • New Orleans' new auxiliary bishop • New head of Catholic Charities • Pro-life event for California audience • Supreme Court weighs roadside church signs • New bishop appointment for Grand Island • OneLife LA pro-life event in California • Speakers withdrawal from Catholic event • Sainthood for Junipero Serra • U.S. bishops and 9 Days for Life • Supreme Court weighs same-sex marriage • Call for religious liberty in U.S.

FEATURES: Facing the Bogus Burden • Beauty in the Family and Consecrated Life • Movie review: 'American Sniper'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: January 18, 2015 – January 24, 2015


JANUARY 10, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis' new cardinals • Potential for reform by the new cardinals • New cardinal Dominique Mamberti • Solemnity of the Epiphany • Upcoming U.S. papal trip • The three magi and Christian life • Motherhood as antidote to individualism • Pope Francis and the new evangelization • Papal response to Paris terrorist attack • French imams' response to Paris terrorist attack • The dangers of narcissism • Martyrdom of Oscar Romero • Religious extremism vs. nihilism • Charity as a way of life

WORLD NEWS: Marriage a divine plan • Two cardinals for Oceania • Sri Lanka preparing for Francis • Frenzy in the Philippines over Francis' visit • Vocation surge at Rome's American seminary • Pope Francis' Portuguese cardinal • Iraqi Christians after the Islamic State • Official song for World Youth Day 2016 • Vatican condemnation of Paris terrorist attack • French imams' message on Paris terrorist attack • Papal visit to the Philippines • Iraqi Church refugees in Jordan • Vatican astronomers and the mysteries of the universe • Free braille Bibles for the blind poor • Divine Word Missionaries • New cardinal from drug war-torn Mexican diocese • Haitian amputees on Roman soccer field • 2,000 years of faith in Iraq • Priest stripped of honorary nationality in Chile • Pope's visit to Sri Lanka after civil war

U.S. NEWS: Possible discovery of Jesus' trial site • Catholic swing vote in new U.S. Congress • Update on condition of Cardinal George • The controversial legacy of Mario Cuomo • Response to Nativity scene vandalism • Philadelphia celebration of St. John Neumann • Catholic-owned company protected from HHS mandate • 100 million at risk from anti-Christian persecution

FEATURES: Beauty in suffering • Charism and Consecrated Life (Part I) • The Beauty of Catholic Education: Literature and Poetry • Movie review: 'Selma'

SCRIPTURE READINGS: January 11, 2015 – January 17, 2015


JANUARY 3, 2015


VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis' prayers for missing AirAsia flight • Large families as schools of solidarity and sharing • Year-end message: embrace gratitude, reject sin • A papal denunciation of the evil of modern-day slavery • Francis' New Year's message during Solemnity of Mary

WORLD NEWS: Thai bishops' Holy Year of prayer for a new Pentecost • The ongoing challenge of 'living the faith in Pakistan • Iraqi Christians keeping the faith in a refugee limbo • Poverty is the Church's biggest enemy in Zimbabwe • Family life conference at Rome's Pontifical University • Catastrophic situation for Catholics in Ukraine war zone

U.S. NEWS: Health care law promise broken due to abortion funding

FEATURES: Movie review: It's a hard-knock life in 'Annie' • A reflection on the need for moral courage

SCRIPTURE READINGS: January 4, 2015 – January 10, 2015


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