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After the ‘dark ages’ of the 1970s, a new generation of architects is building churches that look like churches...

When David Riccio started working at John Canning Studios in Cheshire, Connecticut, 20 years ago, he could expect one or two church projects per year. The bulk of the studio’s work was carried out at secular sites such as theaters, libraries and state capitols. Around 15 years ago, however, the number of church projects began to grow...

An introvert's guide to evangelization...

When you think of someone sharing the Gospel, what kind of person comes to mind? For most of us, we think of someone who is comfortable in a crowd. We may think of someone who doesn’t know a stranger and is chock full of intelligent yet accessible responses to questions about the faith. The person who may come to mind when we think of an evangelist is someone with an extroverted personality...

Chile’s constitutional court approves abortion bill...

Chile’s constitutional court has ruled that a law liberalising the country’s abortion regulations is not unconstitutional. In March last year, Chile’s lower house of Congress approved a bill that allows abortion in cases of rape, when there is a health risk for the mother or when the child is not viable. The bill was later approved by the Senate...

Two Popish Plot martyrs were made on August 22 in 1679...

Far from London, where the Popish Plot was still in the full fury of investigation, accusation, trials, and execution, two Catholic priests, John Wall and John Kemble, suffered and died in Wales. Neither was a Jesuit, the focus of Titus Oates’ fictitious plot: Wall was a Franciscan and Kemble did not belong to any religious order...

James Fenimore Cooper’s eyewitness account of the 1806 eclipse...

The eclipse of the sun, which you have requested me to describe, occurred in the summer of 1806, on Monday, the 16th of June. Its greatest depth of shadow fell upon the American continent, somewhere about the latitude of 42 deg. I was then on a visit to my parents, at the home of my family, among the Highlands of Otsego, in that part of the country where the eclipse was most impressive...

Faith, hate and details that mattered in Charlottesville...

Warning: This post is going to be rather depressing, especially for (a) old-school journalists, (b) religious believers seeking racial reconciliation and (c) consistent, even radical, defenders of the First Amendment. I really struggled as host Todd Wilken and I recorded this week's Crossroads podcast (click here to tune that in) and I think you'll be able to hear that in my voice...

Thousands of South Sudanese find refuge in cathedral...

As the civil war in South Sudan heightens, millions are fleeing their homes for safer ground, which many have found at St. Mary Help of Christian's Cathedral in Wau, the country's second largest city. “Those who flee believe that even rebels still fear God and would not slaughter civilians in the backyard of a church...

Life aboard the longest train ride through India...

Beneath the relentless churn of steel, wood, and dust, the Indian railway is made entirely of stories. For more than a century, it has witnessed the infinite expression of the human condition, borne the incalculable weight of separations, and gently rocked the world-weary into oblivion.

How this priest restored tradition and orthodoxy — and vibrancy — to a struggling San Francisco parish...

On the solemnity of the Annunciation this past spring, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone dedicated the Star of the Sea Church’s renovated St. Joseph Adoration Chapel, calling it “a pivotal moment in the history of the parish.” “We want to base the renewal of our parish around the holy Eucharist,” said Father Joseph Illo...

What is the meaning of Michelangelo's ‘David’?

Last week I was in Florence, and while jostling with other sightseers to get a glimpse of Michelangelo’s David, I recalled an anecdote I’d heard years before. A man was standing with his eight-year-old son gazing up at Michelangelo’s amazing monument, and the boy said, “But Daddy! I thought you said David was a little boy...

Getting open: There's more to becoming one of the NFL's elite route runners than you realize...

Getting open is football’s most relatable skill, and also one of its most complex. So we asked the experts: What distinguishes the NFL’s best route runners from its novices?

Take a guide tour through St. Teresa of Ávila’s ‘Way of Prayer’...

With her own energetic style, St. Teresa of Avila wrote the Way of Perfection for contemplatives. Although her teaching is brilliant, sometimes a less-experienced reader can find himself lost as the great saint meanders on important tangents. Although these eventually come together as a whole, without a good guide, one can sometimes lose the outline of her argument and the overall purpose of the work...

Vatican delegate: Every indication Medjugorje will be recognized, perhaps later this year...

A Polish archbishop appointed by Pope Francis to study the pastoral situation surrounding Medjugorje says the apparitions in the Bosnian town could be recognized by the Vatican later this year. Archbishop Henryk Hoser was appointed by the pope in February to study the pastoral care given to the town’s residents and visiting pilgrims...

Explaining papal calm on security, plus a note on the convert debate...

Europe is again reeling from violence, as incidents in Barcelona and Cambrils in Spain on Thursday marked the sixth and seventh times, respectively, in just over a year that a vehicle has been used by Islamic jihadists to inflict casualties on a European city. Meanwhile, a stabbing spree in Finland on Friday left two people dead...

On Fr. Aidan Nichols’ recent remarks...

Dominican theologian Fr. Aidan Nichols needs no introduction to readers of this blog and it suffices to say that, when a priest of Nichols’ credentials urges development of a canonical procedure to correct popes who—how exactly to put this?—leave confusion in their wake, people are going to take notice. I have seen only news reports of Nichols’ address (not the speech itself)...

While on others thou art calling, do not pass me by: Msgr. Pope's homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year...

The Gospel this Sunday teaches us to pray always and not to lose heart. It is about being tenacious in prayer, continuing to beseech the Lord even when the results are discouraging. It is also about the Lord’s will to extend the Gospel to all the nations and to make the Church truly catholic. Let’s look at this Gospel in five stages...

A reflection on the removal of controversial statues...

Understanding our story is a critical aspect of the life of every Christian. We all have a story, a narrative of how God brought us to birth and has interacted with us. It is filled with successes and struggles, virtues and vices. Knowing that story is crucial to testifying and being a witness to others of God’s grace, mercy, and truth...

Anti-statue frenzy spreads to New Orleans as vandals hit St. Joan of Arc monument ...

The phrase "Tear it Down" was hastily sprayed in black paint across the base of the golden Joan of Arc statue on Decatur Street in the French Quarter sometime earlier this week. It has since been removed, with only the vaguest traces of the paint remaining. The "Tear it Down" tag would seem to relate to the debate surrounding the city's ongoing removal of four Confederate monuments...

Anti-statue frenzy spreads to California as vandals hit St. Junípero Serra monument ...

A statue of St. Junípero Serra in Mission Hills, CA was recently vandalized, with red paint put on the saint’s face and the word “murder” written down the front in white. The photo began circulating around Facebook in the last few days, so CBS Los Angeles sent a reporter to the statue, who confirmed there was still some paint left on the statue...

State funeral for Sr. Ruth Pfau, ‘Pakistan's Mother Teresa’...

Pakistan on Saturday laid to rest its famous angel of mercy, German-born Catholic nun Ruth Pfau, credited with eradicating leprosy or Hansen’s disease from Pakistan. The Daughter of the Heart of Mary Sister was accorded full state honours, including a 19-gun salute, for her priceless service. State-run television broadcast live footage of her flag-draped coffin being solemnly carried by Pakistani soldiers in the southern city of Karachi...
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