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Another nugget from the new book of interviews with Benedict: Pope Benedict has said in a new book that he is not opposed to the practice of receiving Communion in the hand. However he goes on to explain that he […]

The institution we know and love — and love to know — appears to be losing ground, according to a new poll: Is marriage becoming obsolete? As families gather for Thanksgiving this year, nearly one in three American children is […]

To get a clearer idea of what it means — and what can be done about it — check out Msgr. Charles Pope’s blog this morning.

Here’s something inspiring for you. A priest visiting friends in a far-removed Nigerian village last year found himself unexpectedly celebrating Mass in a Muslim home. He writes: Within a short time of my arrival, news went around the community that […]

Statistics like that are mind-blowing: my busy parish in Queens averages a little over 100 baptisms a year. Details: Extended families greet one another with hearty handshakes and pecks on the cheek as they file in to Incarnation church in […]

It happened in Spain — but details are murky: A Catholic priest in Spain’s province of Valencia slapped a young man in a church in the town of Rótova during a local festival on the evening of September 5. Believing […]

This can only be good news for the cotton towel industry. Details: Beneath a cloudless sky on a recent Sunday afternoon, John Oswald made a public profession of his Christian faith as he stood in the waters of Lake Michigan. […]

The number-one rated nightly news anchor — and the only one of the Big Three who is Catholic — pours out his soul to Elle (well, sort of) in an interview that, among other things, touches rather unexpectedly on the […]

A British observer has some sharp words about EMHCs at Catholic liturgies: What’s the point of all these assistants? The Catholic Church does allow for what it calls an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, in cases when the priest is […]

The always-interesting blogger/priest (or priest/blogger?) from Washington, Msgr. Charles Pope, sums it up very succinctly. Read it and see if you don’t agree. Then share it with someone you love — or, maybe, someone who is planning to make that trip […]