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Why best-selling ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author J.D. Vance became Catholic...

J.D. Vance, the conservative author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis, the well-timed 2016 memoir about a young white man’s rise from poverty to Yale Law School and career success, has become a Catholic. Rod Dreher announced Vance’s conversion on his popular American Conservative blog yesterday...

Analysis: The pastoral approach of Archbishop Charles Chaput...

Archbishop Charles Chaput is not a cardinal. He has never been an officer at the U.S. bishops’ conference. He has never lived in Rome, and, in an international Church, he is not a polyglot. Chaput’s resume is not typical of most influential figures in the Church’s hierarchy. But when Chaput turns 75 and submits his resignation to Pope Francis next month...

Yo, MSM: Anyone planning to stalk Jesusland religion ghosts lurking in ‘The Hunt’ movie?

What a country we live in, these days. If you have been following the controversy surrounding the now-delayed movie “The Hunt,” you know that this is — according to mainstream media reports — yet another controversy about politics, anger, guns, violence and America’s Tweeter In Chief. Oh, and there is no way to avoid the dangerous word “elites” when talking about this Hollywood vs...

Audio recording of Pope Francis’ recent Letter to Priests...

On the 160th anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests, Pope Francis released a letter addressed to all the priests of the world. In the letter, Francis encourages and thanks his brother priests for their service, especially during such a difficult era in the life of the Church.

Parenting like a convert...

I’m not a convert, but sometimes I wish I were. I come from a long line of cradle Catholics. It has undoubtedly been a grace to grow up simmering in the rich soup of faith seasoned over time with enduring traditions and profound familial witnesses. What a blessing! So why am I so darn jealous of converts? You know that superstar Catholic who dramatically joins the church after a lifetime denouncing the “whore of Babylon”...

The death of Pope St. John XXIII...

The Vatican kept telling the world he had “gastric troubles” and “a distress of the stomach.” Pope John XXIII was dying, and in constant and growing pain, from cancer. John had called and opened the Second Vatican Council, but would not be the pope to see it through. He had been diagnosed with stomach cancer in late September 1962...

Watch Nightcrawler help Wolverine reconcile with God in ‘X-Men: The Animated Series’...

In the 1990s, Marvel produced X-Men: The Animated Series and it was a ground-breaking series on a number of levels. For example, in season 3, episode 18, a Catholic mutant known as Nightcrawler encounters a small group of the X-Men, including Wolverine. The X-Men find refuge in the monastery where Nightcrawler is living and what happens next is something unheard of in mainstream animated television...

15-year-old blocks LGBT pride march in Poland with crucifix and rosary...

While Poland held its first-ever LGBT Pride March on Aug. 10 in Płock, 15-year-old Jakub Baryła held a crucifix and rosary in his hands. Baryła stood before LGBT supporters and police during the march, holding high a crucifix and rosary. He said the the late Fr. Ignacy Skorupko was the inspiration behind his actions. Fr. Skorupko is said to have held a cross “during the Warsaw battle with the Bolsheviks in 1920...

Drawn near to the Real Presence of Jesus Christ...

In the Eucharist, Christ's countenance shines with a personal energy that the Church calls "Real Presence." He is wholly surrendered to us in a way that is meant to bring His passion to bear in our lives. Not passive, He actively enters into our company and knocks at the door of our hearts. He shines on us and evokes the deepest and most tender desires...

12 things to know and share about the Assumption of Mary...

August 15 is the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. In the United States, it is a holy day of obligation (in years when it does not fall on a Monday). What is the Assumption of Mary, how did it come to be defined, and what relevance does it have for our lives? Here are 12 things to know and share...