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What the Church teaches by saturating liturgy with the “Glory Be”...

The Liturgy of the Hours has a distinct rhythm that becomes familiar over time. The Our Father comes at the end every morning and evening, antiphons are repeated after each psalm, the Gospel canticle is always marked with the Sign of the Cross, and when in doubt, pray the doxology. “Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit...

Church in Chile ‘shocked’ and ‘perplexed’ over abuse crisis, locals say...

Though it’s been diminishing for a while, more so in some places than others, the influence of the Catholic Church across Latin America is still undeniable. Chile is no exception, especially given that the Church here was at the forefront of the defense of human rights during the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The Church’s standing in Chile right now...

The Lord has left a legacy of love for us to draw upon...

The title of this sermon uses the word legacy, which refers to something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor. Perhaps the most accessible image of this is money. If I receive 100 million dollars from a dying relative, I can the money to start living differently. My bills, which now seem overwhelming, can be paid with just the interest earned from my newfound wealth...

Nationalism and Catholicism collide in run-up to the European elections...

Italians will go to the ballot box on May 26 to elect members of the country’s delegation to the European Parliament. The vote — part of elections held across the European Union — will be another litmus test regarding Italy’s two populist political parties and whether they can withstand challenges from the left. What this latest electoral test will also do is reveal Italy’s love-hate relationship with the Catholic church...

Belloc, the Bible, and a buried lede about a Franciscan...

These words of Hilaire Belloc’s have been popping up a lot on the Web, so in case you haven’t seen it: Arriving at a posh Anglican school after a Catholic gathering, he told its Anglican minister: “The Catholic Church is an institution I am bound to hold divine — but for unbelievers a proof of its divinity might be found in the fact that no merely human institution conducted with such knavish imbecility would have lasted a fortnight...

King St. Eric of Sweden is a template for dads everywhere...

It can’t be easy for kings to become saints. Most are also husbands and fathers, and so you have all the challenges that come with those callings, plus the enormous headaches and perpetual consternation associated with ruling a people. Raise taxes, lower taxes? Go to war, sue for peace? Statecraft, diplomacy, court intrigues – how do Gospel values square with all that...

Vatican court acquits priest accused of sexual misconduct...

On Friday, the Vatican’s Supreme Court announced that after an investigation, they have acquitted Father Hermann Geissler, an Austrian priest who formerly worked at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith who was accused of making sexual advances during confession. Geissler resigned from his post as an official in the Vatican’s doctrine office Jan...

Humility should be the ‘cornerstone’ of media work, Pope Francis tells journalists...

Pope Francis told journalists Saturday that their profession has a great responsibility, the foundation of which should be humility. “Humility is an essential virtue for spiritual life; but I would say that it can also be a fundamental element of your profession,” the pope said May 18. He affirmed that there are other important qualities of a journalist...

Despite religious freedom concerns, House passes Equality Act...

The House of Representatives passed the controversial Equality Act on Friday, amid heated opposition from those who argue it would pose serious threats to critical constitutional freedoms. “This bill undermines human dignity by threatening the fundamental freedoms of speech, religion, and conscience that the First Amendment guarantees for every citizen...