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In the company of the angels

Angels have always been popular, and it seems they still are. In a 2016 poll, over 75 percent of Americans believed in their existence. And while most of those people identified themselves with a religious ...



What are pigs for?Charles C. Camosy

What are animals for? Our culture is deeply confused about this question. The answer seems to be determined primarily by two things: arbitrary cultural trends and how tasty we find their flesh. Consider ...

We all fall victim to ageDick Flavin

Professional athletes are different from the rest of us. They are gifted with superior speed, strength, reflexes, and hand/eye coordination. Those things set them apart from the great majority of us. ...

A Great Day is Coming!Maureen Crowley Heil

The Pontifical Mission Societies are the Holy Father's principal support system for the spread of the Gospel to the ends of the earth. One of these Societies -- The Society for the Propagation of ...

Life by faithScott Hahn

Because of his faith, the just man shall live. We hear in today's First Reading, the original prophetic line made so central by St. Paul (see Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). We are ...

Casting a wider net: The Diaconate Formation Program and distance learningDeacon Christopher Connelly

Have you thought about being a deacon only to be told that your family is too young? Do you feel a deeper call to ministry in the Church but your commute to Braintree for classes could be a couple of ...

The essential AugustineDr. R. Jared Staudt

On the 28th of August, we celebrated the feast day of the great St. Augustine, the anniversary of the day he died in the year 430 A.D. His name providentially points to his august status in the Church ...

Can prayers clinch heaven?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I was given a prayer folder that tells me that I will suffer no purgatory and be taken directly to heaven when I die, provided that I say these prayers daily for 12 years. (Missed days can be made ...

Thank you, Your MajestyGeorge Weigel

Americans have many reasons to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II, one of the few truly noble figures on the contemporary world stage. We were deeply touched by her decision to have the band play ...