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Jimmy Akin on The Warning and Fr. Michel Rodrigue

Here’s a Saturday night special — In recent months, we’ve written about an unusually popular Catholic apocalyptic movement based in a modified version of  millenarian beliefs (the idea that there will soon be a literal 1,000-year period of peace, when...

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Pope Francis Delivers TED Talk on Climate Change

Today, Pope Francis stepped out onto the virtual TED stage for a second time. In his first TED talk, given in April 2017, the pope made his famous call for a “Revolution Of Tenderness.” This time, his talk was entitled...

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Key Quotes from Fratelli Tutti

The highly-anticipated encyclical Fratelli Tutti was released today. It is available here on the Vatican website. Be sure to join us for our live “first look” at Fratelli Tutti (register here). It will be from 5-7 pm Eastern It is...

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The fraternal heart transcends power struggles

This interview of Rodrigo Guerra by Miroslava Lopez was originally published in Spanish at Vida Nueva (link). This English translation is published with permission. The Vatican has announced a new encyclical by Pope Francis entitled Fratelli tutti, about human fraternity...

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Videos on themes of race, pro-life, mercy, and love

I was hoping to either finish writing an article or editing our latest podcast before the evening was over, but it looks like that isn’t going to happen. And part of the reason for this was because I was sent...

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Talking about Pope Francis on the Jesuitical podcast

In the first episode of the new season of the Jesuitical podcast, I joined Ashley McKinless and Zac Davis, the “young, hip and lay” editors over at America Media to discuss my recent article for America and how the vocal...

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Benedict XVI: Longest-living pope on record

“I am simply a pilgrim beginning the last leg of his pilgrimage on this earth. ” – Pope Benedict XVI Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has now lived to an older age than any previous pope on record! Born April 16,...

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You Are Peter

Today is the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A), and today’s readings are especially important to Catholics. Today’s Gospel passage (Mt 16:13-20) contains the words whereby Christ entrusted authority over the Church to the apostle Peter: And so I...

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Augustine and the good ol’ days

This Sunday, I thought it would be appropriate to share a Sermon by St. Augustine that appeared this week in the Liturgy of the Hours. Augustine wrote this during the fall of an already Christianized Roman Empire, but I think...

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An Appeal to Pray a 54-Day Rosary Novena

One of our favorite WPI readers, who comments on our site under the name “Love God 🙂” has suggested that we initiate a 54-day Rosary Novena for our Church and Pope Francis. Sorry for the very short notice, but one...

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The antidote to the poison pill

The talented Catholic journalist Brian Fraga has written an excellent and insightful piece at his blog, The Catholic Beat. Entitled, “Your Choice: The Eucharist or the Red Pill,” Fraga looks at the emergent radicalization in the traditionalist Catholic movement. Hallmarks...

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The Marian Apocalypse Now: Part 4

Meet the “Apostle of the End Times.” In this installment of my primer on Marian apocalypticism I will shift focus from the world of Catholic traditionalism to what I have labelled (for lack of a better term) charismatic apocalypticism. Here...

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Bishops speaking up, defending Pope Francis and Vatican II

This is a positive development. As the polarization in the Church has begun to increase, fueled by a flurry of increasingly paranoid and bizarre open letters from former U.S. papal nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, some Church leaders are beginning...

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The Logic of Obedient Disobedience

“What do you think? A man had two sons; and he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he repented and went. And he went...

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Aparecida: We cannot reduce the faith to moralism and ethics

Those who have followed Pope Francis’s papacy closely have likely heard many references to his role in creating what is known as the “Aparecida document.” Released in 2007 by the Episcopal Council of Latin American Bishops (CELAM), then-Cardinal Bergoglio was...

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The Marian Apocalypse Now: Part 3

In the last installment of my primer on Marian apocalypticism, I looked at the ideological Fatima movement in relation to the Second Secret of Fatima. Here I will continue my look at this movement with a focus on the controversy...

The Sacred Heart and Prayers for Priests

“The solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: a feast so dear to the Christian people. I invite you to discover the riches that are hidden in the Heart of Jesus, to learn to love your neighbor. I address my...

The Marian Apocalypse Now: Part 2

In the first installment of my look at Marian apocalypticism I focused on the foundational ideas that underlie both its traditionalist and its charismatic variants. In the next two installments, I will cover the history of traditionalist Marian apocalypticism and...

Loneliness Today, Part IX: Conclusion

So far in the “Loneliness Today” series we’ve had eight installments looking at different facets of the phenomena of loneliness and social isolation in the Church and the world today: The youth encounter in Tokyo last fall Loneliness among the...

Why we call her Mother of the Church

She conceived, brought forth and nourished Christ. She presented Him to the Father in the temple, and was united with Him by compassion as He died on the Cross. In this singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope...

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