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Divorce MonthKevin and Marilyn Ryan

Jeff Bezos, the father of four and the richest man in the world, just announced that he and his wife of 25 years are divorcing. We learned from the same newspaper that January is not, as we had thought, ...

In the WeddingScott Hahn

Think of these first weeks after Christmas as a season of "epiphanies." The liturgy is showing us who Jesus is and what he has revealed about our relationship with God. Last week and the week before, ...

Disposing of relicsFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I received in the mail an unsolicited request for donations from a Catholic charitable organization. Included in the mailing was a third-class relic. I do not need to have a third-class relic of an ...

What's right with the Church?Jaymie Stuart Wolfe

Few writers are more pithy and quotable than G.K. Chesterton. That's why it is easy to believe the undocumented story that has circulated for quite some time. Allegedly, The Times of London invited numerous ...

I asked, 'Is that all there is, Lord?' and he answered meBenoit Thibault

I remember like it was yesterday. One day in 2011, when I was comfortably successful in the business world, I asked God that very question, "Is that all there is?" Oh boy! Did he ever answer me! I found ...

'Send us peace'Maureen Crowley Heil

Fides.org, the news service of the Pontifical Mission Societies at the Vatican, publishes an annual list of pastoral workers killed in the missions while serving the Church. For 2018, the list includes ...

The AnointingScott Hahn

The Liturgy last week revealed the mystery of God's plan -- that in Jesus all peoples, symbolized by the Magi, have been made "co-heirs" to the blessings promised to Israel. This week, we're shown how ...

Pope Francis' Letter to the U.S. BishopsFather Roger J. Landry

On January 1, Pope Francis wrote an extraordinary eight-page letter to the bishops of the United States as they were preparing to convene at Mundelein Seminary north of Chicago for a retreat with the ...

Giving to Shriners HospitalsFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Can Catholics morally give donations to the Shriners Hospitals? Their ads are very convincing, but aren't the Shriners Masons? (Surry, Virginia) A. All Shriners are Masons. (The reverse, though, ...

Talking to Some Young Jesuits about Social Justice and EvangelizationBishop Robert Barron

While I was in Chicago for the Christmas break, I had a wonderful meeting with around thirty young Jesuits, all in their "pre-tertianship" period of formation. This means that these men had already passed ...