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Evangelizing the Amazon and the gift of priestly celibacyFather Roger Landry

Today is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and, since 2002, the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. It's a day on which, pondering the divine and human love flowing through ...

Should some politicians be excommunicated?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. The Church's Code of Canon Law (No. 1398) says that a person who procures an abortion incurs excommunication. Do Catholic politicians who vote to provide abortions incur this same penalty? (Woodbridge, ...

Hispanics and the 2018 bishops' letter against racismHosffman Ospino

At the end of 2018, the Catholic bishops of the United States approved "Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love," a pastoral letter against racism. Have you read this important letter? Did you ...

Opening Minds through Art at Youville PlaceAdam Johnson

All too often, Alzheimer's disease is an emotionally isolating condition. Those who live with the disease experience memory loss, confusion and trouble with language, all of which interfere with the ability ...

Blessed and givenScott Hahn

At the dawn of salvation history, God revealed our future in figures. That's what's going on in today's First Reading: A king, and high priest, comes from Jerusalem (see Psalm 76:3), offering bread and ...

Seeking correction on Virgin MaryFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Several weeks ago in your column, you stated that Mary remained a virgin after Jesus' birth and for the rest of her life. The Bible states otherwise. Matthew 1:24-25 says that Joseph "did not know ...

Profiles in courageJaymie Stuart Wolfe

I stopped voting for Democrats when the party shrunk the tent and left pro-lifers outside in the wilderness. I don't know who decided that the core values of Western civilization -- and the Christian ...

Glorious processionsScott Hahn

In today's Liturgy, we're swept through time in glorious procession -- from before earth and sky were set in place to the coming of the Spirit upon the new creation, the Church. We begin in the heart ...

Appreciating fatherhoodFather Roger J. Landry

This weekend we celebrate Father's Day throughout the United States. It's a relatively recent feast, made a permanent national holiday on the third Sunday of June only in 1972 when it was signed into ...

Do Catholic movie ratings bind in conscience?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Are the movie ratings done by Catholic News Service binding in conscience? I am a young adult and am curious to know whether all movies rated as acceptable either for general patronage, for adults ...