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Saint of the Day

St. Anthony Messenger presents an illuminating profile of a saint commemorated today.

  • St. Hilarion
    Despite his best efforts to live in prayer and solitude, today’s saint found it difficult to achieve his deepest desire. People were naturally drawn to Hilarion as a source of spiritual wisdom and pea …


“In All Things” offers daily commentary from the nation’s most influential weekly Catholic journal, America, published by the Jesuits since 1909.

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Updates from “DotCommonweal,” the blog of the prominent U.S. lay-edited weekly Commonweal, published since 1924.

  • All in a night's work for Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    You’re permitted to cast a ballot in Texas (where early voting began Monday) if you show a concealed-handgun license at the polling place, but not if you present a student, veteran, or federally recog …
  • Catholic colleges, the unchurched, and the nones
    The editors extended to me an invitation to blog at dotCommonweal a good year ago; I can only thank them for their patience!
  • When a young reader wrote about a future Nobel Peace Prize winner
    On October 10, children’s rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi of India was named as co-winner (with Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai) of the Nobel Peace Prize. A couple of days later, Commonweal reader Wil …
  • A Seven-Pope Catholic asks: What is Francis up to?
    Pope Francis is a breath of fresh air. It’s heartening to find so many people, especially young ones, enthused about him. But popes come and go; Francis is my seventh. Meaning: my expectations are tem …
  • Humble and Prophetic Witness
    At Mass this morning in Saint Peter's Square, closing the truly extraordinary Synod, Pope Francis beatified his predecessor, Paul VI. In his homily Francis said: When we look to this great Pope, …
  • Synod day 14 presser the second: that's a wrap.
    At the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, the Vatican released the final version of the text summarizing the discussions over the past two weeks. (At present, the text is available o …

Whispers in the Loggia

Rocco Palmo reports on international Church developments from Philadelphia on his widely-read blog Whispers in the Loggia.

Vox Nova

Church Social Teaching is the focus on this blog by various Catholic writers seeking to discover the connection between faith and public life.

  • Give to God what is His
    Vox Nova is pleased to present another post by Kelly Wilson. Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Isaiah 45:1, 4-6; I Thessalonians 1:1-5 & Matthew 22:15-21. Tax revolts likely were not far from …
  • The ‘Culture War’ Trope in Catholic Discourse: Useful Construct or Dangerous Weapon?
    Vox Nova is pleased to welcome the following guest post by reader Mike McG. The terms ‘culture war’ and ‘culture warrior’ name very real tensions in both secular and religious domains. And yet I wonde …
  • St. Augustine and the Synod on the Family
    The Synod on the Family has been very much in the news lately, particularly with the release yesterday of the Relatio post disceptationem to the media.  This document deserves careful discussion, as d …
  • One Lone Individual
    Vox Nova would like to welcome back Kelly Wilson who will be providing reflections on the weekly readings.  Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Isaiah 25-6-10; Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 & Matt …
  • A Riddle that Tickled my Funny Bone
    Fr. William Grimm, a Maryknoll priest in Japan, framed an essay about Pope Francis with a riddle that set me laughing and that I have to share: Q:  What are the three things God does not know? A:  1) …
  • Life Recapitulates Art
    I am really not sure what to say, but I had to share this.  Almost 30 years ago, the comic strip Doonesbury featured a two week series about a single woman, Marcia, who decided that she was tired of l …

The Deacon’s Bench

Deacon Greg Kandra of the Diocese of Brooklyn offers interesting news related to Church life and society on his blog.

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