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Saint of the Day

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

  • St. John Bosco
    John Bosco’s theory of education could well be used in today’s schools. It was a preventive system, rejecting corporal punishment and placing students in surroundings removed from the likelihood of co …

America

“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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Commonweal

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

  • 100 Years of Thomas Merton
    If it weren’t for his premature death in 1968, Thomas Merton would turn 100 years old tomorrow, January 31. Fortunately for us, his legacy and wisdom continue to influence each new generation through …
  • Archbishop Romero, martyrdom, and ecumenism
    Pope Francis, early on, unblocked the cause for the canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero, and it has recently been reported that theologians in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith conclu …
  • Mike Huckabee, bard of 'Bubba-ville'
    “It is trying on liberals in Dilton,” reads the first line of Flannery O’Connor’s story “The Barber,” which could with tweaking aptly apply to the unfolding 2016 presidential campaign season for those …
  • Animal Ethics–Next Questions
    Thanks to everyone for commenting on the post "The Status of Animals"  below  I was about to try to focus the question, but Jean Raber has already brilliantly and incisively done the work. S …
  • Yale Police and the Threat of Lethal Force
    Last Saturday, a member of the Yale Police pulled a gun on a young student for matching a description of a thief in the area. That student happened to be the son of New York Times columnist Charles Bl …
  • The Weal's First Writing Workshop (with photos!)
    Readers of dotCommonweal, especially young readers who live near New York City, might be interested to know that this past Saturday The Weal hosted its first writing workshop at the New York Public Li …

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.

  • Was it Suicide?
    The Catholic Transcript, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Hartford, has started a new feature:  a monthly column on bioethics by Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, a priest from Fall River, MA and director of …
  • Some words about Dr. King, Part 1
    MONDAY WAS THE 86TH ANNIVERSARY of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., so I thought I would share some thoughts about his life and legacy. My first encounter with Dr. King’s reputation as a publi …
  • Considering the Ontological Argument
    Like Bertrand Russell, I have always kind of felt that, while I can’t directly refute Anselm’s famous ontological argument for the existence of God, I am also not convinced by it.  It feels to me like …
  • Two Wrongs (or, why we don’t have to be Charlie to oppose violence)
    In response to a question from a French journalist on the plane from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Pope Francis said something that may sound shocking to those of us from liberal societies.  I’m using …
  • Quote from Pope Francis
    Pope Francis, speaking at the University of Manila in response to a 12 year old girl describing her life on the street: There are some realities that you can only see through eyes that have been clean …
  • A question on divorce and excommunication
    Updated 01/17/2015 I have a quick question on divorce and excommunication:  was it ever the case in the United States that Catholics who obtained a civil divorce were excommunicated?  I am not talking …

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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