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Saint of the Day

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

  • St. Thérèse of Lisieux
    "I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul." These are the words of Thérèse of the Child Jesus, a Carmelite nun called the …

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.

  • William Giraldi's supercharged novel
    How charged was the last novel you read? The question is borrowed from novelist William Giraldi, who borrowing in turn from Ezra Pound (“literature is language charged with meaning”) posed it in the c …
  • It Keeps Getting Worse (Update)
    The latest twist in the White House break-in story: The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known …
  • Was Bishop Livieres sacked for abuse-related reasons or not? (UPDATED)
    "Vatican Says Bishop's Dismissal Not the Result of Sexual Abuse," read a Catholic News Service headline published Saturday. The story, written by Francis X. Rocca, tut-tuts those who in …
  • New issue, now live
    We’ve just posted our theology issue to the website, and here are some of the highlights. Thomas Albert Howard, in “A Question of Conscience,” writes about the excommunication of German priest, theolo …
  • What Next? Who Benefits?
    What is the U.S. doing in the Middle East? A senior retired diplomat, Robert Hunter, looks back on U.S. policy after 9/11 and looks forward to the effort to degrade ISIL. He argues that U.S. president …
  • The racist dirge of America
    When I commute by bus, I am often the only white person on it. I've been to diversity training many times and absorbed its lessons. I've had my classroom secretly subjected to a race audit – …

Whispers in the Loggia

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

  • Back "Home," The Wrap-Up Begins
    A whirlwind week since the alarm bells started blaring over his appointment to Chicago, Archbishop-elect Blase Cupich returned to Spokane yesterday, meeting the local press this morning (fullvideo via …
  • Remaking the Crystal
    The rollout is on – three years since its $57.5 million acquisition, the centerpiece plans for Crystal Cathedral's transformation into the seat of the 1.3 million-member diocese of Orange are bei …
  • For Orange's Own, "The Veil Is Lifted"
    Even if he's now head of the largest diocese Stateside Catholicism has ever seen, when you've known the now-archbishop of Los Angeles for practically all of his 14 years on the bench, it did …
  • 60 Hours On, "Blasing Saddles"… and Buckling Chimneys
    His close ties to the Catholic Extension he'll soon oversee highlighted in this morning's report, on a quick return to Chicagoland for the home-mission society's annual meeting of bisho …
  • In Chicago's Wake, "Riding the Wave"
    (SVILUPPO: A second press conference and other key developments quickly ensued on Monday evening.)Seventeen years ago, the ink was barely dry on Francis George's own surprise appointment to Chica …
  • For 19 Chimneys, A Blase of Glory – Spokane's Cupich Tipped for Chicago
    (The appointment reported below was formally announced by the Holy See at Roman Noon on Saturday, 20 September; fullvid of intro presser, etc.)It is the most shocking major move the American hierarchy …

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.

  • Anything but Moderate
    It’s pretty well known to my friends and former classmates, as well as regular readers here, that I am a constant critic of false dichotomies.  Any rejection of the prevailing political ones, in parti …
  • Islam and the Reformation
    There is a meme that floats about that the “problem” with Islam is that it has never had the experience of a Reformation such as Christianity went through in the 16th century.  I confess to having ind …
  • Kudos and a Thought on Divorce and Remarriage
    Almost one year ago today, I wrote a post praising Bishop Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, for criticizing Pope Francis.  I did not agree with a word he said, but I thought it was important to have …
  • Praying with Evil News
    Last month, I was sent an article from The Jesuit Post that has changed the way I read the news.  In it, Jason Downer, SJ suggests seeking ways to respond to violence creatively and prayerfully, resis …
  • A Pair of Modern Crosses for Troubling Times
    One of the great gifts of the Catholic tradition is that our communion in the Body of Christ is not cut off by death: in short, the communion of saints, of which the official canon is most likely the …
  • Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
    Today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, a feast that stands near the head of the Franciscan calendar.  According to his biographers it was on or  shortly after this feast in 1224 that …

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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