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Sit back, relax, and listen to ‘Ode to St. Cecilia’...

Growing up in a large Catholic family, my siblings and I didn’t watch TV outside of the World Series and presidential debates. We did, however, have an enormous collection of old movies on VHS and a collection of cassette tapes almost as large, and every Sunday night on 88.5 we’d catch Ed Walker’s old-time radio show, “The Big Broadcast...

On Nov. 22, 1963, Kennedy was assassinated, and C.S. Lewis died...

One of things most refreshing about C.S.Lewis was his seeming unconcern about what others thought of him. There’s a whiff of real humility there. He was not worried enough about his career to stop writing religious books or popular science fiction or children’s fairy tales, and he suffered rejection by his peers–not being elected as Professor of Poetry at Oxford despite being the obvious choice...

Taking the child out of Advent...

Two news items flashed across the screen recently. In their differing ways they reveal something of modern Britain and it is not a pretty sight. The first was an advertisement for, of all things, a sausage roll. The manufacturers of the rolls produced an ‘Advent Calendar’. In a faux-Nativity scene a sausage roll was substituted for the Baby Jesus lying in the manger surrounded by the Three Kings...

What if all the conspiracy theories are actually true?

What if Macbeth was not really written by William Shakespeare, and a group of people has been suppressing this truth for hundreds of years? What if the moon landing were a hoax created by network executives to boost television ratings? What if an alien spacecraft really did crash in Roswell, New Mexico in the 1940s and the government has hidden the evidence all these years...

Places and people God chose in the Old Testament...

In both Calvinist and Catholic theology, God’s “elect” are often understood to be the people that God has chosen to be saved on the last day. The basis of this divine choice is much discussed in theology. However, before considering the way a term is used in theology, it’s important to understand the way it’s meaning has changed over time...

Atheists sue shelter for using Anglican minister (not a Catholic priest, as the story says) to ‘bless’ animals...

Don’t push your dogma on these pets! A group of atheists is suing a New Jersey animal shelter because it used a Catholic priest to “bless” cats and dogs, a new lawsuit claims. Last month, the Bergen County Animal Shelter enlisted a rosary-sporting Roman Catholic priest in a ceremony for the furry sinners, according to a federal lawsuit...

Pope Francis condemns Western secularism, calls ideological colonization an ‘ugly blasphemy’...

Pope Francis has again spoken out strongly against today’s “ideological colonization” — the West’s imposition of secular, non-Christian values on developing nations — calling it a “particularly ugly blasphemy against God the Creator.” In his morning homily Tuesday at his Santa Marta residence, the Pope explained that cultural and ideological colonization does not tolerate differences and makes everything the same...

Good news: As rapprochement stalls, China and Vatican turn to ‘diplomacy of art’...

The Vatican is to send 40 works of art to China in a cultural exchange amid signs that attempts at rapprochement between the two powers are faltering. The Vatican museums, home to the Sistine chapel and countless other works of importance, and the China Culture Industrial Investment Fund (CCIIF) announced the exchange initiative in Rome this week...

Bad news: Communist Party imposes $40,000+ fines for promoting Vatican trips to Chinese tourists...

The Chinese Communist Party has ordered travel agencies not to send tour groups to visit the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica because "there are no diplomatic relations" between China and the Holy See. In an article published by Radio Free Asia yesterday several agencies that confirm that they have received directives dated November 16...

‘Coco’ is visually spectacular and has some charm, but there’s a grave problem hidden within.....

I’m tempted to say I’d like to see the version of Coco Pixar would have made 10 years ago. Not really, I guess, since then we wouldn’t have Ratatouille. Still, I can’t help wondering what the team that made Ratatouille might have done with Coco. In some ways they’re practically the same movie, and not just because Coco and Ratatouille are the only Pixar films with non-Anglophone cultural settings...

United in history and tragedy: JFK and Pope Pius XII...

President Donald Trump recently authorized a massive declassification of documents relating to the 1963 assassination of America’s first and only Catholic president, John F. Kennedy. The dreadful anniversary of the shooting, Nov. 22, is again upon us. Remembrances this time around are focusing on any potential new revelations...

If you think about it in the light of grace, a hog killing is a mysterious and wonderful thing...

True gratitude acknowledges the “bond” that is created when we are given that for which we are grateful – what we owe thanks for. St. Ambrose said there is “no duty more urgent than that of returning thanks.” Gratitude is, as Aquinas said, a part of justice. “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought...

Fr. James Martin treats Sacred Scripture like a cheap logic puzzle...

Fr. James Martin, SJ is at it again. Maybe he’s trying to speed ecumenism with Mainline Protestant churches. Because it seems each week he comes out with a statement every bit as crazy as anything you’d hear from the most jaded post-Christian posers. You know, the kind who gather in ersatz vestments to “bless” abortion clinics with songs by Leonard Cohen...

Hindu groups raise conversion controversy ahead of Pope’s Asia visit...

Leaders of right-wing Hindu groups are reigniting the controversial issue of Christian missionaries converting Hindus, ahead of Pope Francis' historic Asian visit that will see him travel to Myanmar instead of India. They have feigned ignorance about the pontiff being blocked from a planned India visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government...

Orcas vs. great white sharks: in a battle of the apex predators, who wins?

The great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, is considered the most voracious apex predator in temperate marine ecosystems worldwide, playing a key role in controlling ecosystem dynamics. As a result, it is difficult to imagine a great white as prey. And yet, earlier this year the carcasses of five great whites washed ashore along South Africa’s Western Cape province...

With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there's a likely culprit...

Around 2012, something started going wrong in the lives of teens. In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt useless and joyless – classic symptoms of depression – surged 33 percent in large national surveys. Teen suicide attempts increased 23 percent. Even more troubling, the number of 13- to 18-year-olds who committed suicide jumped 31 percent...

9 prominent Christians in science and technology give thanks...

Since we launched the Purpose Nation Podcast in August, thanks to your interest and support, episodes of the Podcast have been played nearly 30,000 times! We are also very thankful for our Podcast guests, including nine of them who sent along their own messages of thanks below (in alphabetical order by last name). We asked them what they are most thankful for in their careers and personal lives...

The lightning-fast guide to figuring out what's wrong with your car...

White exhaust smoke? Coolant is entering the combustion chambers.

How strange, that this avalanche of accusations followed so soon on Hugh Hefner’s death...

It seems undeniable at this point that Hugh Hefner’s death broke open some sort of seal.” My former colleague at National Review magazine, Ian Tuttle, tweeted this the other day, capturing the avalanche of accusations and confessions, since around the death of Playboy’s founder, of men behaving badly in some of the highest echelons of power...
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