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The Holy Father’s radical fidelity to God’s will

The sound of an arriving text message awoke me. It was from a close friend and it told me that the Holy Father had resigned. I read it and thought, […]

In face of death, deacon finds grace

This story continues a monthly series featuring the faith testimonies of Catholics from all walks of life. To see a video of Deacon Dusty Martin sharing his testimony, visit www.OneBillionStories.com. […]

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Eastern Catholics prepare for Lent with forgiveness ritual

Before the altar of God and among the church’s Eastern Catholic icons, Byzantine pastor Father Michael O’Loughlin embraced each one of his parishioners, asking them for forgiveness. And they asked […]

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The legacy of Benedict XVI

At his election in 2005, some thought of him as a papal place-keeper: a man who would keep the Chair of Peter warm for a few years until a younger […]

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The Light is on For You: God wants to pour out his forgiveness, mercy on you

Jacob was a great man, the patriarch of Israel and a father of faith. Jacob’s life was lived in service to his God. But Jacob’s life was not without fault—like […]

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A new take on modern Catholic history

When did modern Catholicism begin? The conventional wisdom says, “At Vatican II.” A sophisticated version of the conventional wisdom says, “With the mid-20th-century Catholic reform movements that shaped Vatican II.” […]

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Lent a time to prepare for the trials of Christian life

I can imagine what it was like to be Simon Peter standing by a fire, in a cold courtyard, on a terrifying night. Jesus had been arrested and was being […]

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The rise of evangelical Catholicism

For more than 30 years it’s been my privilege to explore the Catholic Church in all its extraordinary variety and diversity. I’ve traveled from inner-city parishes to the corridors of […]

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Let us know the truth and adhere to it

Two weeks ago, hundreds of thousands of Americans converged in Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life. The march is an opportunity to witness to the right to life […]