Pope Benedict XVI

Leaders who should leave

Around the end of 2018, Japan’s Emperor Akihito will resign. A less dedicated public servant would no doubt have retired earlier. He has sat on the …

Li Ka-shing

Life after 'Hope': Obama poster creator Shepard Fairey reflects on art and politics in the age of Trump

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Obama invited Shepard Fairey, the street artist who made the ubiquitous portrait of him titled "Hope," to bring his family and visit him at the White House the day after the 2016 election.<p>Fairey assumed Hillary Clinton would win and his White House visit would be a …

U.S. Politics

What a joke! The secret of the Queen and Prince Philip's 70-year marriage

A good sense of humour features high on dating websites as a desirable quality (“GSOH”), but with the 70-year marriage of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, it is more a case of SSOH – a shared sense of humour. Those who know the couple best say it has been their enduring ability to laugh at the …

Royal Family

Charismatic bishop wields Gospel against Caribbean ‘lethal cocktail’ of crime, corruption

Media types use the term “charismatic” to describe somebody who’s well-spoken and able to galvanize people around a cause, and Archbishop Charles …

Trinidad and Tobago

Sistine Chapel breaks 500-year gender taboo to welcome soprano into the choir

Under Michelangelo’s world-famous ceiling, Cecilia Bartoli was ‘in seventh heaven’ as she joined 50 men and boys in song<p>For the past 500 years, beautiful sacred music has echoed up towards Michelangelo’s sublime ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, performed exclusively by male choirs. Until now.<p>…

Royal Opera House

Pope to Ratzinger Prize-winners: a symphony of truth

(Vatican Radio) <b>Pope Francis</b> received the recipients of the 2017 <b>Ratzinger Prize in Theology</b> on Saturday morning. Catholic Professor <b>Karl-Heinz Menke</b> of …

Christianity

Adoration may seem useless – but the world needs it desperately

Of what use is Adoration? To the modern mind, Adoration does not seem particularly useful, unless it is understood as some form of mindfulness. It …

Mother Teresa

Italian priest's attack on Francis draws attention to clergy's use of social media

ROME – A recent case of an Italian priest asked to leave his parish due to outspoken remarks against Pope Francis and his unconventional practices, …

Christianity

The sweet-smelling miracle that saved a princess who became a saint

Her husband thought she was stealing, but discovered something else entirely.<p>St. Elizabeth of Hungary grew up in the 13th century and was the …

10 Things to do in Cologne (Köln) Germany - The Bucket List Project

Located along the Rhine River, Cologne (also known as Köln) is a city filled with history, culture, and plenty to do for any traveler. This is partly …

Europe

Washington, D.C.’s most iconic buildings, mapped  - Curbed DC

It’s nearly impossible to narrow down Washington, D.C.’s most iconic buildings to only 10 or 15, but Curbed DC has done just that. Rather than map the White House or the Washington Monument, Curbed DC has focused on well-known, but not super obvious options, such as Michael Grave’s St. Coletta of …

Museums

A Millennial guy’s guide to holding the door open

It's not always appreciated, but in the name of humanity I persevere.<p>I take a small measure of pride in holding the door for other people before I go …

Lebanese church leader hails Saudi ‘friendship and support’

BEIRUT/RIYADH: The unbreakable link between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon was reinforced on Monday when Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi, head of the …

Middle East

An Exercise in Thoughtless “Theology”

In July, Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor of <i>La Civiltà Cattolica</i> , and Marcelo Figueroa, a Presbyterian pastor and editor of the Argentinian edition of</i> …

Religion

Mother Teresa’s Secret Billions and a Vatican Seminary Rampant with Sex Abuse—a New Book Tells All

ROME—By now nothing should surprise us about what goes on behind the protective walls of the not-so Holy See. But the latest book by Italian …

Christianity

What are you doing while you wait for Christ’s return?

We live in a "time between" the comings of Jesus, who, Scripture tells us, could come at any moment.<p><i>Stay awake and be ready!</i><i>For you do not know on</i> …

Italian nun martyred in Somalia takes step toward beatification

Vatican City, Nov 10, 2017 / 08:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian nun killed in Somalia in 2006 has been officially recognized as a martyr, as Pope …

Catholicism

The Power Of Red

There are still some quiet, tucked-away quarters of the Earth where colour is so rarely happened upon that the sight of it is as shocking to the eye …

Alexander McQueen

Beer Rumor Mill – BrewDog VS Trump, Pope Beer And More!

<b></b><b>November already</b> …and clearly the craft beer biz isn’t slowing down any time soon. But no worries, <b>Rumor Mill</b> is always on the case, keeping you …

Donald Trump

Please Steal These 2018 Met Gala Ideas

This year the theme for the 2018 Met Gala was unleashed upon the world: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Oh, boy.<p>Several ways …

Met Gala

Vatican’s ‘Feast of Holy Relics’

Statue at Fatima Chapel and Image of What the Children in Fatima Said They Saw COGwriter November 8th is the day that the Church of Rome claims is …

Theology

Pope Francis says he urged cardinals to support Ratzinger in 2005 conclave

A little <b>glimpse</b> behind the scenes of the conclave that elected Benedict XVI:<p>Pope Francis has revealed that he urged his fellow cardinals to back …

Christianity

Running (and pondering) the numbers on papal popularity

Amid the discussion triggered by Capuchin Father Thomas Weinandy’s recent decision to go public with a critical letter to Pope Francis, one …

Christianity

Pope Francis says he urged fellow cardinals to back Benedict XVI in 2005 conclave

Ratzinger was 'the only man with the stature, the wisdom and the necessary experience', Pope Francis said<p>Pope Francis has revealed that he urged his …

Christianity

Veteran TV news anchor Gibson, award-winning author Mendelsohn to receive top alumni awards

Princeton University will present its top honors for alumni to veteran television journalist Charles Gibson, and author and critic Daniel Mendelsohn.

American Philosophy

U.S. bishops’ conference arose out of a national crisis a century ago

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops arose out of a national crisis a century ago, when the U.S. entered the First World War.In …

Christianity

Grand design: Take a look around Dumbarton's new £25m Our Lady and St Patrick's High

The state-of-the-art building on Howatshaws Road, Bellsmyre, is one of only three like it in Scotland.<p>The doors have opened at the state-of-the-art …

Education

400 years on from Guy Fawkes, Britain’s Catholics still face prejudice

Protestant paranoia about Catholicism has receded in recent years, but Brexit now threatens the harmony<p>On Saturday evening BBC1 will screen the final instalment of Gunpowder. The three-part drama has recounted the story of Guy Fawkes and his Catholic co-conspirators, who in 1605 attempted to …

Opinion

Whatever Happened to Limbo?

<i>Dear Father Kerper: Last April, I heard that the Church had abolished Limbo. Years ago, my grandmother told me that non-baptized babies go to Limbo</i> …

Faith

Grapevine: Hello and good-bye

Mark Sofer, ambassador-designate to Australia, has said good-bye to old friends.<p>While former Australian ambassador Dave Sharma, who returned for …

Opinion