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The 'poor in spirit'Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. One of the beatitudes in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is "Blessed are the poor in spirit." Does that mean those simple-minded people who don't ask any questions? (Lake Monticello, Virginia) A. I like ...

Never againJaymie Stuart Wolfe

''Never again." These are words we say when we discover that something unimaginably horrid has occurred. They are what we said when we saw the photographs of concentration camp victims being liberated ...

Take and EatScott Hahn

Sometimes we feel like Elijah in today's First Reading. We want to lie down and die, keenly aware of our failures--that we seem to be getting no better at doing what God wants of us. We can be tempted ...

A welcome revision to the CatechismArchbishop Jose H. Gomez

For some years now, I have expressed my concern that the death penalty is both cruel and unnecessary and I have called for its abolition. So, I welcome the changes to The Catechism of the Catholic Church ...

The Reform of the Clergy, Phase IIFather Roger Landry

The sad revelations about the sins of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, involving the sexual abuse of both male minors and seminarians, have brought the Church in the US and beyond to a second phase ...

Why is Michael a saint?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am not a Christian, but I enjoy reading your column and learn a lot from it. I am hoping that you can explain why St. Michael the Archangel is regarded as a saint. I have always been under the impression ...

Aging well may start in the mindAdam Johnson

How old do you feel? The answer likely varies depending on your level of energy, optimism and engagement at a given moment. In the midst of a strenuous uphill hike in the sun, you might "feel your age" ...

What happens in the Church can't stay in the ChurchDeacon Christopher Connelly

They say, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." Although I have never been to "The Entertainment Capital of the World," I just returned from "The Big Easy." I was in New Orleans for a National Congress ...

Patron saint for purgatory?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Is there a patron saint for the souls in purgatory? (Columbus, Ohio) A. Two saints in particular are often invoked on behalf of the souls in purgatory. One is St. Nicholas of Tolentino, a 13th-century ...

WHY ACCOMPANIMENT INVOLVES APOLOGETICSBishop Robert Barron

I recently granted an interview to the National Catholic Reporter concerning the upcoming Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, to which I was elected a delegate. We discussed ...