Russell Shaw
Spain, 1936: War rages between Republicans and Nationalists. Bishops, priests, and religious are slaughtered by the thousands. And a young...
Robert P. Lockwood
When John F. Kennedy ran for president in 1960, he was grilled on whether his Catholicism should prevent him from holding the highest office in...
Karl Keating
My sister Karen says I’m wrong, but my recollection is that she had an elementary school classmate whose name was Belle. It was a fine Southern...
Matthew E. Bunson
Controversy continues to swirl around the pending beatification of the much-maligned Pope Pius XII. In debating whether Pius did or did not do...
Andrew M. Seddon
When I imagine heaven, I also imagine smiling saints—Aidan, Cuthbert, Columba, Patrick; an eighth-century Byzantine pilgrim to the Holy Land;...
Matthew E. Bunson
An obscure priest from Belgium laboring in a remote missionary outpost seems an unlikely candidate for worldwide fame. Fr. Damien never wavered...
Kenneth D. Whitehead
Who was John Vianney, and why is he patron of the Year for Priests? Fr. Vianney was sent to Ars in part because he barely qualified for the...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Pope Benedict’s gesture to Anglicans seeking a way into the Catholic Church has raised hopes for Catholics and Anglicans who have long prayed...
Matthew E. Bunson
On February 18, 1946, 32 bishops and archbishops from around the world gathered in Rome to receive from Pope Pius XII the red hat—the...
Mike Aquilina
The Christians in the first centuries after Christ, secretly practicing their faith in catacombs, left their descendants a rich spiritual...