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Pro-life physician-led groups weigh in on development of COVID-19 vaccines

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Catholic Medical Association and three other physician-led organizations said Dec. 2...

Israeli police arrest man for throwing firebomb inside Catholic church

JERUSALEM (CNS) — Israeli police arrested a Jewish man after he allegedly threw a firebomb...

Bethlehem at Christmas: Unemployment can mean choosing food or medicine

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — As the Christmas approaches, Franciscan Father Rami Asakrieh of St....

Reality of death leads to greater appreciation of life, preacher says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — By forcing the world to see the reality of death, the...

A Defense of Chestertonian Optimism

“I say as do all Christian men, that it is a divine purpose that rules, and not fate.” This sage line appears on the first page of G.K. Chesterton’s epic poem The Ballad of the White Horse. The statement is at the bottom of Robert Austin’s first illustration showing a mounted King Alfred of England riding near his war-ready troops. The passage is said to be King Alfred’s addition to Boethius—the great defender of philosophy and happiness. James Schall wrote in his book on Chesterton that “Alfred’s addition is the most important thing that can be said, yes, even to men of our time.” Schall continues by reminiscing on his reading of Russell Kirk’s The Wise Men Know What Wicked Things Are Written on the Sky; Kirk wrote that what Chesterton had in mind while writing The Ballad of the White Horse was “those people in the twentieth century who declare…

UPDATE: ‘Let my people worship,’ archbishop says after California church decision

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In response to the Supreme Court’s Dec. 3 order saying federal judges...

Half Brothers

NEW YORK (CNS) — The comedy “Half Brothers” (Focus) feels half-baked. Though director Luke Greenfield’s...

In pandemic, Catholic college students still build community, do outreach

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a school year turned upside down by the pandemic, groups of...

Bishops in western Canada tell Catholics it’s OK to take COVID-19 vaccine

EDMONTON, Alberta (CNS) — When a vaccine is available to treat or prevent COVID-19, it...

Catholics say they’re able to deepen their approach to Advent season this year

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Despite the pandemic-related dearth of holiday parties and typical social...