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Pope Francis the Economist – Michael Severance, The Catholic World

Free Will and the Problem of God’s Grace – Bob Kurland, Catholic Stand

The Knights of Columbus Under Attack – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

To The Mothers In Church – Amanda Sloan, Ignitum Today

Do Catholics Pray in “Vain Repetitions?” – Tim Staples, Catholic Answers

Kowtowing to Moscow = Bad Ecumenism – George Weigel, Denver Catholic Register

What Some Liturgists Don’t Know about Latin Word Order – Jeff Ostrowski, Views from the Choir Loft

The Loss of The Normal – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

Pope-Patriarch Meeting Moved Churches Closer to Unity, Experts Say - John Burger, Aleteia∝

You Can’t Be Christian and Support Torture – Alex Johannigman, Catholic365.com

The Problem with ‘Contemporary Catholicism’ – Fr. Z’s Blog

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Pope Francis greets a crowd of an estimated 25,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square in Rome for his Regina Caeli address on May 22.

Pope Francis: Ask the Lord for the Gift of Peace

‘The more we feel our hearts are agitated, the more we sense we are nervous, impatient, angry inside, the more we need to ask the Lord for the Spirit of peace,’ he said. He also spoke of the dignity of life: ‘Life is a gift from God!’

Horace Vernet, “The Angel of Death,” 1851

Don’t Wait to Cram for Your ‘Final Exam’

“Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven — through a purification or immediately — or immediate and everlasting damnation.” (CCC 1022)

Horace Vernet, “The Angel of Death,” 1851

Don’t Wait to Cram for Your ‘Final Exam’

“Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven — through a purification or immediately — or immediate and everlasting damnation.” (CCC 1022)

Francisco de Zurbarán, “The Family of the Virgin,” ca. 1650

Why Do We Ask Mary to Pray for Us?

“After her Son’s Ascension, Mary ‘aided the beginnings of the Church by her prayers.’ In her association with the apostles and several women, ‘we also see Mary by her prayers imploring the gift of the Spirit, who had already overshadowed her in the Annunciation.’” (CCC 965)