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One Ring to Rule Them All (photo: Pixabay/CC0) The connections between The Lord of the Rings and Christianity are numerous. Joseph Pearce, March 2, 2021 Tolkien described The Lord of the Rings as “a fundamentally religious and Catholic work.” Is it possible to summarize this

Contemplative life at Holy Cross Abbey is rooted in prayer, reading the word of God and manual work. Joy punctuates their lives. (photo: Courtesy of Holy Cross Abbey via hcawhitland.co.uk) On the feast of St. David, the Cistercian nuns of Whitland

CNA Staff, Mar 1, 2021 / 07:40 am (CNA).- Scotland’s Catholic bishops said on Monday that they plan to engage in “dialogue” with government officials over a cap on worshipers when public Masses resume in time for Easter. In a March 1 statement,

Father Benedict Kiely is shown standing opposite the tomb of Jonah in Mosul (Nineveh), Iraq, in July 2019. He holds an icon of the prophet Jonah. Father Kiely makes frequent trips to Iraq to help the beleaguered Christians there. (photo:

Vatican City, Mar 1, 2021 / 02:30 am (CNA).- Benedict XVI addressed conspiracy theories about his resignation as pope, Pope Francis’ trip to Iraq, and Joe Biden in an interview with an Italian newspaper published on Monday. The pope emeritus told

Denver Newsroom, Feb 28, 2021 / 12:50 pm (CNA).- The apostolic nunciature in Iraq reported on Sunday, Feb. 28 that the Nuncio Mitja Leskovar, has tested positive for COVID less than a week before Pope Francis trip to the country. "The

Frans Floris I, “The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Gathering and Protecting Mankind,” 1562 (photo: Public Domain) “I will never fail you nor forsake you” —Hebrews 13:5 K.V. Turley, February 28, 2021 Fifty years ago Alan Power, an avant-garde filmmaker, was

Renovation of this church, dedicated to St. Joseph, highlights the architecture of the early 19th century. A vast relics collection is a devotional highlight. (photo: Courtesy of Norb Plassmeyer; David and Vickie Patterson) Visit the parish in Westphalia, Missouri. Joseph Pronechen, February

Entitled ‘The Searcher’, this Belfast statue of C.S. Lewis looking into a wardrobe was sculpted by Ross Wilson. (photo: Genvessel / CC-BY-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons) Despite Lewis’ prominence in Christian apologetics, he was not always a follower of Christ Kathy Schiffer, February

Rome Newsroom, Feb 27, 2021 / 06:00 am (CNA).- Eight hundred years ago, a barefoot St. Dominic carried an icon of the Virgin Mary across Rome to entrust the Marian image to a new community of cloistered nuns, who have

Holy Face of Jesus (photo: Public Domain) James Day, February 26, 2021 In her book on Entombment sculptures, Stone, Flesh, Spirit, art professor Donna Sadler pointed out, “Preoccupation with the moment of Christ’s death and with his sufferings dominated late medieval theology and

Washington D.C., Feb 26, 2021 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- Online retailer Amazon is still facing questions several days after it removed a book critiquing the transgender movement. Ryan Anderson, who was recently appointed president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center

CNA Staff, Feb 27, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA).- For Damien Richardson, it just seemed like another job. A man had asked him if he would clear out the house of his late sister in north Dublin. Richardson, a waste contractor,

Denver Newsroom, Feb 27, 2021 / 03:48 am (CNA).- As pandemic restrictions continue to affect in-person events, a pair of ministries for people with same-sex attraction and their loved ones is hosting a free, virtual Lenten reflection to foster spiritual

Francisco de Zurbarán, “St. Elizabeth of Portugal,” c. 1635 (photo: Public Domain) St. Elizabeth of Portugal, St. Fabiola of Rome, and all you holy men and women, pray for us! Angelo Stagnaro, February 26, 2021 This is the second article I’ve written on saints

CNA Staff, Feb 25, 2021 / 06:15 am (CNA).- Catholic bishops across Europe have criticized a European Parliament resolution on Poland’s abortion law. In a letter released on Feb. 25, the bishops said that the resolution, passed on Nov. 26, 2020,

CNA Staff, Feb 25, 2021 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- A religious order announced on Thursday that it had withdrawn an application to exhume the body of its US-born founder following an outcry in England, where the nun is buried. In a

Rome Newsroom, Feb 25, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- In a week’s time, Pope Francis is expected to make history by becoming the first pope to travel to Iraq. His March 5-8 trip will take him from excavations of historical biblical

Denver Newsroom, Feb 25, 2021 / 12:45 am (CNA).- The co-writer and star of a new film chronicling the courtroom drama of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case said in a recent interview that the film aims to

Fog settles over the Houses of Parliament on Dec. 28 in London, shortly after the UK government nixed a plan to allow household mixing in England for five days over Christmas. (photo: Hollie Adams / Getty Images) Blessed are the meek,

Cardinal Robert Sarah meets with Pope Benedict XVI on March 11, 2011, in Vatican City. (photo: Vatican Media) COMMENTARY: While the cardinal’s retirement concludes one of the most remarkable assignments of any Curial official, his contributions as a prophetic spiritual father

CNA Staff, Feb 24, 2021 / 08:10 am (CNA).- An English cardinal called on Wednesday for “unambiguous legislation” to fight “hateful extremism” following a report arguing that gaps in U.K. law allow extremists to operate with impunity. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, president of the

Antonio Ciseri, “The Carrying of Christ’s Body to the Sepulcher,” 1883 (photo: Public Domain) A response to some bad advice given by theologian Father Ermes Ronchi in a Vatican News interview John Grondelski, February 24, 2021 Catholics began Lent with a sacramental: the

Cardboard boxes made to resemble Amazon packages are seen during a labor protest outside the home of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in New York on Dec. 2. (photo: Paul Frangipane / Bloomberg via Getty Images) The tech giant’s action against a

Paisley, Scotland, Feb 22, 2021 / 05:19 pm (CNA).- A Scottish bishop has encouraged families and individuals to join him in a consecration to Mary by a less conventional means - a children’s book. “Child Consecration: To Jesus through Mary -

Interior view of St. Joseph the Carpenter after the roof caved in. (photo: Screenshot/Youtube / Nova Opera) The special Year of St. Joseph, proclaimed by Pope Francis, has coincided with the end of the restoration work of the famous Church of

CNA Staff, Feb 22, 2021 / 09:07 am (CNA).- A bishop on Sunday welcomed a step forward in the beatification cause of a convert to Catholicism who worked tirelessly for the conversion of England. Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury said on

CNA Staff, Feb 22, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- Catholics are pressing for further changes to Scotland’s controversial hate crime bill amid a last-minute consultation. The Scottish Parliament’s justice committee gave the public just four days to respond to the consultation, which

Barbara Shelley in ‘The Saint’ (1962) (photo: IMDB) In her later years, Barbara Shelley’s ever-deepening Catholic faith put her former glamorous film career in perspective. K.V. Turley, February 21, 2021 Barbara Shelley, who died Jan. 4, 2021, at 88 years of age, was

Fresco of costellations in Palazzo Farnese (Caprarola) (photo: Livioandronico2013 / Wikimedia Commons) Do not be deceived. God does not speak through astrologers. Angelo Stagnaro, February 21, 2021 “All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the

T.S. Eliot in 1934 (photo: Lady Ottoline Morrell / Wikimedia Commons) We are made to languish in this vale of tears, so why not fast? Regis Martin, February 21, 2021 “Teach us to care and not to care. Teach us to sit still.”

Vatican City, Feb 20, 2021 / 09:10 am (CNA).- Pope Francis has recognized the heroic virtue of three Italian religious sisters who died from Ebola in Africa during the 1995 outbreak. Sr. Floralba Rondi, Sr. Clarangela Ghilardi, and Sr. Dinarosa Bellerini

CNA Staff, Feb 19, 2021 / 06:26 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Charles Brown, the apostolic nuncio to the Philippines, applauded the government’s decision to ease restrictions on religious services, which he said is especially timely as the Church enters the season

Glasgow, Scotland, Feb 19, 2021 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- Scotland’s coronavirus-related ban on public worship goes too far and churches that follow appropriate precautions should be allowed to open for in-person worship like in other parts of Europe, a Scottish

Washington D.C., Feb 19, 2021 / 03:02 pm (CNA).- God commanded it, Jesus practiced it, Church Fathers have preached the importance of it – fasting is a powerful and fundamental part of the Christian life. But for many Catholics today, it's

Vatican City, Feb 19, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis said on Friday that participation in sports can help people to grow in holiness, stressing the importance of teamwork. In a Feb. 19 meeting with an Italian soccer team, the pope

CNA Staff, Feb 19, 2021 / 02:20 am (CNA).- The number of people facing concerns or allegations of abuse against children rose by 29% in a year, according to a new safeguarding report on the Catholic Church in England and

Juan Rizi, “The Dinner of St. Benedict,” 17th century (photo: Public Domain) Intermittent fasting seems to be a thing these days, but Catholic monks have been intermittently fasting for a good millennium and a half. Rick Becker, February 19, 2021 “It’s true that

Screenshot of the issue that Saintly Heart had with their Our Lady of Guadalupe post on January 22, 2021. (photo: Courtesy of Maggie Jetty / Saintlyheart.com) Lack of transparency from platforms makes intentional suppression an open question. Jonathan Liedl, February 19, 2021 Saintly

EWTN board chairman and CEO Michael Warsaw (photo: EWTN Pro-Life Weekly / EWTN) Citing EWTN foundress Mother Angelica as inspiration for the pro-life movement today, Warsaw said to remember that “all is not lost” and “this is not a time to