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The most beautiful church in the worldFather Roger J. Landry

Pope Benedict XVI has often said that the most effective apologetic for Christianity are the lives of the saints and the art that the Church has grown in her womb. For that reason, the Church must always ...

Missing Mass on cruise shipFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Every summer, my husband and I go on a cruise. Only one cruise line (Holland America) continues to have a priest on board to say Mass. When we travel on other cruise lines, frequently we have missed ...

HeavenwardJaymie Stuart Wolfe

The movie "The Martian" was on cable TV the other night, just as I was beginning to emerge from a week in bed due to a virus that wasn't even COVID. (I had almost forgotten that there are, in fact, ...

When a Whisper Becomes a ShoutMaureen Crowley Heil

Have you ever had the feeling that someone is watching you? I don't mean in a creepy way; just that someone was looking over your shoulder. Maybe to tap you on the shoulder when you're about to ...

Council of JerusalemScott Hahn

The first Church council, the Council of Jerusalem we hear about in today's First Reading, decided the shape of the Church as we know it. Some Jewish Christians had wanted Gentile converts to be ...

The Virgin Mary is never aloneHosffman Ospino

I once heard Mexican-American theologian Father Gary Riebe-Estrella, a priest of the Society of the Divine Word, tell a story that has stayed with me for many years. Let me paraphrase. As part of his ...

It's the Simple ThingsMaureen Crowley Heil

Sometimes on a Sunday night, I start to stress a little about what I will write for the next edition of The Boston Pilot. Honestly, it's not because of a lack of topics from which to choose. For instance, ...

New for all agesScott Hahn

By God's goodness and compassion, the doors of His kingdom have been opened to all who have faith, Jew or Gentile. That's the good news Paul and Barnabas proclaim in today's First Reading. ...

A faithful foreman for the Lord of the HarvestFather Roger J. Landry

On Sunday, May 15, Pope Francis will canonize 10 new saints. The headliners across the Catholic world will likely be Father Titus Brandsma (d. 1942), the Dutch Carmelite martyred by the Nazis in Dachau, ...

Protestants, Catholics and tithingFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I grew up in a Protestant church but converted to Catholicism. Sometimes it seems to me that Catholics give a lot less money to their churches than Protestants do. (The Sunday collections reported ...