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Pope Francis appoints Italian Cardinal as Major Penitentiary and head of the Catholic Church’s ‘Tribunal of Mercy’

The Major Penitentiary is sometimes referred to as chief confessor of the Catholic Church because he has broad faculties that are reserved to the Holy See to grant pardon and forgiveness for sins for which an ordinary priest or bishop cannot grant absolution.

Pope Francis: The virtue of fortitude demands that we take evil seriously

In a speech at his weekly general audience, Francis said that “fortitude is a fundamental virtue because it takes the challenge of evil in the world seriously.”
​After B-list careers in their primary professions, these men have found their callings in the earbuds of the young.
Nathan Schneider
April 8, 2024

March 13, 2023


Catholic Movie Club: Terrence Malick’s ‘The Tree of Life’ is one long prayer

As much as ‘The Tree of Life’ is about a family, it’s just as much about Jack’s relationship with God, and how it changes as he grows.

Jacques Maritain’s life of writing on politics, liturgy and St. Thomas Aquinas

“It is not easy to be a Catholic, and it is not easy to be a writer. To be a Catholic writer is doubly difficult,” wrote Jacques Maritain, who nevertheless became one of the most influential 20th-century Catholic writers on either side of the Atlantic.

‘Immaculate’ is not your mother’s nun movie. It’s a feminist convent-horror film.

“Immaculate” is a cut above its cinematic cohorts, due in no small part to its decidedly feminist take.