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A lone person walks on the beach as the sun rises on the horizon

God Wants His World Back

Fr. John Riccardo reflects on his life and priesthood and speaks about his ministry - ACTS XXIX - which exists for one simple reason: "God wants his world back."

Rev. John Riccardo
Msgr. James P. Shea
Nov 11, 2021
The miraculous staircase at the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe

Staircase at Loretto Chapel

The staircase at Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, constructed by a mysterious carpenter some claim to have been St. Joseph himself, serves as a visible reminder of God's constant presence.

Prime Matters
Jul 1, 2021
A portrait of John Henry Newman, 1844

Newman and 'Liberal' Religion

In the fifth chapter of "Letters to a Young Catholic," Weigel explores the Birmingham Oratory to reflect on the conversion, life, and theology of St. John Henry Newman.

Dr. Ann Brodeur
Jun 17, 2021
Interior of the Basilica of St. Rita of Cascia


The remote Italian town of Cascia is home to two great relics of late medieval origins: the incorruptible body of a local saint and the blood-stained pages of a Eucharistic miracle.

Prime Matters
May 27, 2021
Fra Angelico's "Annunciation"

Mary and Discipleship

In the fourth chapter of "Letters to a Young Catholic," Weigel explores the Benedictine Abbey of the Dormition in Jerusalem to reflect upon Mary's unhesitating "fiat" to the will of God.

Dr. Ann Brodeur
May 20, 2021
The Franciscan Sanctuary of Greccio


Situated in the forested Sabine Hills between Rome and Assisi, the little town of Greccio holds a special place in the Franciscan tradition and is the birthplace of a common Christmas practice.

Prime Matters
Apr 29, 2021
A confessional

Sealing Confession: A Theological Justification for Keeping a Lid on It

Recent political challenges to the seal of confession have called into question the role of the sacrament of Reconciliation in the life of the Catholic faith.

Dr. Michael J. Morris
Dr. Jared Schumacher
Apr 22, 2021
The Façade of St. Peter's Basilica

The Grittiness of Catholicism

In the second chapter of "Letters to a Young Catholic," Weigel explores the grittiness and historicity of Christianity, focusing on the bones of St. Peter in the Vatican excavations ('Scavi').

Dr. Ann Brodeur
Mar 18, 2021
Pope Francis

What is a Pope?

For the first time ever, the Pope - the visible sign of the unity of the Church - visited the ancient Christian community of Iraq.

Mar 11, 2021
The Ruins of a Rural Church

The Lion of Fundamentalism

The lion of fundamentalism stands opposed to charity, tempting Christians to an enclosed autonomy, exclusive of the world around us.

Very Rev. Paul Murray
Feb 17, 2021