Mike Aquilina

Thumbnail shutterstock 111719006 Art, for God's Sake

When movie directors want us to know that a church is Catholic, what do they show? Art. The camera scans a row of stained-glass windows...

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Thumbnail indulgences pope francis mercy Indulgences: The Year of Mercy and conversion

We Americans are far more likely to use the word “indulgence” to talk about food than about our souls.We indulge our craving for chocolate. We...

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Thumbnail queen of angels Queen of Angels: A city founded under the Blessed Mother’s care

It’s probably good that angels can’t feel embarrassment. If they could, they would surely blush with regret that America’s second-largest city...

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Thumbnail death penalty The early Church and the death penalty

How did the earliest Christians view the practice of capital punishment? To borrow a phrase from social media: It’s complicated. The issue...

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Thumbnail pope saint john paul ii rosary The popes say: ‘Pray the rosary for peace’

The 20th century was a time of wars justified by theories and ideologies — fascism, communism and national socialism. But none of these theories...

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