Islamic Terrorists Ramp up Attacks on Nigerian Christians

Islamic terrorists killed more than 120 Christians and burned dozens of homes in northern Nigeria in a series of attacks they have waged since February. ISIS-affiliated Boko Haram militants and Muslim Fulani tribesmen have hammered Christian villages in the Kaduna, Benue & Borno state, spurred on partly by Kaduna Gov. Nasir El-Rufai’s dubious claims that 133 people, mostly Fulani, were murdered on the eve of Nigeria’s presidential elections. ☩ Joshua Gill at The Stream

Cultural Catholicism

Mark is joined by Tricia Bruce to discuss the large swath of Americans who self-identify as “partially Catholic”—neither completely in nor completely out of the Church. ☩ Mark Bauerlein at First Things

Officially Uncompromising Catholic Photo

Years ago I heard an old bishop growl, “Meno chiacchiere – più processioni. . . . Less jabbering – more processions”. . . ☩ Fr. Z's Blog

Underground bishop, vicar general detained in China’s Hebei province

A bishop of the underground Church in China’s Hebei province and his vicar general were placed in detention this week, and a lay Catholic activist was jailed in Hong Kong. ☩ Catholic News Agency via The Catholic World Report

Immoderate Desires: The Deadly Sin of Lust

Lust — is it even a sin anymore? ☩ Anthony S. Layne at Catholic Stand

Pope Francis Issues Child-Protection Laws for Vatican City State, Roman Curia

Under the new law, promulgated March 29, officials are obliged to report ‘without delay’ any knowledge or well-founded suspicion of abuse. ☩ Hannah Brockhaus at Catholic News Agency via National Catholic Register

Saint Alphonsus Liguori’s 3 Rules for Fundraising

☩ Brice Sokolowski at

How popes have addressed the conquest of the Americas

☩ Catholic News Agency via The Catholic World Report

One Less Day From Dying Young

☩ Kat Larson at Ignitum Today

Sohrab Ahmari’s Modern-Day Confessions

New York Post op-ed editor, Sohrab Ahmari, was twelve years old when he proclaimed himself an atheist. Angry about various things in his life, and alienated by the re-Islamization of his native Iran, he decided to curse God. . . ☩ Julia Meloni at Crisis Magazine

Copyright & Moral Right

A recent article on The Guardian tells us that novelist Francis Spufford has penned an unauthorized sequel to C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series that may never see the light of publication, which is sparking a small flurry of debate about copyright. ☩ Jonathan McDonald at Dappled Things

What is Education?

I urge you to answer this question for yourself before you read on. I myself am constantly reformulating my answer and expanding on what is education and how we can do it, as I watch my children grow. ☩ Julie Machado at Catholic Stand

St. John Paul II’s Record of Combating Abuse Is Defended by His Longtime Secretary

Cardinal Dziwisz: Pope’s actions are ‘reference for all those committed to fighting against the crime of sexual abuse of minors by clerics.’ ☩ Catholic News Agency via National Catholic Register

Calling a Spade a Spade: ‘Recomposing’ Human Remains Promotes Sacrilege

Commentary: Because his body is the body of a person — a human person redeemed by Christ, who ‘became flesh and lived among us’ — that body is sacred, a temple of the Holy Spirit, a sacramental. ☩ John M. Grondelski, Ph.D., at National Catholic Register

The Politically Incorrect Francis—14 Shocking Statements

Let’s be honest. Actually, let’s state the obvious. Many orthodox Catholics have had it with Pope Francis, as have non-Catholic conservatives who liked previous popes. . . ☩ Paul Kengor, Ph.D., at Crisis Magazine

“Are You Catholic or Christian?”: 10 Things Catholics Are Sick of Hearing

How often do you hear these misconceptions about the Catholic Church? ☩ ChurchPOP

An Early Medieval Biblical Narrative - The Story of Susanna Carved in a Crystal

Saturday of the Third Week of Lent is the day on which the Roman Rite traditionally reads the longest epistle of the year, the story of Susanna in the thirteenth chaper of the book of Daniel; I have previously written on the history of this passage’s liturgical use. ☩ Gregory DiPippo at New Liturgical Movement

The Genuine Art of the Processional Banner

We haven't yet had the opportunity to give much consideration to the world of the processional banner where the liturgical arts are concerned & today I wished to begin to remedy this omission ☩ Shawn R. Tribe at Liturgical Arts Journal

Podcast: Evangelizing & Morality: Birth Control & Same-Sex Attraction

☩ Dave VanVickle & Michael Gormley at Every Knee Must Bow

Notes on The Gates of Hell

☩ Maureen Mullarkey at Studio Matters

Your Closet: More Chant Less Chaos

☩ Meghan Ashley Styling

Six Ornamental Cope Hoods

☩ Shawn R. Tribe at Liturgical Arts Journal

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