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Death

What the New York Times Gets Wrong About Death

We have stopped talking about the after-life even as science offers more evidence for it.

Wise Blood: Heather King on Prayer and the Interior Life

Don’t try to tame religion: the stakes really are life-or-death.

Why Don’t Catholics Practice Snake-Handling?

A snake-handling pastor in Kentucky recently died of a snake bite. Snake-handlers cite the Bible to support the practice, so why aren't Catholics bringing snakes to Mass?

Touching Death: Mourning Physically through Burial

When my father died, we buried him ourselves: opening the earth, setting him in it, and mounding the earth back. The experience was extraordinary, and one I found to be a gift.

C.S. Lewis, Catholic Gateway Drug

Fifty years since his death, it’s clear C.S. Lewis’ writings have been incredibly effective for helping others do what he never did: join the Catholic Church.

“Requiem Æternam”: A Closer Look at the Mass for the Dead (Part II)

In continued observance of the Church's call to pray for the Faithful Departed, this meditation on the Requiem Mass, as adapted by Gabriel Fauré, reminds us of the glory that awaits those who die in …

Greater than Any Pain of this Life: The Hard Truth About Purgatory

You don’t want to go there, and you don’t want your loved ones there either. Have you prayed for the dead lately?

“Requiem Æternam”: A Closer Look at the Mass for the Dead (Part I)

The haunting prayers of the Requiem liturgy have long inspired composers to set the texts to evocative musical arrangements. Here's a look at how one of history's most beloved composers used music to …

Profound Wonder Is the Way to Welcome Babies with Fatal Conditions

Twenty reasons to think twice about aborting a baby with anencephaly.

Hepatitis Remains a Vicious and Frequent Killer in India

Widespread ignorance and inaction fails to prevent the spread of Hepatitis in India, despite the disease killing an average of 1,700 people a day in India.

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