Kathy Schiffer

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Again, Dan Brown? New Novel ‘Origin’ Spurns Faith

When Dan Brown's conspiracy novel The Da Vinci Code hit the big screen in 2003, the film was met with box-office success but was widely criticized for its misrepresentations of the Roman Catholic Church and church history. The USCCB established a...

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New Series Explains How Mary Really is the Queen of Heaven

Among Catholics, there is a long tradition of devotion to Mary, the Mother of God. In a special way, the sinless Virgin who bore the Christ Child is venerated during the month of October – when she is remembered with Rosaries and devotions. Two...

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A Theology on His Knees: Pope Benedict XVI's Example to Priests

This story originally appeared at the Register on Sept. 20, 2017.​   “O, how great is the priest!” said Saint John Mary Vianney, the Cure of Ars. “If he realized what he is, he would die.” In 2009, one hundred fifty years after the death of...

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“I'll See You in Heaven”: Cancer-Stricken Mother Dies After Giving Birth

In March 2017, Carrie DeKlyen first experienced what she thought were migraine headaches. A few weeks later, the busy mother of five visited the doctor, expecting an easy fix; instead, she learned that she had a brain tumor. The news just got...

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Chesterton's “The Flying Inn”: A Comedic Window Into Contemporary Culture

I've been traveling – and I love a good novel on a road trip! Sentences rich in imagery and imagination inspire me to abandon my usual fare of sober nonfiction, of politics and spirituality and history, for a week or two and bask in the creative...

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Biking Sister Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident

An early morning bike ride turned deadly for a beloved Religious Sister of Mercy on Thursday, August 17, when she was struck by a car in Alma, Michigan. Sister Joseph Marie Ruessman, 64, was wearing a helmet and reflective clothing when a...

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An Exorcist Talks About ‘Annabelle’ and the Power of Evil

What children read, what they see on the screen, can inspire them toward greater faithfulness. Conversely, Father Robert warns, it can lead them into the sordid world of the occult, even opening them to demonic possession. Father Robert is not...

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Raphael's Greatest Masterpiece: The Transfiguration

Peter, James and John climbed the mountain with Jesus to pray; and there they witnessed an unveiling of the divine glory of Christ. The miracle of the Transfiguration helped to strengthen the Apostles’ faith, revealing that Jesus was really God....

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Chesterton's “Father Brown” Tackles the Decalogue

If you love mysteries, chances are you've encountered Father Brown, the short, stumpy British priest and amateur detective. Father Brown's adventures were told in 53 short stories by English novelist G.K. Chesterton. The author, it's believed,...

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‘Black Jesus’: Sacred Heart Seminary's Symbol of Racial Reconciliation

On Detroit's west side, at the corner of Chicago Boulevard and Linwood Avenue, stands “Black Jesus.” The life-sized statue of Christ was erected on the campus of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in 1957, to commemorate Pope Pius XII's encyclical...