September 20, 2018

The biggest water evacuation in history (500,000 people in 9 hours) wasn’t Dunkirk — it was Manhattan

Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan...

September 15, 2018

You’ve never heard of her, but you’ve heard her — Carole Kaye, rock’s most prolific session musician

From the Beach Boys to the Brady Bunch, the unknown Carol Kaye can be heard on thousands of songs...

September 1, 2018

Video: Pope Francis greets Archbishop ViganĂ² at a June 21, 2013, meeting

In his document accusing Pope Francis of knowing about and ignoring allegations of sexual misconduct by then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former papal nuncio to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, said that at the end of a meeting June 21, 2013, “The pope wished to greet all the nuncios one by one. In single file, I remember that I was among the last. When it was my turn, I just had time to say to him, ‘I am the nuncio to the United States.’ He immediately assailed me with a tone of reproach, using these words: ‘The bishops in the United States must not be ideologized! They must be shepherds!’” The following video clip from the Vatican Television Center archives shows Archbishop Vigano greeting Pope Francis that day. The abrupt cut in the video is part of the archival copy; CNS did not edit it.

August 27, 2018

‘Fight in the army of Christ the King’ — Bishop Robert Barron speaks candidly on the sex scandal, McCarrick and ViganĂ²

“Friends, many of you have asked for my thoughts on the McCarrick abuse crisis, the Pennsylvania grand jury report, and the recent report from Archbishop ViganĂ². We're all devastated by the horrific suffering of these many victims, and we're all wondering what to do next.

“I shared some thoughts a couple weeks ago, in an article, but I thought it might be helpful to have a more candid conversation today, building on the USCCB's statement just released (, which I wholly support.

“Please watch the discussion below, and together let's pray for the victims and the entire Body of Christ.”

5 “impossible” things that can happen on other planets

A lot of things happen on Earth, but there are still some things that just don't ever happen here. But, that doesn't mean that what's impossible here is impossible everywhere else in the universe. Whether it's clouds that rain rocks or glass, wind that's 29 times faster than sound, having 2 shadows or even being able to fly in some places, this is a collection of some of the most ridiculous places that we know of so far in our strange universe.

You shouldn’t leave the Church — you should lead the Church

Fr. Mike Schmitz says now, more than ever, we need to live virtuous and holy lives and become the saints the Church needs.

August 15, 2018

C.S. Lewis Doodle: On Ethics

The lighthouse of Christianity shines because it is based on the reality of an objective and universal Moral Code that we mysteriously know & have broken. It is this truth which makes Christianity's offer of forgiveness, and its gift of supernatural help towards keeping that Moral Code, so incredible. In this foundational doodle, Lewis shows that the conscience is as old as Adam & Eve. It is not an invention of civilisation or of great human teachers, but has always been there, witnessing away in the human soul.

August 7, 2018

This is very cool: Testing the ‘sound mirrors’ that were supposed to protect Britain

The Sound Mirrors, on Romney Marsh, were built in the late 1920s as a way to amplify the sound from aircraft engines over the English Channel.

July 29, 2018

Tradition with a twist — the most beautiful bar you’ll ever see

Wisdomless Club, known for serving up classic cocktails amid 1930s decor and original works of Christian art, is designed to awaken its customers' sense of beauty.

July 26, 2018

There’s a ‘gray zone’ between the U.S. and Canada, and nobody can agree which country owns it

When the U.S. Border Patrol stopped fishing boats along the border between the U.S. and Canada, it reheated centuries-old tensions between the two countries in the Gulf of Maine.