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American War Cemetery near Omaha Beach, Normandy (Colleville-sur-Mer )

Operation Overlord

Seventy-two years ago today, the largest invasion by armed forces in the history of the world took place as Allied forces during World War II landed on the beaches of Normandy, France. The operation, code-named “Operation Overlord,” began on June 6, 1944 and continued until late August of that year when Northern France was liberated. Each year, fewer veterans from […]

Riderless Horse with boot reversed in stirrup being led in Funeral Procession at Arlington National Cemetery

Catholic Quote of the Day — from J. R. R. Tolkien

“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” (J. R. R. Tolkien, Faramir in The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers) […]

Acropolis (closed for repairs)

First Thoughts from Athens

Editor’s Note: ICL Contributing Writer, Deacon Steve Swope, is a Catholic Relief Services Global Fellow Educator and a member of a Catholic Relief Services delegation that traveled to Greece and Serbia to observe and minister to the needs of Syrian refugees fleeing civil war, terrorism and ISIS. His ongoing blog posts record his experiences, thoughts and the personal stories of men, women […]

"Christ, the Good Shepherd" (detail) by Murillo

Be Not Afraid—The Lord is Your Shepherd

We live in a world that is at times dark and dangerous. In a moment all can change; our earthly lives can end. Deadly violence unlooked for, unexpected, senseless and sudden can come from natural and man-made sources. That the world is filled with sin, violence and death is mankind’s choice, not God’s will. He permits our freedom so that we […]

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

“The news reports coming from Iraq leave us in dismay and disbelief: thousands of people, including many Christians, driven from their homes in a brutal manner; children dying of thirst and hunger in their flight; women taken and carried off; people massacred; violence every kind; destruction of historical, cultural and religious patrimonies. All this gravely offends God and humanity. Hatred […]

Riderless Horse with boot reversed in stirrup being led in Funeral Procession at Arlington National Cemetery

Catholic Quote of the Day — from J. R. R. Tolkien

“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” (J. R. R. Tolkien, Faramir in The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers) […]

American War Cemetery near Omaha Beach, Normandy (Colleville-sur-Mer )

Operation Overlord

Seventy years ago today, the largest invasion by armed forces in the history of the world took place as Allied forces during World War II landed on the beaches of Normandy, France. The operation, code-named “Operation Overlord”, began on June 6, 1944 and continued until late August of that year when Northern France was liberated. Each year, fewer veterans from this […]

Riderless Horse with boot reversed in stirrup being led in Funeral Procession at Arlington National Cemetery

Daily Catholic Quote from J. R. R. Tolkien

“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” (J. R. R. Tolkien, Faramir in The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers) […]

Dr. Peter Kreeft

Daily Catholic Quote from Dr. Peter Kreeft

“Help is desperately needed exactly now. For exactly at the time when the fatal knowledge of how to destroy the entire human race has fallen forever into our hands, the knowledge of morality has fallen out. Exactly when the vehicle of our history has gotten a souped-up engine, we have lost the road map. Exactly when our toys have grown […]

Dr. Peter Kreeft

Daily Catholic Quote from Dr. Peter Kreeft

“Help is desperately needed exactly now. For exactly at the time when the fatal knowledge of how to destroy the entire human race has fallen forever into our hands, the knowledge of morality has fallen out. Exactly when the vehicle of our history has gotten a souped-up engine, we have lost the road map. Exactly when our toys have grown […]