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Poncho the Parrot prays the Hail Mary

Because it’s Monday, here is a video of a parrot saying the Hail Mary He slips up a few times, but hey, he’s a parrot.

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15 Fun Facts from Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s FBI file

Currently the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen, best known for his T.V. and radio preaching, is caught up in an impasse regarding the next steps in his cause for canonization. In the meantime, we thought we’d give you some fun tidbits we found in his FBI file. But wait! Don’t freak out – pretty much everyone [...]

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How much would you pay for the Pope’s hat?

Pope Francis’s white skullcap is currently going for nearly €90,000 or around $115,000 on Ebay, with 103 bids up for the Holy Father’s hat. According to the AFP, the satirical Italian TV show Le Iene (meaning “hyenas” in English) managed to catch Pope Francis as he boarded his jeep in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 17th and [...]

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A bucket list for an unborn baby

When Jenna and Dan Hadley learned their son would not live long after birth, they decided to start making memories with him right away. The couple created a “bucket list” of things they wanted their child to experience in his short life, even if it meant experiencing them womb-side. “We understood…that our time with our [...]

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Do we need to know why Fulton Sheen’s cause for canonization has been paused?

The Catholic blogosphere has erupted in furor over news of the Archdiocese of New York’s refusal to allow Venerable Fulton Sheen’s remains to be moved to Peoria at this time for official inspection. Numerous petitions and letter-writing campaigns have emerged urging Catholics to voice their displeasure over this decision, some even going so far as [...]

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On Socrates and Beyonce

What moves you? It’s amazing how such a simple question can cause us to pause and think. Life moves so quickly. There is always another task to be done, a crisis to solve, somewhere we need to be, something we need to be doing. But it is so important to occasionally take a step back [...]

Refugees gather for a meal in the parish hall. Credit: ACN

‘We have lost everything’: Iraqi Christians have found refuge in Jordan

By Oliver Maksan* Raed is in his mid 40s. But when he is telling his story he looks much older than that. Weeks of fear and uncertainty have left the mark on the Chaldean Catholic from Mossul. “We have been fleeing from ISIS for a month,” he says tiredly, and draws on a cigarette. “I [...]

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Luke Spehar: More than a hipster Catholic musician

Catholic artist Luke Spehar just released a new song and music video before the debut of his latest album Sept. 20th, and it does not disappoint. But first, an introduction. I met Luke Spehar the way you’d expect to meet any slightly obscure, somewhat hipster Catholic musician. It was the 4th of July in Door [...]

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How to support ethical ALS research

In his latest column, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver explains why Catholics need to be choosy about where they’re giving their money in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has been sweeping social media over the past few weeks. As the challenge grew in popularity, more people became aware that the ALS Association, which has [...]

Pope Francis speaks to journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea, August 14, 2014. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA.

Pope Francis: The Ambassador of Peace

A theme for this Papal trip to Korea has quickly developed, and it’s not the official “Arise, Shine” that was chosen by the organizers. It’s “Peace.” Listen for it over the course of the next five days. Expect Pope Francis to stay on message. Just hours after sending a letter to U.N. secretary general Ban [...]

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