Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Credit: Manfredo Ferrari via Wikipedia (CC BY SA 4.0)

Things Mother Teresa Didn’t Say: There’s a website for that

As far as vastly-misquoted leading historical figures go, Mother Teresa ranks right up there with the likes of Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln. The internet is ripe with sickly-sweet memes and quotes supposedly from the late, soon-to-be saint. As it turns out, many of them are actually the words of other people, while others are an […]

Torrential rains bring historic floods to southern Louisiana. Credit: Joe Raedle/ Getty Images.

Poll: How are you helping victims of the Louisiana flood?

With waters receding from the unprecedented flooding that hit Louisiana earlier this month, locals are facing a long road ahead for clean up and repairs. As much as 25 inches of rain fell in Southern Louisiana from Aug. 11 to Aug. 15, causing damage to at least 60,000 homes and taking the lives of 13 […]

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Poll: Is the US doing enough to support religious freedom worldwide?

Following the release of the U.S. State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom report, advocates are calling for action. The report documented abuses in 200 countries and marked anti-blasphemy laws as one of the biggest threats. Advocates said this opportunity should be used to make efforts to support international religious freedom with action such as visa […]

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There’s something inherently creepy about end-of-life parties

Last month, Betsy Davis, a 41 year-old artist with ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s disease), e-mailed her friends to invite them to a party at the end of the month. In the e-mail, Davis provided a detailed schedule of the two-day event – including the exact hour when she would ingest the drugs that would kill her, […]

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Poll: Are you going to watch the Rio Olympics?

The Pope’s universal prayer intention for the month of August is that sports may build a culture of encounter for world peace. In a video message he said he hopes that sports can serve as a vehicle of fraternity and friendly encounters between people. His intention comes the same week as the beginning of the […]

World Youth Day pilgrims from Panama. Their leader, Aquilino, is in the front. Credit: Kate Veik/CNA

He’s been to the past 5 World Youth Days. Now he’s hanging up his hat.

*By Mary Rezac and Kate Veik Aquilino is 40 years old. This year, he led a group of young people at World Youth Day in Krakow – some as young as 11 years old – from his hometown of Panama City. He went to his first World Youth Day in 2005, when he was 29 years […]

Maciej Szymon Cieśla, a graphic designer for World Youth Day, died before getting to meet Pope Francis.

He designed the World Youth Day banners. But he didn’t live to see the Pope.

You may not know his name, but you probably have seen his work. If you’re at World Youth Day in Poland this week, or have been following the coverage, you’ve probably seen the blue, red and yellow graphic designs of saints like John Paul II and St. Faustina lining the streets of Krakow. The designer […]

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Calm down world – Pope Francis doing fine after falling

Nothing can stop Pope Francis from celebrating World Youth Day – not even falling during a televised Mass. In his first major event at the 31st World Youth Day, the Pope missed a step during Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa on Thursday. He was carrying a censer and was on his way to incense the […]

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Priest killed by ISIS mourned on social media

The “JeSuis” hashtag (“I am” in French) has become a go-to hashtag when showing solidarity with victims of terrorist attacks. The trend started with #JeSuisCharlie, after Islamic terrorists attacked the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. Today, #JeSuisCatholique (I am Catholic) and #JeSuisPretre (I am priest) were trending on Twitter as people showed solidarity with […]

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Did you catch what Ivanka Trump had to say about women?

Did you see what Ivanka Trump said about women’s pay and motherhood at last night’s RNC? (See 7:49 and following)   “Policies that allow women with children to thrive should not be novelties, they should be the norm,” Ivanka insisted to a cheering audience. “As researchers have noted, gender is no longer the factor creating […]

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