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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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Branded: Nazarene

Have you seen this symbol? This is the arabic letter “nun,” the first letter in the word “Nazarene.” In Mosul, Iraq, it has been painted on doors to identify the homes of Christians who are then brutally beaten and often executed. A militant Sunni organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [...]

Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria. Credit: ACN

‘My people are suffering,’ Syrian archbishop says

By Mark Riedemann* “Many Muslims are now shy to declare themselves Muslim. Several Muslims told me: ‘I am ashamed—I do not understand that Islam is like that.’ So I think it is the time for a true dialogue. I think it is the day of the Lord perhaps. I have to take my Cross in [...]

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Why women are (not) using birth control

Last week the social media entertainment site, Buzzfeed, published a list of 22  reasons why women use artificial contraceptives. With the recent Supreme Court ruling for Hobby Lobby causing a collective outcry from those who believe other people should pay for their contraceptives, it’s no wonder that the site wished to portray it as a [...]

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Mosul Archbishop: ‘My diocese no longer exists’

by Oliver Maksan* “Ahlan wa sahlan. Welcome,” is Archbishop Amel Nona’s friendly greeting to an anxious looking veiled woman who enters his office. He offers her a seat. “She has just come here to Tilkef from Mosul on foot with one of her sons seeking safety,” says the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, translating the agitated words [...]

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The Reality of Choice

A few months ago, a 25 year-old Emily Lett’s video of her abortion went viral. During the procedure, Letts said she was humming and breathing as if she were giving birth. “I love how positive it is. I think that there are just no positive abortion stories on video for everyone to see. But mine [...]

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Young mom chooses baby’s life over chemo

A 21-year old Army wife put her baby’s life first when doctors told her she was terminally ill early on in her pregnancy. According to American Forces Press Services, doctors told Yesenia Ruiz-Rojo that she had about two to four months to live when she was diagnosed with liver cancer when she was 15 weeks [...]

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September 1, 2014

Monday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

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