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Interested in a free Masters degree in Theology?

Do you want to continue your education? Maybe you’re prayerfully considering a new path in life? Perhaps you feel called to roll up your sleeves and take part in the New Evangelization… What if you could do it with a full scholarship? The Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado has announced that they are accepting applications for [...]

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In Ukraine, ‘people are praying and weeping—because they feel utterly helpless’

By Reinhard Backes* Officially, there is a truce between the pro-Russian separatists, based around Donetsk and Lugansk, and the Ukrainian army. That at least was the agreement between the governments in Kiev and Moscow, prodded on by international mediation. But in this city on the Sea of Azov, reality is very different. “We are woken [...]

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 [...]

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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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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Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions for July 2014

Join us during the month of July in praying for the Holy Father’s universal prayer intention, “that sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.” The Vatican also announced that Pope Francis is praying this month for evangelization in his missionary prayer intention, specifically “that the Holy Spirit may support the work of [...]

Pope Francis greets the crowd at Castel Gandolfo before the Sunday Angelus on July 14, 2013. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA.

The New York Times and Pope Francis on boosting vocations

By Ryan Thomas, South American Bureau Chief The New York Times stunned me a bit with a recent article on religious vocations in the U.S. Catholic Church. Although the Times generally veers toward painting a negative picture of today’s vocational situation – taking the usual punches at celibacy, suggesting that the Church is irrelevant to [...]

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Monks at Work

It takes many different jobs to run a monastery. The monks of St. Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison, Kansas offered some insight on how they manage to do all of it.  Here’s a little “Friday Funny” we saw posted to their Youtube channel today. Enjoy! We must admit, none of our staff has ever had the [...]

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Catholic Giving and Pope Francis

Have you been more charitable since Pope Francis’ election? The Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) commissioned a nationwide survey to answer just that, and they found some interesting results. “Since his election a year ago today, Pope Francis’ message of hope and compassion has strongly resonated with Catholics and non-Catholics alike,” FADICA reported [...]

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November 28, 2014

Friday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

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