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Catholic Emojis are something to love about the iOS 10 update

New iPhone updates are among the things we love to hate, and the new iOS10 update is garnering just as much angst and ire as its predecessors. But while there are several reasons to be annoyed at the change (Mashable came up with seven, actually), one cool new feature is the improved texting, which now includes drawings, […]

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Can church save you from your internet addiction?

Chances are you’re probably reading this blog on your smartphone, and chances are you use your smartphone a lot. Perhaps, if you’re anything like most people, you’re sort of addicted to that little box of digital information constantly at your fingertips. In a recent piece for New York Magazine, author Andrew Sullivan worries that this widespread, frenetic addiction […]

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Rare footage of Padre Pio’s last Mass, hours before he died

The final Mass of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, affectionately known as Padre Pio, was caught on video. It captures some of the last hours of his life, as he passed away early in the morning the next day. Padre Pio was born Francesco Forgione on May 25, 1887 to a devout Catholic family in Pietrelcina, Italy. […]

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Vatican newspaper pays tribute to Star Trek on its 50th anniversary

The Pope’s daily newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano praised Star Trek in its Friday edition as the T.V. show celebrates 50 years since its launch in 1966. Giuseppe Fiorentino, the author of the brief tribute, said that the show provided people with a model of peaceful cooperation during a time of increased global tensions. The show’s pilot episode, […]

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The story of a (happy) 32-year-old virgin

Kate Bryan is a 32-year-old woman who has chosen to save sex for marriage. In an op-ed published today in the Washington Post, Bryan says she is happy with her decision, because it allows her to live “the feminist dream.” “I spend all day, every day doing the things that I want to do, because […]

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You can name a dead gorilla, but can you name one Syrian refugee?

You probably know about Harambe, the gorilla that was killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in late May of this year after a three-year-old boy fell into his enclosure. The incident, caught on video, was broadcast nationally and internationally, attracting controversy and criticism over whether or not the killing was necessary. Months later, Harambe’s still making […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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