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Screenshot: Brother David Johnson speaks to CNA about life as a Christian in Syria.

This Carmelite Brother escaped Muslim soldiers by singing about Jesus

As a tall, lanky redhead born and raised in Colorado, 34 year-old Brother David Johnson definitely sticks out in Syria, the Middle Eastern country where he serves with the St. James the Persian Carmelite Monastery in Qara. He originally came as a student to study the language, but decided to stay after he fell in [...]

I invite everyone to receive this new document with an open heart..."  Photo credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

The #LaudatoWay: Five eco-lifestyle changes Pope Francis wants you to make

Pope Francis’ highly-anticipated environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si” (Praised Be to You) is hot off the press! In case you haven’t had the chance to read all 184 pages of the new encyclical yet, we’ve come up with five steps you can take to follow what’s being called the #LaudatoWay – little steps we can all [...]

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5 More Ways Birth Control Has Changed America

It’s contraception’s 50th anniversary – on June 7, 1965, the Supreme Court ruled in the Griswold v. Connecticut case that contraception was legal. Rolling Stone published an article celebrating the news, listing the five ways birth control has “changed America for the better”. Birth control has certainly changed America! Let’s look at five MORE ways [...]

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Video: Polish president-elect rescues runaway host at outdoor Mass

At a recent Mass in Warsaw, Poland, president-elect Andrzej Sebastian Duda noticed a host that had fallen – possibly knocked by a gust of wind? – and was rolling along the ground. Without hesitating, he rushed over to rescue it, and returned it to the celebrant. What a beautiful show of reverence and devotion from [...]

Pope John Paul II greets a religious sister during his visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1997. The Catholic news agency of the Bishops' Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Katolička tiskovna agencija Biskupske konferencije Bosne i Hercegovine)

6 things to know about the Pope’s trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina this weekend

Pope Francis will be traveling to Sarajevo, the capitol of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Saturday June 6 for a one-day visit. Here are some quick facts about the country and the trip! 1. Where is Bosnia and Herzegovina?  The region known as Bosnia occupies the northern 4/5ths of the country (roughly) while the region known [...]

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The heartrending story of a California mom who’s terminally ill – and choosing to live

Stephanie Packer has all the makings to join Brittany Maynard as a poster child for proposed right-to-die legislation in California. The 32 year-old California native has been living in constant, sometimes excruciating pain for more than three years thanks to the terminal autoimmune disease scleroderma. The disease causes the hardening of the skin and sometimes [...]

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That time Blessed Mother Teresa was a Marvel comic book hero

By: Churchpop.com via comicaddicts.com / ChurchPOP Church Pop has previously featured the awesome Marvel comic book of St. John Paul II that was published in 1983. Well that comic book was so successful that Marvel decided to do one for Bl. Mother Teresa! Published in 1984, you can still find used copies on Amazon. Here’s how one [...]

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The New York Times Mansplains Why Catholicism Undervalues Women

*Written by Mary Rezac with contributions from Addie Mena In his latest piece for the New York Times, Frank Bruni expressed outrage on behalf of all Catholic women for our lowly, pitiable station in the centuries-old, stuck-in-the-mud, overbearingly patriarchal institution that is the Catholic Church. (His (inexact, implied) words, not mine.) Bruni was writing in [...]

Note: Not the cast of Sisterhood. (CNA image)

When’s the last time you thanked your nuns?

Did anyone see the #ThankANun tweets, posts, and pins jammed between photos of sombreros and margaritas yesterday? The social media initiative was part of Thank A Nun Day, during which people from across the nation voiced their gratitude for the religious sisters who have impacted their lives. Here were some of our favorite posts: It [...]

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Nine reasons to oppose “Death with Dignity” laws

It was only about 6 months ago when the young and beautiful Brittany Maynard brought new attention to the topic of physician-assisted suicide after her highly publicized decision to end her own life under the Oregon “Death with Dignity” act. Suddenly, new bills advocating for physician-assisted suicide began cropping up all over the country at [...]

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