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About that poll on Catholics and the traditional family…

If you’ve read the news in the last few days, you may have heard about a recent Pew poll finding that most Catholics are fine with non-traditional families, along with homosexual behavior and other actions the Church teaches to be sinful. What’s missing in most of these media reports is nuance. Going into the details […]

Pope Francis. Photo credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis goes to Central Park

Pope Francis will drive through Central Park when he visits New York later this month! But New Yorkers eager to catch a glimpse of the pontiff will need to win a ticket for a chance to attend the Sept. 25 procession. From the New York Times:   “The procession through Central Park will give thousands […]

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

POLL: Should Pope Francis be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?

Every October, the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are announced. This year, there are some interesting contenders for the prize, including our very own Pope Francis! Do you think he should win? Vote here: Pope Francis is one of the nominees for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, and the award will be announced in […]

Truly Penitential Friday Meals from the Past: The Challenge

We’re about halfway through Lent now, and for many, it’s that time of the season where remembering to do the Lenten fasts–and do so with joy and energy rather than being all dour-faced– gets really rough. The other day, after a discussion in the DC office over breakfast, a couple of things were just running […]

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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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