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Massachusetts woman says faith restored after phone call from Pope

Days after the death of her 25 year-old son, Stephany Nicolo from Wakefield, Massachusetts called the Vatican and left her name and number with a representative. Distraught with anguish, she told the Vatican that she did not believe in God anymore. The grieving mother thought she would never hear back. According to a July 2 [...]

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John XXIII and John Paul II: Reading suggestions

By Andrea Gagliarducci, CNA’s Vatican Analyst There is a vast bibliography of John XXIII and John Paul II, who are to be canonized April 27, and the best way to understand their life and thought is by reading their works. Nurtured in the Ecclesiastical Academy and a longtime diplomat, John XXIII wrote a couple historical [...]

Students at the Servizio Universitario Africo. Credit: Kerri Lenartowick/CNA.

Encountering Africa, the future of the Church

By David Marcoe* Africa is changing, and a younger generation–more globally active and connected–is making its mark on the world, as I experienced at a recent meeting between student programs in Rome. Arriving a bit early with a handful of students from the Rome program of Thomas More College (Merrimack, New Hampshire), we happened upon [...]

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

Pope Francis, I see what you did there

By Mary Rezac* “If someone is gay but tries to follow the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?” Pope “I don’t do interviews” Francis made this remark to a plane full of journalists on his way back to Rome from World Youth Day in an uncharacteristic 80-minute press conference. Word immediately exploded [...]

Papal Inauguration Mass in St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis on March 19, 2013. Credit: Jeffrey Bruno/CNA

The poem Pope Francis never wrote

By Mary Rezac* If you’re a Catholic on Facebook, you may have seen this poem on your newsfeed today: WE NEED SAINTS We need saints without veil or cassock. We need saints who wear jeans and sneakers. We need saints who go to the movies, listen to music and hang out with friends. We need [...]

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How to Save a Life

*By Mary Rezac With an abortion rate of 92 percent, babies with a pre-natal diagnosis of Down syndrome are the human equivalent to an endangered species. An oft-cited reason for abortion is the claim that no one would be willing to adopt these “unwanted” children. But Father Vander Woude, the lead pastor at Holy Trinity [...]

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Consumerism and abortion

By Elise Harris* Consumerism: the promotion of the consumer’s interests, or the theory that an increasing consumption of goods is economically desirable; also: a preoccupation with and an inclination toward the buying of consumer goods (Merriam-Webster). Now what does consumerism have to do with abortion, specifically threats by President Barack Obama to veto a bill [...]

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A mother’s unconditional love

*By Christina Senour While browsing the internet for stories this morning, I came across an article that literally gave me chills. An Australian woman gave birth to twins at 27 weeks old; her son, Jamie Ogg, weighing in at just two pounds, was “pronounced dead by his physician after medical staff tried for twenty minutes [...]

Matt Birk of the Baltimore Ravens carries his son on his shoulders after winning Super Bowl XLVII on Feb 3 2013. Credit: Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images Sport, Getty Images

The truth will set us free

*By Hannah Brockhaus A few days ago, retired NFL player Matt Birk made a ‘touchdown’ for Truth. While most of the Baltimore Ravens team met with President Barack Obama at the White House, Birk declined attendance because of pro-abortion comments made by the president. He said that comments by Obama such as ‘God bless Planned [...]

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The Pope of audience surprises

*By Stephen Driscoll During the May 22 general audience, Pope Francis got into a small debate with his security detail that gives a glimpse into his personality. Standing just a few feet from the Pope, I could hear him and his security team shouting over the roar of the crowd. They were debating whether the [...]

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September 2, 2014

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