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I spent my wildest spring break with a bunch of nuns

Six years ago last week, I spent my spring break with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup, New Mexico. Now when you think of a college student on spring break, you probably picture booze, beaches and bad decisions. But this week of my life was even crazier than that. I was part of a […]

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Pope Francis has a great smile

It seems that if anything can be learned from the Holy Father’s visit to Cuba and the United States, it’s that he is a man of gestures and encounters. He exchanged zucchettos with a young Cuban man in Holguin. He made an impromptu visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor while in Washington, D.C. […]

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Pope greets pilgrims in English!

In a new video, Pope Francis shows how hard he’s trying to address English-speakers in their native tongue for his upcoming visit to the U.S. “I look forward to greeting the pilgrims and the people of Philadelphia when I come for the World Meeting of Families,” he said in heavily-accented English. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia […]

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Happy Women’s Equality Day from your favorite pro-lifers!

In case you missed it, today is national Women’s Equality Day here in the U.S. Hooray! Today we celebrate the 95th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. While many know about the women’s suffrage movement and their leaders, some may be surprised to learn that they were against abortion. In a 2010 Op-Ed for […]

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Chris Farley the Catholic

We all remember Chris Farley the comedian, but how many of us remember Chris Farley the Catholic? Close friends and family of the late “Saturday Night Live” star, it turns out. In an interview with Melissa Silverberg of Daily Herald, one of Farley’s close college friends, Fr. Matt Foley, recalled intimate details about the comedian’s […]

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This HONY post proves the Internet isn’t all bad

Sometimes the World Wide Web feels like the Old West: it’s big and lawless and there’s lots of swearing (or maybe that’s just what I imagine the Old West was like). Then sometimes, sometimes, you realize there’s a good reason the Internet exists. And it’s so that things like this can reach as many people […]

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What Advent traditions do you have with your kids?

Advent is nearly upon us! Sometimes it’s easy to allow Christmas to eclipse the season of Advent entirely. Often times, rather than using it as a time of preparation for Christmas, it gets relegated to the waiting period before the Christmas season. The Church established this liturgical season of waiting and preparation to allow us […]

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Not my last game: The beautiful, heartbreaking story of a young basketball player

Lauren Hill, a freshman at Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio, got to fulfill her dream Nov. 2 when she played her first college basketball game. Although she signed on to the team last year, there was a chance she would not have been able to play after she was diagnosed with an inoperable […]

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Do we need to know why Fulton Sheen’s cause for canonization has been paused?

The Catholic blogosphere has erupted in furor over news of the Archdiocese of New York’s refusal to allow Venerable Fulton Sheen’s remains to be moved to Peoria at this time for official inspection. Numerous petitions and letter-writing campaigns have emerged urging Catholics to voice their displeasure over this decision, some even going so far as […]

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How to support ethical ALS research

In his latest column, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver explains why Catholics need to be choosy about where they’re giving their money in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has been sweeping social media over the past few weeks. As the challenge grew in popularity, more people became aware that the ALS Association, which has […]

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