Kate Veik

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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 [...]

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 [...]

Bishop James Conley preaches at the dedication of the new St. Thomas Aquinas Church at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Photo courtesy of the Southern Nebraska Register.

An old student’s take on a new church

Have you ever felt your heart swell after connecting with a good friend or singing a particularly beautiful hymn (read: Not “On Eagles’ Wings”…For that matter, any church hymns dealing with birds.)? You know, that experience of pure joy and connection with something or Someone bigger than yourself? That’s what I experienced when I toured [...]

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The saints who walk among us

When I spoke with Father Daniel Cardo for my recent article Why a former altar girl changed her mind on boy-only altar servers, he shared something with me that was very moving. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to fit it into the article so I’d like to share it here. Fr. Cardo is the pastor of [...]

Sister Marigold Magbanua of the Carmelite Missionaries, Quezon City Provincial House. Sr. Marigold is the provincial superior of the Philippine Province - including the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan and Australia.

Interviews from the record-breaking papal Mass

Pope Francis has officially concluded his week-long trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. CNA’s Rome Bureau Chief Alan Holdren was on the ground for the papal visit to the Philippines. Holdren spoke with two religious sisters who stood in the rain for hours for the chance to attend Mass with Pope Francis in Rizal [...]

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Haiti: Five years later in pictures

Five years ago today, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas. Haitian officials estimate the quake killed some 316,000 people and displaced another 1.3 million. Below are a few photos from Catholic Relief Services that show just how far Haiti has come since the devastating earthquake.           [...]

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Burying Tamerlan Tsarnaev

It’s been nearly a month since the bombings at the Boston Marathon and suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has finally been buried. The AP reports about 100 people outside of Massachusetts had offered burial plots for him, but community leaders continuously denied permission. One offer came from a retired teacher in Vermont. The teacher – Paul Keane [...]

Golden wedding rings. Credit: Vladimir Yaitskiy via Flickr.com CC BY SA 2.0

Yes, God loves all his children

At midnight Wednesday, Colorado became the sixth state to allow civil unions. It definitely slipped my mind until this morning as I was driving to work. The radio D.J. gave a shout-out to the hundreds of gay and lesbian couples across the state and said it was “with honor” that he would play Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ [...]

Go vote for TIME’s 100!

You’ve got a couple more days to vote on who should (and shouldn’t) be included in TIME magazine’s 2013 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Let me give you a taste of where the numbers stand now. Benedict XVI, retired Bishop of Rome Yay: 45% (8,164 votes) Nay: 55% (10,074 votes) Sister [...]

Bringing Christ into therapy

A friend of mine works in grief therapy. The other day, she was describing to me a new technique she has learned to help patients coping with trauma. To help me understand the method, my friend described a recent session with a patient. During treatment, the patient in this case came face-to-face with what he [...]

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May 27, 2015

Wednesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

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