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Kate Veik

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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 [...]

Advertising conversion

When was your last confession? I, for one, all too frequently play the convenience card. No time…no priest…no dice. Well, those excuses won’t fly any more for Catholics in the Diocese of Tulsa. Bishop Edward Slattery recently launched a confession initiative that includes this billboard. Yep. Every priest. Every Tuesday. Every parish (including that one [...]

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Chuck Norris and the Pope

It seems like all my conversations over the past 24 hours have revolved around this mysterious new Pope of ours. “Apparently he cooks his own meals.” “Did you hear he actually used to take the bus to work; even when he was a cardinal?” “Wait…he only has one lung?!” I’d be lying if I said [...]

Conclave bird: ruining lives

Let me introduce you to the most persistent bird in the history of the world. Definitely does NOT help that he is white. A co-worker commented: “Well, it’s probably toasty warm…”

Let’s also pray for families of cardinals

Black smoke Tuesday – and suspense continues for the elderly mother of Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn. Eleonore Schoenborn, 92, recently told a local newspaper that she hopes her son will not be elected pope because she will miss him. U.S. Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s youngest brother, Patrick, expressed similar sentiments in a recent interview. “A question [...]

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