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How much would you pay for the Pope’s hat?

Pope Francis’s white skullcap is currently going for nearly €90,000 or around $115,000 on Ebay, with 103 bids up for the Holy Father’s hat. According to the AFP, the satirical Italian TV show Le Iene (meaning “hyenas” in English) managed to catch Pope Francis as he boarded his jeep in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 17th and [...]

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A bucket list for an unborn baby

When Jenna and Dan Hadley learned their son would not live long after birth, they decided to start making memories with him right away. The couple created a “bucket list” of things they wanted their child to experience in his short life, even if it meant experiencing them womb-side. “We understood…that our time with our [...]

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On Socrates and Beyonce

What moves you? It’s amazing how such a simple question can cause us to pause and think. Life moves so quickly. There is always another task to be done, a crisis to solve, somewhere we need to be, something we need to be doing. But it is so important to occasionally take a step back [...]

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Luke Spehar: More than a hipster Catholic musician

Catholic artist Luke Spehar just released a new song and music video before the debut of his latest album Sept. 20th, and it does not disappoint. But first, an introduction. I met Luke Spehar the way you’d expect to meet any slightly obscure, somewhat hipster Catholic musician. It was the 4th of July in Door [...]

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Branded: Nazarene

Have you seen this symbol? This is the arabic letter “nun,” the first letter in the word “Nazarene.” In Mosul, Iraq, it has been painted on doors to identify the homes of Christians who are then brutally beaten and often executed. A militant Sunni organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [...]

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The Reality of Choice

A few months ago, a 25 year-old Emily Lett’s video of her abortion went viral. During the procedure, Letts said she was humming and breathing as if she were giving birth. “I love how positive it is. I think that there are just no positive abortion stories on video for everyone to see. But mine [...]

Archbishop Charles Chaput ready to throw the first pitch at Catholic Charities Night. Credit: Heddy Bergsman/The Phillies.

Archbishop Chaput Throws First Pitch for Catholic Charity Night

Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered the first pitch for a Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park on June 24th as part of a charity night for the Catholic Charities Appeal (CCA). Students in special education from Saint Lucy Day School performed the National Anthem before the game began. This is the second year CCA has partnered [...]

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Are We Willing to Die for the Mass?

In light of recent religious persecutions, Chris Stefanick’s latest video is bound to bring tears to your eyes. In a brief, two-and-a-half minute YouTube video entitled “Mass”, the well-known Catholic public speaker paints a powerful picture of what a privilege it is to attend Mass in freedom and how this can be so easily taken [...]

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People Who Should Read Flannery O’Connor’s Prayer Journal

The recently published journal of Flannery O’Connor can be found on the shelves of Christian bookstores as well as Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. Below is a list of seven kinds of people who should add this book, simply titled “Prayer Journal”, to their summer reading lists. 1. People who are fans of Flannery. (That may seem obvious.) But [...]

Book Cover, When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood. Courtesy of Berkley Books.

Online Father’s Day Finds

We’ve got some last minute Father’s Day finds for Dad today. Whether its birthing stories or toddler tantrums or teenage drama, there’s something for every father in “When I First Held You”, edited by Brian Gresko. A compilation of the works of 22 critically acclaimed authors (and fathers), the book provides fresh insight into the life [...]

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September 23, 2014

Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest

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