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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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Conception in Rape; Determination in Love

  What do good people do when unspeakable evil is forced upon them? The entire course of Sister Lucy Vertrusc’s life was upended when she answered this question. A nun in the war-torn former Yugoslavia, Sr. Vertrusc and two of her fellow religious sisters were raped by Serbian soldiers in 1995. Soon after, Sister Lucy Vertrusc [...]

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A Chance to Support a Woman Who Chose Life

When Abby Smith’s 2002 Honda Accord started falling apart and needing expensive repairs, she decided to reach out for help. The single working mother turned to Go Fund Me, a fundraising website, to ask for donations in order to raise $10,000 to purchase a safer car for herself and her baby son, Harrison. An important [...]

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Add a Word, Ruin a Theologian

If you’re up for some Catholic satire today, a trending hashtag on Twitter that has been making us laugh is #AddaWordRuinaTheologian. The idea is simple: take the name of a theologian and add a word to their name to make it ridiculous. Some of our favorites so far have been: Spent 5 minute trying to [...]

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August 1, 2014

Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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