Mary Rezac

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Outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. during the courts ruling in favor of legalizing the redefinition of marriage in the United States on June 26, 2015. Credit: Addie Mena/CNA

4 ways gay marriage affects Christians

An argument I often see in support of gay marriage is: If gay people want to get married, let them. It’s not affecting you, even if you think it’s wrong. How I wish it were so simple. We as Christians have already seen the practical effects of the legalization of gay marriage on the state [...]

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This Carmelite Brother escaped Muslim soldiers by singing about Jesus

As a tall, lanky redhead born and raised in Colorado, 34 year-old Brother David Johnson definitely sticks out in Syria, the Middle Eastern country where he serves with the St. James the Persian Carmelite Monastery in Qara. He originally came as a student to study the language, but decided to stay after he fell in [...]

I invite everyone to receive this new document with an open heart..."  Photo credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

The #LaudatoWay: Five eco-lifestyle changes Pope Francis wants you to make

Pope Francis’ highly-anticipated environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si” (Praised Be to You) is hot off the press! In case you haven’t had the chance to read all 184 pages of the new encyclical yet, we’ve come up with five steps you can take to follow what’s being called the #LaudatoWay – little steps we can all [...]

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5 More Ways Birth Control Has Changed America

It’s contraception’s 50th anniversary – on June 7, 1965, the Supreme Court ruled in the Griswold v. Connecticut case that contraception was legal. Rolling Stone published an article celebrating the news, listing the five ways birth control has “changed America for the better”. Birth control has certainly changed America! Let’s look at five MORE ways [...]

Pope John Paul II greets a religious sister during his visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1997. The Catholic news agency of the Bishops' Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Katolička tiskovna agencija Biskupske konferencije Bosne i Hercegovine)

6 things to know about the Pope’s trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina this weekend

Pope Francis will be traveling to Sarajevo, the capitol of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Saturday June 6 for a one-day visit. Here are some quick facts about the country and the trip! 1. Where is Bosnia and Herzegovina?  The region known as Bosnia occupies the northern 4/5ths of the country (roughly) while the region known [...]

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The New York Times Mansplains Why Catholicism Undervalues Women

*Written by Mary Rezac with contributions from Addie Mena In his latest piece for the New York Times, Frank Bruni expressed outrage on behalf of all Catholic women for our lowly, pitiable station in the centuries-old, stuck-in-the-mud, overbearingly patriarchal institution that is the Catholic Church. (His (inexact, implied) words, not mine.) Bruni was writing in [...]

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Nine reasons to oppose “Death with Dignity” laws

It was only about 6 months ago when the young and beautiful Brittany Maynard brought new attention to the topic of physician-assisted suicide after her highly publicized decision to end her own life under the Oregon “Death with Dignity” act. Suddenly, new bills advocating for physician-assisted suicide began cropping up all over the country at [...]

Pope Francis receives his drone. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis’ latest gift: A drone

A group of Italian students presented Pope Francis with his own Vatican-themed drone on Thursday. The students from Students from the Community of Christian Life in Italy and the Missionary League for Italian Students met with the Pope during an audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican. The drone represents “the values of technology [...]

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Roman Run: 200 miles, 10 men, 1 mission

It almost sounds like the beginning of a joke: A priest, two deacons, and seven seminarians run across the entire country of Italy in a day… That’s what the participants in the Roman Run are planning to do on May 16 of this year. These “men in black” will split up into two teams and start [...]

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Are you committing this “grievous” error at Mass?

Friends, it’s been four years, and…we need to talk. Remember back in the day, in 2011, when the new translation of the Ordinary form of the Mass was officially adopted? It was scary times at first. I think I’ve only now just mastered the new creed without looking at the cheat sheet. And I still [...]

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