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This week in Catholic news: Trump, #Brexit, Pope in Armenia

1. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump met with around 1,000 conservative and Christian leaders at his Manhattan hotel on Tuesday, where he answered pre-selected questions from the audience on various issues like the family, abortion, guns, and foreign policy. The response wasn’t yuuuuge-ly positive, with many in attendance saying that the meeting lacked substance and […]

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Five things to know about Pope Francis’ trip to Armenia

Pope Francis is travelling to Armenia this weekend! Here’s what you need to know: 1. Where is Armenia? Armenia is a landlocked country with a dry climate that is cold in the winter and hot in the summer. It sits at a cultural, historical, and religious intersection  between Europe and Asia, in the southern part of a […]

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A video of a girl and her doll is going viral for all the right reasons

Getting an American Girl Doll is basically every, well, American girl’s dream birthday present. But there was an extra element that made this birthday gift even more special to 10-year-old Emma from Texas. Grab some tissues and watch: Emma’s mom, Courtney, sent the American Girl Doll to “A Step Ahead” Prosthetics, which provides prosthetic legs […]

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This week in Catholic news: Muhammad Ali, rape culture, assisted suicide 6/10

1. Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, who died June 3rd, may go down as “The Greatest” fighter of all time, but many of his most important battles were outside of the ring. His fight against Parkinson’s inspired hope many who face the debilitating neurological disease. 2. This week, a former Stanford student and varsity swimmer, Brock […]

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This week in Catholic news: 6/3

1. The movie “Me Before You”, based on the novel of the same name in which a quadriplegic man falls in love with his caretaker only to decide to take his own life (with, in the end, her support (spoiler alert (too late))) hit theaters nationwide on Thursday. But death is rather un-sexy and the disabled community is rightfully […]

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The hot sauce-making monks of Arkansas

You might have heard of monk-made bread, and maybe even monk-brewed beer. But what about monk-made hot sauce? “I don’t think there is a contradiction between a simple life and a spicy food,” said Fr. Richard Walz, a priest and monk of the Benedictine Subiaco Abbey in Subiaco, Arkansas. Fr. Walz, who joined the monastery […]

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This week in Catholic news (5/20)

1. A win for religious freedom in the Little Sisters case…sort of. On Monday, the Supreme Court sent the current HHS mandate cases of religious non-profits (Zubik v. Burwell) back to the lower courts where they had originated and vacated the previous circuit court rulings in those cases. Both sides are claiming victory, and the court did […]

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Whoopi Goldberg pulls off her own ‘Sister Act’ with big donation to nuns

Whoopi Goldberg, a co-host of the T.V. show “The View” and of “Sister Act” fame, surprised a group of Harlem nuns with a donation of a new van, a year’s worth gas and $10,000 to go towards their order’s charities. The order of the Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary caught Goldberg’s attention as one […]

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This week in Catholic news: 5/6

1. The stories of Christian persecution from last week’s #WeAreN2016 international congress on religious freedom in New York City continue to pour out. A priest and a religious sister shared their testimonies with the congress about how they and their people have kept the faith amidst the atrocities of a civil war that has been going […]

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This week in Catholic news: 4/29

1. Persecuted Christians: A #WeAreN2016 congress calling for the end to Christian persecution throughout the world was held in New York this week, where Christians  from Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and elsewhere spoke about their experiences and the need for action. The hosts of the event, CitizenGo and the Spain-based religious liberty advocacy group MasLibres, petitioned […]

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