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Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Credit: Manfredo Ferrari via Wikipedia (CC BY SA 4.0)

Things Mother Teresa Didn’t Say: There’s a website for that

As far as vastly-misquoted leading historical figures go, Mother Teresa ranks right up there with the likes of Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln. The internet is ripe with sickly-sweet memes and quotes supposedly from the late, soon-to-be saint. As it turns out, many of them are actually the words of other people, while others are an […]

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There’s something inherently creepy about end-of-life parties

Last month, Betsy Davis, a 41 year-old artist with ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s disease), e-mailed her friends to invite them to a party at the end of the month. In the e-mail, Davis provided a detailed schedule of the two-day event – including the exact hour when she would ingest the drugs that would kill her, […]

World Youth Day pilgrims from Panama. Their leader, Aquilino, is in the front. Credit: Kate Veik/CNA

He’s been to the past 5 World Youth Days. Now he’s hanging up his hat.

*By Mary Rezac and Kate Veik Aquilino is 40 years old. This year, he led a group of young people at World Youth Day in Krakow – some as young as 11 years old – from his hometown of Panama City. He went to his first World Youth Day in 2005, when he was 29 years […]

Maciej Szymon Cieśla, a graphic designer for World Youth Day, died before getting to meet Pope Francis.

He designed the World Youth Day banners. But he didn’t live to see the Pope.

You may not know his name, but you probably have seen his work. If you’re at World Youth Day in Poland this week, or have been following the coverage, you’ve probably seen the blue, red and yellow graphic designs of saints like John Paul II and St. Faustina lining the streets of Krakow. The designer […]

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Calm down world – Pope Francis doing fine after falling

Nothing can stop Pope Francis from celebrating World Youth Day – not even falling during a televised Mass. In his first major event at the 31st World Youth Day, the Pope missed a step during Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa on Thursday. He was carrying a censer and was on his way to incense the […]

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Priest killed by ISIS mourned on social media

The “JeSuis” hashtag (“I am” in French) has become a go-to hashtag when showing solidarity with victims of terrorist attacks. The trend started with #JeSuisCharlie, after Islamic terrorists attacked the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. Today, #JeSuisCatholique (I am Catholic) and #JeSuisPretre (I am priest) were trending on Twitter as people showed solidarity with […]

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Dancing nuns go viral ahead of World Youth Day

Polish nuns from St. Faustina’s order took to the beach, flash-mob style, to welcome pilgrims to Poland for World Youth Day! With a giant poster of the image of Jesus’ Divine Mercy, the sisters pulled off a coordinated dance a week before the official World Youth Day festivities begin in Krakow, Poland. According to Euronews, the […]

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Meet the man building a Cathedral by hand

Justo Gallego is 90 years old. For the past 53 years of his life, he has been building a Cathedral on the outskirts of Madrid by hand. Once a farmer, bullfighter, and then a Trappist monk of eight years, Gallego was forced to leave the monastery when he was struck with tuberculosis in 1961. While he was […]

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This week in Catholic news: 7/1

1. Two blows to the pro-life movement, via the Supreme Court: On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that included two key regulations of abortion clinics, including admitting privileges at a local hospital, and meeting the standards of surgical centers. The court ruled that the law put an “undue burden” on a […]

The March for Life in Washington, D.C. on January 22, 2016. Credit: Jeffrey Bruno

So women need to die before we protect them, eh Supreme Court?

In a 5-3 vote, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that had two key regulations of abortion clinics – abortionists had to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, and clinics had to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. The regulations were put in place in Texas in response to the crimes […]

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