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Maya Angelou visits York College February 4, 2013. Credit: York College ISLGP via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

In her own words: Why Maya Angelou kept her baby

The world is mourning the loss of Maya Angelou, the inspirational poet and author whose legacy and work for civil rights will not soon be forgotten. Perhaps less well-known is Angelou’s courageous decision to keep her baby  when she became pregnant at age 16: The Decision That Changed My Life: Keeping My Baby by Maya [...]

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Newest cardinals given Vatican appointments

In February, Pope Francis elevated 19 new cardinals, telling them to serve the Church without fear. Today, the Pope appointed those cardinals under age 80 to serve on various Vatican congregations and pontifical councils.   From the Vatican Information Service: 1. In the Congregation for the Oriental Churches: Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin; Cardinal [...]

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Prayer to accompany Pope Francis on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land

With Pope Francis scheduled to travel to Jordan, Palestine and Israel later this month, a new prayer has been released for the faithful wishing to “accompany” him on his pilgrimage, either physically or spiritually. The prayer was written by Father Rifat Bader, director of the Centre for Catholic Studies and Media, who is responsible for [...]

A Rwandan genocide survivor holds hands with the man who killed her family, in a sign of forgiveness and solidarity.

Radical mercy in the heart of Rwanda

“We forgive because we know that God also forgives.” These are the words of a woman whose family members were killed during the Rwandan genocide 20 years ago. Her words are incredible, but they are not unique. The most moving part of my recent trip to Rwanda was witnessing the unbelievable forgiveness that is taking [...]

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Comprehending genocide: Rwanda, 20 years later

Ten years ago, I was haunted by the movie Hotel Rwanda, which I saw in theaters with my high school Model U.N. group. Now, I am on my way to Rwanda, on a trip with Catholic Relief Services to observe the country 20 years after the genocide that killed some 800,000 people in just 100 [...]

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Pope Francis: A look at the first six months

Today marks six months since the election of Pope Francis. The Holy Father has repeatedly been in the headlines since his election, washing the feet of inmates, inviting the homeless to dinner, surprising numerous people across the globe with personal phone calls, and greeting more than 3 million young people in Rio de Janeiro for [...]

Pilgrims from Argentina gather outside the Rio cathedral for Pope Francis to arrive. Credit: Michelle Bauman/CNA.

A sea of white and blue: Argentina meets Pope Francis

World Youth Day has brought with it many memorable moments already. But for me, the most touching experience so far has been witnessing the meeting between Pope Francis and the young people of Argentina. The meeting, held Thursday, was not announced until Tuesday, once the World Youth Day festivities had already begun. It was the [...]

A truck carries fresh coconuts to Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Michelle Bauman / CNA.

A taste of Brazil

With World Youth Day activities well underway in Rio de Janeiro, young people from around the world are soaking in the local culture. Known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant music and friendly population, the South American country is welcoming swarms of visitors eager to experience the Brazilian way of life. Among the first cultural elements [...]

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Rio 2013: the sites of World Youth Day

As World Youth Day 2013 begins, young people from across the globe continue to pour into Rio de Janeiro and the surrounding areas. Here are a few of the main Brazilian sites that will be in the news throughout the coming week:  Copacabana One of the world’s most famous beaches will host several major events [...]

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Understanding the ‘gay marriage’ rulings

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and dismissed an appeal of California’s Proposition 8 on grounds of standing. But what does this mean? What are the implications of the court decisions? Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly from today’s rulings: The Good: [...]

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September 2, 2014

Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

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