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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 [...]

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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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Fortnight for Freedom, round 2

The U.S. bishops recently announced that the second Fortnight for Freedom will take place this summer. What is the fortnight? Why is it being held? How can you participate? Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, who leads the U.S. bishops’ religious freedom committee, explains:

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A baby by any other name

The conviction of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell has drawn renewed attention to the misleading language that surrounds the abortion debate. If infanticide – killing a live baby moments after birth – is an appalling and atrocious crime, why is it acceptable to kill that same baby just minutes before, when he or she is about [...]

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Infanticide and the ‘dictatorship of relativism’

As the jurors continue to deliberate in the case of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, many of the mainstream media outlets have finally gotten around to giving the issue some coverage. The case involves an abortion doctor known for killing the live babies who survived his abortion attempts. As the newborns lay on the table, crying and [...]

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