Michelle Bauman


The opening assembly of the Synod bishops 1 and Pope Francis in Vatican City on Oct. 5, 2015. Credit: (C) L'Osservatore Romano.

Synod speeches can now be made public – here’s what you need to know

Yesterday, the director of the Holy See press office announced that bishops can make their interventions at the Synod on the Family public. Wait…what’s the Synod on the Family again? It’s a gathering of bishops from all over the world, coming together at the Vatican to discuss a variety of issues that relate to the […]


A moment with St. Maria Goretti in Philadelphia

Body of St Maria Goretti, patron of #WMOF, in St John the Evalgelist Church in Philly, wax cover. (Credit @maryrezac) pic.twitter.com/W2hYfgLkUj — Matthew Hadro (@matthadro) September 26, 2015 Pilgrims roaming the streets of downtown Philadelphia in the days before Pope Francis’ arrival had the opportunity to venerate one of the Church’s youngest canonized saints. The […]

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10 things you may have missed in ‘Laudato Si’

You’ve heard about the Pope’s new encyclical, and you’ve probably heard that it talks about climate change. That’s true, and it’s a significant point, but there are lots of other points that it brings up as well. Don’t miss out on these other key ideas in “Laudato Si”: 1) St. Francis is a star player […]

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Video: Polish president-elect rescues runaway host at outdoor Mass

At a recent Mass in Warsaw, Poland, president-elect Andrzej Sebastian Duda noticed a host that had fallen – possibly knocked by a gust of wind? – and was rolling along the ground. Without hesitating, he rushed over to rescue it, and returned it to the celebrant. What a beautiful show of reverence and devotion from […]

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The little girl who forgave ISIS

If you haven’t seen this powerful video of hope and forgiveness, you should. SAT-7, a Christian TV channel that broadcasts in the Middle East and Africa, interviewed a young girl named Myriam, who fled from Qaraqosh, which up until last year was the largest Christian city in Iraq. Militants from the Islamic State overtook the […]

Pope Francis. Credit: Lauren Cater / CNA.

The Pope said WHAT about marriage?!

If you’ve read any media reports on the Church in the last few weeks, you might have the impression that there were – or are about to be – some earth-shattering changes in Catholic teaching about marriage, family and homosexuality. Interestingly, these reports tend to cite either a draft document that was later changed or […]

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Poncho the Parrot prays the Hail Mary

Because it’s Monday, here is a video of a parrot saying the Hail Mary He slips up a few times, but hey, he’s a parrot.

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 […]

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