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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 […]

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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.

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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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