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Policeman in heartwarming viral video also a Franciscan grad

People on the Internet are praising a Los Angeles police officer and his colleagues after a video of them comforting a toddler left at the scene of a hit-and-run has gone viral. LAPD officer John Neal Cooke, a seven year veteran of the force, told CBSLA.com that tending to the upset child was “kind of just […]

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Poll: How often do you pray for persecuted Christians?

This week, CNA published several stories focusing on the different ways Christians are facing persecution around the world. In Syria, In southern Nigeria, the Bishop of Nsukka, Godfrey Igwebuike Onah, urged Catholics to resist seeking revenge after armed men shot and killed some 40 people in their diocese. While Bishop Onah found it disturbing that […]

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Poll: Do you agree with North Carolina’s bathroom law?

Last month, North Carolina passed House Bill 2, overturning Charlotte City Council’s ordinance which would have allowed people to use restrooms according to their gender identity, not their biological sex. The new law has received blowback from businesses including Starbucks and Bank of America, to musicians such as Bruce Springsteen who cancelled his concert in Greensboro, […]

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Poll: What is the biggest issue facing marriage and family life today?

  Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Amoris laetitia, focused on family life in today’s world. The document is the conclusion of a two-year synod discussing both the beauty and challenges of family life. While most of the Western media focused on homosexuality and communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, the bishops addressed topics from domestic […]

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Poll: How did you first hear about Mother Angelica?

Always a charismatic speaker, Mother Angelica used her wit and technological savvy to found what would become the world’s largest religious television network, Eternal Word Television Network. Her apostolate touched lives around the world. What started with 20 employees in a garage now makes up a worldwide network that provides 24-hour-a-day programming to more than […]

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I spent my wildest spring break with a bunch of nuns

Six years ago last week, I spent my spring break with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup, New Mexico. Now when you think of a college student on spring break, you probably picture booze, beaches and bad decisions. But this week of my life was even crazier than that. I was part of a […]

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Poll: Have you watched the Oscars’ Best Picture winner, Spotlight?

At the 88th Academy Awards, the film “Spotlight” received this year’s Oscar for Best Picture. The movie deals with The Boston Globe’s investigative “Spotlight” team exposing the clergy sexual abuse scandal and cover up happening within the Catholic Church. When the film first came out, CNA’s movie reviewer said it “handles the extremely difficult topic” […]

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Chris Farley the Catholic

We all remember Chris Farley the comedian, but how many of us remember Chris Farley the Catholic? Close friends and family of the late “Saturday Night Live” star, it turns out. In an interview with Melissa Silverberg of Daily Herald, one of Farley’s close college friends, Fr. Matt Foley, recalled intimate details about the comedian’s […]

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Remembering the young Catholics who were killed by James Holmes

Three years after one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, a jury has found 27-year-old shooter James Holmes guilty on 165 counts, including two counts of first-degree murder for each of the twelve victims of the massacre. Holmes opened fire July 20, 2012 during the midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” at […]

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Not my last game: The beautiful, heartbreaking story of a young basketball player

Lauren Hill, a freshman at Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio, got to fulfill her dream Nov. 2 when she played her first college basketball game. Although she signed on to the team last year, there was a chance she would not have been able to play after she was diagnosed with an inoperable […]

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