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An ultrasound of Shane Haley courtesy of Prayers for Shane facebook page.

A bucket list for an unborn baby

When Jenna and Dan Hadley learned their son would not live long after birth, they decided to start making memories with him right away. The couple created a “bucket list” of things they wanted their child to experience in his short life, even if it meant experiencing them womb-side. “We understood…that our time with our [...]

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On Socrates and Beyonce

What moves you? It’s amazing how such a simple question can cause us to pause and think. Life moves so quickly. There is always another task to be done, a crisis to solve, somewhere we need to be, something we need to be doing. But it is so important to occasionally take a step back [...]

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Luke Spehar: More than a hipster Catholic musician

Catholic artist Luke Spehar just released a new song and music video before the debut of his latest album Sept. 20th, and it does not disappoint. But first, an introduction. I met Luke Spehar the way you’d expect to meet any slightly obscure, somewhat hipster Catholic musician. It was the 4th of July in Door [...]

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How to support ethical ALS research

In his latest column, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver explains why Catholics need to be choosy about where they’re giving their money in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has been sweeping social media over the past few weeks. As the challenge grew in popularity, more people became aware that the ALS Association, which has [...]

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Branded: Nazarene

Have you seen this symbol? This is the arabic letter “nun,” the first letter in the word “Nazarene.” In Mosul, Iraq, it has been painted on doors to identify the homes of Christians who are then brutally beaten and often executed. A militant Sunni organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [...]

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The Reality of Choice

A few months ago, a 25 year-old Emily Lett’s video of her abortion went viral. During the procedure, Letts said she was humming and breathing as if she were giving birth. “I love how positive it is. I think that there are just no positive abortion stories on video for everyone to see. But mine [...]

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Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions for July 2014

Join us during the month of July in praying for the Holy Father’s universal prayer intention, “that sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.” The Vatican also announced that Pope Francis is praying this month for evangelization in his missionary prayer intention, specifically “that the Holy Spirit may support the work of [...]

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Massachusetts woman says faith restored after phone call from Pope

Days after the death of her 25 year-old son, Stephany Nicolo from Wakefield, Massachusetts called the Vatican and left her name and number with a representative. Distraught with anguish, she told the Vatican that she did not believe in God anymore. The grieving mother thought she would never hear back. According to a July 2 [...]

Pope Francis greets the crowd at Castel Gandolfo before the Sunday Angelus on July 14, 2013. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA.

The New York Times and Pope Francis on boosting vocations

By Ryan Thomas, South American Bureau Chief The New York Times stunned me a bit with a recent article on religious vocations in the U.S. Catholic Church. Although the Times generally veers toward painting a negative picture of today’s vocational situation – taking the usual punches at celibacy, suggesting that the Church is irrelevant to [...]

Archbishop Charles Chaput ready to throw the first pitch at Catholic Charities Night. Credit: Heddy Bergsman/The Phillies.

Archbishop Chaput Throws First Pitch for Catholic Charity Night

Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered the first pitch for a Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park on June 24th as part of a charity night for the Catholic Charities Appeal (CCA). Students in special education from Saint Lucy Day School performed the National Anthem before the game began. This is the second year CCA has partnered [...]

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September 19, 2014

Friday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

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