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Book Cover, When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood. Courtesy of Berkley Books.

Online Father’s Day Finds

We’ve got some last minute Father’s Day finds for Dad today. Whether its birthing stories or toddler tantrums or teenage drama, there’s something for every father in “When I First Held You”, edited by Brian Gresko. A compilation of the works of 22 critically acclaimed authors (and fathers), the book provides fresh insight into the life [...]

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Conception in Rape; Determination in Love

  What do good people do when unspeakable evil is forced upon them? The entire course of Sister Lucy Vertrusc’s life was upended when she answered this question. A nun in the war-torn former Yugoslavia, Sr. Vertrusc and two of her fellow religious sisters were raped by Serbian soldiers in 1995. Soon after, Sister Lucy Vertrusc [...]

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A Chance to Support a Woman Who Chose Life

When Abby Smith’s 2002 Honda Accord started falling apart and needing expensive repairs, she decided to reach out for help. The single working mother turned to Go Fund Me, a fundraising website, to ask for donations in order to raise $10,000 to purchase a safer car for herself and her baby son, Harrison. An important [...]

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Add a Word, Ruin a Theologian

If you’re up for some Catholic satire today, a trending hashtag on Twitter that has been making us laugh is #AddaWordRuinaTheologian. The idea is simple: take the name of a theologian and add a word to their name to make it ridiculous. Some of our favorites so far have been: Spent 5 minute trying to [...]

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Monks at Work

It takes many different jobs to run a monastery. The monks of St. Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison, Kansas offered some insight on how they manage to do all of it.  Here’s a little “Friday Funny” we saw posted to their Youtube channel today. Enjoy! We must admit, none of our staff has ever had the [...]

Students at the Servizio Universitario Africo. Credit: Kerri Lenartowick/CNA.

Encountering Africa, the future of the Church

By David Marcoe* Africa is changing, and a younger generation–more globally active and connected–is making its mark on the world, as I experienced at a recent meeting between student programs in Rome. Arriving a bit early with a handful of students from the Rome program of Thomas More College (Merrimack, New Hampshire), we happened upon [...]

Professional soccer player wants to adopt abandoned baby

A professional Italian soccer player has offered to adopt a baby who was abandoned under a train seat last month. The conductor found the baby wrapped in a wool shawl, a pajama top and put in a plastic grocery bag, according to Italy’s The Local. The baby boy — who has been named Francesco in [...]

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A Little Bit of Advent Cheer!

As you prepare yourself for Christmas this Advent, we wanted to share a fun video from That Anonymous College out west in California. Students at Thomas Aquinas College decided to bring a little cheer to shoppers at Pacific View Mall in Ventura, CA with a flash mob of carolers. Over 100 students from the small liberal [...]

‘To the peripheries’

The man suffering from neurofibromatosis who was embraced by Pope Francis at a recent general audience has been identified in a story by the Daily Mail Online as Vinicio Riva. A 53-year-old from northern Italy, Riva is an avid soccer fan, works at the same retirement home where his father now lives and is known to [...]

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A Litany for Syria, via Fr. Finigan

In light of the humanitarian crisis related to the Syrian civil war – 100k dead already, and 1.9m refugees – and a current push by some Western nations to intervene, it seems we would do well to spend time praying for that country. Fr. Timothy Finigan, a parish priest to the south east of London, [...]

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August 28, 2014

Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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