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Father Tom Uzhunnalil. Credit: ANS (Agenzia Notizie Salesiane) Salesian News Agency

There is no confirmation that Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was crucified on Good Friday

Several blogs and media outlets are reporting that Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was crucified by ISIS on Good Friday. There has been no confirmation of the event by friends, family or Fr. Uzhunnalil’s community. The original reports were based on a statement Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna allegedly made during Easter vigil services. Bishop Paul Hinder […]

Father Tom Uzhunnalil. Credit: ANS (Agenzia Notizie Salesiane) Salesian News Agency

What we know (and don’t) about the missing priest from Yemen

Social media rumors that Father Tom Uzhunnalil will be crucified by jihadi kidnappers on Good Friday appear to be unfounded, report several news sources in Asia. Yesterday the Franciscan Sisters of Siessen, based in South Africa, warned on Facebook of the impending torture, and the rumor has since spread across social media platforms. Salesian Church officials, the order […]

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Christian genocide, Mother Teresa, Trump : This week in Catholic news (3/18)

1. Secretary of State John Kerry declared the violence against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East at the hands of the Islamic State a genocide. It’s the first time the United States has declared a genocide since Darfur in 2004, and the move should put pressure on the United Nations to also declare […]

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You don’t really know St. Patrick

St. Patrick, patron saint of Nigeria (who wasn’t Irish and wasn’t the first Christian missionary to Ireland and didn’t drive the snakes out), pray for us. Wait, what? Popular devotion to St. Patrick might have one believing that he was an Irish pied piper who led the snakes out of the land of Guinness. But there’s a […]

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This week in Catholic news (3/11): #JeSuisCharite

1. #JeSuisCharite: Four sisters with the Missionaries of Charity were killed in Yemen last week when two gunmen attacked the sisters’ nursing home. There were sixteen other victims in the attack, most of them other volunteers at the nursing home. Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, a Salesian priest serving at the nursing home, was kidnapped during the […]

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Basketball dunking, beatboxing Friars is just what your Monday needs

Everyone’s favorite Friars, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs), are back at it again with a new video showcasing their basketball and beatboxing skillz. Because, let’s be real, everything is ten times more epic when done by holy men in gray hooded habits with rope cinctures and sweet beards. The video, Renewal in Motion, already has almost 30,000 […]

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This week in Catholic news: Oscars, Religious freedom, and beards

1. “Spotlight” won an Oscar Sunday night, but many Catholics have yet to see it. But there’s no need to shy away from it, according to a Vatican newspaper, which called the film brave and not anti-Catholic. Still have questions? Here’s our review from when the movie first hit the big screen. 2. Religious freedom wins in […]

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A little story about Pope Francis as an altar boy

In the Pope’s new book of letters to and from children, he tells a nine-year-old boy about his time as an altar boy. One of the letters in the book was from Alessio, an Italian boy. “Dear Pope Francis, Were you ever near the priest as an altar boy?” Alessio asked. “Dear Alessio, yes, I […]

President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers, U.S. Navy SEAL, in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 29, 2016. Senior Chief Byers receives the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan on December 8-9, 2012.  (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

The newest Medal of Honor recipient has a devotion to St. Michael

On Monday, Navy Senior Chief Edward C. Byers Jr. was awarded the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony. The 36-year-old SEAL received the U.S. Military’s highest honor for his role in the successful December 2012 rescue of an American civilian who had been taken hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan. He also gave […]

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Pray with your beard this Lent

If rubbing your beard in balm smelling of sacraments still isn’t enough for your Catholic follicular fix, the guys over at Catholic Beard Balm have something else in store – a way to pray with your beard. In a recent interview with CNA, Catholic Balm Co. founders Michael Marchand and Tony Vasinda shared the story of the […]

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