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Pope Francis 4 on the papal flight from Rome, Italy to Quito, Ecuador on July 5, 2015_Credit Alan Holdren_EWTN 7-5-15

The best thing to come out of a papal trip, ever.


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The closest thing to the patron saint of Shark Week

I don’t know about your place of employment, but Shark Week celebration is in full swing here at CNA (in between coverage of the Pope in South America). Naturally, I have been in search of the Patron Saint of Sharks, because Catholics have patron saints for everything, right? Turns out, we have no patron saint […]

Outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. during the courts ruling in favor of legalizing the redefinition of marriage in the United States on June 26, 2015. Credit: Addie Mena/CNA

4 ways gay marriage affects Christians

An argument I often see in support of gay marriage is: If gay people want to get married, let them. It’s not affecting you, even if you think it’s wrong. How I wish it were so simple. We as Christians have already seen the practical effects of the legalization of gay marriage on the state […]

Screenshot: Brother David Johnson speaks to CNA about life as a Christian in Syria.

This Carmelite Brother escaped Muslim soldiers by singing about Jesus

As a tall, lanky redhead born and raised in Colorado, 34 year-old Brother David Johnson definitely sticks out in Syria, the Middle Eastern country where he serves with the St. James the Persian Carmelite Monastery in Qara. He originally came as a student to study the language, but decided to stay after he fell in […]

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The #LaudatoWay: Five eco-lifestyle changes Pope Francis wants you to make

Pope Francis’ highly-anticipated environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si” (Praised Be to You) is hot off the press! In case you haven’t had the chance to read all 184 pages of the new encyclical yet, we’ve come up with five steps you can take to follow what’s being called the #LaudatoWay – little steps we can all […]

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5 More Ways Birth Control Has Changed America

It’s contraception’s 50th anniversary – on June 7, 1965, the Supreme Court ruled in the Griswold v. Connecticut case that contraception was legal. Rolling Stone published an article celebrating the news, listing the five ways birth control has “changed America for the better”. Birth control has certainly changed America! Let’s look at five MORE ways […]

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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 […]

Pope John Paul II greets a religious sister during his visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1997. The Catholic news agency of the Bishops' Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Katolička tiskovna agencija Biskupske konferencije Bosne i Hercegovine)

6 things to know about the Pope’s trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina this weekend

Pope Francis will be traveling to Sarajevo, the capitol of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Saturday June 6 for a one-day visit. Here are some quick facts about the country and the trip! 1. Where is Bosnia and Herzegovina?  The region known as Bosnia occupies the northern 4/5ths of the country (roughly) while the region known […]

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The heartrending story of a California mom who’s terminally ill – and choosing to live

Stephanie Packer has all the makings to join Brittany Maynard as a poster child for proposed right-to-die legislation in California. The 32 year-old California native has been living in constant, sometimes excruciating pain for more than three years thanks to the terminal autoimmune disease scleroderma. The disease causes the hardening of the skin and sometimes […]

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That time Blessed Mother Teresa was a Marvel comic book hero

By: via / ChurchPOP Church Pop has previously featured the awesome Marvel comic book of St. John Paul II that was published in 1983. Well that comic book was so successful that Marvel decided to do one for Bl. Mother Teresa! Published in 1984, you can still find used copies on Amazon. Here’s how one […]

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