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Poll: Are you going to watch the Rio Olympics?

The Pope’s universal prayer intention for the month of August is that sports may build a culture of encounter for world peace. In a video message he said he hopes that sports can serve as a vehicle of fraternity and friendly encounters between people. His intention comes the same week as the beginning of the […]

World Youth Day pilgrims from Panama. Their leader, Aquilino, is in the front. Credit: Kate Veik/CNA

He’s been to the past 5 World Youth Days. Now he’s hanging up his hat.

*By Mary Rezac and Kate Veik Aquilino is 40 years old. This year, he led a group of young people at World Youth Day in Krakow – some as young as 11 years old – from his hometown of Panama City. He went to his first World Youth Day in 2005, when he was 29 years […]

Maciej Szymon Cieśla, a graphic designer for World Youth Day, died before getting to meet Pope Francis.

He designed the World Youth Day banners. But he didn’t live to see the Pope.

You may not know his name, but you probably have seen his work. If you’re at World Youth Day in Poland this week, or have been following the coverage, you’ve probably seen the blue, red and yellow graphic designs of saints like John Paul II and St. Faustina lining the streets of Krakow. The designer […]

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Calm down world – Pope Francis doing fine after falling

Nothing can stop Pope Francis from celebrating World Youth Day – not even falling during a televised Mass. In his first major event at the 31st World Youth Day, the Pope missed a step during Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa on Thursday. He was carrying a censer and was on his way to incense the […]

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Priest killed by ISIS mourned on social media

The “JeSuis” hashtag (“I am” in French) has become a go-to hashtag when showing solidarity with victims of terrorist attacks. The trend started with #JeSuisCharlie, after Islamic terrorists attacked the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. Today, #JeSuisCatholique (I am Catholic) and #JeSuisPretre (I am priest) were trending on Twitter as people showed solidarity with […]

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Did you catch what Ivanka Trump had to say about women?

Did you see what Ivanka Trump said about women’s pay and motherhood at last night’s RNC? (See 7:49 and following)   “Policies that allow women with children to thrive should not be novelties, they should be the norm,” Ivanka insisted to a cheering audience. “As researchers have noted, gender is no longer the factor creating […]

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Dancing nuns go viral ahead of World Youth Day

Polish nuns from St. Faustina’s order took to the beach, flash-mob style, to welcome pilgrims to Poland for World Youth Day! With a giant poster of the image of Jesus’ Divine Mercy, the sisters pulled off a coordinated dance a week before the official World Youth Day festivities begin in Krakow, Poland. According to Euronews, the […]

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Meet the man building a Cathedral by hand

Justo Gallego is 90 years old. For the past 53 years of his life, he has been building a Cathedral on the outskirts of Madrid by hand. Once a farmer, bullfighter, and then a Trappist monk of eight years, Gallego was forced to leave the monastery when he was struck with tuberculosis in 1961. While he was […]

Fr. Kapaun with his pipe. Courtesy of the Diocese of Wichita.

Do you think this Medal of Honor recipient will be canonized?

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved another step in the possible canonization of Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun, a Catholic priest who died in a North Korean POW camp. This means that the committee assigned to his cause have evaluated documents in his case and have found no error and and will […]

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This week in Catholic news: 7/1

1. Two blows to the pro-life movement, via the Supreme Court: On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that included two key regulations of abortion clinics, including admitting privileges at a local hospital, and meeting the standards of surgical centers. The court ruled that the law put an “undue burden” on a […]

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