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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Build-A-Baby coming soon?

Every parent wants their child to have the best start in life and no parent ever wants to see their child suffer — either from a something as minor as a scrapped knee or as serious as leukemia. While parents have an innate desire to spare their children from pain, it seems one company has [...]

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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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Are We Willing to Die for the Mass?

In light of recent religious persecutions, Chris Stefanick’s latest video is bound to bring tears to your eyes. In a brief, two-and-a-half minute YouTube video entitled “Mass”, the well-known Catholic public speaker paints a powerful picture of what a privilege it is to attend Mass in freedom and how this can be so easily taken [...]

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People Who Should Read Flannery O’Connor’s Prayer Journal

The recently published journal of Flannery O’Connor can be found on the shelves of Christian bookstores as well as Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. Below is a list of seven kinds of people who should add this book, simply titled “Prayer Journal”, to their summer reading lists. 1. People who are fans of Flannery. (That may seem obvious.) But [...]

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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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August 29, 2014

The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

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