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The faith of a child

Last weekend, the Pope welcomed participants in the Pilgrimage for Families to the tomb of St. Peter as part of the Year of Faith. While the event boasted balloons, acrobats and music, the event was made even more festive when a little boy wandered on stage and made himself at home with the Holy Father. [...]

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Comprehending genocide: Rwanda, 20 years later

Ten years ago, I was haunted by the movie Hotel Rwanda, which I saw in theaters with my high school Model U.N. group. Now, I am on my way to Rwanda, on a trip with Catholic Relief Services to observe the country 20 years after the genocide that killed some 800,000 people in just 100 [...]

In defense of our Mother

“And Jesus, seeing his mother there, and the disciple, too, whom he loved, standing by, said to his mother, ‘Woman, this is thy son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘This is thy mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own keeping.” Jn. 19: 26-27 If your best friend was on [...]

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Pope Francis: A look at the first six months

Today marks six months since the election of Pope Francis. The Holy Father has repeatedly been in the headlines since his election, washing the feet of inmates, inviting the homeless to dinner, surprising numerous people across the globe with personal phone calls, and greeting more than 3 million young people in Rio de Janeiro for [...]

Youngest kids are people too

While reading a colleague’s recent post about a disturbing Disney and World Population Council video propaganda video promoting birth control, I wondered about who would not exist if their parents followed such advice. While this list is not exhaustive, it might provide an interesting glimpse of how our world would be different if their parents [...]

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Through the mercy of God

Today a particular Catholic devotion seems appropriate: the Eternal Rest prayer. On this day 12 years ago we watched in horror as the iconic Manhattan skyline was filled with smoke, the Pentagon bore a bulging hole and a field in Pennsylvania was filled with the wreckage of a Boeing 757. Each one of us remembers [...]

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The myth of overpopulation

The discussions regarding life issues have quieted down recently, as the news is overtaken by the tragic situations in Egypt and Syria. However in my daily routine I have encountered several subtle instances that tell me the topic is still hot, but mostly surrounding our culture’s view of children in general. Time Magazine recently published [...]

Sadly not satire: Paul VI vindicated

 A recent perusal of any social networking site has probably led you to realize that that Pope Paul VI has again been justified in his predictions about contraception’s impact on society and culture. Especially when he stated, “Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of [...]

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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, [...]

How to grow your faith in college

As this year’s freshman class makes their way to college campuses across the country, many are probably asking, “how am I going to stay Catholic here?” It’s no secret that the vast majority of places of higher learning have a reputation for being cesspools of moral relativism, binge drinking and fornication (to put it lightly). [...]

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April 23, 2014

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