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Archbishop Charles Chaput ready to throw the first pitch at Catholic Charities Night. Credit: Heddy Bergsman/The Phillies.

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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Why Chile’s abortion debate matters to you

One of the world’s most pro-life countries is currently immersed in a tense battle where abortion advocates need to confront the facts: abortion does not solve a country’s problems. In 1989, going against the momentum of the abortion rights movement, Chile passed a law making the procedure illegal in all cases. It remains one of [...]

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Add a Word, Ruin a Theologian

If you’re up for some Catholic satire today, a trending hashtag on Twitter that has been making us laugh is #AddaWordRuinaTheologian. The idea is simple: take the name of a theologian and add a word to their name to make it ridiculous. Some of our favorites so far have been: Spent 5 minute trying to [...]

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Don’t miss ‘Messenger of the Truth’ airing on PBS

  This week, on June 1-2,  local PBS stations in many U.S. cities will be airing the documentary of Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko, the chaplain of the Solidarity movement in Poland who strove for freedom from the Communist regime through non-violence in the early 1980′s. The trailer for “Messenger of the Truth” shows Bl. Fr. [...]

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In her own words: Why Maya Angelou kept her baby

The world is mourning the loss of Maya Angelou, the inspirational poet and author whose legacy and work for civil rights will not soon be forgotten. Perhaps less well-known is Angelou’s courageous decision to keep her baby  when she became pregnant at age 16: The Decision That Changed My Life: Keeping My Baby by Maya [...]

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July 30, 2014

Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

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