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Catholic Emojis are something to love about the iOS 10 update

New iPhone updates are among the things we love to hate, and the new iOS10 update is garnering just as much angst and ire as its predecessors. But while there are several reasons to be annoyed at the change (Mashable came up with seven, actually), one cool new feature is the improved texting, which now includes drawings, […]

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Can church save you from your internet addiction?

Chances are you’re probably reading this blog on your smartphone, and chances are you use your smartphone a lot. Perhaps, if you’re anything like most people, you’re sort of addicted to that little box of digital information constantly at your fingertips. In a recent piece for New York Magazine, author Andrew Sullivan worries that this widespread, frenetic addiction […]


Rare footage of Padre Pio’s last Mass, hours before he died

The final Mass of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, affectionately known as Padre Pio, was caught on video. It captures some of the last hours of his life, as he passed away early in the morning the next day. Padre Pio was born Francesco Forgione on May 25, 1887 to a devout Catholic family in Pietrelcina, Italy. […]

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Vatican newspaper pays tribute to Star Trek on its 50th anniversary

The Pope’s daily newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano praised Star Trek in its Friday edition as the T.V. show celebrates 50 years since its launch in 1966. Giuseppe Fiorentino, the author of the brief tribute, said that the show provided people with a model of peaceful cooperation during a time of increased global tensions. The show’s pilot episode, […]

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The story of a (happy) 32-year-old virgin

Kate Bryan is a 32-year-old woman who has chosen to save sex for marriage. In an op-ed published today in the Washington Post, Bryan says she is happy with her decision, because it allows her to live “the feminist dream.” “I spend all day, every day doing the things that I want to do, because […]

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You can name a dead gorilla, but can you name one Syrian refugee?

You probably know about Harambe, the gorilla that was killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in late May of this year after a three-year-old boy fell into his enclosure. The incident, caught on video, was broadcast nationally and internationally, attracting controversy and criticism over whether or not the killing was necessary. Months later, Harambe’s still making […]

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Things Mother Teresa Didn’t Say: There’s a website for that

As far as vastly-misquoted leading historical figures go, Mother Teresa ranks right up there with the likes of Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln. The internet is ripe with sickly-sweet memes and quotes supposedly from the late, soon-to-be saint. As it turns out, many of them are actually the words of other people, while others are an […]

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Poll: How are you helping victims of the Louisiana flood?

With waters receding from the unprecedented flooding that hit Louisiana earlier this month, locals are facing a long road ahead for clean up and repairs. As much as 25 inches of rain fell in Southern Louisiana from Aug. 11 to Aug. 15, causing damage to at least 60,000 homes and taking the lives of 13 […]

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Poll: Is the US doing enough to support religious freedom worldwide?

Following the release of the U.S. State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom report, advocates are calling for action. The report documented abuses in 200 countries and marked anti-blasphemy laws as one of the biggest threats. Advocates said this opportunity should be used to make efforts to support international religious freedom with action such as visa […]

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There’s something inherently creepy about end-of-life parties

Last month, Betsy Davis, a 41 year-old artist with ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s disease), e-mailed her friends to invite them to a party at the end of the month. In the e-mail, Davis provided a detailed schedule of the two-day event – including the exact hour when she would ingest the drugs that would kill her, […]

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