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New Zika vaccine provides hope for a real solution

An announcement today that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved the first human trials of a Zika Virus vaccine is wonderful news for those facing the effects of the virus -and a reminder that medicine should seek to heal and protect, not get rid of those who are afflicted. “We are […]

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Poll: What are you doing to support the Orlando shooting victims?

Americans are responding in different ways to help the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. Terror struck when a gunman opened fire on the gay nightclub in the early hours of June 12. The terrorist attack left at least 49 people dead and 53 wounded in the deadliest mass shooting on U.S. soil. Even in […]

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A video of a girl and her doll is going viral for all the right reasons

Getting an American Girl Doll is basically every, well, American girl’s dream birthday present. But there was an extra element that made this birthday gift even more special to 10-year-old Emma from Texas. Grab some tissues and watch: Emma’s mom, Courtney, sent the American Girl Doll to “A Step Ahead” Prosthetics, which provides prosthetic legs […]

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This week in Catholic news: Muhammad Ali, rape culture, assisted suicide 6/10

1. Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, who died June 3rd, may go down as “The Greatest” fighter of all time, but many of his most important battles were outside of the ring. His fight against Parkinson’s inspired hope many who face the debilitating neurological disease. 2. This week, a former Stanford student and varsity swimmer, Brock […]

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Drinking, Dignity and the Stanford Rape Case

By Addie Mena “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” It’s a nice childhood mantra, but the recent case of a sexual assault against an unconscious young woman shows that the words we use to describe sexual assault can actually give cover to those who abuse human dignity in […]

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This week in Catholic news: 6/3

1. The movie “Me Before You”, based on the novel of the same name in which a quadriplegic man falls in love with his caretaker only to decide to take his own life (with, in the end, her support (spoiler alert (too late))) hit theaters nationwide on Thursday. But death is rather un-sexy and the disabled community is rightfully […]

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Poll: Will you attend World Youth Day in Krakow this year?

An event three years in the making, World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland is expected to bring in an estimated 2.5 million people into the city. Groups from 182 countries have already registered for the event, and the number is expected to rise as the date gets closer. St. John Paul II instituted the international […]

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That time Cosmo admitted how horrible the Pill really is

Blood clots. Mood swings. Low sex drive. Migraines. The list goes on and on. At this point, it’s not really a surprise that shoving mega-doses of synthetic hormones into our systems year after year comes at a price. But for many women, the Pill still seems like the only option. For years, it’s felt like […]

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Poll: Do you think porn should be banned in the U.S.?

This week Matthew Schmitz of First Things made the case for a ban on pornography in a commentary piece for the Washington Post. He argued that its acceptance in our culture “stems less from a principled commitment to free speech than from a belief that porn isn’t so bad after all.” Since the majority of […]

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The hot sauce-making monks of Arkansas

You might have heard of monk-made bread, and maybe even monk-brewed beer. But what about monk-made hot sauce? “I don’t think there is a contradiction between a simple life and a spicy food,” said Fr. Richard Walz, a priest and monk of the Benedictine Subiaco Abbey in Subiaco, Arkansas. Fr. Walz, who joined the monastery […]

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