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Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria. Credit: ACN

‘My people are suffering,’ Syrian archbishop says

By Mark Riedemann* “Many Muslims are now shy to declare themselves Muslim. Several Muslims told me: ‘I am ashamed—I do not understand that Islam is like that.’ So I think it is the time for a true dialogue. I think it is the day of the Lord perhaps. I have to take my Cross in [...]

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Why women are (not) using birth control

Last week the social media entertainment site, Buzzfeed, published a list of 22  reasons why women use artificial contraceptives. With the recent Supreme Court ruling for Hobby Lobby causing a collective outcry from those who believe other people should pay for their contraceptives, it’s no wonder that the site wished to portray it as a [...]

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Mosul Archbishop: ‘My diocese no longer exists’

by Oliver Maksan* “Ahlan wa sahlan. Welcome,” is Archbishop Amel Nona’s friendly greeting to an anxious looking veiled woman who enters his office. He offers her a seat. “She has just come here to Tilkef from Mosul on foot with one of her sons seeking safety,” says the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, translating the agitated words [...]

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The Reality of Choice

A few months ago, a 25 year-old Emily Lett’s video of her abortion went viral. During the procedure, Letts said she was humming and breathing as if she were giving birth. “I love how positive it is. I think that there are just no positive abortion stories on video for everyone to see. But mine [...]

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Young mom chooses baby’s life over chemo

A 21-year old Army wife put her baby’s life first when doctors told her she was terminally ill early on in her pregnancy. According to American Forces Press Services, doctors told Yesenia Ruiz-Rojo that she had about two to four months to live when she was diagnosed with liver cancer when she was 15 weeks [...]

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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 [...]

Pope Francis greets the crowd at Castel Gandolfo before the Sunday Angelus on July 14, 2013. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA.

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 [...]

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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