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Maya Angelou visits York College February 4, 2013. Credit: York College ISLGP via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

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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Newest cardinals given Vatican appointments

In February, Pope Francis elevated 19 new cardinals, telling them to serve the Church without fear. Today, the Pope appointed those cardinals under age 80 to serve on various Vatican congregations and pontifical councils.   From the Vatican Information Service: 1. In the Congregation for the Oriental Churches: Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin; Cardinal [...]

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Monks at Work

It takes many different jobs to run a monastery. The monks of St. Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison, Kansas offered some insight on how they manage to do all of it.  Here’s a little “Friday Funny” we saw posted to their Youtube channel today. Enjoy! We must admit, none of our staff has ever had the [...]

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Prayer to accompany Pope Francis on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land

With Pope Francis scheduled to travel to Jordan, Palestine and Israel later this month, a new prayer has been released for the faithful wishing to “accompany” him on his pilgrimage, either physically or spiritually. The prayer was written by Father Rifat Bader, director of the Centre for Catholic Studies and Media, who is responsible for [...]

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Editorial: Papal canonizations, a special time for CNA

The canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II are a very special time for the ACI Group because both of these saints impacted our founding and mission. We began just over 34 years ago and have sought to respond to John Paul II’s call for a New Evangelization, which was deeply shaped by John [...]

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The two Pope saints: the website

The Diocese of Rome has launched a special website for the upcoming canonizations of John Paul II and John XXIII. The site www.2PapiSanti.org offers biographies of the two Popes and explains why they will be recognized as saints after the April 27 canonization Mass – which will be broadcast live on the website. The website [...]

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John XXIII and John Paul II: Reading suggestions

By Andrea Gagliarducci, CNA’s Vatican Analyst There is a vast bibliography of John XXIII and John Paul II, who are to be canonized April 27, and the best way to understand their life and thought is by reading their works. Nurtured in the Ecclesiastical Academy and a longtime diplomat, John XXIII wrote a couple historical [...]

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Encountering Africa, the future of the Church

By David Marcoe* Africa is changing, and a younger generation–more globally active and connected–is making its mark on the world, as I experienced at a recent meeting between student programs in Rome. Arriving a bit early with a handful of students from the Rome program of Thomas More College (Merrimack, New Hampshire), we happened upon [...]

Professional soccer player wants to adopt abandoned baby

A professional Italian soccer player has offered to adopt a baby who was abandoned under a train seat last month. The conductor found the baby wrapped in a wool shawl, a pajama top and put in a plastic grocery bag, according to Italy’s The Local. The baby boy — who has been named Francesco in [...]

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Catholic Giving and Pope Francis

Have you been more charitable since Pope Francis’ election? The Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) commissioned a nationwide survey to answer just that, and they found some interesting results. “Since his election a year ago today, Pope Francis’ message of hope and compassion has strongly resonated with Catholics and non-Catholics alike,” FADICA reported [...]

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