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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 [...]

Students at the Servizio Universitario Africo. Credit: Kerri Lenartowick/CNA.

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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Pope Francis and the Peripheries of the World

In case you missed it: Catholic News Agency’s Vatican Observer, Andrea Gagliarducci, gave a brief interview to the Wall Street Journal after the Pope’s announcement of new cardinals at the end of his Sunday Angelus on January 12, 2014. Pope Francis noted that the new Cardinals come “from 12 countries from every part of the [...]

Beauty in the heart of Steubenville

A city that’s lost its luster is receiving some TLC from it’s local university students. A group of students from Franciscan University of Steubenville have set out to revitalize their downtown by turning a vacant music hall into a concert venue. The idea is to draw people to the ailing downtown by hosting concerts and [...]

Another march on Washington

On Jan. 22, 2014 hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend on the nation’s capital to assemble for the 40th year in a row to stand up for the over 55 millions lives lost since the legalization of abortion in the U.S. Despite the blizzard pounding the East Coast, the 40th annual March [...]

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A Little Bit of Advent Cheer!

As you prepare yourself for Christmas this Advent, we wanted to share a fun video from That Anonymous College out west in California. Students at Thomas Aquinas College decided to bring a little cheer to shoppers at Pacific View Mall in Ventura, CA with a flash mob of carolers. Over 100 students from the small liberal [...]

‘To the peripheries’

The man suffering from neurofibromatosis who was embraced by Pope Francis at a recent general audience has been identified in a story by the Daily Mail Online as Vinicio Riva. A 53-year-old from northern Italy, Riva is an avid soccer fan, works at the same retirement home where his father now lives and is known to [...]

Do you stand with Thomas Peters?

Last summer, young Catholic blogger Thomas Peters suffered a horrible swimming accident that left him clinging onto his life. The author of the award winning blog, “The American Papist“, contributor to Catholic Vote and former Communications Director National Organization for Marriage, suffered a fractured vertebra at the base of his neck and damaged lungs which left him nearly [...]

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October 22, 2014

Wednesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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