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Youngest kids are people too

While reading a colleague’s recent post about a disturbing Disney and World Population Council video propaganda video promoting birth control, I wondered about who would not exist if their parents followed such advice. While this list is not exhaustive, it might provide an interesting glimpse of how our world would be different if their parents [...]

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Through the mercy of God

Today a particular Catholic devotion seems appropriate: the Eternal Rest prayer. On this day 12 years ago we watched in horror as the iconic Manhattan skyline was filled with smoke, the Pentagon bore a bulging hole and a field in Pennsylvania was filled with the wreckage of a Boeing 757. Each one of us remembers [...]

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The myth of overpopulation

The discussions regarding life issues have quieted down recently, as the news is overtaken by the tragic situations in Egypt and Syria. However in my daily routine I have encountered several subtle instances that tell me the topic is still hot, but mostly surrounding our culture’s view of children in general. Time Magazine recently published [...]

Sadly not satire: Paul VI vindicated

 A recent perusal of any social networking site has probably led you to realize that that Pope Paul VI has again been justified in his predictions about contraception’s impact on society and culture. Especially when he stated, “Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of [...]

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A Litany for Syria, via Fr. Finigan

In light of the humanitarian crisis related to the Syrian civil war – 100k dead already, and 1.9m refugees – and a current push by some Western nations to intervene, it seems we would do well to spend time praying for that country. Fr. Timothy Finigan, a parish priest to the south east of London, [...]

How to grow your faith in college

As this year’s freshman class makes their way to college campuses across the country, many are probably asking, “how am I going to stay Catholic here?” It’s no secret that the vast majority of places of higher learning have a reputation for being cesspools of moral relativism, binge drinking and fornication (to put it lightly). [...]

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

Pope Francis, I see what you did there

By Mary Rezac* “If someone is gay but tries to follow the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?” Pope “I don’t do interviews” Francis made this remark to a plane full of journalists on his way back to Rome from World Youth Day in an uncharacteristic 80-minute press conference. Word immediately exploded [...]

Pilgrims from Argentina gather outside the Rio cathedral for Pope Francis to arrive. Credit: Michelle Bauman/CNA.

A sea of white and blue: Argentina meets Pope Francis

World Youth Day has brought with it many memorable moments already. But for me, the most touching experience so far has been witnessing the meeting between Pope Francis and the young people of Argentina. The meeting, held Thursday, was not announced until Tuesday, once the World Youth Day festivities had already begun. It was the [...]

A truck carries fresh coconuts to Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Michelle Bauman / CNA.

A taste of Brazil

With World Youth Day activities well underway in Rio de Janeiro, young people from around the world are soaking in the local culture. Known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant music and friendly population, the South American country is welcoming swarms of visitors eager to experience the Brazilian way of life. Among the first cultural elements [...]

Papal Inauguration Mass in St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis on March 19, 2013. Credit: Jeffrey Bruno/CNA

The poem Pope Francis never wrote

By Mary Rezac* If you’re a Catholic on Facebook, you may have seen this poem on your newsfeed today: WE NEED SAINTS We need saints without veil or cassock. We need saints who wear jeans and sneakers. We need saints who go to the movies, listen to music and hang out with friends. We need [...]

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August 1, 2014

Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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