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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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Rio 2013: the sites of World Youth Day

As World Youth Day 2013 begins, young people from across the globe continue to pour into Rio de Janeiro and the surrounding areas. Here are a few of the main Brazilian sites that will be in the news throughout the coming week:  Copacabana One of the world’s most famous beaches will host several major events [...]

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How to Save a Life

*By Mary Rezac With an abortion rate of 92 percent, babies with a pre-natal diagnosis of Down syndrome are the human equivalent to an endangered species. An oft-cited reason for abortion is the claim that no one would be willing to adopt these “unwanted” children. But Father Vander Woude, the lead pastor at Holy Trinity [...]

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Understanding the ‘gay marriage’ rulings

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and dismissed an appeal of California’s Proposition 8 on grounds of standing. But what does this mean? What are the implications of the court decisions? Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly from today’s rulings: The Good: [...]

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Consumerism and abortion

By Elise Harris* Consumerism: the promotion of the consumer’s interests, or the theory that an increasing consumption of goods is economically desirable; also: a preoccupation with and an inclination toward the buying of consumer goods (Merriam-Webster). Now what does consumerism have to do with abortion, specifically threats by President Barack Obama to veto a bill [...]

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

Pope Francis: No dull uniformity in the Church

In his General Audience today, which I’ve posted below, the Bishop of Rome made some very moving comments about the unity of the Church — a unity that is grounded in diversity. He focused on the unity that comes through union with Christ, the head of the Church. A beauty of holiness is variety. Rather [...]

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A mother’s unconditional love

*By Christina Senour While browsing the internet for stories this morning, I came across an article that literally gave me chills. An Australian woman gave birth to twins at 27 weeks old; her son, Jamie Ogg, weighing in at just two pounds, was “pronounced dead by his physician after medical staff tried for twenty minutes [...]

Matt Birk of the Baltimore Ravens carries his son on his shoulders after winning Super Bowl XLVII on Feb 3 2013. Credit: Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images Sport, Getty Images

The truth will set us free

*By Hannah Brockhaus A few days ago, retired NFL player Matt Birk made a ‘touchdown’ for Truth. While most of the Baltimore Ravens team met with President Barack Obama at the White House, Birk declined attendance because of pro-abortion comments made by the president. He said that comments by Obama such as ‘God bless Planned [...]

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The Pope of audience surprises

*By Stephen Driscoll During the May 22 general audience, Pope Francis got into a small debate with his security detail that gives a glimpse into his personality. Standing just a few feet from the Pope, I could hear him and his security team shouting over the roar of the crowd. They were debating whether the [...]

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