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Never watched Mother Angelica? Clips and quotes to get you hooked.

Before I had ever watched Mother Angelica, I dismissed her as a grumpy old nun who couldn’t possibly have anything to say to my life. But the first time I really sat down and listened, I was so caught off guard by how much I was laughing and how adorable I found this sassy, grandmotherly nun, […]

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There is no confirmation that Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was crucified on Good Friday

Several blogs and media outlets are reporting that Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was crucified by ISIS on Good Friday. There has been no confirmation of the event by friends, family or Fr. Uzhunnalil’s community. The original reports were based on a statement Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna allegedly made during Easter vigil services. Bishop Paul Hinder […]

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I spent my wildest spring break with a bunch of nuns

Six years ago last week, I spent my spring break with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup, New Mexico. Now when you think of a college student on spring break, you probably picture booze, beaches and bad decisions. But this week of my life was even crazier than that. I was part of a […]

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What we know (and don’t) about the missing priest from Yemen

Social media rumors that Father Tom Uzhunnalil will be crucified by jihadi kidnappers on Good Friday appear to be unfounded, report several news sources in Asia. Yesterday the Franciscan Sisters of Siessen, based in South Africa, warned on Facebook of the impending torture, and the rumor has since spread across social media platforms. Salesian Church officials, the order […]

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Christian genocide, Mother Teresa, Trump : This week in Catholic news (3/18)

1. Secretary of State John Kerry declared the violence against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East at the hands of the Islamic State a genocide. It’s the first time the United States has declared a genocide since Darfur in 2004, and the move should put pressure on the United Nations to also declare […]

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You don’t really know St. Patrick

St. Patrick, patron saint of Nigeria (who wasn’t Irish and wasn’t the first Christian missionary to Ireland and didn’t drive the snakes out), pray for us. Wait, what? Popular devotion to St. Patrick might have one believing that he was an Irish pied piper who led the snakes out of the land of Guinness. But there’s a […]

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This week in Catholic news (3/11): #JeSuisCharite

1. #JeSuisCharite: Four sisters with the Missionaries of Charity were killed in Yemen last week when two gunmen attacked the sisters’ nursing home. There were sixteen other victims in the attack, most of them other volunteers at the nursing home. Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, a Salesian priest serving at the nursing home, was kidnapped during the […]

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Basketball dunking, beatboxing Friars is just what your Monday needs

Everyone’s favorite Friars, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs), are back at it again with a new video showcasing their basketball and beatboxing skillz. Because, let’s be real, everything is ten times more epic when done by holy men in gray hooded habits with rope cinctures and sweet beards. The video, Renewal in Motion, already has almost 30,000 […]

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This week in Catholic news: Oscars, Religious freedom, and beards

1. “Spotlight” won an Oscar Sunday night, but many Catholics have yet to see it. But there’s no need to shy away from it, according to a Vatican newspaper, which called the film brave and not anti-Catholic. Still have questions? Here’s our review from when the movie first hit the big screen. 2. Religious freedom wins in […]

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A little story about Pope Francis as an altar boy

In the Pope’s new book of letters to and from children, he tells a nine-year-old boy about his time as an altar boy. One of the letters in the book was from Alessio, an Italian boy. “Dear Pope Francis, Were you ever near the priest as an altar boy?” Alessio asked. “Dear Alessio, yes, I […]

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