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Pope Francis: let yourself be transformed by the Eucharist

Aug 16, 2015 - 05:59 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis said that the Eucharist is no mere symbol, but is in fact the true body and blood of Jesus Christ, which has the ability to transform our hearts and minds to be more like him.

Shortages in Venezuela mean priests are running out of Hosts

Aug 15, 2015 - 03:33 pm .- Venezuela's ongoing economic crisis has hit the Church in a unique way: the production of Hosts fell 60 percent during the past month, affecting three states in the South American country.

Knights celebrate life of founder 125 years after his death

Aug 15, 2015 - 12:15 pm .- On Friday, hundreds of faithful gathered in New Haven, Conn. to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the death of Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus. 

For Pope Francis, Mary's greatness comes down to this one virtue

Aug 15, 2015 - 07:18 am .- On the feast of the Assumption of Mary, Pope Francis said that faith is the defining virtue of her greatness, and that the mysterious way she was taken into heaven is a foreshadowing of what awaits each of us.

How the pill might be ruining your life

Aug 14, 2015 - 04:50 pm .- Depleted nutrient absorption. Long-term alterations in brain activity and ability to interact with the world. Changes in choice of mate. If a commonly prescribed drug has these side effects, should it really be commonly prescribed?

In UK, assisted suicide vote looms as a key moment for disabled

Aug 14, 2015 - 04:44 pm .- Amid strong Christian opposition to the legalization of assisted suicide in the U.K., former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey has broken away. He took part in a video for a group backing assisted suicide and claims that it is “profoundly Christian” to help people end their lives.

Benedict XVI and Christian Europe, as seen by a Japanese scholar

Aug 14, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Benedict XVI’s role in Europe is the focus of a Japanese scholar who says the Pope emeritus’ recent decades show his engagement in a dialogue that promotes both Catholic identity and what he saw as the best of Western values.

What's destroying some Catholic marriages? The answer may surprise you

Aug 14, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Of the countless Catholic couples who have come through Father T.G. Morrow's office in Washington D.C. for marriage counseling, two remain imprinted in the priest's mind even today.

Could the release of 22 Christians signal another Islamic State attack?

Aug 14, 2015 - 12:03 am .- After Islamic State militants on Tuesday freed 22 Christians they have held captive since February, a Syrian archbishop cautioned that while the news is good, it could be a distraction ahead of another major assault.

A voice missing from the synod: faithful Catholics with same-sex attraction

Aug 13, 2015 - 04:11 pm .- When presenters addressed last year’s Synod of Bishops to discuss challenges facing the family, there was one group who voice was absent – those with same-sex attraction living chastely.

Colorado court gives no relief to baker who declined to serve gay wedding

Aug 13, 2015 - 03:06 pm .- A Colorado baker has lamented the Colorado Court of Appeals’ ruling handed down Thursday that he illegally discriminated when he declined to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

What the Church is doing to help flood victims in Myanmar

Aug 13, 2015 - 11:30 am .- More than 100 people have been killed and thousands more displaced by monsoon flooding in Myanmar, one of the poorest nations in Asia. With government relief efforts faltering, the Catholic Church is stepping in to offer help.  

In Burundi's crisis, the Church stands with the people

Aug 13, 2015 - 06:02 am .- A Burundian priest has spoken out about the worrying crisis in his country, particularly following the Aug. 2 murder of  General Adolph Nshimirimana, a close ally of president Pierre Nkurunziza, who is seeking a third term in office.

A street party for Don Bosco – 15,000 turn up to celebrate saint in Lima

Aug 13, 2015 - 03:59 am .- More than 15,000 members of the Salesian Family turned out August 9 on the streets of Lima, Peru, as part of the celebration of Bicentennial of the Birth of Don Bosco.

Pope Francis baptizes children of an old friend at the Vatican

Aug 13, 2015 - 12:31 am .- In a whirlwind trip, Lucas Schaerer and his family – friends of Pope Francis from his time in Buenos Aires – traveled to the Vatican, where the Pope baptized their daughters, Simona and Charo.

Latin Americans find post-abortion healing in Rachel’s Vineyard Hispanic outreach

Aug 12, 2015 - 04:09 pm .- Abortion strikes someone on such a personal level that it’s only natural that those seeking healing would want to express their grief and pain in their first language. That’s what Donna Gardner realized when her Rachel's Vineyard team began encountering men and women whose first language is Spanish.

Former technician: Planned Parenthood took baby organs without consent

Aug 12, 2015 - 11:55 am .- The latest in a series of videos on Planned Parenthood features testimony from a former technician who says she worked with the clinics to procure tissue from aborted babies without the mother’s consent.

The divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion, Colombian bishops affirm

Aug 12, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Two Colombian bishops indicated on Thursday that while the divorced and remarried are not excommunicated, that still doesn't mean they are able to receive Communion – in an attempt to clarify recent confusion.

Pope Francis: Sundays are a gift from God – don't ruin it

Aug 12, 2015 - 05:20 am .- Moments of rest and celebration were the focal point of Francis’ Wednesday general audience, during which he spoke out against a profit-centered mentality and encouraged families to live life at a more human pace.

Take a hike – and you just might find God, these trekkers say

Aug 12, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Some people hike to compete, others to challenge themselves. But as the sport increases as a global trend, others have taken it up as a way of drawing closer to God.

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