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The Night of the Churches

Beauty will save the world. So says the oft-quoted Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky. His claim is that of the three transcendentals – truth, goodness, and beauty – the thing in the end that will save man’s soul is beauty. And it’s easy to see why. In our current culture, truth has become relative and goodness […]

Muppets and Cardinals and Opposites

We are t-minus three(ish) months away from the long-anticipated Synod on the Family in Rome, and bishops and cardinals around the world are finishing up final preparations by holding conferences and writing messages about their hopes for the Synod. On the one hand, we have the German Bishop’s Conference, which recently released a message following […]

The best thing to come out of a papal trip, ever.

YOU’RE WELCOME, WORLD.

4 ways gay marriage affects Christians

An argument I often see in support of gay marriage is: If gay people want to get married, let them. It’s not affecting you, even if you think it’s wrong. How I wish it were so simple. We as Christians have already seen the practical effects of the legalization of gay marriage on the state […]

This Carmelite Brother escaped Muslim soldiers by singing about Jesus

As a tall, lanky redhead born and raised in Colorado, 34 year-old Brother David Johnson definitely sticks out in Syria, the Middle Eastern country where he serves with the St. James the Persian Carmelite Monastery in Qara. He originally came as a student to study the language, but decided to stay after he fell in […]

The #LaudatoWay: Five eco-lifestyle changes Pope Francis wants you to make

Pope Francis’ highly-anticipated environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si” (Praised Be to You) is hot off the press! In case you haven’t had the chance to read all 184 pages of the new encyclical yet, we’ve come up with five steps you can take to follow what’s being called the #LaudatoWay – little steps we can all […]

5 More Ways Birth Control Has Changed America

It’s contraception’s 50th anniversary – on June 7, 1965, the Supreme Court ruled in the Griswold v. Connecticut case that contraception was legal. Rolling Stone published an article celebrating the news, listing the five ways birth control has “changed America for the better”. Birth control has certainly changed America! Let’s look at five MORE ways […]

6 things to know about the Pope’s trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina this weekend

Pope Francis will be traveling to Sarajevo, the capitol of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Saturday June 6 for a one-day visit. Here are some quick facts about the country and the trip! 1. Where is Bosnia and Herzegovina?  The region known as Bosnia occupies the northern 4/5ths of the country (roughly) while the region known […]

The New York Times Mansplains Why Catholicism Undervalues Women

*Written by Mary Rezac with contributions from Addie Mena In his latest piece for the New York Times, Frank Bruni expressed outrage on behalf of all Catholic women for our lowly, pitiable station in the centuries-old, stuck-in-the-mud, overbearingly patriarchal institution that is the Catholic Church. (His (inexact, implied) words, not mine.) Bruni was writing in […]

Pope Francis’ latest gift: A drone

A group of Italian students presented Pope Francis with his own Vatican-themed drone on Thursday. The students from Students from the Community of Christian Life in Italy and the Missionary League for Italian Students met with the Pope during an audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican. The drone represents “the values of technology […]