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The story of a (happy) 32-year-old virgin

Kate Bryan is a 32-year-old woman who has chosen to save sex for marriage. In an op-ed published today in the Washington Post, Bryan says she is happy with her decision, because it allows her to live “the feminist dream.” “I spend all day, every day doing the things that I want to do, because […]

You can name a dead gorilla, but can you name one Syrian refugee?

You probably know about Harambe, the gorilla that was killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in late May of this year after a three-year-old boy fell into his enclosure. The incident, caught on video, was broadcast nationally and internationally, attracting controversy and criticism over whether or not the killing was necessary. Months later, Harambe’s still making […]

There’s something inherently creepy about end-of-life parties

Last month, Betsy Davis, a 41 year-old artist with ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s disease), e-mailed her friends to invite them to a party at the end of the month. In the e-mail, Davis provided a detailed schedule of the two-day event – including the exact hour when she would ingest the drugs that would kill her, […]

He’s been to the past 5 World Youth Days. Now he’s hanging up his hat.

*By Mary Rezac and Kate Veik Aquilino is 40 years old. This year, he led a group of young people at World Youth Day in Krakow – some as young as 11 years old – from his hometown of Panama City. He went to his first World Youth Day in 2005, when he was 29 years […]

He designed the World Youth Day banners. But he didn’t live to see the Pope.

You may not know his name, but you probably have seen his work. If you’re at World Youth Day in Poland this week, or have been following the coverage, you’ve probably seen the blue, red and yellow graphic designs of saints like John Paul II and St. Faustina lining the streets of Krakow. The designer […]

Calm down world – Pope Francis doing fine after falling

Nothing can stop Pope Francis from celebrating World Youth Day – not even falling during a televised Mass. In his first major event at the 31st World Youth Day, the Pope missed a step during Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa on Thursday. He was carrying a censer and was on his way to incense the […]

Priest killed by ISIS mourned on social media

The “JeSuis” hashtag (“I am” in French) has become a go-to hashtag when showing solidarity with victims of terrorist attacks. The trend started with #JeSuisCharlie, after Islamic terrorists attacked the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. Today, #JeSuisCatholique (I am Catholic) and #JeSuisPretre (I am priest) were trending on Twitter as people showed solidarity with […]

Dancing nuns go viral ahead of World Youth Day

Polish nuns from St. Faustina’s order took to the beach, flash-mob style, to welcome pilgrims to Poland for World Youth Day! With a giant poster of the image of Jesus’ Divine Mercy, the sisters pulled off a coordinated dance a week before the official World Youth Day festivities begin in Krakow, Poland. According to Euronews, the […]

Meet the man building a Cathedral by hand

Justo Gallego is 90 years old. For the past 53 years of his life, he has been building a Cathedral on the outskirts of Madrid by hand. Once a farmer, bullfighter, and then a Trappist monk of eight years, Gallego was forced to leave the monastery when he was struck with tuberculosis in 1961. While he was […]

This week in Catholic news: 7/1

1. Two blows to the pro-life movement, via the Supreme Court: On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that included two key regulations of abortion clinics, including admitting privileges at a local hospital, and meeting the standards of surgical centers. The court ruled that the law put an “undue burden” on a […]