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May 2018

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: An extraordinary ordination in NYC
Church
May 30, 2018

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: An extraordinary ordination in NYC

Twin brothers become twin priests As the sun slowly rose on Manhattan sending its rays into the dark corridors between the skyscrapers, a familiar scene was unfolding before the massive doors of St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue. Scores of…
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How to foster a humble heart, according to St. Francis de Sales
Articles
May 30, 2018

How to foster a humble heart, according to St. Francis de Sales

We all can learn from these profound words of wisdom. St. Francis de Sales, a French bishop during the 17th century, wrote a profound spiritual classic called Introduction to the Devout Life. His writing style was unique and communicated his love of…
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Losing hope in yourself or in the world? Pray these 3 prayers
Prayers
May 30, 2018

Losing hope in yourself or in the world? Pray these 3 prayers

When you need more hope, try these prayers from Padre Pio, St. Jude and Pope Francis. It’s not always easy to keep a cheery disposition or optimistic outlook when something depressing occurs in our life or in the world. We…
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Joy isn’t living from laugh to laugh, says Francis. Here’s what it really is
Church
May 30, 2018

Joy isn’t living from laugh to laugh, says Francis. Here’s what it really is

And the way to get Christian joy is from the Holy Spirit ... and with this practical tip Joy is what Christians breathe, said Pope Francis today in his morning homily. But it can’t be purchased or forced, and it’s…
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Sick people aren’t machines to be repaired, says pope
Church
May 30, 2018

Sick people aren’t machines to be repaired, says pope

And doctors should be able to follow their consciences Health care professionals must oppose a tendency to “debase the sick person as a ‘machine to be repaired,'” Pope Francis said today, in an address to representatives of the World Federation of…
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Pop in at a shrine on your summer holiday (Part 1: Upper midwest)
Articles
May 28, 2018

Pop in at a shrine on your summer holiday (Part 1: Upper midwest)

From the only shrine to be built on the site of a miracle, to a church vandalized by the KKK, to the largest grotto in the world ... Summer is almost here, and if you are taking a road trip,…
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7 Unforgettable movie priests
Articles
May 28, 2018

7 Unforgettable movie priests

Strong and fervent, these clerical characters shine a light on faith in dramatic cinematic fashion. Throughout the years, priests have appeared on the silver screen in many guises. From the determined Father Brown, who uses his detective skills to stop…
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How to tell the difference between icons of Mary
Articles
May 28, 2018

How to tell the difference between icons of Mary

A photo-illustrated guide to the five types of iconic images of the Virgin Mary.   An example of the Hodigitria icon, also known as She Who Shows the Way. This one is from the 16th century and is currently housed…
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On Memorial Day, a prayer for deceased veterans
Prayers
May 28, 2018

On Memorial Day, a prayer for deceased veterans

On this somber day, we pray for those who gave their lives in service of their country. In the United States, Memorial Day is celebrated each year on the last Monday of May. According to History.com, “Originally known as Decoration Day,…
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A Memorial Day miracle: The Kansas town Mary spared
Articles
May 28, 2018

A Memorial Day miracle: The Kansas town Mary spared

I was 5 years old when World War II started,” Lilian said. “The priest said, ‘Let’s pray outside at the grotto ...'" The people of the small town of St. Benedict, Kansas, will be remembering their war dead on Memorial…
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