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Greeting the New Year the Catholic way
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January 1, 2018

Greeting the New Year the Catholic way

According to Fides News Service, as of October 2017, there are 1.28 billion Catholics in the world. Some 70.4 million of them are in the United States. The USA has a population of approximately 330,000,000 people. That works out to about…
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Simple advice from Benedict XVI on how to be a better mom or dad
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December 31, 2017

Simple advice from Benedict XVI on how to be a better mom or dad

The vocation to love is a wonderful thing ... “Pray often for the help of the Virgin Mary, and Saint Joseph, that they may teach you to receive God’s love as they did.” This is an exhortation from a homily…
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Where did the Holy Family live in Egypt?
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December 31, 2017

Where did the Holy Family live in Egypt?

Jesus likely took his first steps not in Bethlehem or Nazareth, but in Egypt. It is easy to forget that part of Jesus’ early childhood was spent outside of Bethlehem and the Holy Land. Forced into exile by King Herod,…
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Meet Stephen Kaszap, a Boy Scout and gold-medal gymnast on his way to sainthood
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December 31, 2017

Meet Stephen Kaszap, a Boy Scout and gold-medal gymnast on his way to sainthood

Kaszap suffered gladly for Christ, offering his whole life to God. Born on March 25, 1916, Stephen Kaszap led a relatively normal childhood in a town south-west of Budapest, Hungary. He was raised in a devout Christian family, but as a child was…
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How to make a truly successful New Year’s resolution
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December 31, 2017

How to make a truly successful New Year’s resolution

Getting rid of physical or emotional clutter is unburdening, but be brave enough to take the next step. Each New Year we all take a deep sigh, either of gratitude or relief, and put the past in the rear-view mirror.…
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Do we have to go to Mass on January 1?
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December 31, 2017

Do we have to go to Mass on January 1?

This year, in the United States, no. The USCCB notes on its liturgical calendar: Since the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God on January 1, 2018 falls on a Monday this year, it is not observed as a Holy…
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Prayer of St. John Paul II for all families
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December 31, 2017

Prayer of St. John Paul II for all families

On the feast of the Holy Family, a prayer for families throughout the world. St. John Paul II was well known for his special love of the family. He famously said while on an apostolic visit to Australia, “As the family…
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What brought a Japanese aristocrat to Christ?
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December 29, 2017

What brought a Japanese aristocrat to Christ?

Venerable Satoko Kitahara made a promise to use her smile to radiate Jesus' peace. Buried deep within the largest cemetery in Tokyo, there is a grave marked with a cross. If you ask for directions to this plot, you’ll be…
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Pray this powerful novena to three holy saints for the protection of life
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December 28, 2017

Pray this powerful novena to three holy saints for the protection of life

These US saints fought for the dignity of all people. Each year the feast of the Holy Innocents on December 28 reminds us of the fragility of life and the need to protect it at every stage. Besides treating everyone…
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What does St. John the Evangelist have to do with wine and snakes?
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December 28, 2017

What does St. John the Evangelist have to do with wine and snakes?

An image that presents the Evangelist holding a chalice from which a snake emerges condenses a little-known story of the saint. Generally, John the Evangelist is seen accompanied by an eagle. The eagle, as is well known, is an animal with…
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