Is vanity ruining your Lent?
Articles
February 23, 2018

Is vanity ruining your Lent?

What to do if our preparation for the Resurrection is getting mixed up with the bathroom scale. I’ve always had a sweet tooth. It’s almost embarrassing how indiscriminate it is. I enjoy milk chocolate as much as dark chocolate, which,…
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BREAKING: Italian priest discovers ‘miraculous’ hosts preserved from earthquake
Church
February 23, 2018

BREAKING: Italian priest discovers ‘miraculous’ hosts preserved from earthquake

After 16 months the hosts still retain their freshness, similar to the Eucharistic miracle at Siena. Central Italy was rocked on October 30, 2016 with a 6.6 earthquake, devastating many towns, including the city of Arquata del Tronto. The parish church…
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Pope’s envoy in Chile abuse case recovering from gallbladder surgery
Church
February 22, 2018

Pope’s envoy in Chile abuse case recovering from gallbladder surgery

Francis continues quest to get to the truth in Barros-Karadima proceedings. Gallbladder surgery has put a brief hitch into the investigation of sexual abuse in Chile, though the pope’s envoy, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, is said to be recovering…
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Fake news: Pope Francis doesn’t go out at night to feed the poor
Church
February 22, 2018

Fake news: Pope Francis doesn’t go out at night to feed the poor

Vatican spokeswoman repudiates newly resurrected rumors The vice director of the Vatican’s press office, Paloma García Ovejero, has confirmed that rumors about the pope going out at night disguised as a simple priest to feed the poor are false. This “urban…
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17 Years a cardinal: Looking back on the day the future pope got the red hat
Church
February 22, 2018

17 Years a cardinal: Looking back on the day the future pope got the red hat

How was Jorge Bergoglio dressed for the big occasion? And how did he celebrate the day? February 21, 2001, was the date of the consistory during which then-Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Borgoglio, was created cardinal by Pope John…
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Lebanese judge finds creative way to sentence 3 men who vandalized Mary statue
Articles
February 22, 2018

Lebanese judge finds creative way to sentence 3 men who vandalized Mary statue

Even prime minister supports Christian's handling of Sunni Muslims' violation. Earlier this month, three young Lebanese men of the Sunnite Muslim faith entered a church in northern Lebanon and vandalized a statue of Mary there. The young men were arrested…
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Questions from orphaned children bring pope to tears
Church
February 22, 2018

Questions from orphaned children bring pope to tears

But encountering Christ, Francis assured, "brings life where there is death." The Holy See made public this week the exchange between Pope Francis and Romanian orphans during a meeting held January 4 at the Vatican. The Lord wants to heal…
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How St. Peter first became a bishop in Antioch, not Rome
Articles
February 22, 2018

How St. Peter first became a bishop in Antioch, not Rome

The first pope started out his ministry in a central hub of the ancient world. While St. Peter is widely known as the first bishop of Rome, the “prince of the apostles” started out his ministry in the “Rome of…
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I can’t pay attention at Mass. Is it even worth going?
Articles
February 22, 2018

I can’t pay attention at Mass. Is it even worth going?

How "active participation" can be something other than what you're thinking. Hello, Katrina. My question for you is about actively participating at Mass. Is it still considered “participating” if I can’t fully concentrate on the readings or the homily? My…
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4 Ways Lent transforms us
Articles
February 22, 2018

4 Ways Lent transforms us

Why does the Church bring us to Mount Tabor at the beginning of Lent? Lent is still just getting started when, on the Second Sunday of Lent (Year B), we accompany James and John up Mount Tabor to see Jesus Christ…
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