May 16, 2016

A chat with the Philly priest who earned a Bronze Star in Afghanistan

By Philadelphia, Pa., Apr 26, 2016 / 06:40 am (CNA).- After Mass at a typical parish, it’s fellowship over coffee and donuts. But for troops stationed in Afghanistan, after Mass it’s cigars smoked down to the nub. Father Stephen McDermott, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and a U.S. Army chaplain who recently […]

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May 9, 2016

This statue of Mary was untouched by the devastating Ecuador earthquake

Guayaquil, Ecuador, Apr 23, 2016 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News). Everything collapsed around it, but the glass case with the statue of our Lady of Light remained intact after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 16. The statue was housed at the Leonie Aviat school in the Tarqui administrative district in Manta […]

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February 23, 2016

Carmel Catholic Student Earns Perfect ACT Score

By tburke14 MUNDELEIN, Ill. – Samantha (“Sammy”) Dickmann, of Grayslake, a junior at Carmel Catholic High School, earned the highest possible ACT Composite score of 36. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning the top score varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1% of students who take the ACT […]

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February 16, 2016

5 ways to share the faith on social networks

By Sister Maxine Kollasch, I.H.M. The early church and social networks have a lot in common. Sharing the commonness of life is an opportunity to build community. A while back, I signed on to Facebook and there it was: a smackdown. Someone posted a short remark about religion that someone else doesn’t like, and a […]

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February 5, 2016

Pope Visits with Leonardo DiCaprio

By Inés San Martín, Crux Vatican correspondent ROME — During a private 15-minute meeting, Leonardo DiCaprio gave the pope a book of paintings by 16th-century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch. Pointing to one painting, a reproduction of Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights,” DiCaprio said it had hung over his bed as a child. The triptych, which […]

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