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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February 2, 2016

Ireland — vocations drive gets boost from generous grant

by Cathal Barry Efforts to promote vocations to religious life in Ireland will move up a gear in 2016 thanks to a generous grant from a US-based foundation set up by hotel billionaire Conrad Hilton, The Irish Catholic can reveal. Vocations Ireland, an umbrella organization which helps religious orders to encourage new members, has been […]

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January 26, 2016

Nuns, guns and the Wild West: the extraordinary tale of Sr. Blandina

Billy the Kid, a notorious bank and stage-coach robber of the Wild West, met his match in the most unlikely of people when he met Sister Blandina Segale. According to legend, and to Sr. Blandina’s journal and letters, one of Billy the Kid’s gang members had been shot and was on the brink of death […]

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January 12, 2016

Priest who died on the Titanic could be on path to sainthood

London, England, Dec 22, 2015 / 05:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When the Titanic began to sink on April 15, 1912, Father Thomas Byles had two opportunities to board a lifeboat. But he forewent those opportunities, according to passengers aboard the sinking ocean liner, in order to hear confessions and offer consolation and prayers with those […]

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December 31, 2015

Orthodox Monk wins Russia’s The Voice

On the heels of Sister Alicia Torres winning the Food Network’s “Chopped” competition and Sister Cristina Scuccia winning Italy’s “The Voice,” an Orthodox monk has won Russia’s version of “The Voice” with his performance of “Per Te.”

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December 8, 2015

The Madonna Of 115th Street, Harlem Gets A Long-Awaited Makeover

Jacki Lyden, NPR | Photo by Danielle Oteri After 131 years, Madonna of 115th Street needed a makeover — a makeover worthy of a Catholic icon parishioners say is responsible for miracles. And last week, the refurbished life-sized statue and her new gown were unveiled last week in East Harlem. From high above the altar, the […]

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December 4, 2015

A Reminder from The Pope: Get To Know Your Bible

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN – Photo credit: Lauren Cater/CNA). The Bible is so dangerous that some Christians risk persecution to have one. But for Pope Francis, its life-changing role in daily life is important too. “The Bible is not meant to be placed on a shelf, but to be in […]

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