Kathy Schiffer

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Pope Francis Unveils Dramatic New Sculpture in St. Peter’s Square

For the first time in nearly 400 years, a new monument has been installed in St. Peter's Square. “Angels Unawares,” a three-ton, 20-foot sculpture by Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz, takes its place near the ancient Egyptian obelisk and the twin...

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Anagrams, Amazon and the Ave Maria

I admit it: I’m a Wordscapes junkie. Since discovering PeopleFun Studio’s popular word scramble on my smartphone, I've grabbed little minutes in the car, or waiting for the microwave to signal that lunch is warm, to peruse the anagrams. It's a...

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A Win for Foster Children, a Loss for Michigan’s Anti-Catholic AG

Religious liberty scored a major victory Sept. 26 in Michigan, when a federal judge ruled that faith-based foster and adoption agencies may continue to operate, even while maintaining their beliefs about marriage and family. In the case of Buck...

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Helping Catholic Kids Learn with Head and Heart

When Pope John Paul II released the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Catechesi Tradendae in 1979, it was intended to emphasize the importance of catechesis, especially for youth and young adults. Originally begun by Pope Paul VI, then continued...

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“A Pencil in God's Hand” — The Tender Story of Mother Teresa

Anjezë (Agnes) Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was only 12 years old when she first felt the call to become a missionary to India. At the age of 18 she joined the Sisters of Loretto, with the hope of serving in missionary work. For 15 years, she lived in a...

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This Basilica Has a Pioneering Fire Protection System

The basilica burst into flames and its roof was completely destroyed, as well as many of the interior artworks. No one was certain whether the fire had been caused by a careless workman or by political arson. Some thought that it should be...

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St. Monica, Please Help Our Children

Her son was a wild one.  She had tried to impart solid virtues and a lively faith—but her atheist husband quashed that with his brusque way and bad example. So when her eldest son reached his teens, he broke away—rejecting Christianity for an...

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The Queenship of Mary is Deeply Rooted in Scripture

Pope Pius XII established Aug. 22 as the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary in 1954; but Mary’s role as queen over the universal Church finds its roots in the Scriptures. At the Annunciation, the archangel Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would...

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Is America a Christian or Secular Nation?

It’s been quite a year for opponents of religion in the public square. Efforts to relegate God to the sanctuary are increasing as militant atheists demand “separation of church and state” – hoping to chip away at our nation’s Judeo-Christian...

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St. Stephen's “Holy Right” and the Mystery of Relics

Good King Stephen was anointed king of Hungary in the year A.D. 1000 by Pope Sylvester II, who presented him with a cross and a crown. Stephen was a Christian who devoted much of his reign to the promotion of the Christian faith. He gave much of...