Kathy Schiffer

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Famous Last Words of Famous People

When musician and television star David Cassidy died of organ failure on Nov. 21, Americans of a certain age remembered him as a teen idol. In the 1970s, Cassidy's role as Keith Partridge on the musical sitcom The Partridge Family and his...

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‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’: A Glimpse of the Real Charles Dickens

The Christmas holiday was really no big deal in nineteenth-century England. The British celebrated Easter, to be sure; but in the 17th century, Britain's sober Puritans had scorned the wild parties which characterized the Christmas season, and...

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The Adventures of St. John Paul the Great

“Where there are young people, adolescents, children, there is the guarantee of joy, since it is life in its most spontaneous and most exuberant bloom.” Pope John Paul II spoke those words about the joyfulness of youth at a Vatican address on...

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Kidnapped by the Vatican?

I got my first taste of anti-Catholicism at an early age. I was perhaps 10 years old when two bullies in the neighborhood, their religious bigotry evident even at that young age, reported with a sneer how the Pope had kidnapped young Jewish boys,...

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Again, Dan Brown? New Novel ‘Origin’ Spurns Faith

When Dan Brown's conspiracy novel The Da Vinci Code hit the big screen in 2003, the film was met with box-office success but was widely criticized for its misrepresentations of the Roman Catholic Church and church history. The USCCB established a...

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New Series Explains How Mary Really is the Queen of Heaven

Among Catholics, there is a long tradition of devotion to Mary, the Mother of God. In a special way, the sinless Virgin who bore the Christ Child is venerated during the month of October – when she is remembered with Rosaries and devotions. Two...

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A Theology on His Knees: Pope Benedict XVI's Example to Priests

This story originally appeared at the Register on Sept. 20, 2017.​   “O, how great is the priest!” said Saint John Mary Vianney, the Cure of Ars. “If he realized what he is, he would die.” In 2009, one hundred fifty years after the death of...

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“I'll See You in Heaven”: Cancer-Stricken Mother Dies After Giving Birth

In March 2017, Carrie DeKlyen first experienced what she thought were migraine headaches. A few weeks later, the busy mother of five visited the doctor, expecting an easy fix; instead, she learned that she had a brain tumor. The news just got...

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Chesterton's “The Flying Inn”: A Comedic Window Into Contemporary Culture

I've been traveling – and I love a good novel on a road trip! Sentences rich in imagery and imagination inspire me to abandon my usual fare of sober nonfiction, of politics and spirituality and history, for a week or two and bask in the creative...

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Biking Sister Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident

An early morning bike ride turned deadly for a beloved Religious Sister of Mercy on Thursday, August 17, when she was struck by a car in Alma, Michigan. Sister Joseph Marie Ruessman, 64, was wearing a helmet and reflective clothing when a...