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As Special Olympics Turns 50, Catholics Continue to Encourage Joyful Competitions

On a sunny Saturday in July 1968, a man and a woman stood together on a reviewing stand looking out on Chicago’s Soldier Field. Before them were 1,000 athletes playing hockey, swimming laps and running track. The athletes hailed from 26 U.S....

In Nicaragua, Paramilitaries Attack Bishop and Besiege Students at Church

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — This weekend, paramilitaries in Nicaragua attacked a car carrying the bishop of Esteli, and in a separate incident pro-government forces besieged students in a parish church, killing two. Protests against President Daniel...

Surprise! Pope Francis Unexpectedly Celebrates Vatican Wedding

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis surprised wedding guests Saturday when he unexpectedly celebrated a marriage being held at a small chapel in the Vatican Gardens. “Look who came as a surprise! Pope Francis is always surprising!” said Brazilian...

Holy See Hopes UN Migration Agreement Will Defend Human Dignity

NEW YORK CITY —The Vatican’s representative at the United Nations expressed hope that a new U.N. agreement on best practices for international migration will guarantee respect for the human dignity of all migrants. Archbishop Bernardito Auza,...

Lawsuit Targets Notre Dame’s HHS Mandate Settlement

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame’s settlement with the federal government to end the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate is under fire, as a new lawsuit argues the settlement is illegal and Notre Dame must pay out free...

Jahi McMath Dies Four Years After Being Declared Brain-Dead

Nailah Wakefield spoke to her daughter for the last time June 22 — four and a half years after five doctors had declared Jahi McMath brain-dead. I said, ‘Jahi, if you’re tired, you don’t have to do this for me. … You have my permission; you can...

St. Margaret Shrine Offers Oasis for Prayer in Connecticut

The St. Margaret Shrine in Bridgeport, Connecticut, might be the only large-scale shrine in the United States dedicated to St. Margaret of Antioch, a late third-century/early fourth-century martyr whose feast was formerly July 20 (she was among...

Do We Measure Our Lives by God’s Standard of Success?

Sunday, July 15, is the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B). Mass Readings: Amos 7:12-15; Psalm 85: 9-14; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:7-13 How do we measure success in our lives? Obviously, the answer to that question depends heavily upon what part of...

On the Battlefield, Some Heroes Wear Clerical Collars

Heroic Catholic Chaplains Stories of the Brave and Holy Men Who Dodged Bullets While Saving Souls By Thomas Craughwell TAN Books, 2018 216 pages, $24.95 (hardcover) To order: or (800) 437-5876   The late author Thom

Courage Honors Its Founder, Father John Harvey

PHILADELPHIA — When Father John Harvey presented the full truth of the Church’s teaching on homosexuality, Tina Nair never felt like she was being asked to do the impossible. “He believed it, so I believed I could do it,” said Nair, a member of...