Here’s what Bishop Conley sees as the purpose of education

Lincoln, Neb., Dec 30, 2015 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb. vividly remembers his father asking him what on earth he planned to do with his English degree.“Open up an English shop?” Bishop Conley said with a laugh.Most English majors can probably relate.But even today – decades after his undergraduate studies – Bishop Conley stands by his belief that a liberal arts curriculum is the foundation of a well-founded education and the … [Read more...]

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

Santa Fe, NM, Dec 30, 2015 / 12:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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 when the doctors of Trinidad, Colo. refused to treat him. Sister decided to take him in and cared for him for three months, nursing him … [Read more...]

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What’s destroying some Catholic marriages? The answer may surprise you

Washington D.C., Dec 30, 2015 / 10:04 am (CNA).- Of the countless Catholic couples who have come through Father T.G. Morrow's office in Washington D.C. for marriage counseling, two remain imprinted in the priest's mind even today.In many ways, these two Catholic couples were the ideal; they were open to life, they formed their children in the faith and they frequented the sacraments.But both of these marriages fell apart. The culprit? Anger.“Anger is a poison,” Fr. … [Read more...]

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For one young Catholic, music is an apostolate of beauty

Ann Arbor, Mich., Dec 29, 2015 / 03:55 pm (CNA).- An up-and-coming Catholic musician in Michigan aims to expose listeners to God in the same way she did during her school years – through beauty found in “truly good” forms of art.“My desire with this music and this album is to reach anybody, anywhere and hopefully open their hearts to the reality that transfiguration and transformation is real,” singer/songwriter Alanna-Marie Boudreau told CNA.Growing up, she … [Read more...]

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If post-abortion syndrome doesn’t exist, why are these women suffering?

Santiago, Chile, Dec 29, 2015 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A psychologist who cares for post-abortive women has emphasized the need to help women who have had abortions heal – and that these women have their own stories to tell.Peruvian psychologist Luz Marina Araoz Chavez said post-abortive women endure “difficulty in healing the wound caused by the loss of the baby.” They also face difficulty in “being at peace with God, oneself or others that were involved in her … [Read more...]

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A priest’s powerful impact on the New York Times’ David Brooks

Denver, Colo., Dec 29, 2015 / 05:41 am (CNA).- New York Times columnist, best-selling author and all-around pundit David Brooks made headlines earlier this year for his bold new book making the case for a societal return to morality.   Perhaps lesser known, however, is some of the inspiration behind the work – a humble priest described by Brooks as an “insanely joyful” man who sparked a nagging, internal question. Why was this cleric so happy and fulfilled? What … [Read more...]

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What is the devil’s favorite sin? An exorcist responds

Madrid, Spain, Dec 28, 2015 / 04:11 pm (CNA).- Is an exorcist afraid?  What is the devil’s favorite sin? These and other questions were tackled in an interview this summer with the Dominican priest, Father Juan José Gallego, an exorcist from the Archdiocese of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain.It has been nine years since Fr. Gallego was appointed as exorcist. In an August interview conducted by the Spanish daily El Mundo, the priest said that in his experience, pride is the … [Read more...]

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