The new celibacy: How porn may be destroying the impetus for sex

Denver, Colo., Jan 3, 2016 / 08:49 am (CNA).- One of music artist John Mayer's most signature songs is “Daughters,” a sweet and simple tribute to the importance of parents' influence on their little girls. Here's the refrain: “So fathers, be good to your daughters, Daughters will love like you do. Girls become lovers who turn into mothers, So mothers, be good to your daughters too.”But when John Mayer isn't crooning about your beautiful daughters, … [Read more...]

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Meet the man behind the mysterious Eye of the Tiber

Denver, Colo., Jan 2, 2016 / 03:09 pm (CNA).- If you’re a Catholic on Facebook, or the internet in general, chances are SC Naoum has made you laugh. Or he’s made you angry. If he’s done his job the way he wants, he’s done both.Naoum is the man, the myth, the legend behind the Catholic satire site, Eye of the Tiber. Catholic News Agency had a chance to sit down with the Californian writer and professional smart aleck to talk inspiration, excommunication (well, his … [Read more...]

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Are farming co-ops just a hipster trend? These Catholics beg to differ

San Francisco, Calif., Jan 2, 2016 / 06:59 am (CNA).- Anyone who's familiar with “Portlandia” probably remembers Colin the chicken – a heritage-breed, woodland-raised fowl who was fed a diet of sheep's milk, soy and (local) hazelnuts and lived a happy life on a (local) 4-acre farm before succumbing to its fate on the plates of two insufferable hipsters. While the comedy show, based in and around Portland, Ore., takes cultural mores to hilarious extremes, the chicken … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Mary is the ‘mother of forgiveness’

Vatican City, Jan 1, 2016 / 12:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting particularly on Mary’s title as “mother of mercy,” Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome on Jan. 1.“It is most fitting that on this day we invoke the Blessed Virgin Mary above all as ‘mother of mercy.’ The door we have opened is, in fact, a Door of Mercy,” Pope Francis said. “Those who cross its threshold are called to enter into the merciful … [Read more...]

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Mercy is stronger than violence and injustice, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 1, 2016 / 05:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The miseries of the world are powerless against the mercy of God, whose entrance into history brought about a new era for humanity, Pope Francis said at the opening Mass of the new year.“History does not determine the birth of Christ; rather, his coming into the world enables history to attain its fullness,” the Pope said in his homily Friday morning in Saint Peter’s Basilica.“For this reason, the birth of the Son … [Read more...]

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Look for the presence of God in your life, Pope says on New Year’s

Vatican City, Dec 31, 2015 / 06:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As this year comes to an end, Pope Francis has encouraged faithful to look back at the events of 2015, telling them to be attentive to both the presence of God, and the signs he is giving.“Retracing the days of the past year can be done either as a memory of facts and events which bring moments of joy and sorrow, or by trying to understand if we have perceived the presence of God, who makes all things new and sustains them with his … [Read more...]

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Metal coils and furious women: The story behind a controversial birth control

Washington D.C., Dec 31, 2015 / 05:35 pm (CNA).- Perforated organs, metal coils lodged in colons, fetal disfigurement due to nickel poisoning. Chronic pain, exhaustion, bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts.It’s the stuff nightmares are made of. But these are real symptoms that are being blamed on a real medical device, one that is being protected by the FDA. The device, Essure, is a permanent type of birth control in the form of tiny metal coils inserted into women’s fallopian … [Read more...]

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