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Today starts Hispanic Heritage Month which runs through October 15! Here are some snapshots into the lives of Hispanic Catholics in the United States:
Special Section: Hispanic Catholics

Today starts Hispanic Heritage Month which runs through October 15! Here are some snapshots into the lives of Hispanic Catholics in the United States:

Special Section: Hispanic Catholics

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With young adults constantly facing the camera, schools and parents need to find creative ways to instill the value of self-worth to the selfie generation.

Why we need to promote positive body image in a digital age.

How is your parish or school boosting your or younger members’ self-esteem?

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"Some pastors allow only boy altar servers but say that girls have a place in the Mass too—behind the walls of the sacristy. Father Greg Markey, pastor of the boy-servers-only parish of St. Mary’s in Connecticut, states on his website that “so as to encourage the participation of the girls in the parish, I will be starting a group called the Handmaids of the Altar, who will help with the flowers, the linens, and the sacristy.” Are they doing the washing and ironing too?"

- Mary Kate Cahill, in a U.S. Catholic Sounding Board survey “Should girls be allowed to serve at the altar?
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On the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we take a moment to remember all those affected and the many that rushed to help out.

Pray for peace.

Some articles for prayerful reflection: Special Section on September 11, 2001

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How do comics like Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and Louis C.K. walk the fine line between being hilarious and hurtful?

It’s all in the delivery, says U.S. Catholic columnist Nicholas Liao in “All kidding aside: When humor makes us think.”

Read more.

Image: Left: Wikimedia photo cc by Heather Sejnow. Right: Wikimedia photo cc by Kevin Edwards

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Should girls be allowed to serve on the altar?

Yes, one young woman argues.

Read her argument and take our survey!

Image: Flickr photo cc by Nina H.

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Nothing quite divides audiences like country music.

Some love it. Some hate it. Even those who love country music can make sharp distinctions between contemporary country and classic country. Recently, the singing pair of Laura and Lydia Rogers of the Secret Sisters emerged onto the country music scene with haunting harmonies that bring in the moods and melodies of the American South.

Listen to this: Put Your Needle Down

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Want to join us and Catholic Theological Union on an 11-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land?

You’ve got until October 6 to sign up. Here are more details:

Travel with U.S. Catholic to the Holy Land

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Want to help stop world hunger? Take the Rice Bucket Challenge! (No, that’s not a typo.)

Here’s how to help.

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Think your Catholic parish is pretty great? Proud to be a parishioner? We’d like to show it off!

Simply give us your parish’s contact information and we’ll take it from there. Click here for more details.

Looking for inspiration? Here are all previously featured parishes.