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Cool saint alert!!!

Vincent de Paul, the model of a modern career man, was on the fast track when experiences with the poor in small French villages sparked a conversion. Seeing the face of Christ in the neglected and abandoned, Vincent became “charity’s saint,” dedicating his life to God and the poor.

Today, we can borrow his tough questions about how to best help those most in need:

What is going on?
What must be done?
How must it be done?
What motivates and nourishes our actions?
Am I embracing the image of God in myself and others?

Meghan J. Clark, an assistant professor of theology at St. John’s University in New York, reflects on this patron of the poor.

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Image: Flickr photo cc by MariaRoma

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Known for his two-volume epic Boxers & Saints (First Second Books) based on the events of the China’s Boxer Rebellion as well as for his work on the popular Avatar: The Last Airbender, Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novels are an epic quest for cultural identity as he balances his Chinese heritage with his Catholic American life.

Read more: Comic consciousness

Images: Courtesy of First Second Books

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Barbie has had a number of careers in her 55 years—flight attendant, veterinarian, astronaut, even president. Her latest role, however, is raising eyebrows. Here’s what Italy’s Catholic bishops are furious about:

Barbie as the Virgin Mary? Ken as Jesus? Italian Catholics are not amused

Images: Photo by Facebook/PoolyMarianela

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Happy National Punctuation Day from the editors of U.S. Catholic magazine!
Remember your commas and apostrophes, everyone.
An interesting read from TIME on the evolution of punctuation:
“Happy National Punctuation Day!” ;)

Happy National Punctuation Day from the editors of U.S. Catholic magazine!

Remember your commas and apostrophes, everyone.

An interesting read from TIME on the evolution of punctuation:

“Happy National Punctuation Day!” ;)

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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.”

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