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Catholic Relief Services is on the front lines of Ebola crisis, but there’s still a long way to go.

What’s going on and how you can help:

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Catholic Church must welcome ‘unconventional couples,’ says the leader of the Italian Bishops Conference and an ally of Pope Francis said this week.

“Couples in irregular matrimonial situations are also Christians, but they are sometimes looked upon with prejudice,” said Bishop Nunzio Galantino, an apparent reference to divorced and remarried Catholics.

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Does it make a difference to know poor people?

My parish helps me to better interact with those experiencing poverty by __________.

We’d love your feedback on our survey! Check it out here.

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Just like modern millennials, Thérèse of Lisieux struggled with how to make an impact on her world.
One woman’s reflection on growing up with the Little Flower, St. Thérèse of Lisieux:
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Just like modern millennials, Thérèse of Lisieux struggled with how to make an impact on her world.

One woman’s reflection on growing up with the Little Flower, St. Thérèse of Lisieux:

Flower child

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Although I’m not usually a fan of Miley Cyrus and her sometimes… ahem… interesting decisions, I’d like to give her kudos for the acceptance speech to a room full of Hollywood’s most glamorous on behalf of her Video Music Award for “Wrecking Ball.” (Which, might I add, was much better than last year’s performance.)

Instead of taking the stage to accept the award herself, Cyrus turned the mic over to a young man named Jesse. Here’s what Jesse had to say:

Read more: Miley Cyrus tackles youth homelessness at the VMAs

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John Cornwell normally subscribes to the conspiratorial school of Catholicism, as demonstrated by his books Hitler’s Pope and A Thief in the Night. So when I picked up his new book, The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession, imagine my surprise when I found in its pages a lucid and honest history of the development of sacramental confession, plus some rather balanced observations on its uses and abuses.
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The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession

John Cornwell normally subscribes to the conspiratorial school of Catholicism, as demonstrated by his books Hitler’s Pope and A Thief in the Night. So when I picked up his new book, The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession, imagine my surprise when I found in its pages a lucid and honest history of the development of sacramental confession, plus some rather balanced observations on its uses and abuses.

Read more about this good read:

The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession

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What happens to a community when a Roman Catholic school closes its doors?

That’s the question Nicole Stelle Garnett and Margaret F. Brinig, two Notre Dame law professors, pondered as they studied closures in Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

Here’s what they found: Fallout in the neighborhood when a Catholic school closes

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Does it make a difference to know poor people?

Can you can honestly say you know a person by name who is living in poverty?

Read the encounter of Michael Jordan Laskey, director of @Life and Justice Ministries for the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, with the people experiencing homelessness in Lower Manhattan and take our survey!

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Read: The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis

Mercy, mission, and money will certainly be continuing themes of this pope’s teaching, and, while it remains to be seen how the church might change under his leadership, The Church of Mercy gives some clues to where Francis might lead. One hopes the journey will be every bit as surprising and inspired as the choice of leader.

Read more of this book review.

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Remember: Everyone on the Internet is a real person.

The last time I checked, people don’t walk down the street pointing and laughing at their neighbors. When someone trips, we rush to his or her side to offer an arm up instead of replaying the incident a dozen times. If someone loses a loved one, we offer our sympathies at the funeral and help in the healing process. So why do people use the anonymity of the Internet and social media to be disrespectful?

Zelda Williams and cyberbullying in surprising places

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