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Never Forget Your Mom's Birthday, Especially if She's Deceased

Jack Anderson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Jack Anderson

My mom, Anne Anderson, would have turned 80 years old today, except that she died 27 years ago at the tender age of 53. So it's up to me, and my six...

The Important Conversation Almost No One Seems To Be Having

Cindy Capitani | Posted 11.16.2014 | Fifty
Cindy Capitani

My grandmother asked me to stay with her until it's over, and I can only think of a few reasons she'd ask me: She knows I'll talk about anything and won't mince words; she knows I will do anything for her if I'm able; and she knows I can be a calming presence. It took me a very long time to become a calming presence; it's still a daily practice.

Have a Little Faith

Phu Nguyen | Posted 11.13.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Phu Nguyen

What this world has become is something so undefinable and sometimes scary that I don't think anyone would make it without the belief in something bigger than themselves and people in general.

Miraculous

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 11.13.2014 | Books
Helen Eisenbach

I first met MB Caschetta more than 20 years ago when she was a student at Vassar College attending a reading I'd been invited to give. In a room filled with bright young lights she stood out: smart, funny and wiser than her years.

Grieving in the Facebook Era

Ana I. Grande | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Ana I. Grande

Let us remember that grieving is more than social media, too. It is an embrace of those living that allows the darkness of our souls to receive light; it is a touch of hands that guides us through our journey and an elevated prayer for those who have left us in God's perfect order.

Pope Francis Defrocks Pedophile Argentine Priest

AP | ALMUDENA CALATRAVA | Posted 11.11.2014 | Religion

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Pope Francis has excommunicated a pedophile Argentine priest, a move applauded by advocates for victims of clerical a...

You Grew Up With Actor Ray Iannicelli: Who Is He in the New Film St. Vincent?

Ilana Rapp | Posted 11.04.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Sometimes there are no words to describe someone. Today, that someone is screen veteran Ray Iannicelli. This brand new grandfather brings so much talent and knowledge to the table, that it's breathtaking!

Music and Memory in the Real-Life Narnia: Alan Doyle Works Wizardry on Where I Belong

Jaime Lubin | Posted 11.03.2014 | Books
Jaime Lubin

Alan Doyle is a self-professed lucky bastard, and I suspect he may also be magic.

Boy George's Eloquent Explanation Of His Evolving Spirituality

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.30.2014 | Religion

Boy George offered an eloquent explanation of his evolving spirituality during a conversation with HuffPost Live on Wednesday. The music icon, who ...

Listening to Jesus Instead of Twitter: The Stories of Jude and Simon

Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J. | Posted 10.29.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J.

What we do know, though, is that in this age of headlines and catchphrases, in this era of 140 characters and small, square photos on smart phones, we'd do well to judge not as Twitter judges, but as Christ does.

Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door by Barbara Mahany

Sugar Rautbord | Posted 10.31.2014 | Books
Sugar Rautbord

Perhaps most importantly, Barbara Mahany lives what she writes. This woman is the real deal, reaching out to the wounded world with enlightened care and compassion. A former pediatric oncology nurse she is both wise and experienced in the mysteries of interrupted cycles of life.

This Photo Of The Pope Is Pretty Darn Dope

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.29.2014 | Religion

From his penchant for selfies to his smooth white 1984 Renault, Pope Francis is quite possibly the most swagtastic 77-year-old we know. Then there...

Brazil's Wildly Popular Virgin Mary Procession Draws Millions -- Even Though Its Citizens Are Leaving The Church

Religion News Service | Benjamin Soloway and Alexandra Ellerbeck | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion

BELEM, Brazil (RNS) More than 2 million worshippers, pilgrims and onlookers poured around an 11-inch wooden figure of the Virgin Mary as it made its w...

Why Pope Paul VI, Who Officially Banned Birth Control For Catholics, Is One Step Closer To Sainthood

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion

(RNS) As he wraps up a Vatican meeting marked by sharp debates over sex and morality, Pope Francis on Sunday (Oct. 19) will honor one of his most cont...

Stunning 85% Of Young Catholics Support Gay Equality

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.17.2014 | Religion

While the Vatican vacillates over whether to welcome gays into the church, the new kids in the flock seem to have no qualms about the subject. Clos...

Touching the Grief of God: On Prayer That Leads to Action

Adam Bucko | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion
Adam Bucko

It's too easy for those of us in the West who are accustomed to hearing about upheaval in the Middle East to dismiss it as business as usual. It is easy for those of us who are not in Ferguson to forget that what happened there is not extraordinary.

'Mass Mobs' Are Taking Over Detroit's Catholic Churches

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion

It’s a plan with mass appeal. With all the fervor of a typical “flash mob,” faithful Catholics in Michigan are joining "Mass Mobs" to fill th...

Iraqi Catholic Couple Attending Pope Francis' Synod Describe Havoc Wreaked By ISIS

Time | Elizabeth Dias | Posted 10.10.2014 | Religion

Baghdad has been home to Riyadh Azzu and Sanaa Habeeb for their entire lives. It is where they first met at church in 1969, married in 1976, developed...

How Reporting on Gay Marriage Made Me Reevaluate My Catholic Identity

Olivia Bahou | Posted 10.10.2014 | College
Olivia Bahou

While the Catholic Church preaches the love and support of gay men and women, it refuses to accept their unions as a reality. By simply attending a gay wedding, can one no longer identify as Catholic?

The Unsolved Mystery Behind The Shroud Of Turin Still Has The Power To Captivate

Religion News Service | LILLY FOWLER | Posted 10.09.2014 | Religion

ST. LOUIS (RNS) A 14-foot-long stretch of cloth mysteriously imprinted with a faint, brownish image of a naked man and wounds that mirror those of a c...

Bookies Betting Pope Francis Will Win This Year's Nobel Peace Prize

Religion News Service | JOSEPHINE MCKENNA | Posted 10.09.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis is tipped to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, according to some of the world’s leading bookmakers. The Argent...

Married Catholics Make A Splash At Synod By Suggesting The Church Should Welcome Gay Couples

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.07.2014 | Religion

A devout married couple urged Pope Francis and members of the Synod of Bishops to freely welcome gay couples into the church. Ron and Mavis Pirola,...

New Jersey Nun Is The First Would-Be Saint Beatified In The United States

The Associated Press | Julio Cortez | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy's eye disease moved a step closer to sainthood Saturday in what church officials sai...

Pope Francis: I Believe In Guardian Angels And You Should, Too

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.02.2014 | Religion

Hark, the herald angels speak! Guardian angels are real, Pope Francis announced during his daily mass at the Vatican. And they’re always ready fo...

Islands of Safety: Religion and Ritual, Part 1

James M. Lynch | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
James M. Lynch

To many in my family I'm still an Irish Catholic in the same way that Marines consider themselves Marines, 'once a Marine, always a Marine', even though I've converted to Judaism twice (that's a story for later) and very happy with my choice.