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Nuns, guns and the Wild West: the extraordinary tale of Sr. Blandina

Nuns, guns and the Wild West: the extraordinary tale of Sr. Blandina

By Mary Rezac, CNA/EWTN News

Billy the Kid, a notorious bank and stage-coach robber of the Wild West, met his match in the most unlikely of people when he met Sister Blandina Segale.


According to legend, and to Sr. Blandina's journal and letters, one of Billy the Kid's gang members had been shot and was on the brink of death when the doctors of Trinidad, Colo. refused to treat him. Sister decided to take him in and cared…

Don’t ‘photoshop’ your heart – be who you are, Pope tells young Peruvians

Don’t ‘photoshop’ your heart – be who you are, Pope tells young Peruvians

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

On Sunday Pope Francis told Peruvian youth that Jesus doesn't want disciples who have been “photoshopped” to perfection, but like the great saints of the past, God calls people to follow him with trust and enthusiasm, despite their weaknesses.

“When Jesus looks at us, he does not think about how perfect we are, but about all the love we have in our hearts to give in serving others,” the Pope said Jan. 21.

With technology…

The world needs you, Francis tells young people at children’s home

The world needs you, Francis tells young people at children’s home

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Speaking to kids at a home for orphaned and abandoned children on Friday, Pope Francis said they have much to offer the world by being themselves and sharing their experiences.

“The world needs you, young men and women… and it needs you as you are. Do not be content to be the last car on the train of society, letting yourselves be pulled along and eventually disconnected. We need you to be the engine, always…

Pray against ‘powers of darkness,’ Cardinal Dolan tells pro-life marchers

Pray against ‘powers of darkness,’ Cardinal Dolan tells pro-life marchers

By CNA/EWTN News

In the fight against abortion, it is crucial to recognize the reality of evil and the importance of prayer, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said on the eve of the annual March for Life.

The power of evil in the world, he said, is “stronger than any in creation save one, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who called Himself ‘the way, the truth, and the life.’”

“That’s why we come to this place of prayer…

Love is in the air: Pope marries couple mid-flight during Chile visit

Love is in the air: Pope marries couple mid-flight during Chile visit

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

In his five years in office, Pope Francis gained a reputation for tossing protocol and embracing spontaneity. Today, he did it again with another papal first: marrying two flight attendants on board his flight from Santiago to Iquique.

According to journalists traveling with the Pope, the couple – Paula Podest and Carlos Ciuffardi – went to the Pope during the Jan. 18 flight to ask for his blessing.

The couple told Francis they had been…

Youth to be Vatican’s focus in 2018, Cardinal Parolin says

Youth to be Vatican’s focus in 2018, Cardinal Parolin says

By Hannah Brockhaus, ACI Prensa

In an interview published Thursday, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that for the Vatican, the new year will be marked by its attention to the lives of young people ahead of the 2018 Synod of Bishops.

“This year – the year 2018 – will be characterized by a special concentration of the Church’s attention at all levels on the young, then on their expectations, their aspirations, the challenges they face and also on the hopes that…

Dominican sisters help educate Iraqi children returning home

Dominican sisters help educate Iraqi children returning home

By ACI Prensa

When Iraqi residents fled their homes during the Islamic State invasion, they left behind their houses, neighbors, and day-to-day lives.

For the children who fled, leaving their home behind also meant an interruption in their education – in some cases for months or years.

While some refugee camps offer classes for children, challenges abound and students often fall behind.

Now, a group of Dominican sisters in one Iraqi town is working to help educate displaced children as…

Pope taps Colombian bishop to oversee Sodalitium amid ongoing crisis

Pope taps Colombian bishop to oversee Sodalitium amid ongoing crisis

By Elise Harris, CNA

The Vatican announced Wednesday that Colombian Bishop Noel Antonio Londoño Buitrago C.Ss.R. has been appointed papal commissioner for the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a Catholic society of apostolic life.  

Londoño will oversee the community as they continue a process of reform, following revelations that their founder, Luis Fernando Figari, committed serial acts of abuse while leading the community. Several former leaders of the community have faced related allegations.

Londoño's appointment was announced in a Jan. 10…

Speaker Paul Ryan will headline March for Life

Speaker Paul Ryan will headline March for Life

By Christine Rousselle, CNA/EWTN News

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will address the upcoming March for Life, organizers announced on Wednesday. This is the first time Ryan has spoken at the March for Life in person since he was elected speaker in 2015.

The 45th annual March for Life will take place on January 19th in Washington, D.C., and is the country’s largest pro-life protest. The event is held each year near the anniversary of the Roe v.…

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