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Love can Shine Through our Evolving Faces
Last edited 4th November 2014

It's been 18 years since my face became paralyzed following surgery for Meniere's disease, an inner ear disorder that can drive you mad. I was at the end of my rope with relentless vertigo, hearing loss, tinnitus and incapacitating imbalance. I signed a release acknowledging the surgery's risk. Something did go wrong and I was left with permanent Bell's palsy on the left side of my face. It droops like melting wax.


Seminarian with Terminal Brain Cancer Responds to Brittany Maynard
Last edited 26th October 2014

Philip Johnson, a 30-year-old Catholic seminarian from the Diocese of Raleigh who has terminal brain cancer, has written an article responding to Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who has publicly stated her plan to commit suicide due to the fact that she has a terminal brain cancer. Johnson is vocal about his disagreement that suicide would preserve one’s dignity in the face of a debilitating illness.

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Sr Mary Michael makes history
Last edited 23rd October 2014

Hobart Catholics witnessed a religious woman’s first profession of vows for the first time in nearly 50 years last month.Sr Mary Michael of the Cross, formerly Simone Smith of Springwood in the Blue Mountains, made her first profession as a Sister of the Immaculata on September 14 in Hobart.


Dallas Bishop Housed Family of Ebola Victim When No One Else Would
Last edited 22nd October 2014

Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell said that he followed the teaching of Christ when he stepped in to house the fiancee of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan, as well as three others for several weeks at a diocesan facility when no one else would. What an example of Christian charity!

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In the Path of IS - a Seminarian's Story from Iraq
Last edited 19th October 2014

Bombs fall and the sound of the explosion sends shock and fear into the hearts of the people. Amid the sound of crying and frenzied activity, people pack up what belongings they can carry and make off into the night. In the midst of it all stands Martin Baani, a 24-year-old seminarian.The realisation is dawning on him that this is Karamlesh's last stand.

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Martin Baani – A Seminarian’s Story. As IS Approached, he Took the Eucharist from the Church & Fled
Last edited 17th October 2014

Bombs fall and the sound of the explosion sends shock and fear into the hearts of the people. Amid the sound of crying and frenzied activity, people pack up what belongings they can carry and make off into the night. In the midst of it all stands Martin Baani, a 24-year-old seminarian. The realisation is dawning on him that this is Karamlesh’s last stand.


Asia Bibi’s Appeal is Rejected and her Death Sentence Upheld
Last edited 16th October 2014

Asia Bibi was convicted for blasphemy in 2010 when she was found guilty of making derogatory comments about the prophet Muhammed. The Lahore High Court has now rejected Bibi’s latest appeal but her lawyers have vowed to take her case to the Supreme Court. Vatican Insider reports that this will be the final step before hanging.


Meet Shanti – Finding hope after losing her first 4 Children
Last edited 15th October 2014

When Shanti told me that her first four children had all passed away when they were between 6 – 12 months old, I was stunned. What do you even say to that? How can you possibly continue the conversation from that point on?


Fr. Benedict Groeschel Laid to Rest
Last edited 14th October 2014

Family and friends of the gray-habited friar Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel bid farewell to him Oct. 12 as he was laid to rest in the crypt of the Most Blessed Sacrament Friary after his funeral Mass at the Basilica Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Newark.

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Malala Yousafzai & Anti-Slavery Activist Win Nobel Peace Prize
Last edited 12th October 2014

Malala Yousafzay and the Indian human rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have both been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year. The pair were awarded the prize “for their struggle against the suppression of children”, according to the chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize committee, Thorbjørn Jagland. Pope Francis was also nominated for the award this year.

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