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The Most Commonly Read Book in the Philippines? Survey Says: the Bible

A recent survey found that the Bible is the most frequently read book in the Philippines. The country’s National Book Development Board commissioned a readership survey for 2017, the results of which were released earlier this year. More than 72 percent of adults were found to favor reading the Bible over other literary genres, including fiction, non-fiction, hobbies, health, and ...

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Priest Who Survived Major Plane Crash Credits Our Lady of Guadalupe

AeroMexico Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Credit: Bjoern Wylezich / Shutterstock. By Mary Rezac This year, for Father Esequiel Sanchez, the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe brings up terrifying memories – and a huge reason to be thankful. Sanchez was one of 103 passengers aboard Aeromexico Flight 2431, which crashed and burned in a field shortly after takeoff on July ...

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From Bartender to Priest: ‘God is Very Insistent!’

Father Juan de Cáceres (right) during his priestly ordination. Credit: Diocese of Santander. How do you go from being a bartender who has not attended Mass for 15 years to becoming a priest? For Fr. Juan de Cáceres, the answer is that God was persistent in pursing his heart and revealing his call. Today, Fr. Juan is a priest of ...

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‘Have to Kill me First’: Florida Woman Refuses to Remove Guadalupe from Mobile Home

Millie Francis says she will not take down her painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Photo credit: Mark Young/Bradenton Herald By Mary Rezac Millie Francis almost died once. She’s willing to do it again. This time, she says, it would be for Our Lady of Guadalupe. Property managers at the retirement community trailer park where Francis lives in west-central Florida ...

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Pope Approves New Legislation Governing Vatican City

Pope Francis at the 2018 World Meeting of Families in Ireland. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. By Hannah Brockhaus Pope Francis Thursday published new laws governing the administration of Vatican City State, including the formation of a new oversight body for verifying departmental compliance with regulations and procedures within the governorate. The laws were issued Dec. 6 in a motu proprio approved ...

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How a ‘Messy Family’ can be a Holy Family

Mike and Alice Hernon. Courtesy photo. By Mary Rezac When Mike and Alice Hernon started their podcast on marriage and family in 2015, they didn’t think anyone would listen, outside of their family and maybe a few close friends. Both from big families – Alice the second of 10 siblings, and Mike one of six – and parents of 10 ...

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Pope to Sick Children: Pray to Your Guardian Angel

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square on May 2, 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Pope Francis met with dozens of children suffering from tumors in an audience Nov. 30. “Think well about this: there is no difficulty in life that it is not possible to overcome,” the pope told the children, who came from the Wroclaw Cancer ...

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New Tests have Confirmed the Age of the Holy Sepulchre

Following the recent restoration of the Holy Sepulchre, archaeologists have confirmed the construction dates of the structure surrounding what is believed to be the tomb of Jesus. Having undergone renovations in 2016, the tomb was opened for first time in centuries last October. Archeologists were able to test samples of the mortar near the cave’s southern wall and the entrance, ...

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