A Universal Church: Palm Sunday Around the Globe

Catholic News Service has a great photo album on social media of Palm Sunday celebrations from the Vatican, Jerusalem, Paraguay and New Jersey. A beautiful reminder of how the Eucharist unites us with those around the world! Below are a few photos:

palm sunday in palestine


palm sunday at vatican

Check out the full album at Catholic News Services Facebook Page or follow them on Twitter.

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USCCB releases resource guide for Girl Scout leaders and parents

girl-scout-logoOver the past few years there have been concerns among Catholics regarding the Girl Scouts and their relationship to Planned Parenthood, as well as their policy on human sexuality and contraception. In some places this has led to boycotts of Girl Scout cookies and some Catholic parishes removing all affiliation with the Girl Scouts.

In response to this concern among the faithful, a committee of the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) spent one year gathering information about the faithfuls’ concerns and one year in dialogue with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) leaders in an effort to clarify the issues raised. The result is a resource entitled, Questions and Answers About Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and About Catholic Scouting.


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More women ditching The Pill, embracing their health

Birth Control Pill ContainerCatholic News Agency recently published an article about young women who have found the birth control pill to be less “liberating” than advertised, which has led to a rise in the use of more natural methods of family planning.

Brianna Heldt, one of the women featured in the article began taking the birth control pill shortly before her wedding. She said:

“From the time I began taking it I had severe headaches. I was constantly bloated and hungry, and worst of all, I became an emotional wreck. Things that would never have bothered me before made me cry uncontrollably. Kevin (my husband) and I had always gotten along so well but we began arguing, and I was perpetually frustrated with him.”

“I had begun taking the pill a few months before our wedding to make sure it was working properly by the time I needed it.  And only a couple of months after our wedding, I threw the prescription into the trash. I decided I’d rather be a sane, healthy mother than a miserable, insane woman without children. I wasn’t sure what we’d use going forward but I knew I couldn’t continue with the pill.” (more…)

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