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Was fearsome Blackbeard the Pirate - an old softie? New evidence suggests so

Was fearsome Blackbeard the Pirate - an old softie? New evidence suggests so Watch

Europe

Blackbeard the Pirate was legendary for his ruthlessness and terrorizing shipping lanes in the West Atlantic. However - there appears to have ...

For the first time in 100 years, Yosemite National Park hosts extremely rare sighting of the Sierra Nevada red fox

For the first time in 100 years, Yosemite National Park hosts extremely rare sighting of the Sierra Nevada red fox Watch

U.S.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In the first confirmed sighting in nearly 100 years, the rare Sierra Nevada red fox has been captured with motion-sensitive cameras in the Yosemite ...

'World's Most Understood Poet' Rod McKuen dies at 81

'World's Most Understood Poet' Rod McKuen dies at 81 Watch

Celebrity

His name raises ire among all so-called serious practitioners of "serious literature." Talk show host Dick Cavett once declared Rod McKuen as ...

What you need to know about a coming WAR WITH MACHINES: Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking warn about artificial intelligence

What you need to know about a coming WAR WITH MACHINES: Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking warn about artificial intelligence Watch

Technology

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It is becoming more apparent that leaders in the fields of technology and science do not trust possible artificial intelligence. No less than ...

Friday, January 30 - Homily: St. Hyacinth and Perseverance

Friday, January 30 - Homily: St. Hyacinth and Perseverance Watch

Daily Homilies

Fr. Alan on the virtue of perseverance and how this was so important in the life of St. Hyacinth of Mariscotti.

'God told me to cut off children's heads and bring them to him...': Ivory Coast children kidnapped and brutally butchered in suspected ritual killings

'God told me to cut off children's heads and bring them to him...': Ivory Coast children kidnapped and brutally butchered in suspected ritual killings Watch

Africa

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"God told me to do this. God told me to cut off children's heads and bring them to him and then I would be made king," stated Drissa Coulibaly after ...

Daily Readings for Friday, January 30, 2015

Daily Readings

By New Jerusalem Bible

Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 37:3-6, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 37:23-24, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 37:5-6, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 37:39-40, ...

St. Aldegunais: Saint of the Day for Friday, January 30, 2015

St. Aldegunais: Saint of the Day for Friday, January 30, 2015

Saints

Virgin and abess, also known as Adelgundis, Aldegonde, or Orgonne. She was a member of the royal family of the Merovingians and was raised by two ...

A Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Prayer of the Day for Friday, January 30, 2015

Prayers

Holy Spirit, Divine Consoler, I adore You as my true God, with God the Father and God the Son. I adore You and unite myself to the adoration ...

Outraged Egyptians confront government over mysterious death of human rights activist

Outraged Egyptians confront government over mysterious death of human rights activist Watch

Africa

On Thursday, a crowd of women gathered in Cairo to demand an investigation into the death of Chaimaa Sabbagh, a human rights activist who spoke ...

Mustard Seed Faith and Living as a Christian in the Real World

Mustard Seed Faith and Living as a Christian in the Real World Watch

Living Faith

By Deacon Keith Fournier

All the images Jesus uses in these parables concern the spreading of the kingdom or reign of God. They are meant to bring home the new reality ...

Andrew M. Greenwell: St. Bonaventure and the Fear of the Lord

Andrew M. Greenwell: St. Bonaventure and the Fear of the Lord Watch

Living Faith

By Andrew M. Greenwell

The Church teaches that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given us as part of sanctifying or habitual grace.  If we are in a state of grace, ...

Keith A Fournier: Why I Will Not Give Up On Politics

Keith A Fournier: Why I Will Not Give Up On Politics Watch

Politics & Policy

By Keith A Fournier

Like many in the United States, I am trying to make sense out of what is happening to this Nation which we love. The temptation, so clearly ...

Astonishing skull find reveals new information on interbreeding between Neanderthals and the modern man

Astonishing skull find reveals new information on interbreeding between Neanderthals and the modern man Watch

Europe

A skull in an Israeli cave recently is one of the earliest known evidence of primitive Europeans yet found. The archaeological find is shedding ...

Thrilling nature video shows two leopards taking down warthog

Thrilling nature video shows two leopards taking down warthog Watch

Africa

A "once in a lifetime sighting" of two leopards battling over a warthog has been captured by a game ranger. Working on a private reserve to the ...

Jan 29 - Homily: The Purpose of a Lamp

Jan 29 - Homily: The Purpose of a Lamp Watch

AirMaria > Homilies

Father comments on the readings, telling us that the purpose of a lamp is to dispel darkness, and in the parable, the darkness is the darkness of ...

Jan 30 - Homily: St. Hyacinth and Perseverance

Jan 30 - Homily: St. Hyacinth and Perseverance Watch

AirMaria > Homilies

Fr. Alan on the virtue of perseverance and how this was so important in the life of St. Hyacinth of Mariscotti Ave Maria! Mass: St. Hyacinth of ...

Desperate for a son, man horrifically buries his 10-year-old daughter alive in India

Desperate for a son, man horrifically buries his 10-year-old daughter alive in India Watch

Asia Pacific

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Many parents in India consider their daughters an economic burden, while sons are seen as the breadwinners, according to Daily Mail. Having a son ...

Edward Gorey's 'dreadful' storybooks continue to delight readers of all ages

Edward Gorey's 'dreadful' storybooks continue to delight readers of all ages Watch

Celebrity

American illustrator Edward Gorey, who died in 2000 at the age of 75, left behind an endearing legacy of "not quite right" storybooks enjoyed by ...

VATICAN HELPS THE HOMELESS, plans to provide free showers, haircuts and shaves near St. Peter's Square

VATICAN HELPS THE HOMELESS, plans to provide free showers, haircuts and shaves near St. Peter's Square Watch

Living Faith

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Vatican will begin providing homeless people in Rome a place to not only shower, but to also receive haircuts and shaves starting next month, ...

Has Horn of Plenty begun to run dry? Wheat, chicken and rice slowing in growth

Has Horn of Plenty begun to run dry? Wheat, chicken and rice slowing in growth Watch

Home & Food

Famine is a problem that looms large in many developing nations. Such countries lack an agricultural infrastructure and are bound to the whims ...

TIME TO PAY: Uninsured in 2014 will have to pay tax penalty

TIME TO PAY: Uninsured in 2014 will have to pay tax penalty Watch

Politics & Policy

It is time to pay the piper. If you disregarded signing up for Obamacare in 2014 or failed to make payments - you are going to have to pay a ...

 Elusive African golden cat is caught hunting monkeys in extremely rare camera trap video

Elusive African golden cat is caught hunting monkeys in extremely rare camera trap video Watch

Africa

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Rare footage of the African golden cat provides more insight into the mysterious life of one of the least known cats on earth. Recorded by a camera ...

Daily Readings for Friday, January 30, 2015

Daily Readings

By New Jerusalem Bible

Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 37:3-6, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 37:5-6, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 37:39-40, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 37:23-24, ...

Sts. Sarbelius & Barbea: Saint of the Day for Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sts. Sarbelius & Barbea: Saint of the Day for Thursday, January 29, 2015

Saints

Two martyrs, brother and sister, who were put to death at Edessa during the persecutions of Emperor Trajan. Sarbelius, also called Sharbel, was a ...

Prayer for the Sick: Prayer of the Day for Thursday, January 29, 2015

Prayers

Omnipotent and eternal God, the everlasting Salvation of those who believe, hear us on behalf of Thy sick servant, N., for whom we beg the aid of Thy ...

Castro making demands: Won't budge an inch on Cuban sovereignty in opening relations to U.S.

Castro making demands: Won't budge an inch on Cuban sovereignty in opening relations to U.S. Watch

Americas

Cuban President Raul Castro, brother of longtime dictator Fidel Castro appears to welcome normalizing U.S. relations. His compatriots wish to ...

Disaffected Colorado teenager who tried to join ISIS gets four years in prison

Disaffected Colorado teenager who tried to join ISIS gets four years in prison Watch

U.S.

Poor choices made in youthful hast have consequences. Nineteen-year-old Shannon Conley, from Colorado has been sentenced to four years in ...

Heartwarming footage of selfless man risking his own life to save a stranded dog restores faith in humanity

Heartwarming footage of selfless man risking his own life to save a stranded dog restores faith in humanity Watch

Marriage & Family

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Stranded on a small island on a Nisava River in Serbia, a helpless dog hides in dead bushes accepting his fate. A group of caring friends notice the ...

Thursday, January 29 - Homily: The Haves and the Have Nots

Thursday, January 29 - Homily: The Haves and the Have Nots Watch

Daily Homilies

In today's Gospel, Our Lord says, "To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away." What does ...

You could be the reason fish are vanishing from the oceans! The shocking reality and consequences of harvesting fish into extinction

You could be the reason fish are vanishing from the oceans! The shocking reality and consequences of harvesting fish into extinction Watch

Green

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids; health experts and doctors consistently urge large consumptions of fish every day. However, the populations of ...

The forgotten plight of Native Americans

The forgotten plight of Native Americans

Living Faith

By Tony Magliano

When it comes to the harsh difficulties many Native Americans face every day, the saying "out of sight, out mind" hits home.