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Hey, Catholics! Let’s Shop at Hobby Lobby!


Hobby Lobby Stores are defying the HHS mandate, refusing to cover the abortifacient “morning after pill.” An attorney for Hobby Lobby Stores said Thursday that the arts and crafts chain plans to defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill, despite risking potential fines of […]

Russia Set to Ban American Adoption of Russian Children


    The Russian government is moving to ban American adoptions of Russian children. A bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children went to President Vladimir Putin for his signature on Wednesday after winning final approval from parliament in retaliation for a U.S. law that targets Russian human rights abusers. Putin has strongly hinted he […]

Taizé youth to meet in Rome


From Vatican Radio, Taizé youth are set to meet in Rome. Over 30.000 young people from across Europe and beyond will be arriving in Rome at the end of December for an annual pilgrimage organised by the ecumenical prayer community of Taize based in eastern France. This 35th European Tazie meeting will take place from […]

Graas Family Christmas

Sorry, there are no photos to share of the Graas Family Christmas, but I have quite a tale to tell. On Christmas Eve afternoon, we were brought a Christmas meal through the Church, from Cracker Barrel! What a blessing! We spent our Christmas morning at Mass, where my daughter Bethany, age 12, was blessed to […]

Nancy Lanza: Wrongfully Deleted

Out of obedience to my spiritual director, I am staying away from reports on what happened at Sandy Hook, because when the Tucson shooting happened, I ended up in the crisis unit. It’s all just too overwhelming for me emotionally, and I am under obedience to be gentle with myself. The more peripheral stories, though, […]