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Dapinder Ahluwalia’s 14-year-old son starts high school next month. Like many parents, she’ll spend the last days of summer ensuring he has the right school supplies and a copy of his class schedule.

Mother Teresa: A saint’s legacy transformed a city, its people

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Mother Teresa isn’t a saint because she ran a good clinic or organized an effective religious order or articulated novel theological insights. She becomes St. Teresa of Calcutta on Sept. 4 because she broke into our lives and stole our hearts.

Missionaries of Charity Fathers find forgotten corners of Tijuana

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TIJUANA, Mexico – The men trudged down the dusty road of an impoverished Tijuana neighborhood. The Sunday morning air was already arid and hot, but the small group was on a mission: They were heading to a tiny neighborhood community center, bearing lemonade, food and prayers for the local families.

Outside Paris, a clinic aims to tackle an age-old practice

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ST.-DENIS, France – Miriam clearly remembers the day she was cut, bundled by two village women into a bathroom at the age of 7, where a third performed the procedure. “It was very, very painful,” the young Malian woman says softly, as her two tiny children pinch her cheeks, crying for attention.

CATHOLIC EDUCATION SPECIAL

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The fall school year is just around the corner and The Catholic Register has put together a Catholic education special feature.

Order of Malta Lebanon Camp: seeing the face of God in the disabled

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CHABROUH, Lebanon – In a pristine mountain setting in Lebanon, a female volunteer gently takes hold of the hands of Mohammed, a disabled adult who has trouble communicating. She gazes into his eyes – still shaded in heart-shaped sunglasses from the dress-up activity a few hours earlier – as she engages him in a dance to the rhythm of the music playing in the background.

Maximilian Kolbe accepted Our Lady's call to purity, martyrdom

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“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 16:13). This is the Gospel that St. Maximilian Kolbe preached with his life and death. On the 75th anniversary of his death (Aug. 14), the Church celebrated his heroic sacrifice in 1941 when he volunteered his life in place of a fellow Auschwitz inmate.

God and the Olympic Games

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The XXXI Olympic Games, the 16-day athletic love-fest to a samba beat in Rio de Janeiro, are a secular endeavour featuring more fanfare than faith, more spectacle than spirit.

From marshy to manicured: Gardens' gruesome past grows into green haven

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VATICAN CITY – Today's lush and immaculately manicured Vatican Gardens were once just a sprawl of mosquito-infested swamps, clay hillsides and hardy grape vines.

Getting at trafficking’s root causes

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TORONTO – It’s not the oldest profession. It’s age-old oppression.

Nature’s beauty, new friends, athletic gifts inspire Steinburg’s journey

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On the longest day of the year, I stood on a mountain trail in the middle of the French Alps a mile above sea level. I had every reason to count my blessings.