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ICYMI: Innovation, Instruction, Inspiration and a Nice Bowl of Soup

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A look back on what you might have missed

A quiet autumn Sunday in November seems a perfect time to set a hearty soup to simmering while you catch up on what you might have missed from earlier this week here at Aleteia.

Start with the second installment of our “Catholic Innovators” series, as Zoe Romanowsky spends time with Word on Fire’s Brandon Vogt, a new-media whiz who has consistently been at the forefront of Catholic utilization of the internet. And he’s not even thirty yet!

The headlines were pretty quiet, but the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Little Sister of the Poor as they challenge the HHS mandate.

Lisa Duffy looks back on the questions ordinarily asked during annulment proceedings and wonders, “Why aren’t we asking these questions before people get married?

Photographer Jeffrey Bruno will tell you he is not really a writer, and yet his personal testimony of a moment with God has touched a lot of hearts, this week, while Leticia Adams explains how she ended up becoming a Catholic despite what seemed like the Church’s best efforts at pushing her away.

Speaking of which, Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble has a good question for your next examen: Is my online behavior attracting others to the faith, or repelling them?”

The habit of cranky pessimism is easy to fall into, especially online. Sadly, it is not only unattractive to others reading; it can shrivel the soul, too.

Anticipating the release of the film Spotlight, John Burger interviewed several survivors of sexual abuse in the church who have constructive and instructive things to say about betrayal, help and healing.

Meanwhile, Deacon Greg uses the opportunity of the film’s release to point out what has changed for the better in our church, and where not enough is not being done.

A terrible and beautiful icon unveiled for the 21 Coptic Martyrs of ISIS.

A little Catholic trivia for you: Why is the Pope always dressed in white?

When was the last time you saw a real starry night?

And something you might have missed while the pope was visiting: a crossword puzzle that is always good for a Sunday!

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