Mel West

Mel currently lives and studies in the Midwest. She loves baking and the outdoors. Mel enjoys writing as a way to connect with her faith as a college student and you can follow her work here on EpicPew.

Mel West

Pope Francis on Building Walls: “This is not the gospel”

The women and children pursue their cases with patience and perseverance just a hundred yards away behind the sign. They are in detention. The following outlines my experiences with the migrant community in seeking peace:   Last summer, I stood across from these mothers and their children and waved. A strong network of activists with …

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20 Reasons to Never Visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Since you obviously won’t be visiting the Vatican, perhaps you are thinking of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception instead. Not so fast, my friend: 1. The doors are really heavy   2. There’s nowhere to sit   3. You might get lost looking at one of the 100+ side altars   4. …

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Laudato Si’ BINGO

Haven’t read Laudato Si’ yet and need a little kick to get going? Or just want to read it again? Play Laudato Si’ BINGO as you read. See you how quick you can score a B-I-N-G-O: Or use our printer-friendly version: And while you are in an encyclical kind of mood, be sure to also …

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5 Tips for Talking About Pope Francis Without Being Ridiculed or Laughed At

My friend looks at me, “Pope Francis is taking the Church in a new direction…things will change…and the bishops in Ireland are following his lead,” and I feel a tug on my heart. During Francis’ first year in the chair of Peter, I heard these comments especially often. They popped up especially after headlines such …

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