Kaitlin Fellrath is a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is currently pursuing a degree in history and political science. She is a native resident of Mobile, Alabama. In the spring of 2013, Kaitlin studied abroad in Gaming, Austria, an experience that taught her the beauty and universality of the Catholic faith. She enjoys travel, reading, running, and international politics (though not all at the same time). In the future, she hopes to pursue an academic career in international relations.
As Pope Saint John Paul II tells us in his encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, “the Gospel of life is something concrete and personal, for it consists in the proclamation of the very person of Jesus.” I am grateful for this opportunity to proclaim the person of Jesus to the world through the IYc. I look forward to engaging with international life issues through my blog posts. My prayer for this blog is that my readers leave their computer screens with a better understanding of the issues at stake in the battle between the culture of life and the culture of death. I also pray that, through my posts, readers come to a better understanding of their dignity as a human person, and through this understanding, a greater commitment to defending human life and the family, both at home and in the world at large.
What does it mean to be “pro-life?” To be pro-life, one must be more than simply against abortion. To be pro-life, one must embrace all human life, whether that life be in the womb, in hospice, in prison, in a homeless shelter. To do otherwise is to deny the meaning of the word. The prefix “pro” […]
Today is the third day of the UN Conference on the Status of Women. My week thus far has been filled with surprises. Yesterday, five of us from the International Youth Coalition found ourselves sitting behind the podium where UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented on gender equality in business. This adventure was […]
Sex-selective abortion is the termination of an existing pregnancy on the basis of the unborn child’s gender. Unsurprisingly to any one who considers themselves a feminist, this practice is most often used to prevent the birth of female children, in something colloquially known as “gendercide.” It is a notorious issue in countries like India and Pakistan, where cultural […]
Kayla Jean Mueller, a humanitarian worker who had been captured by ISIL in Syria, was confirmed dead by the White House this morning. She was 26 years old. I had not heard much about her before the news of her death, but I now wish I had known of her incredible story while she was […]
Two days ago marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 27, 1945. The solemn anniversary was marked with quiet remembrance around the world. Delivering an address before the UN General Assembly, Holocaust survivor Jona Laks pronounced: “Not only people died in Auschwitz, the idea of humanity perished as well. The message […]
Winter is here. The bitter cold and wet snow is here to stay until spring. It is the time for warm blankets, fuzzy socks, and hot tea. That is, unless you live in poverty. For those without a home, the winter is often bleak. Most of us find it easy to stay warm – we […]
The character Mary Poppins is famous for the phrase, “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” At some point, however, no amount of sugar can sweeten the bitter taste of reality. In our lives as young adults, the rose-colored lenses we have been wearing will eventually smash to the floor. We will realize […]
I sit in a coffee shop in my hometown, sipping a latte and reflecting on the the world in an attempt to write this blog. I’m not making much progress. In a rare turn of events, I’m left without much to say. I just read a story from the UN’s News Service. It was one […]
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5: 43-44). As Jesus utters those words, I imagine the crowd staring back at him, eyes blinking, mouths agape, as they listen to one of […]
In Malala Yousafzai’s acceptance lecture before the Nobel Committee, the 17 year-old remarked that she is “just a committed and stubborn person who wants to see every child getting quality education, who wants to see women having equal rights and who wants peace in every corner of the world.” She is more than that. Malala […]