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Pope To Methodists: Reconciliation Is More Than Talk – It Needs Action

Marking 50 years of Catholic-Methodist dialogue, Pope Francis on Thursday told members of both traditions that when it comes to future relations, simply speaking about reconciliation is not enough – we must actually pray and work for it. “This is the journey that awaits us in the new phase of the...

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Pope Taps Joliet Auxiliary To Head Evansville Diocese

On Wednesday the Vatican announced that Joseph M. Siegel, until now auxiliary bishop of Joliet, will be taking the reins in the diocese of Evansville, Indiana, which has been vacant for several months. Siegel's appointment was announced in an Oct. 18 communique from the Vatican, and comes just...

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England's Buckfast Abbey To Celebrate 1,000 Years Of Foundation

In 2018 one of England's historic monasteries will celebrate the millennium year of its foundation, offering a prime example of the contribution of monastic life to society amid an increasingly fast-paced world. For the Benedictine monks who inhabit Buckfast Abbey in Devon, reaching such a...

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Offering A 'humble' Presence

Psalm 22 When I first heard the news about the shooting in Las Vegas I felt fear. Fear that my husband had been filming near Mandalay Bay just the day before, and overwhelming gratitude that instead of in a hospital he was home cradling my baby. I felt, as I think many of us did, struck by the...

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What Is Pope Francis' Approach To Appointing New Bishops?

Among the most lasting aspects of a Pope’s leadership is his appointment of bishops. To understand a Pope, it’s important to understand how he makes decisions about episcopal leadership. With that in mind, Pope Francis’ approach to the selection and appointment of bishops is worth...

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Pope Francis On Why He Gives Interviews

In a preface to a new book of interviews, Pope Francis outlined his approach to speaking with journalists, explaining that he thinks interviews should be like a conversation and this is why he doesn’t prepare answers in advance. “For me interviews are a dialogue, not a lesson,” the Pope wrote. “I...

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A Stiff-Necked People

“For I know that they will not obey me, for they are a stiff-necked people.” (Baruch 2:30) In reading these words in Baruch I marveled at how little has changed in the over 2,500 years since they were written. No matter what God offers, no matter the blessings he pours out, the people remain...

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Indiana Jones And Me

Indiana Jones has nothing on me. Before we left for our adventure in Beijing, China, a family friend asked if we could bring back a crucifix. Growing up in the Baby Boomer generation, the specter of Communism and its leading men was an integral part of my Catholic consciousness. The thought of...

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Liturgy: Simple Suggestions To Help Improve Parish Sunday Mass – Liturgy Of The Eucharist And Communion Rite

Here we continue with some simple suggestions to easily help improve parish liturgy, focusing this week on the Liturgy of the Eucharist and the Communion Rite. Your parish liturgy committee might want to observe the following: 1. Make a clear separation between the collection and the...

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Pope At Canonization Mass: God Never Stops Inviting Us To The Heavenly Banquet

On Sunday, Pope Francis canonized 35 new saints in the Catholic Church, saying that no matter how often we reject him, the Lord will continue to love us and invite us to participate in his heavenly banquet. “The Gospel tells us that, even before constant rejection and indifference on the part of...

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Pope Announces Special 2019 Synod Of Bishops On South American Region

On Sunday, Pope Francis announced the decision to hold a special assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to take place in October 2019, on the state of evangelization in the Amazonian region of South America. “Accepting the desire of some Catholic bishops' conferences in Latin America, as well as...

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Pope Francis: You Can’t Spread God’s Love From An Armchair

On Saturday Pope Francis said that to share God’s love with the world requires action and service – and that we can’t just sit around and wait for other people to perform our vocation. “Love is dynamic, it goes out of itself,” the Pope said Oct. 14. The person who loves does not just sit in an...

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In India, Schoolkids Say Virgin Mary Appeared Amid Scent Of Jasmine

Both Hindu and Catholic schoolchildren in India claim to have witnessed an apparition of Christ and several appearances of the Virgin Mary accompanied by the scent of jasmine, the gift of contrition, and the healing of a girl’s ear problem. The site of the alleged apparitions is St. Ambrose...

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Chinese Puzzle Box

I recently spent a week in Beijing, China. While this trip does not make me an expert on Sino-American relations — and CNN is not likely to call me for my viewpoints on the trade deficit or intellectual property disputes — I am an expert on the flood of first impressions I have taken away from my...

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The Future Of The US Church Is Missionary Encounter, Nuncio Says

The American cultural situation poses great challenges, but these can be overcome through a missionary renewal following Pope Francis’ proposed “culture of encounter,” said the apostolic nuncio to the U.S. Archbishop Christophe Pierre spoke Oct. 7 at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the...