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For New Year, pope urges help for refugees, respect for life

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis began the New Year praying the world would demonstrate a marked increase in solidarity and welcome for migrants and refugees. “Let’s not extinguish the hope in their hearts; … Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 31, 2017: Living in the joy of love

“Every family should look to the icon of the Holy Family of Nazareth,” writes Pope Francis in the apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia.” On this feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, God’s word invites such reflection on the joys, responsibilities and challenges of family life in the light of Christian faith and discipleship.

      The duty of gratitude to parents for the gift of life is described in the Book of Sirach as a source of harmony and peace in family life and society. For “respect toward parents fills the home with light and warmth,” as the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches (No. 2219). Continue reading

Posted in "Speak to Me Lord", CNS columns

In light of faith: New priorities for one seminarian

Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to the United States was a thrilling time to be a seminarian in our nation’s capital.

My seminary is directly across the street from where the Holy Father would celebrate Mass for tens of thousands of people, making our building an ideal place for news crews to film their shows or file their stories. Media personnel were buzzing around the seminary busily preparing for the pope’s arrival, and the atmosphere was electric.

Yet at the same time, I was sad. Continue reading

Posted in CNS columns, focus on millennials

Pope prays for world’s suffering children on Christmas

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Those who recognize the Lord in the baby Jesus in the manger also should recognize his presence in children suffering today because of war, poverty and immigration, Pope Francis said. … Continue reading

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Christmas proclaims hope, charity where fear reigns, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christmas calls believers to see God’s presence where he is often perceived as absent, especially in the “unwelcomed visitor, often unrecognizable, who walks through our cities and our neighborhoods, … Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 24, 2017: Almost Christmas

      On the brink of celebrating the end of Mary’s pregnancy — Christmas begins this evening — we look back to its beginning. Today’s Gospel presents the conversation between Mary and an angel named Gabriel. Continue reading

Posted in "Speak to Me Lord", CNS columns

Cardinal Law, whose legacy was marred by sex abuse scandal, dies

UPDATED 8:45 a.m. By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Cardinal Bernard F. Law, who had been one of the United States’ most powerful and respected bishops until his legacy was blemished by the devastating sexual abuse of minors … Continue reading

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