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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 3, 2017: Come, Lord Jesus: Our Advent prayer

Each Advent, we are given a fresh chance to discover that the deepest longings of our heart are for God. The prophet Isaiah reminds us of this deep human desire for God. For this reason, he is considered the prophet of Advent who highlights the hopes of the people of Israel for a messiah. Our deep longing for God is at the heart of our Advent preparations. Continue reading

Posted in "Speak to Me Lord", CNS columns

Catholic liturgies avoid Christmas decorations, carols in Advent

(Updated Dec. 4) By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — During the weeks before Christmas, Catholic churches stand out for what they are missing. Unlike stores, malls, public buildings and homes that start gearing up for Christmas at … Continue reading

Posted in U.S.

Fear and loathing: Rohingya crisis shows danger of identity politics

Backgrounder and analysis By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service DHAKA, Bangladesh (CNS) — The themes chosen by the local bishops for Pope Francis’ visits to Myanmar and Bangladesh — “Love and peace” and “Harmony and peace” — sounded naive or … Continue reading

Posted in Vatican, World

Commentary: A plea for our fellow Catholics

By Greg Erlandson Catholic News Service This Advent, stop worrying about Christmas presents and hanging lights, negotiating mall traffic or scouring the web for the perfect gift. This Advent, imagine that you and your family lose everything. Home, neighbors, livelihood. … Continue reading

Posted in CNS columns

In light of faith: Blessed Solanus Casey’s witness to my family

Pope Francis has said in the preparatory document for the upcoming synod on “young people, faith and vocational discernment” that we need to see credible witnesses in order to be inspired to be holy. Continue reading

Posted in CNS columns, focus on millennials

Pope, as ‘grandfather,’ urges Myanmar’s young to love and serve

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service YANGON, Myanmar (CNS) — Before ending his visit to Myanmar, Pope Francis turned to the nation’s young Catholics, urging them to pursue lives of faith, hope and love. Celebrating Mass Nov. 30 in Yangon’s … Continue reading

Posted in Vatican, World

Miami archbishop: Fixing immigration system doesn’t mean demonizing migrants

By Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski said laws need to be changed to fix the country’s broken immigration system, but in the process, immigrants should not be demonized. “Fixing illegal immigration does … Continue reading

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