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Examining the holiness of Holy Week

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The recent casual remark of a friend got me to thinking about how people experience Easter differently. My friend and I discussed something Christians are constantly encouraged to consider, especially during Lent and which gets its highest profile in the Christian calendar on Good Friday: humility. The way I have come to discover what humility [...]


A call for compassion on marriage and the Eucharist

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I’m all for balance in debates. To get the real picture in any contest or dispute, all voices have to be heard. It’s basic to everything from scientific experiments to the rule of law, along with all manner of decisions we make at a practical level every day. And all that a debate that fails [...]


Study offers new theory on ‘very painful’ crucifixion

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A new study conducted by Liverpool scientists suggests the Shroud of Turin proves Jesus was crucified with his hands over his head in a “Y” shape, rather than to the sides in a “T” shape, as traditionally depicted in Christian art. The scientist leading this recent study says this new crucifixion would be “very painful” [...]


US bishop wants Communion denied to pro-abortion politicians

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Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, who is well known for his fervent defence of the right to life and the natural family, has sent out a strong message, publicly announcing his support for priests who call themselves Catholics but refuse to administer Communion to Catholic politicians who favor policies that go against the [...]


Lying at the Pope’s expense

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There are two ways of reading the meeting of Pope Francis and US President Barack Obama at the Vatican. The first is to read it as it actually happened, and that is what the terse communiqué from the Holy See did. The second is to read it from one’s bias, and that is what Obama [...]


Poverty is not a project

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Do you recall The Great Jubilee Year 2000? For a few years before the turn of the century, almost every statement by a bishop or other church leader or organization contained some paean to the jubilee. The pope had called for it, and so all sorts of people either sincerely or for show acted as [...]


Cardinal v. cardinal in debate on Catholic divorcees

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Cardinal Raymond Burke has voiced a clear disagreement with Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposal for a new approach to allow Communion for Catholics who are divorced and remarried. Appearing on the EWTN TV broadcast of “The World Over,” Cardinal Burke told host Raymond Arroyo that Cardinal Kasper’s proposal, introduced at a February consistory of the world’s [...]


March 29-30 declared ‘day of reconciliation’ by Pope Francis

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During his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis announced that March 29-30 would be “24 hours for the Lord,” during which people can find special opportunities for prayer and the sacrament of confession. “Next Friday and Saturday we will live a special moment of penance, called ‘24 hours for the Lord.’ It will begin with a [liturgical] [...]


Overseas assignments await priest graduates

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He speaks Ilocano, English and Tagalog, with a smattering of Hebrew and Greek. But now, Fr. Louie A. Luyun, 31, has to learn Japanese, beginning with its three writing systems—katakana, hiragana and kanji—as he prepares for assignment to the Land of the Rising Sun. Unlike thousands of fresh graduates looking for jobs but more likely [...]


The bishops and poverty

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People who are engaged in work with the poor were happy that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines devoted its Lenten message to the subject of poverty under the title “Poverty that Dehumanizes, Poverty that Sanctifies.” The bishops are inviting people to reflect on poverty following the lead of Pope Francis, whose own Lenten [...]


Megacities present challenge for Church’s clarion call

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It has been claimed that in 1800, Beijing, London and Tokyo were the only cities in the world with a population over a million. By 1900, the number of million-plus cities had grown to 20. In 1970, there were 161 such megacities, and by the middle of 2014, it is projected that there will be 528. [...]


Rome braces for influx of pilgrims to canonizations

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Pope Francis had announced in late September that he would proclaim the two popes saints in a single ceremony April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday. Less than two weeks after the date was announced, the Prefecture of the Papal Household issued an advisory that access to St. Peter’s Square would be first-come, first-served and warned pilgrims [...]


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  1. Examining the holiness of Holy Week
  2. Philippine bishop calls for Holy Week ceasefire
  3. Philippine tribe gets ancestral land back
  4. Philippine troops in new clashes with Abu Sayyaf
  5. ‘Farmers Barred from Promised Land’
  6. Film and the politics of faith: “Son of God,” Pope Francis and the conservative Catholic Church
  7. A call for compassion on marriage and the Eucharist
  8. A funny thing about being a priest
  9. Outcry over Myanmar journalist’s imprisonment
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    Said FrSeanCoyle on 2013-10-09 16:05:00
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    Said FrSeanCoyle on 2013-10-09 16:02:00
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    Said joy on 2013-07-17 20:03:00
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    Said joy on 2013-07-17 20:02:00
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    Said on 2013-07-17 12:23:00
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    Said Angel Santie on 2013-06-28 19:39:00
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    Said joy on 2013-06-26 20:46:00
  8. Pray for the victims of clergy sexual abuse....
    Said on 2013-06-06 08:01:00
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    Said on 2013-04-24 15:04:00
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