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By: Catholic News Service
Originally Appeared in : 9911-5/23/19

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (CNS)-- By passing a bill to ban abortion in nearly all circumstances, the Alabama Legislature has recognized that abortion is “the extinguishing of a unique human life,” said the president and CEO of Americans United for Life.

 

By: Father Rick Malloy, SJ (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9911-5/23/19

Mimi is a senior at Holy Cross High School. Several of her friends seem so sure about their college choice. Mimi is having a hard time choosing between her top three schools. How come her friends seem so sure when she’s so uncertain?

 

Bruce is really struggling his senior year at the University of Scranton. After graduation, two of his friends are going to spend a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Bruce feels some pull to a year of service, but he’s not sure if he should get a job or maybe go to grad school.

 

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9911-5/23/19

CHILDREN’S STORY:

When Jesus returned to his Father in heaven, he told the apostles that they would soon receive the Holy Spirit. The apostles returned to Jerusalem to wait for the Holy Spirit to come.

 

One day, the apostles were all in one place together. It was the time of Pentecost, a Jewish festival that was sometimes called the Feast of Weeks.

 

Suddenly, the apostles heard a noise from the sky like a strong, driving wind. The sound filled the entire house in which they were staying.

 

By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9910-5/9/19

SOFIA, Bulgaria (CNS)--On the day Bulgarian Orthodox celebrate as “St. Thomas Sunday” and read the Gospel about the apostle asking to touch the wounds of the risen Lord, Pope Francis said the divisions within Christianity are “painful lacerations on the body of Christ, which is the church.”

 

By: Greg Erlandson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9910-5/9/19

Josh Shapiro, the attorney general for the state of Pennsylvania, has used the burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral as an opportunity to write a column upbraiding U.S. bishops.

 

By: Nancy Usselmann, FSP
Originally Appeared in : 9910-5/9/19

Sometimes it becomes awkward in church on Mother’s Day when at the end of Mass the priest asks mothers to stand for a blessing. As a religious sister I’ve been in the position of half-standing, half-sitting, unsure of what to do, or even if “spiritual mothers” are included in that prayer.

 

If I stand, would people think I actually have children? Do they really see me as a spiritual mother? Ugh. It becomes complicated, so I slip into a noncommitted sit-kneel position.

 

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9910-5/9/19

After having a vision from God, Peter told the followers of Jesus that it was OK to convert the gentiles to Christianity.

 

So, Paul, Barnabas and others traveled to gentile communities and began converting the people. However, some of Jesus’ followers told the gentiles that to become Christian and be saved, they first had to become Jews and follow the Mosaic law.

 

Paul and Barnabas disagreed. They and some others decided to visit Jerusalem to ask the apostles and elders their opinions.

 

By: Junno Arocho Esteves (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9909-4/25/19

As the machine of warfare continues to churn out more dangerous weaponry, only the power and joy of Christ’s resurrection can fill hearts with comfort and peace, Pope Francis said before giving his Easter blessing.

 

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9909-4/25/19

CHILDREN'S STORY

 

After the apostles had watched Jesus ascend to his Father in heaven, they returned to Jerusalem.

 

They went back to the upper room where they had been staying, and they prayed with the new community of believers in Jesus.

 

One day, Peter stood up in front of about 120 of these new Christians.

 

By: Mike Nelson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9909-4/25/19

Near the end of “Jesus of Nazareth,” the acclaimed 1977 miniseries, those who put Jesus to death are alarmed, to say the least, at the news his tomb has been emptied — and that maybe, just maybe, Jesus has done what he said he would do: rise from the dead.

 

“And now,” murmurs one of the alarmed, “it begins.”

 

Such is Easter: a beginning. But of what?

 

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