By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9722-10/26/17

One day, the apostles asked Jesus about the signs of his return at the end of the age.


Jesus said there would be wars, famines and earthquakes, and those who believe in him would be persecuted and killed. He warned of false prophets and false messiahs who would perform signs and wonders to try to deceive people.


All of these things would take place before his return, but Jesus said only God knows when that will be.


By: David Gibson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9722-10/26/17

Something virtually unthinkable happened during the Second Vatican Council in the early 1960s. Numerous Christians who were not Roman Catholics were invited to serve as formal observers of the council proceedings in Rome.


These observers’ surprising presence at the council confirmed that a centuries-long polemical era of disputes and contention, a time when divided Christians basically turned their backs to each other, was undergoing a profound transformation.


By: Maria-Pia Negro (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9722-10/26/17

Do you ever wonder what God wants out of your life? Why did he create you?


Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez recently wrote, “We are all born to be saints.”


Yet, we might be reluctant to believe this because of misconceptions of what it means to be a saint.


“Saints are not ‘extraordinary’ people – they are not like ‘extraterrestrials’ who come down to earth,” Archbishop Gomez said. “Too many people think like that – and it gets in the way of helping them to see what God wants with our lives.”



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