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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?

 

By: Maureen Pratt (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9909-4/25/19

The family reunion was wonderful — reconnecting with beloved relatives and meeting new ones, too. I settled into my airplane aisle seat to return to Los Angeles, completely content about my summer vacation and ready to tackle the second year of graduate school at UCLA, which promised to be as exciting as the first.

 

Then came a jumble of people in the aisle, a frantic exclamation, and a hardcover suitcase tumbled out of the overhead and cracked into my head and shoulder.

 

By: Rhina Guidos (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9908-4/11/19

HYATTSVILLE, Md. --Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, set to become the new head of the Archdiocese of Washington, promised to serve with truth, love and tenderness in a region where he acknowledged “unrest and anger,” after the downfall of former Washington Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick and the Church’s current sex abuse scandal.

 

By: Jacob Comello (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9908-4/11/19

WASHINGTON (CNS)--Georgia has just added itself to the list of states that aim to protect unborn life once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

 

The Georgia House of Representatives March 29 passed H.B. 481, entitled the “Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act.” The House, which has remained under Republican control since 2010, got the bill through on a 92-78 vote.

 

By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9908-4/11/19

VATICAN CITY (CNS)-- The life of a young person and the vocation to which God calls each one is “holy ground” that pastors and parents must respect, nurture and encourage, Pope Francis wrote in a new apostolic exhortation.

 

“Christus Vivit” (“Christ Lives”), the pope’s reflections on the 2018 Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment, is a combination letter to young people about their place in the Church and a plea to older members of the Church not to stifle the enthusiasm of the young, but to offer gentle guidance when needed.

 

By: Mary Marrocco (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9908-4/11/19

Not far from where I live is a donkey farm. It’s highly popular because of the donkeys’ beauty. Donkeys, the most mistreated of animals, have a gentleness that draws and heals people. It’s a sanctuary for the donkeys but also for the people.

 

When the Gospels were written, no therapeutic donkey sanctuaries existed, but the donkey was a common animal of service, humble and ordinary. The donkey appears in every Gospel. All four evangelists show Jesus entering Jerusalem to a great welcome — riding, not a majestic horse that a king or warrior might ride, but a donkey.

By: Shemaiah Gonzalez (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9908-4/11/19

Holy Week invites us to walk through the sufferings of Christ. Christ said very little when he was betrayed. He did not attempt to defend himself, but “humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8).

 

With so little said, Christ’s last seven words hold weight. A Jesuit priest in the 17th century is said to have started this devotion and it has become a well-loved tradition since. We contemplate not on a single word but these last seven statements said. During Holy Week, set some time aside to meditate on his precious words.

 

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