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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?

 

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.

 

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