By: Marcellino D'Ambrosio (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9807-3/29/18

In the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and all the popes since, we hear over and over again that evangelization is the primary task of the church. In fact, in 1990, St. John Paul II declared, “I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the church’s energies to a new evangelization.”


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9807-3/29/18



Jesus and his apostles traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. 


Two days before the feast, the chief priests and scribes were plotting to have Jesus arrested and killed. 


“Not during the festival,” they said, because they feared the people would riot. 


In the meantime, Jesus and the apostles went to the home of Simon the leper to share a meal with him. 


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9806-3/15/18


Jesus and his friends were in Galilee, where Jesus performed a miracle in Cana. Afterward, they traveled to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews.


As Jesus and his friends neared the walls of Jerusalem, they noticed there were many ill, blind, lame and crippled people at the Pool of Bethesda near the city’s Sheep Gate. It was said that people who entered the pool when its waters were stirred up would be cured of their afflictions.


By: David Gibson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9806-3/15/18

The Palm Sunday cry of Christians, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,” was heard many centuries ago in Jerusalem’s streets. It still is heard today.


The words of this cry are so familiar that their meaning risks being overlooked or taken for granted. They hold a great challenge, however.


Let’s visit the writing of Etheria, a woman from Galicia, a Spanish province, who traveled to the Holy Land in the fourth century. Her word images of Christian life in Jerusalem became an invaluable tool for future historians.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9805-3/1/18

Children's Story


One day, God visited Abraham and told him that Sarah, his wife, was going to have a son 


This news came as a surprise, because Abraham was almost 100 and Sarah was in her 90s. But Abraham trusted God’s promise, and, sure enough, Sarah gave birth to a boy named Isaac.


Several years later, God once again spoke to Abraham.


By: Father Geoffrey A. Brooke Jr.(CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9805-3/1/18

When I was in college, a classmate posted on Ash Wednesday that she was giving up Facebook for Lent. Thursday, she joined Twitter. Funny? Yes. Inconceivable? No.


This begs the question, What was she hoping to get out of giving up Facebook for Lent?


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9804-2/15/18


Great crowds followed Jesus wherever he went. People loved to hear him preach.


One day, he left the crowds and went up a mountain. He gathered his apostles around him and began to teach.


Jesus talked about many things. He said that being angry with another person is sinful. He assured those who were having hard lives on earth that they would find rest and peace in heaven. He even taught the people that they should love and pray for their enemies instead of hating them.


By: Mike Nelson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9804-2/15/18

Unlike Christmas, Easter and every Sunday of the year, Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation. Maybe that’s part of the draw for some people, who fill their parish churches for Ash Wednesday liturgies as they rarely do at any other time.


“Yes, we get big turnouts for Ash Wednesday,” says Father Dan Rupp, pastor of Mater Dei Church in Sioux City, Iowa. “It seems like many of these folks are people who also come for the blessing of the throats, or anytime there is something different going on than at most Sunday liturgies.”


By: Barbara Fraser
Originally Appeared in : 9803-2/1/18

LIMA, Peru (CNS) --Pope Francis tackled politically charged issues during his weeklong visit to Chile and Peru, decrying human trafficking, environmental destruction, corruption and organized crime in speeches before audiences that included political leaders.


By: Cindy Wooden
Originally Appeared in : 9803-2/1/18

VATICAN CITY (CNS) --People have a responsibility to check the source of what they share on social media to ensure it is not “fake news” designed to further prejudices or increase fear, Pope Francis said.  



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