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By: Kurt Jensen (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

Are Catholics more accepting of science than adherents of other religious groups?

 

Yes, an in-depth 2017 survey (1,927 respondents, including 1,010 Catholics) indicated.

 

However — and it’s a big “however” — it’s not an overwhelming difference. Catholics can be just as inconsistent as other adherents when it comes to seeing conflicts between faith and science.

 

By: Effie Caldarola (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9816-8/2/18

Any parent who ever grappled with the “new” math knows that education often falls victim to the latest trend.

 

But one growing trend in Catholic education is actually taking students back to what’s enduring and unchanging, according to Catherine Neumayr, who just completed seven years as principal of Holy Rosary Academy, an independent Catholic classical school in Anchorage, Alaska.

 

By: Effie Caldarola (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9815-7/19/18

Joe Young spent last summer on a mission trip to Magadan, a city in the Russian Far East, where an American priest serves a parish on the site of a former Stalinist labor camp

“It was the most impactful summer I’ve ever had,” Young said. “It was life-changing.”
Miles away, another Joe, this one a retired attorney, traveled last year to Honduras on a medical mission trip run annually by Creighton University and their campus parish in Omaha, Nebraska

By: Father Curtiss Dwyer (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9814-7/5/18

The pope was a patriot. The year was 1983, and Poland was under martial law. St. John Paul II, making his second pastoral visit to his homeland, upon reaching the airport tarmac bent forward and kissed the ground. He remarked during the arrival ceremony that the kiss had a special meaning for him. 

 

“It is like a kiss placed on the hands of a mother, for the homeland is our earthly mother,” he said. He said he considered it his “duty to be with my compatriots in this sublime, yet difficult historical moment of our homeland.”

 

By: Helen Alvare (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9813-6/21/18

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the encyclical “Humanae Vitae” 50 years on, is how reports of its imminent death were continually exaggerated. Very few brave souls would have predicted in 1968 that the document would ever enjoy enthusiastic support from more than a few female Catholic intellectuals and the Catholic “woman in the pew,” even while it remains contested both in the Church and in the world.

 

By: Father Geoffrey A. Brooke Jr. (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9812-6/7/18

“Don’t take a vacation from your vocation!”

 

By: Brett C. Hoover (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

In Dallas, a speaker at a Catholic ministry conference asks the assembled crowd how many people attend parishes with Mass in more than one language.

 

Almost the entire room raises their hands. In the early 21st century, this is a snapshot of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States.

 

By: David Gibson
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18

“The sound of the word ‘heartless’” is nothing less than “horrible,” in Benedictine Father Benoit Standaert’s view.

 

There is a striking difference between living “with or without heart.” It “is as great as the difference between heaven and hell, life and death, light and dark,” the Belgian priest asserts.

 

It is vital, he suggests in “Spirituality, an Art of Living: A Monk’s Alphabet of Spiritual Practices,” that the key to unlocking the heart be found.

 

By: Paul Senz (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9808-4/12/18

The veneration of relics is a fundamentally biblical practice; it is not some sort of innovation in the centuries after Christ. On the contrary, as Scripture reveals, the veneration of relics was widely practiced, in one form or another, by ancient Jews as well.  

By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9808-4/12/18

CHILDREN’S STORY: 

 

On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala visited the tomb where Jesus’ body was laid after he died on the cross. 

 

But Jesus’ body was gone. 

 

Mary rushed to tell Peter, who ran to the tomb with another apostle. All they saw inside was Jesus’ burial cloths. 

 

Peter and the other apostle went home while Mary stayed behind to weep. 

 

As she was crying, she looked in the tomb and saw two angels. They wanted to know why she was so upset. 

 

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