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  • World Communications Day: “Silence and Word``

    World Communications Day: “Silence and Word"

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    "Silence and Word: path of evangelization" - that's the theme chosen by Pope Benedict XVI for the Church’s 46th World Day for Communications, celebrated each year on the Sunday before Pentecost - on Sunday May 20th this year.

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  • Showing Kindness to All Creatures

    Showing Kindness to All Creatures

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Al-Imam Shams ibn Tulun al-Hanafi, in his book al-Fulk al-Mashhun fi Ahwal al-Shams ibn Tulun, designated a special chapter for prophetic narrations related to cats, and called it Izhaar as-Sirr fi ma Warada fil-Hirr ('Explanation of the Secrets Found in What has been Narrated About Cats').

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  • Is Buddhism a Religion?

    Is Buddhism a Religion?

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Buddha himself never claimed divinity -- only clear-sightedness and purity of apprehension of truth through deepest intuition, leading to equanimity and enlightenment. He was a great and rare individual but not a god. If some simple and mistaken few have elevated him to godship and worship him with requests for favors and special dispensations, this does not alter the situation one bit.

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  • Prayer for the World - Rabbi Harold Kushner

    Prayer for the World - Rabbi Harold Kushner

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Let the rain wash away the memory of the hurt, the neglect. Then let the sun come out and fill the sky with rainbows.

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  • Europe`s biggest Buddhist temple to open

    Europe's biggest Buddhist temple to open

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    France - The final touches are being put on what will be Europe's largest Buddhist temple, complete with a 16-foot, 8-ton Buddha statue, officials says.

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  • ``Father, the hour has come``: Tuesday 7th of Easter

    "Father, the hour has come": Tuesday 7th of Easter

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The crowning moment, the clarification of everything, the utmost donation of Christ who delivers himself to all... But “the hour” still is a hidden reality to men; it will be revealed as the scheme of Jesus' life will open the perspective of the Cross.

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  • The new Archbishop of Seoul: “Priority to Evangelization and the reunification of Korea”

    The new Archbishop of Seoul: “Priority to Evangelization and the reunification of Korea”

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Seoul - Priority will be evangelization in a country where the Catholic community is growing but also “missio ad gentes”; equally important is the work for reconciliation and reunification with North Korea and hold high in Asia the flag of defence of life: this is what the new Archbishop of Seul, His Excellency, Andrew Yeom Soo-jeong, 69 years, released to Fides in his first interview after his nomination.

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  • Understanding Ceremony and Ritual in Confucianism

    Understanding Ceremony and Ritual in Confucianism

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Ceremony and ritual are concepts in Confucianism that are at the center of any discussion of its moral code. The columnist in the Cultural of Life column in the Peace Weekly introduces us to the Confucian view of life. The aspect of ritual or ceremony so intimately connected with Confucianism has a relationship with society that we may tend to disregard and see only ceremony and ritual.

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  • Pilgrimages: Origin

    Pilgrimages: Origin

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The idea of a pilgrimage has been traced back by some (Littledale in "Encycl. Brit.", 1885, XIX, 90; "New Internat. Encyc.", New York, 1910, XVI, 20, etc.) to the primitive notion of local deities, that is, that the divine beings who controlled the movements of men and nature could exercise that control only over certain definite forces or within set boundaries.

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  • Significance of Buddhist Pilgrimage

    Significance of Buddhist Pilgrimage

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The earliest centres of Buddhist pilgrimages were the places associated with the life and Teachings of the great Master. These four places are Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, Sarnath and Kusinara. Lumbini, in what is now Nepal, is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha.

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  • ``That my joy may be complete in them``: Wednesday 7th of Easter

    "That my joy may be complete in them": Wednesday 7th of Easter

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Today, we live in a world which does not know how to be truly happy with the happiness of Jesus, a world which seeks the happiness of Jesus in all the wrong places and in the wrong ways. Seeking happiness without Jesus only leads to deeper unhappiness. Just look at the soaps on TV, there is always somebody in trouble. The soaps on TV show us the misery of a godless life.

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  • Pilgrimage in Hinduism

    Pilgrimage in Hinduism

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The estimated 80 million people visiting the 2001 Kumbha -mela at Prayag (Allahabad) made it the world's biggest-ever public event. It demonstrated the continuing importance of pilgrimage for the Hindu people. Not all holy sites, however, lie within India. Many Hindus have emigrated and have established their own sacred places, wherever they live.

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  • Indian Ecumenical Christian Delegation visits Israel to Promote Pilgrimage

    Indian Ecumenical Christian Delegation visits Israel to Promote Pilgrimage

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Israel Ministry of Tourism recently invited an ecumenical delegation of Indian church leaders to celebrate Lent in Israel. The delegation was headed by Mumbai Archbishop Cardinal Oswald Gracias. The objective of the visit was to foster good relations between India's Christian community and the State of Israel and to promote tourism between the two countries.

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  • The Fifth Pillar of Islam: The Pilgrimage (Hajj)

    The Fifth Pillar of Islam: The Pilgrimage (Hajj)

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Merits and various rites performed in Hajj, the fifth of the five obligatory fundamental Muslim practices. By IslamReligion.com

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  • ``I pray ... for those who through their word will believe in me``: Thursday 7th of Easter (24.5.2012)

    "I pray ... for those who through their word will believe in me": Thursday 7th of Easter (24.5.2012)

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Today, we find a solid basis for trust in the Gospel: "Holy Father, I pray not only for these but also for those who through their word will believe in me..." (Jn 17:20). It is Jesus' heart, which, in the intimacy of Jesus with his disciples, opens up the inexhaustible treasures of His Love...

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  • World Religions

    World Religions

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Religious life throughout the world, regardless of the specific tradition, exhibits both personal-psychological and communal-social aspects. Of course, persons within the diverse religious traditions of the world perceive the spiritual dimension of their faith as transcending both the individual psychological and emotional as well as the corporate and social aspects of their faith’s expressions

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  • Qu`est-ce que la Pentecôte?

    Qu'est-ce que la Pentecôte?

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Comme les juifs, les chrétiens célèbrent la Pentecôte cinquante jours après Pâques. C'est un jour marqué par l'acte de naissance des deux religions : les juifs commémorent le jour où Moïse reçoit les dix commandements, les chrétiens celui où les disciples de Jésus reçoivent l'Esprit saint,...

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  • ``you know that I love you``: Friday 7th of Easter (25.5.2012)

    "you know that I love you": Friday 7th of Easter (25.5.2012)

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    oday, we should be grateful to St. John for having left with us the evidence of an intimate dialogue between Jesus and Peter: "Simon, son of John, do you love me?", and he said, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you".

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  • ``He has recorded here and we know that his testimony is true``: Saturday 7th of Easter

    "He has recorded here and we know that his testimony is true": Saturday 7th of Easter

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Today, we read the end of St. John's Gospel. Actually, it is the end of the appendix St. John's community added to the original text. In this particular case, it is a willingly significant fragment. The Resurrected Lord appears before his disciples and confirms they are to follow him, particularly as regards Peter.

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  • Vatican: Individual in possesion of confidential documents identified

    Vatican: Individual in possesion of confidential documents identified

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Director of the Vatican Press Office Father Federico Lombardi said that "the investigations initiated by the Gendarmerie" on the dissemination of confidential Vatican documents” have identified a person in illegal possession "of such material."

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  • The Family in Islam (1): The Appeal of Islamic Family Life

    The Family in Islam (1): The Appeal of Islamic Family Life

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    In Islam, considering the well-being of the “other” instead of just the “self” is a virtue so rooted in the religion that it is evident even to those outside it. The British humanitarian and civil rights lawyer, Clive Stafford-Smith, a non-Muslim, stated: “What I like about Islam is its focus on the group, which is opposite to the West’s focus on individuality.”

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  • Gospel of Pentecost by pictures

    Gospel of Pentecost by pictures

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    As the Father has sent me, so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained."

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  • Fire in the depths of the earth: Meditation for Pentecost

    Fire in the depths of the earth: Meditation for Pentecost

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    This Sunday’s Collect implores God to “fill now once more the hearts of believers”, encouraging us to expand our horizons. Pentecost, for theologian Karl Rahner, is a vital “hour of courageous vision” in the history of the Church, when the Holy Spirit weaves new patterns out of the “interrelatedness of Creation and Incarnation”.

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  • Pope greets members of Holy Spirit Renewal

    Pope greets members of Holy Spirit Renewal

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Vatican (26 May 2012) - About thirty thousand people attended Holy Mass in Saint Peter’s Square Saturday morning to commemorate forty years since the founding of the Holy Spirit Renewal in Italy. The Archbishop of Genoa and president of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, was the main celebrant.

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  • A family, a story

    A family, a story

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    We’ve been married for 35 years, we live in Lomianki, near Warsaw and we’ve got eight children ranging from 15 to 34 called Teresa, Adam, Natalia, Kazik, Marysia, Janek, Dominik and Zosia. We welcomed each child as a gift of our Lord. They are our real joy and our celebration.

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  • Scola and Family 2012: Everyone will be given the opportunity to participate

    Scola and Family 2012: Everyone will be given the opportunity to participate

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    "The estimated expenditure for the organization of the VII World Meeting of Families, which was declared a Great Event but with no budget, amounts to around 10,200,000 Euros among remote preparation, arrangement of the events and organizational structure. Milan will host, first in Italy, the first Church event of global significance outside Rome"

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  • The Roman Catholic Church and Islam Connection

    The Roman Catholic Church and Islam Connection

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Both The Roman Catholic Church and Islam believe that only they are the one true church/religion. The Roman Catholic Church and the Islam require mandatory fasting. The Roman Catholic Church worships, prays to and gives titles of God to Mary. Islam highly esteems Mary and she is mentioned 34 times in the Qu'ran.

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  • All human beings are limbs of each other ...

    All human beings are limbs of each other ...

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    All human beings are limbs of each other, having been created of one essence.

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  • ``Go, sell what you have and give the money to the poor``: Monday 8th in Ordinary Time

    "Go, sell what you have and give the money to the poor": Monday 8th in Ordinary Time

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Today, the liturgy presents a Gospel, which, if we face it with a sincere heart, makes it difficult for us to remain unconcerned. Nobody can doubt of the good intentions of that man who knelt down before Jesus Christ to ask him: "Good Master, what must I do to have eternal life?"

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  • Pilgrimages (2): History in general

    Pilgrimages (2): History in general

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    In 333 was the famous Bordeaux Pilgrimage ("Palestine Pilgrim Text Society", London, 1887, preface and notes by Stewart). It was the first of a whole series of pilgrimages that have left interesting and detailed accounts of the route, the peoples through which they passed, the sites identified with those mentioned in the Gospels.

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