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  • A different approach to Fasting

    A different approach to Fasting

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Fasts have a tendency to be oriented toward things like giving up food or television. But there are many other creative ways we can welcome Jesus' healing touch. Here are suggestions you may want to consider.

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  • What Happens on Good Friday?

    What Happens on Good Friday?

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Good Friday is an important observance for Christians everywhere. It is typically the last Friday before Easter. Friday was traditionally set aside as early as the first century for the purpose of prayer and fasting. In the fourth century, the Church began observing Good Friday as a special day to commemorate Jesus Christ's crucifixion.

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  • Pope Benedict XVI’s Homily Mass of the Lord’s Supper

    Pope Benedict XVI’s Homily Mass of the Lord’s Supper

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Let us try at this hour to understand more deeply something of these events, for in them the mystery of our redemption takes place.

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  • Pope Benedict XVI visits Rebibbia prison Rome Italy

    Pope Benedict XVI visits Rebibbia prison Rome Italy

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    In a visit to one of Italy’s toughest prisons Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI has reportedly brought tears to the eyes of hardened criminals as he told them that overcrowding was a “double sentence” and that their offence could not erase their dignity, whatever it is.

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  • Holy Saturday

    Holy Saturday

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    ... Today, is a day of silence, of affliction, of sadness, of thinking and waiting. Today, we dot not find the Holy Eucharist to be reserved in the Sacrarium. There is only the remembrance and the sign of his “love to the end”, the Holy Cross we devotedly adore.

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  • From God`s love hope for families

    From God's love hope for families

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    ...“In our meditations, we have sought to convey our impressions of what Jesus lived in those moments, seeking to actualize them in the light of our own experience. It was not of course easy because we stand before such a great mystery. Yet we firmly believe that the secret and the solution to family problems lie in the Crucified Jesus. Christ on the Cross gave meaning to the pain we must face”.

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  • Pope Benedict XVI: A priest never belongs to himself

    Pope Benedict XVI: A priest never belongs to himself

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Pope Benedict on Thursday morning presided at the Chrism Mass in St Peter’s Basilica, addressing his homily especially to priests on the day the Church commemorates Christ’s institution of the priesthood. Some 1600 priests from the Rome diocese were present in the Basilica to hear the Pope’s words and to renew their vows during this Holy Thursday liturgy.

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  • Pope Benedict XVI at the Stations of the Cross

    Pope Benedict XVI at the Stations of the Cross

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Following the meditations of Mr. & Mrs. Danilo Zanzucchi of the Focolare movement and the founders of the New Families movement, through the fourteen Stations of the Cross, Pope Benedict XVI’s reflections at the via crucis on Good Friday evening at the Colosseum in Rome...

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  • ``He saw and believed`` - Easter Sunday

    "He saw and believed" - Easter Sunday

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Let us live this Easter with plenty of joy. Christ has risen: so let us celebrate it full of joy and love. Death, sin and sadness, have today been defeated by Jesus Christ... and He has opened the doors to a new life, the real life, the life we owe to the grace of the Holy Spirit.

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  • Holy Land prays for peace during Easter

    Holy Land prays for peace during Easter

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    “I am sure that our prayer will help peace, because peace is a gift of God, and only God can give us what we cannot obtain by our own efforts, or the efforts of politicians,” ...

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  • May families burdened by tribulations find in the cross the strength to continue

    May families burdened by tribulations find in the cross the strength to continue

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Pope Benedict XVI ends the Via Crucis at the Coliseum. At present, the economic crisis is making the situation worse for families. "At times of trouble, when our families have to face pain and adversity, let us look to Christ's cross. There we can find the courage and strength to press on".

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  • The Doctrines of Karma and Rebirth

    The Doctrines of Karma and Rebirth

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Buddhist doctrine of kamma [karma] ("deeds", "actions"), and the closely related doctrine of rebirth, are perhaps the best known, and often the least understood, of Buddhist doctrines. The matter is complicated by the fact that the other Indian religious traditions of Hinduism and Jainism have their own theories of Karma and Reincarnation.

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  • Orthodox Primates Stress Need for Peace and Stability in Middle East

    Orthodox Primates Stress Need for Peace and Stability in Middle East

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    A Synaxis of the Primates of Eastern Orthodox Churches in the Middle East met in Cyprus on 27 March to discuss the situation of Christians in the region and to agree on common approaches to solidarity, strengthening and support of Christian communities struggling to maintain their presence in their historic homes.

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  • ``I Died and Behold I am alive for evermore``

    "I Died and Behold I am alive for evermore"

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Here is a translation of the homily that the preacher of the Pontifical Household, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, gave during the celebration of the Passion of the Lord today in St. Peter's Basilica.

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  • The empty tomb: Easter Sunday by pictures

    The empty tomb: Easter Sunday by pictures

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Peter then set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down and saw the linen cloths lying flat, but he did not enter... Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and believed. Scripture clearly said that he must rise from the dead, but they had not yet understood that...

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  • ``...and they ran to tell the news to the disciples`` - Easter Monday

    "...and they ran to tell the news to the disciples" - Easter Monday

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Today, the joy of resurrection has made brave messengers out of those women that went to Christ's tomb. The angel's announcement of the Master's resurrection filled their hearts with "great joy". And, immediately after, they "ran out", to tell the news to the Apostles.

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  • Pope Benedict XVI appeals for peace at Easter urbi et orbi

    Pope Benedict XVI appeals for peace at Easter urbi et orbi

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass this Easter Sunday in St Peter's Square, after which he offered the urbi et orbi benediction - the blessing of the city and the world - which it is tradition for the Pope to give at Easter and at Christmas. The Holy Father delivered remarks to the faithful gathered in the square, focusing on the radical and permanent novelty of Christ's resurrection.

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  • Love is stronger than hate. The Pope`s Homily - Easter Vigil

    Love is stronger than hate. The Pope's Homily - Easter Vigil

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Jesus is risen and dies no more. He has opened the door to a new life, one that no longer knows illness and death. He has taken mankind up into God himself. “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God”, as Saint Paul says in the First Letter to the Corinthians (15:50).

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  • Vendredi Saint - Soeur Marie Thành

    Vendredi Saint - Soeur Marie Thành

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Par votre mort, Seigneur, par votre souffrance infinie, Nous comprenonss les morts qui ont parsemé notre vie. Nous comprenons qu’on peut mourir un peut un peu tous les jours sans être las,

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  • Christ’s Resurrection, the decisive mystery of our faith, in our minds and hearts

    Christ’s Resurrection, the decisive mystery of our faith, in our minds and hearts

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Pope Benedict XVI, in his first Regina Caeli at Castel Gandolfo, invites us to use vacation time to reread the stories of the Resurrection of Jesus narrated in the Gospels. The testimony of women, important in the passion and resurrection, but also in all ages of the Church. The importance of Mary, who through the resurrection of Jesus, becomes the Mother of the Church.

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  • ``I have seen the Lord`` - Easter Tuesday

    "I have seen the Lord" - Easter Tuesday

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Today, in the figure of Mary of Magdala we may contemplate two levels of acceptance of our Savior: the first one, imperfect; complete, the second one. According to the first one, Mary appears as the most sincere of Jesus' disciples.

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  • The Path to Dialogue

    The Path to Dialogue

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    In this second part of our report on Maria Voce’s trip to America (April 2011), we go to Chicago, where two important events took place.

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  • ``Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him`` - Easter Wednesday

    "Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him" - Easter Wednesday

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    ... Let us rejoice in knowing that today and forever the risen Jesus stands among us. He walks with us on the journey. But we must let him open our eyes of faith for us to realize He is present in our lives...

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  • ``Were not our hearts filled with ardent yearning...`` - Easter Wednesday

    "Were not our hearts filled with ardent yearning..." - Easter Wednesday

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The story of the disciples of Emmaus is useful as a guide to us in the long journey through a path of doubts, afflictions and sometimes even bitter disillusionments; the Divine traveler continues to be our companion who introduces us, by explaining the Scriptures, to the comprehension of God's mysteries.

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  • Laos - Hundreds pray without priest at Easter

    Laos - Hundreds pray without priest at Easter

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Hundreds of Catholics were forced to gather and celebrate Easter without a priest outside their chapel in a parish bordering Thailand on Sunday following its recent closure by the government.

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  • Bangladesh - Mandating elderly care in a changing society

    Bangladesh - Mandating elderly care in a changing society

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The fate of the country’s elderly remains an issue of widespread discussion, as many have called for a legal framework to protect the rights of the aged and following a high court order seeking clarification on the issue.

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  • ``Peace to you`` - Easter Thursday

    "Peace to you" - Easter Thursday

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Today, the risen Christ meets again his disciples with his desire of peace: "Peace to you" (Lk 24:36). This is how He makes disappear the fears and forebodings the Apostles had accumulated during their days of passion and loneliness.

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  • ``This was the third time that Jesus revealed himself ...`` - Easter Friday

    "This was the third time that Jesus revealed himself ..." - Easter Friday

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    ... if he was a fisherman before following Jesus, afterwards, he gets back to his old job; and there still are those who are surprised to see that it is not necessary to leave one's honest work to follow Christ.

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  • ``Mary of Magdala went and reported the news to his followers...`` - Easter Saturday

    "Mary of Magdala went and reported the news to his followers..." - Easter Saturday

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Today, the Gospel offers us the opportunity to meditate upon some aspects which each one of us has experience of: we are certain of our love for Jesus, and we consider him the best of our friends; nevertheless, who, among us, could be sure of having never betrayed him?...

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  • Pope Benedict XVI : Peace of Christ for everyone

    Pope Benedict XVI : Peace of Christ for everyone

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Jesus greeted them again: "Peace be with you". Yet this, the Pope explained, was not just a greeting, "it was a gift, the gift the Risen One made to His friends. At the same time it was a commission: the peace which Christ had bought with His blood was for them, but it was also for everyone else, and the disciples would have to carry it throughout the world".

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