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Husband doesn’t know he’s dying; when should wife call for anointing?

Posted on February 5th, 2016

Father Kenneth DoyleFather Ken Doyle replies creatively to a dilemma of when and how a man’s wife might ask a priest to anoint her husband, who has terminal cancer.


I believe: Every tongue, every land, united in heart

Posted on February 2nd, 2016

Michelle Francl-DonnayOur faith resides not in historical happenings nor in a big book of rules, but in the heart — with one accord in the love of God, writes Michelle Francl-Donnay.


Use a tool from St. Ignatius this Lent to see handprints of God

Posted on January 29th, 2016

Effie Caldarola Only in dim light could Effie Caldarola see the handprints of her granddaughter on a mirror. God’s presence in the world is like that, and she recommends the Ignatian examen to see find those signs.


Prayers, care for sick are common ground for believers, pope says

Posted on January 28th, 2016

In his message for the World Day of the Sick, celebrated Feb. 11, the pope expressed his hope that the day of prayer — and the entire Year of Mercy — would promote an encounter of people of different religions and lead to greater understanding among them.


Reader wants to move sign of peace, squelch singing at Communion

Posted on January 26th, 2016

Father Kenneth DoyleFather Ken Doyle answers two readers’ suggestions for changing the Mass by pointing out what the church allows and encourages in the liturgy.


See Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2016

Posted on January 26th, 2016

Read the pope’s message in which he traces the history of mercy in God’s covenant, through Mary the model of evangelization and to the works of mercy. He advises all not to waste the season of Lent.


The poor are at the center of the Gospel, pope says

Homeless in New Delhi try to keep warm during a cold winter morning Jan. 19.  (CNS photo/Rajat Gupta, EPA) Posted on January 25th, 2016

Evangelizing the poor is central to the Gospel message and is less about giving social assistance than about converting hearts and healing wounds, Pope Francis said.


A jealous heart is an ugly, tormented heart, pope says at morning Mass

Posted on January 21st, 2016

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Jealousy and envy are ugly sins that grow like weeds in one’s heart, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.
A heart that is envious is not only tormented, but can even “lead one to kill,” the pope said Jan. 21 during the Mass in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae.
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No one is excluded from the mercy of God, pope says at audience

Pope Francis greets a child while meeting the disabled during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Jan. 20. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on January 20th, 2016

Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christians are called to work together in order to be a visible sign that God’s mercy excludes no one, Pope Francis said during his general audience Jan. 20.


No saint has a sin-free past, no sinner is hopeless, pope says

Posted on January 19th, 2016

Samuel anointing David“We are often the slaves of appearances and allow ourselves to pursue appearances,” he said during Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae. “But God knows the truth.”


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