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The world will end with peace, not annihilation, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis is silhouetted as he leaves his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on November 26th, 2014

Believing in eternity and in the final establishment of the kingdom of God, Christians throughout history — starting with the disciples — were filled with questions such as when the end will come and what will happen to the created world, Pope Francis said.

Cultivate a ‘spirituality of encounter’ this Advent

Posted on November 25th, 2014

This Advent, Sister Constance Veit invites everyone to begin the season by skipping a trip to the mall in order to visit a sick family member or an elderly neighbor. Follow Mary’s way to an Advent of joyful, loving encounters, she advises.

Do beliefs matter? Yes, they do

Posted on November 25th, 2014

Father Ken Doyle offers an answer to a reader seeking a retort when people say, “It doesn’t matter what your beliefs are.” He also offer pastoral advice to a divorced and remarried Catholic.

Jesus weeps when people do not open their hearts to him, says pope

Posted on November 21st, 2014

Conversion to Christ is a process that lasts a lifetime, but the process stalls in the face of fear or self-satisfaction, Pope Francis said.

What deacons do is still news to some

Posted on November 20th, 2014

Almost a half-century after the permanent diaconate was restored, some people are surprised to see a deacon preach. Father Ken Doyle explains the roles of these ordained men.

It all adds up: Little acts of love and kindness equal holiness, pope says

Pope Francis talks with Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 19. The pope confirmed Nov. 17 that he will attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on November 19th, 2014

All Christians are called to holiness and to take little steps each day to be more loving, Pope Francis said today. Holiness does not mean “closing your eyes and making the face of a plastic statue,” he said.

Pope Francis warns against a ‘spirituality of ease’

Posted on November 18th, 2014

Christians must guard against a “spirituality of ease” and putting up appearances, and respond to the constant call of Jesus to conversion, said Pope Francis.

God’s kingdom grows through everyday holiness, pope says

Posted on November 13th, 2014

While people may want spectacular signs from God, Pope Francis said, most often God’s kingdom is growing in quiet, hidden ways, for example in a family that struggles financially but is rich in love and cares for one another.

Not so fast, Father

Posted on November 11th, 2014

Father Ken Doyle responds to the parishioner who sees the priest-celebrant at Mass recess from the church quickly after Mass, taking the congregation with him — while the choir is still singing.

Reader wonders: Is it time to find a new parish?

Posted on November 7th, 2014

Father Ken Doyle advises two things for a reader who has a new pastor who’s making liturgical life hard: Talk to the priest first, and be ready to find a parish that best suits one’s spiritual needs.

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