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Indian Catholics find spiritual inspiration in two new saints

Two new Indian Catholic saints to be canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday were known for their deep spiritual life and their intercession in helping families, say two Catholics who find deep inspiration in their sanctity.

Pope: break down the stigma burdening those with autism

Pope Francis has said autistic disorders are nothing to be ashamed of, as he encouraged everyone to build solidarity to ensure that autistic persons are not isolated.

Catholics on immigration order: more reform needed

President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration was met with both praise and concern from Catholic groups, who emphasized that more must be done to find long-term solutions for a broken immigration system.

US cardinal to the undocumented: you can 'come out of the shadows'

The vice president of the U.S. bishops’ conference has said that charitable immigration reform must address the needs of both legal and illegal immigrants, encouraging the latter to come forward and receive help.

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'Backbiting' communities don’t help evangelization – unity does

Pope Francis said that divisions among Christians are a stumbling block to evangelization, and encouraged members of the Church to go beyond personal opinions and find value in what others offer.
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What fuels migration? For Pope Francis, a strong 'aspiration to hope'

Pope Francis said on Friday that the desire to migrate from one’s homeland is inspired by the search for hope, and encouraged the Church throughout the world to welcome migrants, whose presence helps build up society.
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Pope Francis: Turning churches into 'businesses' is a scandal

Pope Francis condemned priests and laity who turn their parishes into a “business” by charging for things such as baptisms, blessings and Mass intentions – calling it a scandal that's hard to forgive.
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The life of minorities in Ukraine, one year after protests began

One year ago, Mustafa Nayyem, a Ukrainian journalist born in Afghanistan,  began Euromaidan from his post on Facebook: "Let us be serious. Who is ready to come to The Independence Square today before midnight? Likes are not considered, only the comment, 'I am ready'.”
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What's the biggest threat to Asia? Atheism, this cardinal says

Hong Kong's retired prelate Cardinal Joseph Zen said that amid decades of communist rule in China, human values are at stake in all of Asia and can only be salvaged by fervidly preaching the gospel.
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Crafting Your Vocation

The Church just finished celebrating Vocation’s Awareness week, and the Year of Consecrated Life is about to begin. We know that discernment can be difficult. Sometimes friends or family don’t understand the process. We live in a culture increasingly hostile to religion.  Sometimes, all you can do is shake it off. And just think, while you [...]
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Autism not a cause to lose hope, Vatican conference encourages

An international conference held this week at the Vatican is looking to bring “a message of hope and joy” to persons with autism and their families.
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Will Pope Francis' visit to Europe's parliament bolster family issues?

Awaiting the Pope's visit to Strasbourg next week, an official of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe says she hopes Francis will insist on family issues, as they are crucial to fulfilling Europe's dream of peace.
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On Guard Against Displeasing Thee

by Halee Cross

For the month of September I spent my days imagining the perfect answer. “Hi, I’m Halee and I’m a ____”. With each career to which I mentally applied, I sighed because it was unrealistic...
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When missionaries are hungry

by Marianna Bartholomew

A young pastor just collapsed at his Third-World mission altar. I heard the news from a dear friend of this priest’s, also a missionary and pastor of another mission on the Bay of Bengal....
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Does it really need two parts? 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One'

by Carl Kozlowski

It’s fitting that the opening and closing scenes of “Hunger Games: Mockingjay” feature miserable people being held on lockdown in a mental ward, because that’s how anyone suckered into...
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Revisiting the Argument from Desire

by Father Robert Barron

One of the classical demonstrations of God’s existence is the so-called argument from desire. It can be stated in a very succinct manner as follows. Every innate or natural desire corresponds to...
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November 23, 2014

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE

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Mt 25:31-46

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First Reading:: Ezek 34: 11-12, 15-17
Second Reading:: 1 Cor 15: 20-26, 28
Gospel:: Mt 25: 31-46

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Homily of the Day

Lk 19:45-48

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