Ascension calls us to lift up our hearts

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

May 7, 2012

One day, during her kindergarten class, a nun asked those who wanted to go to heaven to raise their hands. They all raised their hands, except for a little girl.

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Sacred space lets emptiness live

May 7, 2012
ANITA ALLSOPP
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Here in Chartres Cathedral we have an echo of what can be heard in the silence of nature – the distant flap of wings of geese, the thumping of prairie grouse, the sway of grass in the wind – all tiny whispers and angel wings announcing divine presence.

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Invite inactive Catholics back home, urge U.S. bishops

May 7, 2012

A document on the new evangelization from the U.S. bishops' Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis exhorts Catholics at all levels in the Church to invite Catholics who have stopped practising their faith to do so once again.

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Chinese ordinations cause scandal – Vatican

May 7, 2012

Lay Catholics in China have been scandalized by priests who are ordained bishops without papal approval and by the participation of Vatican-recognized bishops in those ordinations, said the Vatican Commission for the Catholic Church in China.

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'Pacem in Terris' provides model for today

Archbishop Roland Minnerath

May 7, 2012

As the Catholic Church increases its new evangelization efforts and works for justice and peace in the world, it would be wise to imitate the positive, prophetic approach taken by Blessed John XXIII in his encyclical Pacem in Terris, a French archbishop said.

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Ocotogenarian cardinals to head investigation

May 7, 2012

Pope Benedict named the members of a papal commission he established in March to investigate a series of leaks of letters exchanged among Vatican officials and between the officials and the pope himself.

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Connecticut bans death penalty

Archbishop Henry Mansell

May 7, 2012

In what he called "a moment of sober reflection, not celebration," Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed into law a bill outlawing the use of capital punishment in the state.

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Vietnamese ordinations

May 7, 2012

Newly ordained priests lie prostrate in prayer during an ordination ceremony at the Citeaux Chau Son abbey in Vietnam's Ninh Binh province April 29.

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Liturgy needs literal translation – Benedict

May 7, 2012

Pope Benedict told the German bishops that, as pope, he has celebrated Mass in different languages and "sometimes it is hard to find common ground" in the various translations.

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U.S. Catholics called to lead worldwide revival

May 7, 2012

Pope Benedict wants the Catholic Church in America to be in the forefront of reviving Catholicism worldwide, the apostolic nuncio to the United States said in Columbus, Ohio.

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