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'Let not your heart exult' when your enemy falls

May 16, 2011
Our Sunday Visitor: editorial

Catholics might easily feel a bit conflicted about celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden. That's as it should be.

On the one hand, it is right to feel relief at the killing of the man who is responsible for thousands of deaths of innocent people and who spearheaded a drive in the past decade that has made the world in no small way a more violent, fearful, hateful and costly place.

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Jesus serves as the bridge to the father

Kathleen Giffin

May 16, 2011
Fifth Sunday of Easter - May 22, 2011

A recent news article highlighted an evangelical pastor and author who was surrounded by controversy because of his unorthodox view of heaven. His theology includes the belief that one does not necessarily have to "confess with your lips and believe with your heart that Jesus is Lord" in order to gain admittance to heaven.

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Henri Nouwen wrote from his heart to our hearts

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 16, 2011

Henri Nouwen was perhaps most popular spiritual writer of the late 20th century and his popularity endures today. More than seven million of his books have been sold worldwide and they have been translated into 30 languages. Fifteen years after his death, all but one of his books remain in print.

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Our vocation is a life-long service given by God

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May 16, 2011

Even in retirement, one is called to live out a vocation. As children move from home and a career comes to an end, one's vocation goes through a transition. But it doesn't end. God calls each of us, he calls us by name and he calls us for all of our lives.

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Church needs blogs; bloggers need Church

May 16, 2011

The Catholic Church needs active members who blog, but Catholic bloggers also need the Church, especially to remind them of the virtue of charity needed in their writing, said participants at a Vatican meeting.

The gathering May 2 was sponsored by the pontifical councils for culture and for social communications.

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New Mass translation harms ecumenism — Anglican

May 16, 2011

Because the Roman Catholic Church was a driving force behind the development of a common English translation of basic prayers used by many Christian churches for 40 years, more recent Vatican rules for translating Mass prayers "came as a bombshell," said an Anglican liturgist.

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New Swiss Guards

May 16, 2011

Swiss Guard recruits are seen during the swearing-in ceremony for 34 new recruits

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Pro-life official has faced 'ultimate evil'

Richard Doerflinger

May 16, 2011

Looking back at 30 years of pro-life work for the Catholic Church, Richard Doerflinger said he sometimes felt he had come into "contact with something very close to ultimate evil.

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Churches near bin Laden compound seek security

May 16, 2011

Church leaders demanded that the Pakistan government boost security for their faith communities in the wake of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's death, which they fear will shatter the peace they have enjoyed for 10 years.

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Pope rides the gondola

May 16, 2011

Pope Benedict gestures as he takes a gondola across the Grand Canal.

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