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In a lecture recently, I made the point that Jesus shocked people equally in both his capacity to thoroughly enjoy his life and in his capacity to renounce it and give it up.
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I had the opportunity, in my late twenties, to take a number of theology and Scripture classes. While most of those classes were informative and interesting, there were a few classes where I experienced moments that had a significant and lasting impact on me.
On Nov. 20 the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) sent a letter requesting action on climate change to Environment Minister Peter Kent. Citizens for Public Justice, an affiliate member of the CCC, helped draft this document.
I enjoyed your article on Hildegard but I noticed she had private revelations that seem to be accepted by the Church (WCR, Nov. 19). Today, it seems like thousands of people are having revelations, giving prophecies or having apparitions. How is a sane person to determine which are legitimate and which are pure hokum?
I was listening to a young woman on the radio. She talked about her childhood memory of receiving a Christmas shoebox. It was filled with toiletries, things for school and a small gift. She said the shoebox brought such joy to her. She has never forgotten that Christmas.
Circuses, street musicians, clowns, magicians and other itinerant performers bring people joy, and they should hold tight to their values and their faith, said Pope Benedict.
The late archbishop of Florence, Italian Cardinal Elia Dalla Costa, has been recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem for the role he played in a widespread network set up to rescue Jews following the Nazi occupation of Italy.
In a world of hardened hearts and titillating distractions, Christians need to keep the Gospel message simple and live what they teach with love and joy, Pope Benedict said.
Explaining why they found a Vatican computer technician guilty of aiding and abetting the papal butler who stole private papal correspondence, Vatican judges said they found much of his testimony hard to believe.
World Youth Day organizers have chosen a spot in Rio de Janeiro’s Guaratiba neighbourhood, nearly 100 km from the city centre, for the vigil and closing Mass July 27-28.