From the monthly archives: March 2016

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Prejean recounts start of fight against the death penalty

Sr. Helen Prejean
March 21, 2016
R.W. DELLINGER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

'They killed a man with fire one night. They strapped him in a wooden chair and pumped electricity through his body until he was dead," Sister Helen Prejean told an audience in Los Angeles Feb. 27. "His killing was a legal act because he had killed. No religious leaders protested his killing that night," she continued. "But I was there. I saw it with my own eyes. What I saw set my soul on fire, a fire that burns me still. Now here is an account of how I came to be and still am."

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Film brings child Jesus to big screen

Adam Greaves-Neal
March 21, 2016
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER
and CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

For the first time in cinematic history, a film is exploring the life of the child Jesus. As the film begins, a combination of both ordinary and supernatural circumstances indicate to Joseph (Vincent Walsh) that the time has come for his family to leave their temporary residence in Alexandria - the only home seven-year-old Jesus (Adam Greaves-Neal) has ever known - and return to Nazareth.

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Faith communities urged to stay active on climate change

March 21, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Faith communities must stay hopeful and engaged to ensure governments live up to climate change commitments, says the leader of the United Church of Canada's delegation to last year's Paris climate change conference. Mardi Tindal, the former moderator of the United Church of Canada, said since Paris, she is still "bumping into a lot of denial about climate change." Tindal was a panel member March 9 at a discussion of how faith communities can follow up to the Paris conference. She appeared via Skype to reduce her carbon footprint.

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1916 Easter Rising bloodbath launched Irish into new era

Patrick Pearse
March 21, 2016
SUSAN GATELY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Easter Monday 1916 was a sunny day. Patrick Pearse, a young poet and teacher, stood in front of the General Post Office on O'Connell Street in Dublin and, to the astonishment of passersby, began to read: "Irishmen and Irishwomen: In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom."

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Folly of the cross provides the hope for Church and society

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March 21, 2016

The cross is not only the toughest aspect of the Christian faith to accept, but also the most important. North American Christians, living in the most affluent time in history, may want to downplay the cross and hurry on to the resurrection. With the resurrection, those uncomfortable nails are no longer driven through the hands and feet, to say nothing of having to endure that scratchy crown of thorns. With the resurrection, one might even enjoy a margarita on the beach, if not a piece of fish.

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Dying process calibrated to bring union with Spirit

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi
March 21, 2016

In a deeply insightful book, The Grace of Dying, Kathleen Dowling Singh shares insights she has gleaned as a health professional from being present to hundreds of people while they are dying. Among other things, she suggests the dying process "is exquisitely calibrated to automatically produce union with Spirit."

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Fresh eyes, ears aid in renewal of faith

Lydia Cristini
March 21, 2016
Resurrection of the Lord
March 27, 2016

The resurrection: the most important event in human history. While this is true, it is also true that Christians talk about the resurrection a lot. We talk about it so much, in fact, that for some people, some of the time, it becomes ordinary or routine. "For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures." Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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Limiting physicians' conscience rights would have dire implications

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March 21, 2016

Physicians have a right to refuse to participate in assisted suicide, but they should have no right to refuse to refer a patient who wants assistance in dying to another physician who will help that patient. That was one central conclusion in the report of the parliamentary committee on physician-assisted dying issued last month. In short, a physician should have a right to be true to his or her conscience on matters of life and death, but has a responsibility to help every patient who wants to exercise his or her supposed right to receive help in dying.

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Easter more than a reason to make merry

Lasha Morningstar
March 21, 2016

The art history prof clicked the remote and a new slide flooded the screen. As always, my heart gasped, but not as much as it did the first time I saw the Pietà. The professor related how a friend had told her that when she saw Michelangelo's poignant Carrara marble statue of Mary cradling her son Jesus' broken body in St. Peter's Basilica, she burst into tears. I so understand that.

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Receiving God's mercy, we pass it to others

Kathleen Giffin
March 21, 2016
Divine Mercy Sunday
April 3, 2016

The Second Sunday of Easter is a special day for all Catholics; in this Jubilee Year of Mercy we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. We have not long had this feast on our Church calendar; in 2000, our most recent year of jubilee, Pope John Paul II proclaimed this to be Divine Mercy Sunday. This jubilee year, it carries a greater significance for we celebrate it in the midst of a year set apart for us to reflect deeply on God's call to mercy and for us to become signs of mercy to the world.

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