Heaven – a communion of saints alive with wit, colour, rollicking tales

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 7, 2012

In his autobiography Nikos Kazantzakis tells the story behind his famous book, Zorba the Greek. Zorba is partially fiction, partly history.

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Heroes blossom throughout the centuries

Ralph Himsl

May 7, 2012
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 13, 2011

Today's Gospel finds us in a time of intense teaching by Jesus. It must have left the Apostles agape with wonder. In the few lines before today's Gospel reading, John tells us that Jesus has just explained his relationship with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

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Five-year goal offers a path to Good News

Lasha Morningstar

May 7, 2012

If ever there was a time for giving one's head a shake it's now. Governments, from provincial to global, are changing, people are rioting in the streets, environmental disasters grab the headlines. Then there is the shaky economy . . .

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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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