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It was the day of Pentecost, though the disciples did not yet know that it would come to be known as that. The doors were locked, for fear of the authorities; the disciples were in turmoil, uncertain of what was to come and unsure of the meaning of what they had experienced in the years that had just passed.
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A surprising story appeared in the news on Good Friday. The Anglican bishops of British Columbia and Yukon chose Good Friday to issue a statement on the Northern Gateway Pipeline (www.provbcyanglican.ca).
The idea of Christian universality recommends itself to us after Easter. Next Sunday is Pentecost when human diversity is brought into harmony, when difference is not the synonym of disagreeability.
The Church's past confronted me in a very real way the first time I went into a medieval cathedral. Just out of high school, I travelled to Europe and can still vividly recall my first Mass in the gothic cathedral in the town of Freiburg-im-Breisgau on the edge of the Black Forest.
Celebrating the 1,000th anniversary of a town founded to be a model of Gospel peace and justice, Pope Benedict said Christians today must find ways to infuse their cities and nations with Gospel values while welcoming and respecting people with other beliefs.
Although she was never canonized, St. Hildegard of Bingen is to be added to the Catholic Church's formal list of saints, and Catholics worldwide may celebrate her Sept. 17 feast day with a Mass and special readings by order of Pope Benedict.
While a Vatican investigation or demand for reform can feel like the end of the world to the group or institution involved, Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, Fla., said his experience has been that such actions are not devastating and actually can be opportunities.
Reaffirming Vatican II's teaching on Christianity's special relationship with Judaism, Pope Benedict said Catholic-Jewish dialogue is "crucial for the future of our human family."
Damien O'Connor believes his 10-year-old daughter, Mary Rose, is the happiest child he's ever met.
Pope Benedict said knowing that Catholics around the world pray for him has given him strength and confidence since his election seven years ago.