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In the jam-packed cathedral of the Diocese of Hamilton, Ont., last month, I heard John Allen Jr., senior reporter at the Vatican for the U.S.-based National Catholic Reporter, refer to Jorge Mario Bergoglio as "the pope of mercy." Nowhere is this more evident than in the attention Pope Francis has given to the world's refugees.
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The signal contribution of David Bentley Hart's book, The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, and Bliss, is to clarify that serious theists and atheists, though they debate frequently concerning the reality of God, are hardly ever using the word "God" in the same way.
Catholics keep asking so many saints to pray for us. We rely for help on their constant intercession. Do we really believe the saints are constantly praying for us? Isn't there something more exciting to do in heaven than this constant chatter of the saints? Not even Jesus prayed constantly.
I am concerned with statements in the article: “New trustee wants to rattle some cages” in the Oct. 28 WCR.
I write in support of the WCR and of the recently announced major changes planned for January.
Re: the two articles in the Oct. 14 issue on the condemnation of papal silence during the Holocaust years.
It is hard to understand how one-sided criticism and contentious accusations of Susan Zuccotti can help in interfaith dialogue (WCR, Oct. 14).