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Nelson Mandela is rightly being eulogized as a great world leader who endured imprisonment and brought about a peaceful end to South Africa’s apartheid regime. Mandela’s greatness should be seen in contrast with the corruption of Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe. Their early lives and political situations were similar; the fruits of their political stewardship could not be more different.
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In his autobiography, Report to Greco, Nikos Kazantzakis recounts a conversation he once had with an old monk. Kazantzakis, a young man at the time, was visiting a monastery and was very taken by a famed ascetic, Father Makarios, who lived there. But a series of visits with the old monk left him with some ambivalent feelings as well.
The last few days I have not been feeling well. Some sort of winter flu in my chest, causing the usual aches and pains. I am always amazed how our perspective changes when we are not well. We become lethargic, withdrawn and generally miserable with the thoughts looped in our brain. I hope I get better soon.
In reading Church history, I found that Barnabas was the only educated disciple among the early followers of Jesus. Barnabas was well-versed in Hebrew and Aramaic, the languages in which Jesus preached. I find it surprising that little is mentioned of his own account of Jesus' preaching.
Last weekend, I took the time to read Pope Francis' new apostolic letter Evangelii Gaudium. It is a demanding read (85 pages, single spaced). It is a joyful, exciting, surprising and hope-filled text that continually challenges the reader.
Pope Francis joined Church and government leaders from around the world in crediting Nelson Mandela for a steadfast commitment to promoting human rights and upholding the dignity of all people.
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of 13 candidates, including the the Canadian founder of the religious order that founded Edmonton's Misericordia Hospital.
During a three-hour meeting with 120 superiors general of men's religious orders, Pope Francis said the church would make consecrated life its focus in 2015.
Zimbabwe is more polarized now than it was before this year's general elections, said the country's bishops.
When fast-food workers across the United States walked off their jobs demanding higher wages Dec. 5, their actions should have caught the attention of the nation's Catholics, say those who stress that the call for a living wage echoes long-standing Catholic social teaching.