Mercy is only response to cruelty

April 4, 2016
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Although he lives a relatively hidden life in a villa in the Vatican Gardens, retired Pope Benedict XVI continues to study modern theological questions and, occasionally, to comment on them publicly. The attention Pope Francis and many Christians are giving to the theme of divine mercy is a "sign of the times" that shows how, deep down, people still experience a need for God, the retired pope told Belgian Jesuit Father Jacques Servais in a written interview.

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Pope bows before refugees to wash feet

April 4, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ROME - In a moving gesture of brotherhood and peace, Pope Francis washed the feet of several refugees, including Muslims, Hindus and Copts. Gestures, like Jesus washing the feet of his disciples, "speak louder than words," he said during the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper. The pope celebrated the March 24 Mass in the courtyard of the Centre for Asylum Seekers at Castelnuovo di Porto, about 25 kms north of Rome.

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Maternal health means medical care, not abortion

April 4, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Canada's Dr. Robert Walley, founder of MaterCare International, made a passionate plea for better maternal health care for African women March 17 at the United Nations. Walley, an obstetrician who first encountered the shocking level of maternal mortality in Africa in Nigeria in 1982, told a UN side event sponsored by the Holy See, Africa needs "a Marshall Plan" to save the lives of women who die in childbirth or shortly afterwards.

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Failure to supervise online use leaves children in danger

April 4, 2016
TOM TRACY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Parents who don't supervise their children's online activity and mobile device usage might as well be dropping off their kids at an adult bookstore filled with dangerous strangers. "Keep the computer use in a public area of the home - you never leave a child alone with the Internet," said licensed clinical therapist and family therapist Peter Kleponis.

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Marriage prep must confront porn addictions, says therapist

April 4, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. - Therapist Peter Kleponis believes it's time for Church-based marriage preparation programs to address pornography addiction and to urge assistance for addicted individuals before proceeding with marriage. "Given the severe harm caused by pornography in marriage, pre-marriage programs have to address this issue," Kleponis said during a talk.

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Film recounts major, minor miracles

April 4, 2016
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Nine-year-old Annabel Beam suffered from an incurable digestive disorder that put her in constant pain. But when she fell 10 metres, headfirst, into a hollowed tree, she came out of her ordeal unharmed and healed of her disorder. Oh yes, and she also had an encounter with Jesus in heaven. It's a miraculous story that has been turned into a film, Miracles From Heaven, with Jennifer Garner playing Annabel's mother Christy. Kylie Rogers plays the role of young Annabel.

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Canada must play role in halting Middle East genocide

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April 4, 2016

The declaration by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that atrocities being committed against Christians as well as Yezidis and other minorities in the Middle East amounts to genocide is a welcome recognition of the reality faced by millions of people in the region. The U.S. declaration, combined with a similar stance by the European Union, surely implies that the nations of the world must act effectively to halt the slaughter which is occurring.

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Tears free us to accept unfinished symphonies of life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi
April 4, 2016

Several years ago, while teaching a summer course at Seattle University, I had as one of my students a woman who, while happily married, was unable to conceive a child. She had no illusions about what this meant for her. It bothered her a great deal. She found Mother's Day difficult. Among other things, she wrote a well-researched thesis on the concept of barrenness in Scripture and developed a retreat on that same theme which she offered at various renewal centres.

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Jesus returns to stir disciples' first love

Brett Fawcett
April 4, 2016
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April 10, 2016

In today's Gospel reading, Jesus appears to his disciples after his resurrection and performs a familiar miracle: he asks them (commands them really, in that gentle way of inviting us to obey him that Jesus does) to throw their fishing nets back into the sea. Of course, once again, the nets fill up with fish, so many that they can't even pull the nets back into their boat. It's just like when Jesus first called his disciples and told them he would make them fishers of men.

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Trudeau ignores moral duty in proceeding with Saudi arms pact

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April 4, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tried to claim the moral high ground for his decision to proceed with a $15-billion arms deal with the government of Saudi Arabia. Speaking to the United Nations March 15, Trudeau said the government must honour all contracts signed by the previous government whether it agrees with those contracts or not. It does not seem to matter to the prime minister that there is near-moral-certainty that the light armoured vehicles (aka, tanks) will be used in suppressing dissent and the human rights of the Saudi people.

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