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2 things I believed about the Catholic Church that were totally wrong (and why anyone would stay Catholic) – Mama Needs Coffee – Christian Article

How about a little remedial ecclesiology today? (Trigger warning: if you don’t like going past 1200 words, this piece might stretch you 5 uncomfortable minutes past your limit. I know, I know. Same! I tried my best to rein it in.) The summer of shame is well in the rearview now, and we’re underway into a whole new calendar year. As 2018 waned, the days shortening and the nights darkening, it seemed that there would be no end in sight…

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Smoking cannabis as teenager increases risk of depression by 40 per cent, Oxford study finds – Christian Article

Tripling in rates of attempted suicide among such adults 60,000 cases of depression might be avoided among adults in their twenties and thirties if teenagers avoided all cannabis, researchers say 1 million young people likely to take cannabis if it was legalised, estimates suggest   Smoking cannabis at teenage parties ended with depression at university  Like many teenagers, Liam* started smoking cannabis at parties and at friends’ houses when their parents were out. At first, the habit he began at 16…

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Vatican, Microsoft team up on artificial intelligence ethics – Christian Article

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican says it is teaming up with Microsoft on an academic prize to promote ethics in artificial intelligence. Pope Francis met privately on Wednesday with Microsoft President Brad Smith and the head of a Vatican scientific office that promotes Catholic Church positions on human life. The Vatican said Smith and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia of the Pontifical Academy for Life told Francis about the international prize for an individual who has successfully defended a dissertation on ethical…

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In the Winter of Faith Just Keep Working – Christian Article

As I write this, it is mid-winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Like each season, winter has its time, its three months. To many of us, there seems to be a metaphorical winter in the Church and in our culture, one that has lasted for years. Those of us who are older probably remember a time when Masses were crowded. The church parking lots were packed full, and if you didn’t arrive early enough you often had to park elsewhere and…

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Facing Breast Cancer Like a Man – WE’RE LATE FOR CHURCH – Christian Article

“Hmmm… ” Slow intake of breath. “That’s right… It’s your dad who had the breast cancer…” recognition dawning as he squints at the data on the computer screen. A solemn nod from me. “Two separate occurrences?” he asks, though it’s more of a statement as he already knows the answer which is spelled out in clear Helvetica 10-point on the monitor before his spectacled eyes. “Yes.” We share a moment of deliberate eye contact. I look away first. He turns…

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BBC – Travel – The Swiss town obsessed with the number 11 – Christian Article

On a recent morning, at precisely 11:00, Therese Stählin was waiting in silence outside the entrance to the baroque town of Solothurn, clock-watching. “At 12:00, we need to be at our 11-hour clock,” she said, all aflutter upon my arrival. Eleven was the most auspicious time to meet in the city, she’d emailed a few days prior, but it was equally important for us not to be late for midday. We had to hurry. Crossing a footbridge over the Aare…

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On the Role of the Angels at the Second Coming – Christian Article

Gustave Doré (1868) This is the last in a series of five posts on the role of the angels in our lives and in creation. The content of these posts comes from a series I have been teaching at the Institute of Catholic Culture on the mission of the angels. Angels are ministering spirits mystically present and active throughout creation, in the events of Scripture, in the liturgy, and in our lives. The fundamental source for these reflections is Jean…

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Anti-Abortion Activists Still See Their Best Chance in Years to Chip Away at Roe v. Wade – Christian Article

WASHINGTON — Despite a temporary setback at the Supreme Court on Thursday night, the anti-abortion movement nationwide is pursuing its best chance in years to aggressively curb abortion access, and with a bench it believes remains in its favor. For years, anti-abortion activists have advanced a long-term and wide-ranging strategy to control state legislatures and governorships, in order to chip away at abortion rights. The Louisiana law, which was blocked by the court and would have limited access to abortion…

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12 Reasons for Ministry Burnout & How to Prevent It – Catholic Missionary Disciples – Christian Article

by Marcel LeJeune “Rejoice and be glad for your reward will be great in heaven” -Matt. 5:12 This verse is used by lay persons who work for the Church all the time, as a half-hearted joke. That is – you will never be appreciated or paid enough for the amount of service given to the Church, at least in this life. But, there is a seriousness behind it as well. I started working for the Catholic Church in 2002. If that sounds…

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Comfort My People – Crisis Magazine – Christian Article

The name of the stepbrother of William the Conqueror was a palindrome, and the ladies who made the Bayeux Tapestry must have enjoyed embroidering it along with the caption under the scene of Odo at the Battle of Hastings. A year after the Norman Conquest, he became Duke of Kent, assuming vast lands and power, but William had already seen to it that he had been made a bishop at about the age of nineteen. He was serious about his…

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Andrew Cuomo and his friends are morally depraved… – Christian Article

Writing recently on women seeking the presidency and the “likability” factor in our politics, Peggy Noonan made a tart observation: “There are a lot of male candidates with likability problems. Some, such as Andrew Cuomo, a three-term governor of a large state, are so unlikable they aren’t even mentioned as contenders.” Without contesting Miss Noonan’s point… This is Only a Snippet of a Christian Article written by null@newadvent.org (George Weigel) Read Full Article

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Francis signed document saying that God willed the “pluralism and diversity of religions”. What’s up with that? – Christian Article

I have recently paid as little attention as allowable to most of what is coming from the pens of Rome.  However, this needs some attention. Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahamad al-Tayyib, signed a document on “Fratellanza Umana per la Pace Mondiale e la convivenza comune… Human Fraternity for world peace and living together”. The document presents some affirmations and aspirations. It contains the following head-scratching statement. Emphases mine… Freedom is a right of every person: each individual…

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‘Seeing Vatican and UAE Flags Side by Side Is a Remarkable Sight’ – Christian Article

Peter Hellyer, media adviser to the UAE’s National Media Council, discusses the country’s commitment to tolerance and shares his thoughts on the historic visit after living over 40 years in the country. An adviser to the UAE’s National Media Council, Peter Hellyer has lived in the country since 1975. In this Feb. 4 interview with the Register, he discusses the Pope’s historic visit, what it means to the people of the UAE, and how it might impact the region.  A British native,…

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The Power of Pilgrimage ~ The Imaginative Conservative – Christian Article

There is within the human heart the need to set out on pilgrimage as if there is a power unlocked in the journey. There is a sense of seeking and finding—that through one’s visit to the holy places there will be growth in grace, enlightenment, and new inspiration… Four years ago my friend Joseph Pearce invited me to join him as chaplain on a pilgrimage to England. The pilgrimage tour was to be based on the Catholic literary figures and…

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What Padre Pio’s death was like… – Christian Article

“Never in my life have I suffered so,” said Padre Pio. He could only walk with help. He slept only a few minutes at a time because his asthma and bronchitis kept him coughing. The priest assigned to be his companion heard him saying over and over at night, “My Jesus, my mother Mary, I offer up to you the groaning of my poor soul… This is Only a Snippet of a Christian Article written by null@newadvent.org (null) Read Full…

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Why Tony Romo is a genius at football commentary… – Christian Article

Traditionally, in sports broadcasting, a color commentator’s job is to explain to viewers what they just saw. But, during the past few weeks of N.F.L. playoff games, Tony Romo, a former quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, who will call the Super Bowl on Sunday as an analyst for CBS, has delighted football fans by doing something else: telling them what they’re about to see… This is Only a Snippet of a Christian Article written by null@newadvent.org (null) Read Full Article

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Why Do People Hate the “Good Person”? The 4th Sunday in OT – Christian Article

The Readings for this Sunday show both Jesus and Jeremiah facing opposition for speaking God’s truth to their contemporaries.  They raise interesting questions about why it is that the “good person” so often suffers at the hands of others, and offer encouragement to those who experience this suffering. 1.  Our First Reading is Jer 1:4-5, 17-19: The word of the LORD came to me, saying:Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I dedicated you,a…

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Introducing a Modern Master – Christian Article

Bernardo Aparicio García Discovering Giovanni Gasparro’s work last year—it was brought to my attention by our managing editor, Karen Ullo—has been one of the most exciting moments of my tenure as publisher of Dappled Things. Since founding the journal more than a decade ago, it has been largely my responsibility to seek out and select the visual art we publish. In fulfilling this task, one of my guiding convictions has been that popular notions of what innovation means in the…

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Of Driving Lessons, Fatherhood and the Moral Life – Christian Article

Conversion to Christ does not automatically make us virtuous.—Frank Sheed We always start in a deserted parking lot. On a Sunday. When nobody is around, and the risks of major catastrophe are limited. The parking lot just north of Jackson Middle School is ideal. There’s plenty of room, and the yellow parking grid in the middle creates a natural oval lane on the outside for those tentative, jerky accelerations and decelerations that every beginning driver will make. It’s where I…

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The 3rd Sunday of OT – Christian Article

The past three Sundays have focused on the three early “manifestations” or “epiphanies” of Jesus’ divine nature recorded in the Gospels: the Visit of the Magi, the Baptism, and the Wedding at Cana.  Now the Lectionary “settles in” to Ordinary Time, which this year involves reading through the Gospel of Luke.  This Sunday, we pick up the introduction to Luke’s Gospel (Lk 1:1-4), but then skip to the beginning of Jesus’ ministry (Luke 4:14-21) because we’ve already heard all the…

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Where did Jesus’ first miracle really take place? – Christian Article

The actual location of Cana of Galilee is anything but certain. Cana is known for being the scene of Jesus’ first miracle, the changing of water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2, 1-11). Some commentators claim the wedding might have possibly been that of a close relative of Jesus’ mother. As they ran out of wine, Mary turned to her Son to avoid any potential embarrassment. The Gospel says Jesus replied asking his mother “what concern is that…

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Former Athlete Found Strength in Her Paralysis — and Call to Join March for Life – Christian Article

Above, Katrina Gallic speaks at the March for Life Rally in 2017. Below, Gallic is shown in action, on her way to the state title. (Courtesy of Katrina Gallic and Tim Gallic) Former Athlete Found Strength in Her Paralysis — and Call to Join March for Life Katrina Gallic runs the race of faith for the unborn. When Katrina Gallic was entering high school, one of the things the future pro-life advocate was most excited about was being a sprinter for…

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Uncle Screwtape Is Delighted with Our Social Cowardice – Christian Article

The senior demon has a new letter for Wormwood about his disoriented American subjects. My Dear Wormwood, Forgive my tardy response to your last flaming missive (or—if you really want to impress me—don’t) in which you attempt to berate me for insufficiently appreciating your efforts at sowing discord within the venue of American Politics. As they say in your circles, “Goon, get over yourself.” Political discord, especially in America, where headlines and soundbite analyses are accepted even when they are…

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