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Word to Life — Sunday Scripture readings, March 26, 2017
  March 26, Fourth Sunday of Lent       Cycle A. Readings:       1) 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a       Psalm 23:1-6       2) Ephesians 5:8-14       Gospel: John 9:1-41   By Sharon K. Perkins Catholic News Service In the U.S. … Continue reading

Protecting children: Warning signs of potential abusers
By Drew Dillingham Catholic News Service (Eighth in a series) ROME — Everyone knows the story of the prophet Jonah. He is commanded by God to prophesy to Nineveh, home of one of Israel’s greatest enemies. Despite receiving God’s commission … Continue reading

Mother Mary: The merciful, mischievous interceder in Italian legends
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told a story today about a legend in southern Italy to illustrate how Mary is always nearby, watching, waiting and ready to jump in and lend a hand. While Jesus is every person’s best advocate … Continue reading

Word to Life — Sunday Scripture readings, March 19, 2017
March 19, Third Sunday of Lent       Cycle A. Readings:       1) Exodus 17:3-7       Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9       2) Romans 5:1-2, 5-8       Gospel: John 4:5-42   By Jeff Hedglen Catholic News Service Why are you a Christian? What is … Continue reading

Protecting children: How loving families, strong social support can help
By Drew Dillingham Catholic News Service (Seventh in a series) ROME — If you think the problems facing families today are new, just open your Bible; the common themes remain. Throughout both the Old and New Testaments are stories of … Continue reading

Two saints’ feasts ‘can cure our amnesia’ on immigration
Here is a reflection written by the vice president of mission for Catholic Extension, a national Catholic fundraising organization based in Chicago that builds churches and aids the Catholic Church in America’s poorest places. Looking ahead to two important feast … Continue reading

Wanted: Humble shepherd, clear communicator, world traveler
VATICAN CITY — Four years ago today, 115 cardinal-electors chose a new pope. Inspired through prayer and the Holy Spirit, the men sought to elect the best pastor for this particular moment in the church and the world. We here … Continue reading

Word to Life — Sunday Scripture readings, March 12, 2017
  March 12, Second Sunday of Lent      Cycle A. Readings:      1) Genesis 12:1-4a      Psalm 33:4-5,18-20, 22      2) 2 Timothy 1:8b-10      Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9   By Jean Denton Catholic News Service … Continue reading

Protecting children: Overcoming resistance to usher in positive change
By Drew Dillingham Catholic News Service (Sixth in a series) ROME — During class this week, a student asked the professor why it takes so long for things to get done in the church. The professor answered with an analogy. He … Continue reading

Pope Francis’ words on women
By Junno Arocho Esteves ROME (CNS) — International Women’s Day is a day that celebrates the social, cultural, political and economic achievements of women. Pope Francis has often spoken on their achievements and contributions to the church, but has honored their … Continue reading