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Using new media, National Geographic tells the story of Christ’s tomb

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WASHINGTON – In the modern-age, news about Jesus doesn’t just sell newspapers, it racks up page views, too.

In 2016, when renovations around the site believed to protect the tomb of Christ in Jerusalem were underway, religious leaders agreed to the temporary removal of the marble slab covering the tomb so that restorers could install a moisture barrier to protect it. It would mark the first opening of the space in perhaps centuries. Read more »

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Pope arrives in Bangladesh, praises country’s welcome of Rohingya

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DHAKA, Bangladesh — The government and people of Bangladesh have shown exemplary generosity in welcoming hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, despite great demands placed on already limited resources, Pope Francis said.

Arriving in Bangladesh from Myanmar Nov. 30, Pope Francis wasted no time in mentioning the plight of the refugees who have been a source of concern for him for more than two years. Read more »

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Saint of the Week: Nicholas

November 30th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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St. Nicholas

Fourth Century

Feast Day: December 6

St. Nicholas (Thinkstock)

From the ninth century in the East and the 11th century in the West, Nicholas has been one of the most popular saints in Christendom and art, and the patron of many countries, dioceses, churches and cities.

He was bishop of Myra in Lycia (now Turkey). According to folklore, he saved three girls from prostitution, restored to life three murdered children hidden in a brine-tub or saved from death three unjustly condemned men.

There is no evidence that he attended the Council of Nicaea in 325 or suffered persecution for his faith.

“Santa Claus” comes from the Dutch form of his name: “Sinte Klaas.”

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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 3, 2017

November 30th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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First Sunday of Advent

            Cycle B

            1) Is 63:16-17, 19; 64:2-7

            Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19

            2) 1 Cor 1:3-9

            Gospel: Mk 13:33-37

Come, Lord Jesus: Our Advent prayer      

Each Advent, we are given a fresh chance to discover that the deepest longings of our heart are for God. The prophet Isaiah reminds us of this deep human desire for God. For this reason, he is considered the prophet of Advent who highlights the hopes of the people of Israel for a messiah. Our deep longing for God is at the heart of our Advent preparations. Read more »

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Pope urges bishops to exercise authority as judges in annulments

November 27th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized, Vatican News Tags: , ,

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A diocesan bishop is the sole judge in the streamlined process for handling marriage annulments, Pope Francis said.

The simplified process “is not an option that the diocesan bishop can choose, but rather an obligation that derives from his consecration and from the mission received,” making the bishop the sole and exclusive authority in charge throughout the three phases of the briefer process, the pope said.

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Happy Thanksgiving from The Dialog

November 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything.

Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.

Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”

— Thomas Merton

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Men of service memorialized

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For diocese’s 150th anniversary, Father Thomas Peterman releases updated book on its priests

WILMINGTON — Seventeen years ago, when the Diocese of Wilmington was celebrating Jubilee 2000, Father Thomas Peterman wrote a book, “Catholic Priests of the Diocese of Wilmington,” to memorialize the service of the men who had served its parishes, schools and other ministries.

A lot has happened since that book was released, and since the diocese will mark 150 years in 2018, an update seemed to be in order. Father Peterman has been working on it for about four years.

It will be available next week. Read more »

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Support retired religious through the RFR collection

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Dear Friends in Christ,

On the weekend of Dec. 2-3, our parishes will be conducting the annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR). I urge you to offer this appeal your prayerful and vocal support. Your efforts are vital to its success.

In his letter to consecrated religious marking the beginning of the year of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis outlines various aims for the celebrations, the first of which is “to look to the past with gratitude.” In this spirit, I ask for your heartfelt support of the annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR.) The RFR furnishes immediate financial assistance for the day to day care of aging religious and helps their communities implement long-term retirement strategies. Read more »

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Viewpoint: Count your blessings and give thanks for each moment

November 22nd, 2017 Posted in Opinion, Uncategorized

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Poet John Milton is thought to have said, “Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”

There are so many things for which to be grateful to God. What’s amazing is that once you start finding blessings, they multiply. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Nov. 26, 2017

November 22nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

            Cycle A

            1) Ez 34:11-12, 15-17

            Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6

            2) 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28

            Gospel: Mt 25:31-46

 

Head out on the highway      

As always on Sundays, today’s first reading and Gospel reading are coordinated. But they fit together less like a couple of Lego pieces than like the eastbound and westbound lanes of an expressway.

What is the same in both texts is the message that God intends to judge our cooperation or non-cooperation with his plans. Read more »

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