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Series on the Mass: Person to person, the body of Christ

Sunday Mass is crowded. Slowly, beginning in the front pews, people stand and head toward the altar. You know the moment. Everyone is lining...

Series on the Mass: Called to celebrate a deeper communion

If the liturgy is truly the source and summit of the life of the church, the Communion rite is the source and summit of...

Series on the Mass: The eucharistic prayer — mystery made manifest

Stage plays are broken down in acts. Sporting events are separated into quarters, innings, possessions, drives and plays. Symphonies are composed of movements. Books...

Series on the Mass: Ancient creed’s contemporary impact

Do I know what I truly believe? I hope so. For what people believe shapes their thinking and decisions, especially in key, consequential moments. Were...

Series on the Mass: The homily partnership

There is very little that a priest does each week that requires so much attention as the Sunday homily. The homily can be a...

Whatever the calling, we sometimes need to go to unfamiliar territory

I have no business singing high C. The second a hymn starts, I can tell by the notes whether the song's range is in my...

Viewpoint: ChitChat best left elsewhere

I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but at some point in my life I turned into my parents. I’m not saying that’s a bad...

Mass is a time of silence and prayer, not idle chitchat,...

Catholic News Service   VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Mass is the highest form of prayer and not an appropriate moment for small talk, Pope Francis said. At...

Forgive your aggressors, pope tells victims of Colombia’s civil war

Catholic News Service VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia — If just one victim of Colombia’s civil war forgives his or her aggressor, it can set off a chain...

Defend life, equality, unity, pope tells Colombians at Mass in Bogota

Catholic News Service BOGOTA, Colombia — Consolidating peace in Colombia will mean overcoming "the darkness" of inequality and a lack of respect for human life,...

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