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Your Catholic Online News Magazine
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Sunday, January 22, 2017
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  • Maternity leave: Why the pope wants the church to be a loving mother
    A number of feast days over the Advent and Christmas seasons gave Pope Francis a fresh opportunity to pay homage to the world's mothers and insist further on how and why he wants the entire church to become more maternal.
  • Feeding the Spirit
    Advent is a busy time for all of us. We try to prepare ourselves spiritually for the coming of Jesus into our hearts and lives, and we also spend time on all of the other things we need to do – or think we need to do – like shopping, sending cards, baking, decorating and so on. 
  • Marriage advice: Make time for each other, especially at Christmas
    People who work with married couples have urged them to make time for each other, especially during the often-stressful Christmas season.
  • Catholic youth ministers urged to walk with young adults as Jesus would
    Jesus Christ's example of friendship with his apostles is the model for "the start of ministry to young adults in the 21st century," a bishop told 1,000 members of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry gathered in San Jose Dec. 2.
  • Movie Reviews - 'Allied', 'Moana', 'Bad Santa 2', 'Rules Don't Apply'
    Like time travelers from the Golden Age of Hollywood studio films, the characters played by Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in "Allied" (Paramount) don't allow a little event like World War II to muss their elegant coifs.
  • Annual White Mass honors the gifts persons with special needs bring to the Church
    Honoring and recognizing the gifts of those whom Pope Francis calls “the masterpieces of God’s creation” – persons with special needs – hundreds of archdiocesan faithful gathered for the seventh annual White Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on Nov. 20.
  • Five ways to plan a great send-off (especially your own!)
    Death and taxes! These two things no one can avoid. Even though we know this, we are often not ready for either one. It’s November, the month where we pray for the faithful departed, and not April, the month where sometimes we feel like the IRS may be trying to do us in, so let’s talk turkey about funerals.
  • For expectant parents, miscarriage can be 'loss of a dream'
    Immaculate Conception parishioners Kayla and Matt Boesch had planned to welcome their first baby this fall. Instead, they will be visiting the cemetery plot where they buried their baby's remains last spring.
  • Economic hardship hit U.S. families in past year, new survey says
    A significant minority of American families faced some form of economic hardship in the past year, according to the second American Family Survey, which was released Oct. 20.
  • Priests and parishes in archdiocese work to support victims of domestic violence
    Every minute, nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. This equates to more than 10 million people every year.
  • Faith in Action
    Every October for the last 44 years, we here in the United States have observed Respect Life Month. It is a reminder of the value and dignity of every human life. Life comes from God and has been redeemed by Jesus, and we are called to protect it in every stage and circumstance.
  • U.S. bishops carefully unpacking, teaching 'Amoris Laetitia,' report says
    Leaders of the U.S. Catholic Church have been proceeding carefully in their efforts to understand and implement the pope's exhortation on marriage and family, according to a report issued Sept. 27.
  • Insight: A False and Dangerous Compassion
    Our Catholic faith teaches us that assisted suicide gravely violates the sacred value of all human life, particularly the lives of those who are vulnerable due to age, illness, or disability. It also undermines the medical profession's healing mission.
  • New TV programs tackle matters of life, faith and evil
    As broadcast television launches its new season this month, viewers will encounter three new shows that tackle, directly or indirectly, matters of life, faith and the battle of good versus evil. Based on the first episodes available to preview, two of the programs show promise.
  • Do You Have a Call within a Call?
    I’m excited! Really excited! I was blessed to travel to Rome for the canonization of Mother Teresa, one of the most beloved saints of our time. Her call from the Lord to leave teaching to take care of the poor has inspired me from the time I first heard it. God spoke to her heart and she listened, responding with great faith to what she said was her “call within a call.”
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