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Check in each week to read interesting articles from Catholic writers, discover what Catholics are talking about in the wider world, find out what's happening in the lives of Catholic leaders, and keep up with the latest news from the Sisters of Bon Secours!

EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL

Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service |  April 27, 2015

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis offered his prayers to all those affected by a deadly earthquake in Nepal and encouraged rescue and emergency workers in their efforts.

More than 3,600 people were known to have been killed and more than 6,500 others injured after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit a mountainous region near Kathmandu Saturday.

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GLOBAL SOLIDARITY

Joyce Meyer, Global Sisters Report| April 8, 2015

Early morning in February I walked into the beautiful conference center of the Divine Word Missionaries in Nemi, Italy, a small city about an hour outside of Rome. The center is perched overlooking a glistening crater lake in the mountains that, if your room is on the lucky-side, you can see the great city. Day and night the view is spectacular. It was a chilly day with light rain turning to snow, but this did not deter the 44 sister delegates arriving with enthusiasm from Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States.

These women religious leaders represented 29 regions of the world and 80 percent of religious worldwide. Their goal was to find common issues that they could address together, believing that global solidarity is the way forward to making significant changes in systems of society and the church.

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HUMILITY IS GOD’S WAY

Joshua McElwee, National Catholic Reporter|March 29, 2015

ROME Pope Francis has called on Christians around the world to use Holy Week as a time to reflect and exemplify the humility of Christ, and to reject a worldliness that he says proposes “another way” of vanity, pride and success.

Speaking in his homily during Mass in St. Peter’s Square for Palm Sunday, the pope said the story of Jesus’ suffering shows that the only true way of life for Christians is humility.

Reflecting on the Gospel story of the day — read in most places as the complete story of the passion and death of Christ, from his entry to Jerusalem to his crucifixion — Francis said: “Humility is above all God’s way: God humbles himself to walk with his people.”

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ENDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING

March 18, 2015

Joyce Meyer, Global Sisters Report

Young women once again being sold into slavery! This was the story from Change.org recently describing ISIS’ new tactic. Every day we are greeted with another story about women and girls being sold or trafficked somewhere in the world. And each time, I feel a kind of helplessness. What can I do? It seems such an overwhelming disease in our human family. Although we know from the Ebola epidemic that physical diseases are painfully difficult to eradicate, those that drive persons to destroy others spiritually seems even more so. Between 26 and 30 million persons are currently experiencing the consequences of this spiritual sickness in our world.

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WALKING WITH JESUS

March 17, 2015

Judith Sudilovsky, Catholic News Service

JERUSALEM (CNS) — Several pilgrim groups gathered in a sunny courtyard in Jerusalem’s Old City. They were preparing to follow a tradition reaching back at least to the fifth century: walking along the Via Dolorosa, through the cobbled streets of Jerusalem’s Old City.

The Via Dolorosa represents the route taken by Jesus on the way to his crucifixion, until he was laid in the tomb. Although the route followed for this devotion has changed over the centuries, the need and desire of the Christian faithful to walk in Jesus’ footsteps has not. The current route was probably formalized in the 18th century.

 

 

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FINDING JESUS

March 5, 2015

Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Is the Shroud of Turin real, as many Catholics believe? Or is it a product of the 14th century, as suggested by tests conducted of strips taken from the shroud?

Does it matter at all — and, if it does, how much does it matter?

Those are the kinds of questions addressed in a new CNN series, “Finding Jesus,” which airs at 9 p.m. EDT Sundays through Easter, April 5.

Jesuit Father James Martin, one of a host of scholars and scientists interviewed for the series, said for the series that “in my gut” the shroud is real.

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TRUST IN GOD

Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When people trust in the world more than in God, their heart becomes numb and their eyes blind to those in need, Pope Francis said.

“Worldliness transforms souls, it makes (people) lose touch with reality: They live in a fake world they have made,” he said March 5 in his homily at a morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives

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CATHOLICS AND IMMIGRATION

Stand at the cross and hear God's voice.

March 4, 2014
Michael Shawn Winters, National Catholic Reporter

When my dad entered St. Mary’s parish school in Jewett City, Connecticut, he did not speak English, only Polish, and so he had to repeat first grade. The nuns oversaw my dad’s transition from Polish farmhouse to American mainstream. The middle of nine children, he was the first to go to college and by the time I came on the scene, he was as American as apple pie. A few weeks ago, he told me he was going to Mass at Sagrada Corazon church about fifteen minutes from our home, because he had requested a Mass there for the mother of a Spanish-speaking friend of the family.

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THE LORD FORGIVES GENEROUSLY

March 3, 2015
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When the Bible says, “though your sins be like scarlet” God will make them “white as snow,” it exaggerates, just like God exaggerates in his willingness to forgive people, Pope Francis said.

“The Lord forgives generously,” the pope said March 3 during his early morning Mass. God never says, “‘I will forgive you just this much, then we’ll see about the rest.’ No. The Lord always forgives everything.”

“The Lord exaggerates. But it is the truth,” the pope said at the Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.

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LIVING A VOWED LIFE

Posted February 27, 2015
Coleen Gibson, Global Sisters Report

Every morning you have to wake up and say yes!
That’s one of the single most quoted pieces of advice I got in the lead up to my first profession of vows. No one promised me the road ahead would be smooth, nor did they say that my first year of profession would be easy. To be honest, among all the other pieces of advice I received, the admonition that I’d need to say yes everyday seemed like a euphemistic response to the question of what it means to live a vowed life. Yet, just six months later I found myself sitting across the table from an acquaintance saying just that: “Every day I have to choose to say yes.”

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