Catholic News & Perspective

June 2017

Jun 26

The Church at a time for ‘critical solidarity’

By: Don Clemmer OSV Newsweekly An outsider candidate for his country’s presidency, known for his crude rhetoric and stoking of voters’ resentment and fear, achieves victory in 2016. The country’s Catholic bishops grapple with how to engage, speak out for Gospel values and stand with those harmed by the new regime’s...
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Jun 24

Let's talk civility

By: Kathryn Jean Lopez OSV Newsweekly A funny thing happened when I moderated an event on civility last fall: Some of my most civil friends rebelled against it! And it’s a good thing, too. Let me explain.The Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and the National Review Institute...
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Jun 17

Prayer, patience are powerful weapons in dark times, pope says

By: Catholic News Service OSV Newsweekly VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In good times and in bad, prayer and patience can keep hope alive, Pope Francis said. God is close to those who suffer with patient hope and helps Christians see truly "beautiful moments" in times of darkness, the pope said June 9 in his homily during Mass in the Domus...
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Jun 15

Ecology letter faces challenges two years later

By: Don Clemmer OSV Newsweekly Two years ago, on June 18, 2015, Pope Francis released his encyclical Laudato Si’ (“On Care for Our Common Home”), addressing ecology and the need to safeguard the environment. While earlier popes, most notably Pope Benedict XVI, also had spoken out on the importance of environmental stewardship,...
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Jun 13

Summer Catholic trivia challenge

By: Michael R. Heinlein OSV Newsweekly Whether you’re traveling or staying home this summer, brush up your Catholic IQ and have some fun, too. Whether with a friend or by yourself, test your knowledge of the Faith and maybe even do some research if you’re stumped. SAINTS 1. Which saint saw a flaming, winged figure in the sky when...
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Jun 10

Pro-life and climate marches show changing movements

By: Robert Christian OSV Newsweekly In January, I marched at the annual March for Life. In April, I took to the streets of Washington, D.C. once again for the People’s Climate March. On both occasions, I was motivated by the same basic impulse: to stand up for human dignity and resist the throwaway culture that Pope Francis has denounced...
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Jun 8

Difficulties we encounter in prayer

By: Celia Wolf-Devine OSV Newsweekly Regular prayer has always been regarded as an essential part of Christian life. In the psalms the believer is compared to a tree planted by a stream that still bears fruit, even in times of drought, remaining full of sap and green, even in old age. Jesus is the one who can give us living water, as he tells...
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Jun 6

The power of conversion stories

By Mark Shea OSV Newsweekly Ever wonder why the Son of God opted not to just write down his message to us in his own words? The answer, I think, is that the great power of the Gospel lies in watching the impact Jesus has on those who follow him. The Gospels, in their own ways, are all conversion stories. They chronicle the journeys of the...
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