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Catholic News & Perspective

March 2017

Mar 24

Learning from icons

By Judith Sudilovsky OSV Newsweekly During a recent lesson, Ian Knowles, director and tutor at the Bethlehem Icon Centre, held open a textbook and, pointing with his finger, very enthusiastically described the scene depicted in a Russian medieval icon of the Presentation of Mary at the Temple. The theme is a common one and can be found in most...
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Mar 22

The Ten Commandments

By Michael R. Heinlein OSV Newsweekly From the beginning, it has been made clear that God intends for us to live in friendship with him and in harmony with one another and the wider creation. But with the Fall, that perspective was lost. God, however, gave us a gift in bringing us back toward those goals by giving us the Ten Commandments. So...
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Mar 18

Archdiocese announces beatification date for Oklahoma priest

By: Catholic News Service OSV Newsweekly WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City announced that one its native sons, Father Stanley Rother, a North American priest who worked in Guatemala and was brutally murdered there in 1981, will be beatified Sept. 23 in Oklahoma. "It's official! Praised be Jesus Christ! Archbishop Coakley...
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Mar 16

Priest hits the street fishing for souls

By: James Graves OSV Newsweekly Walk the streets of St. Joseph, Missouri, and you may have a memorable encounter with a tall young priest wearing a black cassock and Saturno clergy hat, a rosary in one hand and large crucifix in the other. The priest is Father Lawrence Carney, ordained for the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, who for the past three...
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Mar 14

Highlights of Year 4

By: OSV Staff OSV Newsweekly Pope Francis as the newly elected pontiff appears for the first time on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in this March 13, 2013, file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Pope Francis was elected March 13, 2013. He celebrates four years in office today. Here are some highlights of his fourth...
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Mar 11

Sewing with the Sisters promotes joy of religious life

By: Mariann Hughes OSV Newsweekly Practical skills and spiritual growth were to be stitched together into one fun event when a New Ulm, Minnesota, community rallied to support a local religious order on March 10. The Handmaids of the Lord convent invited locals to visit as part of the National Catholic Sisters Week celebration from March 8-14....
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Mar 9

Temper tantrums

By: Teresa Tomeo OSV Newsweekly A few years ago, I was traveling to Florida for a speaking engagement. If anyone has ever visited Orlando, you know how busy that area is — starting with the Orlando airport. The scene that unfolded before me as I attempted to get off the tram and head toward baggage claim is similar to what we’ve been...
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Mar 7

Bible, like cellphone, should be carried always, pope says

Catholic News Service OSV Newsweekly VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christians should care about reading God's messages in the Bible as much as they care about checking messages on their cellphones, Pope Francis said. As Christ did in the desert when tempted by Satan, men and women can defend themselves from temptation with the word of God if they...
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Mar 4

Opening the Word: The sin of grasping

By: Timothy P. O'Malley OSV Newsweekly Young children struggle with generosity. They grasp and seize, yelling out, “Mine!” when another child begins to play with their toy. This refusal to give — this desire to hold on at all costs — is rooted deeply in the fallen nature of humankind. In the beginning, God created man and...
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Mar 2

How Can We Celebrate Lent and Easter As a Family?

By: Joanna Bogle The Catholic Answer Say the word “Easter” and most people will think of chocolate eggs, which is a pity, because it means so much more than that — in its glorious celebration of our redemption through Christ’s death and resurrection, and in giving meaning to every Sunday throughout the year. To...
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Mar 1

Our Lenten journey

By:Robert P. Lockwood OSV Newsweekly St. Athanasius wrote of Lent in the fourth century as if it was already an ancient tradition. The patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt, described “the whole world” engaged in a 40-day Lenten fast in preparation for Easter. That was only about 60 years after the Council of Nicea (A.D. 325) was held in...
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