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World events reveal dangers of selfishness

World events reveal dangers of selfishness

| March 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

In countries across the Middle East, huge crowds of people — including large numbers of young adults — continue to gather in squares and streets demanding a voice in how their lives are governed and how they are treated.

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What if Delta were a diocese?

What if Delta were a diocese?

| Father William Byron | March 2, 2011 | 2 Comments

What the church could learn from airline’s move to teach employees good manners

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A little ‘inside baseball’ about Catholic press awards

A little ‘inside baseball’ about Catholic press awards

| February 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

Across North America right about now, folks who work for Cath­olic newspapers, magazines, web­sites, newsletters and book publishers are leafing through all of their work from 2010.

We do this every year about this time, deciding which of our stories, photos, columns, page designs, even ads, we are going to enter into the annual competition of the Catholic Press Association.

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Appointing bishops, from Henry IV to Hu Jintao

Appointing bishops, from Henry IV to Hu Jintao

| John Garvey | February 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

On Nov. 20, I traveled to Rome for a consistory of the College of Cardinals. It was a special event for me in more ways than one. Two of the 24 men named cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI are graduates of my institution, The Catholic University of America.

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Church offers services to give back to seniors

Church offers services to give back to seniors

| Bishop Lee Piché | February 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

On the bulletin board in the kitchen at my parents’ home is a little cross-stitched sign that reads: “Growing Old is Not for Sissies.” As I watch my own parents rise to the challenges of aging, I can vouch for the truth of that saying.

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Fighting for racial equality in the 1960s

Fighting for racial equality in the 1960s

| February 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

The 1960s were tumultuous times for race relations in the United States. The preceding decade saw civil rights successes, such as the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kan., in which the justices ruled that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. And the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks provided leadership and inspiration to the civil rights movement.

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The Genesis problem

The Genesis problem

| Father Robert Barron | February 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

How can anyone believe that God made the visible universe in six days, that all the species were created at the same time, that light existed before the sun and moon, etc., etc? How can believers possibly square the naïve cosmology of Genesis with the textured and sophisticated theories of Newton, Darwin, Einstein and Stephen Hawking?

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Working through a hard death

Working through a hard death

| Father Tad Pacholcyk, Ph.D. | February 9, 2011 | 1 Comment

Caregivers and health care professionals can and often do greatly assist those who are suffering and dying. Even with careful pain management and comfort measures, however, the dying process can still be agonizing and difficult.

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Four reasons our Catholic schools matter

Four reasons our Catholic schools matter

| February 2, 2011 | 1 Comment

According to a Catholic school principal, restructuring of parishes and schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has forced an important evaluation: Why do Catholic Schools matter?

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Opinions in 140 characters

Opinions in 140 characters

| February 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Twitter version of editorials

What would happen if editorials could only be 140 characters long, the maximum length of a message on Twitter?

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Mission of martyr with local ties lives on

Mission of martyr with local ties lives on

| February 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

As The Catholic Spirit celebrates a century of providing news and inspiration to its readers, it recognized the significant deaths of Archbishop Oscar Romero and the four Maryknoll Missionaries in the faith history of the archdiocese (The Catholic Spirit, Jan. 7). Though these murders occurred decades ago in Central America, the purpose of their lives and mission continues today.

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Work among sick inspired future ministry as deacon

Work among sick inspired future ministry as deacon

| Deacon Mickey Friesen | February 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

One of the most memorable ex­periences I had as a young man discerning my vocation was the time I spent at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Free Cancer Home in St. Paul, now part of the Fran­cis­can Health Community.

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