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Students Honored for Donating to Missions

World Mission Sunday used to be celebrated with parades and pageantry. Kids would dress up as their favorite saints and missionaries. There would be processions through the streets.

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A Pastoral Approach to Moral Principles

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, As the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family came to a close last Saturday, Pope Francis beatified Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass, praising him as a “humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church.

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Clash of Straw Men

Two recent speeches by senior Vatican officials whose responsibilities involve wrestling with world politics suggest that some default positions need a reset in the Holy See.

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Father Benedict Won’t Be Soon Forgotten

My good friend, Father Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R., died Oct. 3 on the same date as St. Francis of Assisi, after praying a rosary. He was a renowned Christian retreat director, author, preacher, teacher, counselor and guide to many. He was perhaps the most well-known priest in the U.S. It was my privilege to call him co-founder of Good Counsel Homes as well as my spiritual director and friend.

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Marching in Columbus Parade Was Sheer Fun

It was the Italians turn to shine at the 70th annual Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan, which featured a float from the Diocese of Brooklyn with Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio aboard. Aside from its spiritual leader, there also were a number of notables in the diocesan contingent that rode up Fifth Avenue.

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Family Life Entails Great Responsibility

As we continue our reflection on family life, coinciding with the Synod of the Family, the definition of family is probably most important for us to understand. Pope Francis recently said, “There is no future without children.”

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Irreverent ‘Leave You’ Should Be Left Behind

Billed as a dramatic comedy, “This Is Where I Leave You” (Warner Bros.) tries, unsuccessfully, to wring laughs and sentiment from one suburban family’s dysfunction.

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Strength and Peace Through Faith

When you think about it, faith and trust go hand in hand. People believe in the power of prayer because they believe they see results. They pray for strength to get through a challenge, and then they find the strength to overcome that obstacle.

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In Life and Faith, We Journey Together

This year marks a big “birthday” for me and a group of classmates. Over the years, we have been having class reunions across the globe, wherever we are scattered. Many of us went to school together from first to 12th grade at the Maryknoll Sisters School in Hong Kong.

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Understanding Facts Can Abate Fears of the Ebola Virus

Dear Dr. Garner,

This Ebola virus outbreak has me really worried, even though I have heard that it’s impossible to get it over here. Still, strange things seem to be happening. Doctors who supposedly had no exposure have come down with the virus, which doesn’t seem to be following all of the rules.

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