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Pope Francis: Address to European Parliament
Last edited 26th November 2014

Here is the full text of the address delivered by Pope Francis to members of the European Parliament, Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday November 25, 2014.

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"Euthanasia Threatens My Very Existence" - Why We Should Care About the Euthanasia Debate
Last edited 28th November 2014

With a euthanasia bill tabled in the Australian Federal Parliament, arguments on all sides of the debate are gathering steam, but there is one group of people who say they have more to fear than most from euthanasia legislation – those who are living with disability and battling a daily presumption from society that their lives are not worth living.

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Asia Bibi Makes Last Legal Appeal to Save Her Life
Last edited 24th November 2014

Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, is to appeal to the country’s supreme court in a last legal attempt to save her life.

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Facing Boko Haram, Nigerians 'Storm the Heavens with Prayers'
Last edited 24th November 2014

Boko Haram's expansion has meant murders, forced conversion, and forcible expulsion from homes, causing Catholics in Nigeria to pray and to reach out to help and console the militant Islamist group’s victims.

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Pope Francis Says People With Autism Carry a Cross; Stigma Must Be Broken Down
Last edited 24th November 2014

Pope Francis says we need to break down the stigma of autism and is calling on government, institutions, and Christian communities to do so. Speaking Saturday morning to the participants of a three-day conference held at the Vatican, he said support is needed to pay "due attention" to the rights, needs, and potential of those with autism, and that that support system must "always safeguard the dignity of every person."


The Spirituality of Surfing
Last edited 24th November 2014

Who consistently wakes up at 4.30am every morning and does the same thing year after year, decade after decade? The answer: monks and surfers. Surfing isn’t a religion, but for many surfers I know it comes pretty close. I’ve been surfing most of my life, and as a Catholic priest I see major similarities between surfing and Christianity.

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Xt3 Advent Calendar Poster - Print to Promote the Calendar in Your Parish
Last edited 24th November 2014

The Xt3 Advent Calendar is available to be downloaded as an app or viewed online.

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Astronomers Believe They May be About to Discover One, or Even Two, New Planets
Last edited 23rd November 2014

It seems we may soon have a ninth planet — and possibly a tenth. A group of astronomers say they’ve found the telltale traces such planets would leave behind.


An Interreligious Thanksgiving Feast in Israel
Last edited 23rd November 2014

As interreligious and political tensions escalated in Israel, especially in Jerusalem, more than 80 Jews, Christians and Muslims gathered at the home of a U.S. diplomat to celebrate an American tradition: Thanksgiving.

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A Short Meditation on the Burden that Sin Brings
Last edited 23rd November 2014

There’s an old expression, seldom used today although I remember the old folks used it sometimes when I was young, “May you sleep the sleep of the just.” When my Great Aunt Polly used it, she meant simply, “May you sleep well.” But more richly and historically, the phrase speaks to a serenity that comes from having a quiet conscience, a conscience that is untroubled by the burden of unconfessed and unrepentant sin.

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