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The story begins on a bright afternoon many years ago, one I remember as though I’d seen it, writes American author Jennifer Haigh in her novel, Faith, extracted in Commonweal magazine.
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 20
God's silence can forever scandalise us: in the Jewish Holocaust, in ethnic genocides, in brutal and senseless wars, in the earthquakes which kill thousands of people. Where is God in all of this? What's God's answer? It lies in the resurrection. But resurrection is not necessarily rescue, writes Ron Rolheiser.
Few people understood John Paul II as well as Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki, who for nine years served as one of the late Pope's two personal secretaries.
In meetings with Pope John Paul II over 25 years, Fr Michael Collins got to see a side of him that most people never saw. He writes about his memories of the late Pope in the Catholic Herald.
A shortened week generated an eclectic range of news. Fr Chris Riley celebrated 20 years of his Youth off the Streets project, the winners of the Clancy religious art prize were on show, and a Catholic doctor was told to divorce his sick wife if he wanted to stay in Australia.
The beatification of John Paul II dominated the agenda, with stories on virtually every aspect of his life and this weekend's ceremony. Items range from a 3D broadcast from Rome, miracles posted on the Vatican website, a meeting with Fidel Castro, and Polish pilgrims who want to see his relics. In keeping with the spirit, a new film has been released about a boy who wants to sing for the Pope.
Shortly before the 1984 US elections, someone handed the new archbishop of New York a letter representing pro-choice values. It was signed by the vice-presidential candidate, Geraldine Ferraro, the Catholic Democrat politician who died last month aged 76.
Cloistered in convents, subjected to stifling hierarchy, repressed, and occasionally persecuted by their male superiors, nuns from Italy in the 16th and 17th centuries circumvented authority in extraordinary ways.
Many readers and writers find grace nebulous. Grace is like beauty. We all agree that beauty exists, but we don’t all agree on what is beautiful.
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Gospel Verse for 20 May 2013