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  • Physician-assisted suicide prevention

    Much has happened on the assisted-suicide front. The California legislature went into an extraordinary session on health care and emerged with a bill legalizing physician assisted suicide.
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  • Give yourself the gift of time

    People who care for loved ones with frail health typically have a multitude of responsibilities: Shopping, running errands, paying bills among them. There don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done, let alone spend time with other important people in their life and tend to their own needs.
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  • St. Joseph in perspective

    During the Advent and Christmas seasons, St. Joseph holds a prominent place in the liturgical and historical celebrations.
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  • The best Christmas gift you’ll ever receive

    “If I knew things would no longer be, I would have tried to remember better.” That’s a line from the 1990 movie “Avalon,” which comes to mind every Christmas season because it’s a time of year that prompts me to reflect on the past and the best gift I ever received.
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  • Understanding Mary’s Immaculate Conception

    At the beginning of the liturgical year we honor the immaculately conceived Virgin Mary. The solemnity of Mary’s Immaculate Conception is celebrated on Dec. 8, and honors the conception of Mary in the womb of her mother, St. Anne, without original sin.
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  • No one should have no one at Christmas

    Each year British retailer John Lewis creates a seasonal buzz with its creative, emotionally charged Christmas advertisements.
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  • The saint who became Santa Claus

    You probably know that there’s a real-life “Jolly Old St. Nick” in our background, and that he’s got a feast day in the church (Dec. 6) along with the rest of the saints. The odds are, though, that you don’t know that much more about St. Nicholas.
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  • Origin of our Thanksgiving Day

    St. Paul urged us to give thanks to God always. Our forebears and our founding fathers, active Christians, often followed this sage counsel. And eventually our national day of Thanksgiving evolved.
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  • Eye-opening experience at Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services

    The teenage boy sitting across the table from me at Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services office in San Mateo talked calmly about his chilling experience fleeing gang violence in his home country of Honduras and strapping himself by his belt to the top of a train to escape through Mexico.
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  • Choosing wisely or foolishly at global climate conference

    “A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system,” warns Pope Francis.
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  • Annulments: What is really changing?: The abbreviated process

    On Sept. 8, 2015, Pope Francis issued “Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus” (“The Lord Jesus, Gentle Judge,”) a document revising the marriage nullity process. The mass media, including even some Catholic news outlets, have reported a great deal of misinformation about the changes. In question-and-answer format over the next few weeks, I would like to reflect on various aspects of this new “motu proprio” responding to some logical questions which have been raised since publication.
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  • Death in a Christian perspective

    When someone departs from this life we say that person has died. What do we mean? St. Paul says the person fell asleep in the Lord.
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  • Annulments: What is really changing?: The abbreviated process

    On Sept. 8, 2015, Pope Francis issued “Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus” (“The Lord Jesus, Gentle Judge,”) a document revising the marriage nullity process. The mass media, including even some Catholic news outlets, have reported a great deal of misinformation about the changes. In question-and-answer format over the next few weeks, I would like to reflect on various aspects of this new “motu proprio” responding to some logical questions which have been raised since publication.
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  • Pope Francis: A model ministry

    Pope Francis has shifted the conversation away from “who is out” to “who is in”; away from what behaviors will preclude you from the services of the church to how the services of the church must be better deployed to serve those at the periphery of society.
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  • Communication and mercy: A fruitful encounter

    VATICAN CITY – “Communication and mercy: A fruitful encounter” is the theme chosen by Pope Francis for World Communications Day.
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  • Follow the money

    On Sept. 3, pro-life Susan B. Anthony List invited 2,000 congressional Democrats and their staffs to a Capitol Hill screening of the Planned Parenthood investigative videos released to date. Only nine staffers showed up. Why? Perhaps a quick look at the money flowing between Planned Parenthood, the Obama administration and congressional Democrats tells the story.
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  • How the marriage nullity process is changing

    On Sept. 8, 2015, Pope Francis issued “Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus” (“The Lord Jesus, Gentle Judge,”) a document revising the marriage nullity process. The mass media, including even some
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  • Annulments: What is really changing?

    On Sept. 8, 2015, Pope Francis issued “Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus” (“The Lord Jesus, Gentle Judge,”) a document revising the marriage nullity process.
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  • Workers, unions and ‘Caritas in Veritate’

    What is the responsibility of Catholic school teachers with regard to the spoken and lived representation of Catholic moral values?
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  • Millions of refugees have no place to call home

    The heartbreaking photo of the little Syrian refugee boy washed up dead on the shore of Bodrum, Turkey (see picture: http://bit.ly/1PZHvDV) strikingly illustrates the tragic plight of desperate refugees – mostly Syrian – fleeing for their lives from the Islamic State and other violent groups in the Middle East and Africa.
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