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Monday, November 30, 2015
  • Pope in Bangui: Open the doors of mercy

    BANGUI, Central African Republic (CNS) -- Put down the weapons of war and work for justice, Pope Francis urged the people of the Central African Republic.

    "Even when the powers of hell are unleashed, Christians must rise to the summons, their heads held high, and be ready ...

    Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the cathedral in Bangui, Central African Republic.
  • I Was Homeless
    Bible reading has gotten me into trouble over and over again.

    This began to happen when I went to live in subsidized housing for two years. There, the social worker, who was the assistant to the director, threatened me with a day-treatment program for ...

    A man sleeps on a sculpture titled "Homeless Jesus" in front of the offices of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.
  • Refugees in Lebanon get help at Catholic-run clinic

    BEIRUT (CNS) -- The three Iraqi retirees met up at St. Anthony's medical dispensary to get medication for hypertension, an ailment exacerbated by the stress of life as a refugee.

    As they waited their turn, they recalled their life in Qaraqosh, Iraq.

    "We celebrated everything together," 70-year-old ...

    Patients wait for their turn to be treated at St. Anthony’s medical dispensary in Beirut.
  • Thanksgiving Should Be a Verb

    Sometimes it’s easier to think of all the bad things—bombings, murders, illness, misfortune—in the world than the ...

    Ted and Arlene Capeci, residents of New York's Breezy Point neighborhood for 42 years, eat a donated Thanksgiving meal atop cardboard boxes.
  • Feast of Thanks
    Often when asked to name a special family time, people’s responses cluster around meals: Christmas dinner, birthday parties, a vacation cookout by the shore, a wedding banquet. Their intuition is sound: these special times are also sacred times. What better day to celebrate that connection ...
    Volunteers organize Thanksgiving food boxes for needy families at Spencerport Ecumenical Food Shelf in Spencerport, NY.
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Andrew: Andrew was St. Peter’s brother, and was called with him. "As [Jesus] was walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is now called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him" (Matthew 4:18-20). 
<p>John the Evangelist presents Andrew as a disciple of John the Baptist. When Jesus walked by one day, John said, "Behold, the Lamb of God." Andrew and another disciple followed Jesus. "Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come, and you will see.’ So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day" (John 1:38-39a). </p><p>Little else is said about Andrew in the Gospels. Before the multiplication of the loaves, it was Andrew who spoke up about the boy who had the barley loaves and fishes (see John 6:8-9). When the Gentiles went to see Jesus, they came to Philip, but Philip then had recourse to Andrew (see John 12:20-22). </p><p>Legend has it that Andrew preached the Good News in what is now modern Greece and Turkey and was crucified at Patras.</p> American Catholic Blog We look ahead to the coming of the Son of Man, standing erect and with heads held high. We live in hope, not in fear. Our experience of God is no longer limited by human weakness or even human sinfulness. God has always been one step ahead of us, with a plan that exceeds our greatest desires.

 Bishops: Tone down rhetoric on Syrian  refugees

St. Andrew
Legend says that this apostle, patron of Scotland, was crucified on an X-shaped cross.
First Sunday of Advent
Before dinner this evening gather your family to bless the Advent wreath and light one purple candle.
Remember also to give thanks for departed loved ones with whom you’ll someday be reunited.
Thanksgiving Day (U.S.)
Thanks be to God for our families, our homes, our lives. Happy Thanksgiving from Catholic Greetings and
May this birthday mark the beginning of new and exciting adventures!

"One step, one punch, one round at a time" is the mantra of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa in "Creed" (Warner Bros.). This seventh "Rocky" film is an imaginative and -- if you can believe it -- somewhat gentle reboot of the ...
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