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Monday, April 20, 2015
  • Pope receives final volume of St. John's Bible

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Military tanks, oil derricks and cancer cells are among the contemporary depictions of the afflictions prefigured by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in a fine-art edition of the Book of Revelation given to Pope Francis.

    The last of the seven-volumes that comprise ...
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    Pope Francis accepts the final volume of a limited, fine-art edition of The St. John's Bible.
  • Pope considers visiting Cuba during same trip as U.S.

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has considered the possibility of visiting Cuba in September--before or after his trip to the United States--but discussions with Cuban authorities are so preliminary that the idea cannot be considered more than a hypothesis, the Vatican said.

    "Contacts with the Cuban ...
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    A view of Havana, Cuba
  • Playing organ for New York teams is sports heaven for church musician

    CARLE PLACE, N.Y. (CNS) -- Paul Cartier, an organist at Our Lady of Hope Church in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, finds himself in sports heaven at this time of the year.

    In addition to his parish duties, Cartier plays the organ for Major League Baseball’s New ...
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    New York Yankees organist Paul Cartier poses for a photo during a game.
  • Cardinal George, 78, dies after long fight with cancer

    CHICAGO (CNS) -- Cardinal Francis E. George, the retired archbishop of Chicago who was the first native Chicagoan to head the archdiocese, died April 17 at his residence after nearly 10 years battling cancer. He was 78.

    His successor in Chicago, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, called Cardinal ...
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    Cardinal Francis E. George greets people after Mass in 2003.
  • Vatican to host 'summit' on climate change, development

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With the participation of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences is hosting a summit, "Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity," at the Vatican April 28.

    The focus of the workshop, with more than 60 environmental experts invited, will be the moral ...
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    A man paddles his boat along a marsh in late March on the Pomeroon River in Guyana.
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Conrad of Parzham: Conrad spent most of his life as porter in Altoetting, Bavaria, letting people into the friary and indirectly encouraging them to let God into their lives. 
<p>His parents, Bartholomew and Gertrude Birndorfer, lived near Parzham, Bavaria. In those days this region was recovering from the Napoleonic wars. A lover of solitary prayer and a peacemaker as a young man, Conrad joined the Capuchins as a brother. He made his profession in 1852 and was assigned to the friary in Altoetting. That city’s shrine to Mary was very popular; at the nearby Capuchin friary there was a lot of work for the porter, a job Conrad held for 41 years. </p><p>At first some of the other friars were jealous that such a young friar held this important job. Conrad’s patience and holy life overcame their doubts. As porter he dealt with many people, obtaining many of the friary supplies and generously providing for the poor who came to the door. He treated them all with the courtesy Francis expected of his followers. </p><p>Conrad’s helpfulness was sometimes unnerving. Once Father Vincent, seeking quiet to prepare a sermon, went up the belltower of the church. Conrad tracked him down when someone wanting to go to confession specifically requested Father Vincent. </p><p>Conrad also developed a special rapport with the children of the area. He enthusiastically promoted the Seraphic Work of Charity, which aided neglected children. </p><p>Conrad spent hours in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. He regularly asked the Blessed Mother to intercede for him and for the many people he included in his prayers. The ever-patient Conrad was canonized in 1934.</p> American Catholic Blog We let the devil exist by continuing to rebel against God. Satan tempts us, but we choose to sin. The devil can’t read our minds, but he can see our weaknesses. God has overcome the snares of the devil, though. When we live in Him, we have no reason to fear.



 
 
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