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Sunday, February 7, 2016
  • European bishops welcome EU classification of ISIS 'genocide'

    MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- A European bishops' commission has welcomed a move by the European Parliament to classify atrocities and religious cleansing by the Islamic State as genocide.

    Father Patrick Daly, general secretary of COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops' Conference of the European Community, said the ...

    Iraqi soldiers evacuate families from Ramadi, Iraq, Feb. 3.
  • Mission dioceses welcome the stranger, disenfranchised

    RALEIGH, N.C. (CNS) -- When Aida Sarkisian and her family left their home in Iraq for the U.S., it wasn't because they wanted to. It was because their survival depended on it.

    The refugees received death threats as far back as 2006 in their homeland because of ...

    Parishioners at St. Sharbel Maronite Church, in Raleigh, N.C., attend the ordination of a subdeacon.
  • In Ciudad Juarez, youth express hopes for papal visit

    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (CNS) -- Esteban Alanis, 23, once ran with a local gang known as "Los Parqueros," which would accost people for their cash and cellphones in a working-class neighborhood of southeast Ciudad Juarez. He called the crimes "easy money," while gang activities offered a ...

    Esteban Gabriel Alanis, 23, chats with teenagers at Corpus Christi Parish in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
  • Relics of St. Padre Pio, St. Leopold arrive in Rome

    ROME (CNS) -- Thousands of people waited hours outside a Rome church to glimpse the mortal remains of St. Padre Pio and St. Leopold Mandic, two Capuchins popular as miracle workers and known particularly for the long hours they would spend hearing confessions.

    Pope Francis asked the ...

    An altar server touches the crystal coffin containing the exhumed body of St. Padre Pio at a Catholic church in Rome Feb. 3.
  • Vatican joins international appeals for increased aid to Syria

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican joined international appeals for raising money to provide emergency and long-term assistance to the millions of people affected by the crisis in Syria.

    Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Vatican secretary for relations with states, attended the Syria Donors Conference in London Feb. ...

    A crowd gathers outside the Vatican for Mass in August 2015.
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Many people feel drawn to what meditation offers: quiet, reflection, stillness, time alone with God. Few, however, have tried it. Some Christians feel that they shouldn’t meditate at all. In Sensing God: Learning to Meditate During Lent, monk, priest, and spiritual teacher Laurence Freeman may change some minds. And so will the Holy Spirit, Freeman says, if they begin to meditate for a few minutes each day.

During this holy season, give up your lifestyle of being too busy to sit still, and begin to discover what meditation can do in your life.

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Colette: Colette did not seek the limelight, but in doing God’s will she certainly attracted a lot of attention. 
<p>Colette was born in Corbie, France. At 21 she began to follow the Third Order Rule and became an anchoress, a woman walled into a room whose only opening was a window into a church. </p><p>After four years of prayer and penance in this cell, she left it. With the approval and encouragement of the pope, she joined the Poor Clares and reintroduced the primitive Rule of St. Clare in the 17 monasteries she established. Her sisters were known for their poverty—they rejected any fixed income—and for their perpetual fast. Colette’s reform movement spread to other countries and is still thriving today. Colette was canonized in 1807.</p> American Catholic Blog Being human means that I’m made in God’s image and likeness. Therefore I’m gifted; I have dignity and a great destiny. But being human also means that I’m a creature, not the Creator. I have limits that I need to recognize and respect.

 Franciscan Fr. Jim Van Vurst reflects on  the Year of Mercy

National Marriage Week
During this week especially tell each other how much your marriage means to you.
St. Valentine's Day
Schedule one or more e-cards today to be sent next Sunday.
Create a festive atmosphere and invite friends over for one last party before the Lenten fast.
Catholic Schools Week
In the Catholic schools, parents know that their children are being formed as well as informed.
May God grant you good health, good cheer and all good things today and all the days of the coming year.

The Choice
Ever since "The Notebook" in 2004, film adaptations of Nicholas Sparks' novels have descended into benign, prepackaged comfort food.

So it is with "The Choice" (Lionsgate). In keeping with the Catholic writer's work overall, the movie tells an agreeably picturesque love story, ...

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Teresa Palmer and Ben Walker star in a scene from the movie "The Choice."

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