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Jesus' Mighty Deeds
John R. Barker, OFM

Mark’s Gospel reveals deeper meaning behind Jesus' miracles.

Pilgrims of Truth, Pilgrims of Peace
Pat McCloskey, OFM

Pope Benedict XVI hosted a big gathering in Assisi last October—for interfaith leaders.

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Pope Benedict XVI's address to participants

Vatican coverage of the event

A Rock Critic Talks Faith
James Breig

A love of music and a passion for the Catholic faith are intertwined for Rob Sheffield, longtime writer for Rolling Stone.

Welcoming the Stranger
Richard J. McCorry, D.Min.

A culture of hospitality helps parishes grow and thrive.

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Read the document "Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity"

Dr. McCorry's website

Angel of the Amazon
Tina Neyer

A new American opera sings the praises of Sister Dorothy Stang.

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The opera's website and Facebook  page

The Dayton International Peace Museum’s exhibit on Sister Dorothy

A trailer of the opera

Comfort in Care at Life's End
Dorothy Callahan

At the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, dying patients and their families find peace and dignity.

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More information about the Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Hospice

Read an excerpt from Julia Quinlan’s book My Joy, My Sorrow: Karen Ann’s Mother Remembers

Meditations on a Wood Floor
Charity Vogel

Old wooden floorboards have saved my sanity more than a few times. In the right light, they’re practically a cloister walk.






to St. Anthony Messenger Print Edition




All Saints: The earliest certain observance of a feast in honor of all the saints is an early fourth-century commemoration of "all the martyrs." In the early seventh century, after successive waves of invaders plundered the catacombs, Pope Boniface IV gathered up some 28 wagonloads of bones and reinterred them beneath the Pantheon, a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods. The pope rededicated the shrine as a Christian church. According to Venerable Bede, the pope intended "that the memory of all the saints might in the future be honored in the place which had formerly been dedicated to the worship not of gods but of demons" (<i>On the Calculation of Time</i>). 
<p>But the rededication of the Pantheon, like the earlier commemoration of all the martyrs, occurred in May. Many Eastern Churches still honor all the saints in the spring, either during the Easter season or immediately after Pentecost. </p><p>How the Western Church came to celebrate this feast, now recognized as a solemnity, in November is a puzzle to historians. The Anglo-Saxon theologian Alcuin observed the feast on November 1 in 800, as did his friend Arno, Bishop of Salzburg. Rome finally adopted that date in the ninth century.</p> American Catholic Blog Touch can be an act of kindness when someone is dying. If you visit a sick person and find that you are at a loss for words, reach out and touch her hand.

 
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Peace and Good
"A practical and appealing guide to the Poor Man of Assisi." —Margaret Carney, O.S.F., president, St. Bonaventure University
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What changed to make a rebellious, reveling young man become the most popular saint in history?
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"Valuable and inspiring wisdom for everyone." —Ralph Martin, S.T.D., author, The Legacy of the New Evangelization
Thomas Merton
"Padovano's presentation of Thomas Merton is second to none." —Paul M. Pearson, director, Thomas Merton Center
When the Church Was Young
Be inspired and challenged by the lives and insights of the Church's early, important teachers.

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
All Saints Day
The Church rejoices today in gratitude for all the faithful in heaven and on earth!
All Hallows' Eve
Christians can celebrate Halloween because we believe that good will always triumph over evil.
Congratulations
Share the joy of a special occasion by sending a Catholic Greetings e-card!
Halloween
Welcome Friday evening's goblins with treats and blessings!
St. Jude
Countless generations of Catholics have brought their prayers and their tears to this patron of hopeless causes.

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