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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
  • Gates of mercy difficult to enter with bloated pride, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The "narrow gate" to salvation described by Jesus isn't narrow because God is oppressive, but because pride bloats Christians and prevents them from entering God's merciful embrace, Pope Francis said.

    Christians "must seize the opportunities of salvation" and not waste time on trivial things before the gate is ...

    Pope Francis leads the Angelus in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Aug. 21
  • Mother Teresa knew what being unloved felt like, priest says

    ROME (CNS) -- In the chapel of the first house Blessed Teresa of Kolkata established in Rome, Father Brian Kolodiejchuk of the Missionaries of Charity talks about her life, mixing the concrete and even mundane with the spiritual and even mystical.

    "She was very human -- ...

    Father Brian Kolodiejchuk is pictured in the chapel of the Missionary of Charity Fathers' house in Rome.
  • Olympic champion Ledecky returns home to cheering crowd

    DULLES, Va. (CNS) -- After winning five medals -- four gold and one silver -- at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, swimming champion Katie Ledecky is taking things one step at a time on her return home.

    Wearing her medals around her neck, the first ...

    U.S. Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky greets fans at Dulles International Airport in Virginia Aug. 17.
  • 20 years after welfare reform: Has it worked?

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It was Aug. 22, 1996, when President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act -- known in shorthand as welfare reform. Clinton had campaigned for the presidency in 1992 on a pledge to "end welfare as we know it," but ...

    People walk past a man sleeping on the street in New York City July 29, 2014.
  • Pakistan jail opens chapel for Christian prisoners

    KARACHI, Pakistan (CNS) -- A chapel for Christian inmates has opened at Landhi Jail in this southern Pakistani city.

    Christian social activists and jail authorities jointly inaugurated the chapel Aug. 5, which was built with the help of a nongovernmental organization.

    About 100 of the 4,500 inmates ...

    A Pakistani Christian in Karachi holds a candle during a vigil May 15, 2015.
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Bartholomew: In the New Testament, Bartholomew is mentioned only in the lists of the apostles. Some scholars identify him with Nathanael, a man of Cana in Galilee who was summoned to Jesus by Philip. Jesus paid him a great compliment: “Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him” (John 1:47b). When Nathanael asked how Jesus knew him, Jesus said, “I saw you under the fig tree” (John 1:48b). Whatever amazing revelation this involved, it brought Nathanael to exclaim, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel” (John 1:49b). But Jesus countered with, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this” (John 1:50b). 
<p>Nathanael did see greater things. He was one of those to whom Jesus appeared on the shore of the Sea of Tiberias after his resurrection (see John 21:1-14). They had been fishing all night without success. In the morning, they saw someone standing on the shore though no one knew it was Jesus. He told them to cast their net again, and they made so great a catch that they could not haul the net in. Then John cried out to Peter, “It is the Lord.” </p><p>When they brought the boat to shore, they found a fire burning, with some fish laid on it and some bread. Jesus asked them to bring some of the fish they had caught, and invited them to come and eat their meal. John relates that although they knew it was Jesus, none of the apostles presumed to inquire who he was. This, John notes, was the third time Jesus appeared to the apostles.</p> American Catholic Blog While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.<br /> –St. Francis of Assisi

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