When in Rome: John Paull II's legacy at the Vatican

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Article Vatican
In his 26 years as pope, John Paul II gave new shape to the papacy, Richard R. Gaillardetz reflected shortly after his death. With his beatification, it's worth looking back on his papal legacy to see whether Pope Benedict XVI has followed in John Paul II’s footsteps or found his own way.

Habemus papam. We have a pope. The election of Pope Benedict XVI marks the conclusion of one of the most significant transitional moments in Roman Catholicism, rivaled only, perhaps, by the convocation of an ecumenical council.


Boxed in: Do you need to be set free from stuff?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Spirituality
Lent is a good time to ask whether the stuff we hold on to is actually holding us back.

Celtic crossovers: May the Lent of the Irish be with you

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Joyce Rupp suggests seven ways to let Celtic spirituality be your guide this Lent.

I shy away from many popular spiritual movements, which seem to come and go like feathers in the breeze. But Celtic spirituality is not one of these. Celtic spirituality is solid and deeply rooted in a spiritual heritage. I have been deeply drawn to Celtic spirituality with its creation-centered orientation. It has been a "coming home" for me because I have always felt a strong bond with creation.


Civil writer: Daniel Rudd, founder of the National Black Catholic Congress

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The founder of the National Black Catholic Congress inspires a modern-day Black Catholic to keep working for the church he envisions.

Civil writer: Daniel Rudd, founder of the National Black Catholic Congress

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
The founder of the National Black Catholic Congress inspires a modern-day Black Catholic to keep working for the church he envisions.

You 2.0: Lenten upgrade

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Lent is a time to upgrade your internal drives.

I was doing dishes in the kitchen last week when my son Jacob came in and started unloading the dishwasher. While generally dishwasher unloading is a job that belongs to the kids, I had not yet asked anyone to empty it.

“Who are you, and what have you done with Jacob?” I said to him. Jacob smiled—he knew what I meant. While I would never describe Jacob as lazy, he usually needs to be reminded to do his jobs around the house.

“Is this a new and improved version of Jacob?” I continued. “I like it.”


You 2.0: Lenten upgrade

By Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Lent is a time to upgrade your internal drives.

I was doing dishes in the kitchen last week when my son Jacob came in and started unloading the dishwasher. While generally dishwasher unloading is a job that belongs to the kids, I had not yet asked anyone to empty it.

“Who are you, and what have you done with Jacob?” I said to him. Jacob smiled—he knew what I meant. While I would never describe Jacob as lazy, he usually needs to be reminded to do his jobs around the house.

“Is this a new and improved version of Jacob?” I continued. “I like it.”


Not so fast

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Sister Joan Chittister argues that we should not be so quick to abandon the practice of going hungry during Lent and throughout the year.

IF IRELAND IS A BELLWETHER OF ANYTHING TODAY, IT is surely of the Catholic consciousness. The Angelus still plays on public TV and radio at noon and 6 p.m. everyday. "Stations"-house Masses that developed during penal times when the practice of Catholicism was forbidden by British law-are still practiced in rural areas. St. Brigid's Day is even more of a celebration in some ways than St. Patrick's Day.


Circle of friends: A closer look at the communion of saints

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Women
The communion of saints is more than Saint Francis and the rest of the canonized saints, and more than your dear old dead Aunt Haddie and all the faithful departed.

Want to know whos in that number? Start by looking in the mirror.


Even unto death: The martyrdom of Jean Donovan

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Jean Donovan was a modern-day martyr, losing her life while caring for the poor in the midst of El Salvador's bloody civil war. Thirty years later, her memory continues to inspire.

When I heard the news that four U.S. church women, including Jean Donovan, were raped and killed in El Salvador on Dec. 2, 1980, I was a senior at Duke University with plans to enter the Jesuits. But I was having second thoughts. What difference could I make? How can one witness to Christ in such a harsh world? Why bother?


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