Who invented the nativity scene?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology
If you missed the feast of Francis of Assisi in October, the Christmas season offers another opportunity to commemorate the saint. Anyone who has erected a nativity scene is following Francis’ 13th-century example.

The need for both faith and reason in bioethics

By Father Myles Sheehan, S.J.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Scripture and Theology
Fifty years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the church faces new challenges. In this final installment of a three-part series, Father Myles Sheeshan talks about why the promise of advances in biology and medicine need to be coupled with the insights of faith and reason.

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The church in Asia: A place for all peoples

By Edmund Chia and Gemma Tulud Cruz| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Social Justice
Fifty years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the church faces new challenges. In this final installment of a three-part series,

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The church in Asia: A place for all peoples

By Edmund Chia and Gemma Tulud Cruz| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Social Justice
Fifty years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the church faces new challenges. In this final installment of a three-part series,

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Building and sustaining communities in a world of social media

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Article Scripture and Theology Spirituality Young Adults
Fifty years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the church faces new challenges. In this final installment of a three-part series, Rev. Verity A Jones explains how social media can throw relationships and communities into high relief, including communities of faith.

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What is the future of the liturgy?

By Father Anthony Ruff, O.S.B.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
Fifty years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the church faces new challenges. In this final installment of a three-part series, Father Anthony Ruff says the best way to defend the church’s liturgical renewal is to celebrate the reformed liturgy as well as possible.

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What is the future of the liturgy?

By Father Anthony Ruff, O.S.B.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
Fifty years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the church faces new challenges. In this final installment of a three-part series, Father Anthony Ruff says the best way to defend the church’s liturgical renewal is to celebrate the reformed liturgy as well as possible.

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Advance bishop

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Vatican
Moving a bishop should be more than an ecclesiastical game of chess.

Climbing the corporate ladder in our business-driven culture is generally applauded. Who doesn’t want the corner office, the big salary, and the perks of joining the true “company men” (who are still usually men, after all)? Staying in the same job or with the same company for too long can suggest a lack of ambition, and it certainly doesn’t improve one’s marketability.


Advance bishop

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Vatican
Moving a bishop should be more than an ecclesiastical game of chess.

Climbing the corporate ladder in our business-driven culture is generally applauded. Who doesn’t want the corner office, the big salary, and the perks of joining the true “company men” (who are still usually men, after all)? Staying in the same job or with the same company for too long can suggest a lack of ambition, and it certainly doesn’t improve one’s marketability.


Say it like you mean it

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Article Parish Life Scripture and Theology
When a lector shares the Word of God passionately, even if not perfectly, it can inspire Catholics in the pews to explore scripture as well.

My introduction to being a lector came through the invitation of another parish minister—not the pastor or another lector but the choir director. She encouraged me to minister at the lectern rather than in the choir loft. People familiar with my singing suggested that her discernment spared the whole parish.


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