Monthly Archives: October 2008

All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day and ‘Dia de los Muertos’

While this year’s observance of All Saints’ Day won’t be a traditional holy day of obligation because it falls on a Saturday, millions of Catholics will take time to remember the lives of departed saints and loved ones Nov. 1-2. … Continue reading

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Homosexuality and the priesthood revisited

VATICAN CITY — In 2005, the Vatican issued a long-awaited document saying the church could not ordain men with “deep-seated” homosexual tendencies. That document did not say, however, who should determine whether a candidate for the priesthood has homosexual tendencies. On … Continue reading

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CNS Bible Blog: A world without stars is a tragedy

By Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ Special to Catholic News Service The Bible is not without its share of wrathful moments. Like a stern parent, God challenges his people to do better, and warns them of the tragedy that will result … Continue reading

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A growing concern for hunger

The country’s economic maladies have been slowly unfolding for quite some time now. Home foreclosures, job losses and gradually growing lines at hunger centers mark such troubled times and have led to an air of uncertainty that has permeated every level … Continue reading

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CNS Bible Blog: Stars are to be appreciated, but not to be worshipped

By Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ Special to Catholic News Service In ancient civilizations, the study of the planets and stars was carried out for two very practical purposes: time-telling and astrology. The opening chapter of Genesis, cited in our first … Continue reading

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Climate change to get major Catholic attention in 2009

Climate change and the vital importance of protecting God’s creation is going to be the focus of a major campaign opening in 2009 and coordinated through the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change. The coalition, under executive director Daniel Misleh, is … Continue reading

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CNS Bible Blog: Aliens! Stars also praise and adore God

By Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ Special to Catholic News Service Another lesson that stars in the Bible tell us is that we are not alone. The universe is more than just us, and God is responsible for more than our … Continue reading

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