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Relatives of victims mourn at the site of an explosion at a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City Jan. 29. A powerful gas-tank truck explosion killed at least three and injured dozens. (CNS/Reuters)

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Pope's prayer intentions for February 2015
The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for February 2015.  The Pope’s general intention for February is: “That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.”  His intention for evangelization is: “That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.”

Pope speaks of 'deep sadness' over suffering of Christians in Iraq, Syria
The Pope met in a private audience with 30 participants in a joint theological commission, convened in 2003 to foster dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox churches—the Eastern churches are those that split from Rome after the Council of Chalcedon in 451. He said that he hoped the committee’s work “will bear rich fruit” for the cause of Christian unity.

Coming soon to the Vatican: haircuts for Rome's homeless
“Our primary concern is to give people their dignity,” Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, head of the Office of Papal Charities, told the Italian news agency ANSA. In November, construction started on new showers and bathrooms for the homeless under the colonnades of St. Peter’s Square. The archbishop, who oversaw the project, set aside space for a barber.

Pontifical council to consider challenges women face in society, church
The document, drafted by a group of women appointed by the council, looked at the continuing quest to find balance in promoting women's equality while valuing the differences between women and men; the concrete and symbolic aspects of women's potential for motherhood; cultural attitudes toward women's bodies; and women and religion, including questions about their participation in church decision-making.

Become islands of mercy in an indifferent world, pope says
Through prayer, charity and humility before God, people receive a heart "which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference," the pope said in his message for Lent, which begins Feb. 18 for Latin-rite Catholics.

The dark side of the Super Bowl and how Congress aims to fight it
Just days before Super Bowl XLIX, the U.S. House of Representatives is pushing for a bipartisan crack-down on the hidden menace of sex trafficking, which some human rights advocates refer to as “modern-day slavery.” “Everyone needs to be put on notice: if you buy or sell an individual like a commodity, the law is coming after you, and you can get up to life imprisonment, according to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act,” announced Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) on Tuesday at the bipartisan End Human Trafficking Press Conference on Capitol Hill.


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January 2015: Top Ten Movies About Faith Now Streaming on Netflix
Here’s an update on the best movies about faith that are currently offered to subscribers of Netflix.  If you've felt deflated after searching through their dud-filled list of "Faith and Spirituality" movies, you're not alone. We'll refresh this list each month as the service changes its offerings  If you happen to spot a movie we missed, pleased let us know!

The Art of Gratitude
I have a very vivid memory of when I was about 13, talking to a close friend about some of the difficulties we were both facing. I don’t remember much of the conversation but I clearly remember her telling me that she had starting thanking God in her difficult times for all the good in her life. She would sit there just thanking and praising God when times were hard and it made her joyful. In hindsight, I see that her gratitude towards God showed heroism and wisdom.

What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, “I Do Not Know You”?
Every now and then someone will come past my door and request parish services of some sort. Maybe it’s to plan a wedding, a baptism, or a funeral; maybe it’s for money! And then I look at him or her and say, “Who are you?” (since I don’t recognize the person). “Oh, well Father, you don’t know me but my grandmother goes here; this is our family Church.” “Oh, I see, but where do you go to Church?” I usually ask.  The response is usually something like, “Well, you know how it is Father, I don’t get to Church too often … but my mother goes here.”

12 Amazing Christian Sculptures Made Entirely Out of LEGOs (Photos)

 

 

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