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Sunday, January 25, 2015
  • Vatican experts use forensic science to unravel mysteries

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Scientific advancements in imaging technology, genetics and nano research have allowed museums to make new and surprising discoveries about the tightly wrapped mysteries of ancient mummies.

    The Vatican Museums also have been employing the latest state-of-the-art laboratory tools and tests to find out ...

    A child-sized mummy from the Vatican Museums' collection
  • Pope names former top prosecutor to head board for clergy abuse appeals

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis named the Vatican's former chief prosecutor of clerical sex abuse cases to head his new doctrinal team dealing with appeals filed by clergy accused of abuse.

    Auxiliary Bishop Charles J. Scicluna, 55, of Malta was appointed president of the new board ...

    CNS photo/Paul Haring
  • Supreme Court to take up same-sex marriage cases

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Supreme Court Jan. 16 agreed to hear four cases over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, tackling the questions of whether the 14th Amendment requires states to allow such marriages and whether it requires them to recognize same-sex marriages licensed in other states.

    In ...

    Jim Derrick and Alfie Travassos exchange rings as they get married at the Salt Lake County Government Complex in Salt Lake City last October.
  • Pope says Catholics must practice 'responsible parenthood'

    ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- Pope Francis stressed that, despite church doctrine against contraception, Catholics fail to practice "responsible parenthood" when they have too many children.

    He also denounced the teaching of "gender theory" in schools, likening it to indoctrination of children by ...

    Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Manila, Philippines, to Rome January 19.
  • Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis files for bankruptcy protection

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) -- The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Jan. 16 that it is filing for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the District of Minnesota to settle clergy sexual abuse lawsuits.

    "I make this decision because I believe it is ...

    Clergy abuse survivor Jim Keenan speaks at an October 13 news conference in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Conversion of St. Paul: Paul’s entire life can be explained in terms of one experience—his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus. In an instant, he saw that all the zeal of his dynamic personality was being wasted, like the strength of a boxer swinging wildly. Perhaps he had never seen Jesus, who was only a few years older. But he had acquired a zealot’s hatred of all Jesus stood for, as he began to harass the Church: “...entering house after house and dragging out men and women, he handed them over for imprisonment” (Acts 8:3b). Now he himself was “entered,” possessed, all his energy harnessed to one goal—being a slave of Christ in the ministry of reconciliation, an instrument to help others experience the one Savior. 
<p>One sentence determined his theology: “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting” (Acts 9:5b). Jesus was mysteriously identified with people—the loving group of people Saul had been running down like criminals. Jesus, he saw, was the mysterious fulfillment of all he had been blindly pursuing. </p><p>From then on, his only work was to “present everyone perfect in Christ. For this I labor and struggle, in accord with the exercise of his power working within me” (Colossians 1:28b-29). “For our gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and [with] much conviction” (1 Thessalonians 1:5a). </p><p>Paul’s life became a tireless proclaiming and living out of the message of the cross: Christians die baptismally to sin and are buried with Christ; they are dead to all that is sinful and unredeemed in the world. They are made into a new creation, already sharing Christ’s victory and someday to rise from the dead like him. Through this risen Christ the Father pours out the Spirit on them, making them completely new. </p><p>So Paul’s great message to the world was: You are saved entirely by God, not by anything you can do. Saving faith is the gift of total, free, personal and loving commitment to Christ, a commitment that then bears fruit in more “works” than the Law could ever contemplate.</p> American Catholic Blog If you’re confused as to why God would die for you, you either need to rethink your vision of His mercy or of your own worth.
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