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Introduction
John Feister



10 Things to Know About Islam
Christopher Heffron

The Muslim religion is mistrusted by some and misunderstood by many. Here are 10 of Islam’s most fundamental beliefs.

Eboo Patel: A New Chapter
Judy Ball

Let’s learn to admire one another’s faiths, says this American Muslim.

Franciscans and Muslims: Eight Centuries of Seeking God
Jack Wintz, O.F.M., and Pat McCloskey, O.F.M.

The meeting of St. Francis and Sultan Malik al-Kamil led to mutual respect that is still very much alive within the Franciscan family.

9/11 at 10
Susan Hines-Brigger

Three people recall 9/11 and how it changed their lives.

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Audio: Dr. James Zogby, Kelly Ann Lynch, Krista Tippett

A Deacon's Journey Through Islam
Deacon George Dardess

While watching the evening news, I realized how my ignorance of Islam hindered me as a U.S. citizen and as a Catholic.

Meeting With Muslims: Is Dialogue Growing?
Carol Ann Morrow

In a search for common ground and understanding, C atholics and Muslims across the United States are reaching out to each other.






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Visitation: This is a fairly late feast, going back only to the 13th or 14th century. It was established widely throughout the Church to pray for unity. The present date of celebration was set in 1969 in order to follow the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25) and precede the Nativity of John the Baptist (June 24). 
<p>Like most feasts of Mary, it is closely connected with Jesus and his saving work. The more visible actors in the visitation drama (see Luke 1:39-45) are Mary and Elizabeth. However, Jesus and John the Baptist steal the scene in a hidden way. Jesus makes John leap with joy—the joy of messianic salvation. Elizabeth, in turn, is filled with the Holy Spirit and addresses words of praise to Mary—words that echo down through the ages. </p><p>It is helpful to recall that we do not have a journalist’s account of this meeting. Rather, Luke, speaking for the Church, gives a prayerful poet’s rendition of the scene. Elizabeth’s praise of Mary as “the mother of my Lord” can be viewed as the earliest Church’s devotion to Mary. As with all authentic devotion to Mary, Elizabeth’s (the Church’s) words first praise God for what God has done to Mary. Only secondly does she praise Mary for trusting God’s words. </p><p>Then comes the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). Here Mary herself (like the Church) traces all her greatness to God.</p> American Catholic Blog Someone once told Pope Francis that his words had inspired him to give a lot more to the poor. Pope Francis’s response was to challenge the man not to just give money, but to roll up his sleeves, get his hands dirty, and actually reach out and help.

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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
The Visitation
Mary’s song of joy on this occasion traces all her blessings to God’s generosity.

St. Joan of Arc
The piety of this 15th-century military heroine was not appreciated until centuries after her death.

Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Ultimately it is the Eucharist that feeds us and leads us to the heavenly banquet.

Ven. Pierre Toussaint
This former slave is one of many American holy people whose life particularly models Christian values.

Memorial Day (U.S.)
This weekend remember all those who have fought and died for peace.


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