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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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Joachim and Anne: In the Scriptures, Matthew and Luke furnish a legal family history of Jesus, tracing ancestry to show that Jesus is the culmination of great promises. Not only is his mother’s family neglected, we also know nothing factual about them except that they existed. Even the names <i>Joachim</i> and <i>Anne</i> come from a legendary source written more than a century after Jesus died. 
<p>The heroism and holiness of these people, however, is inferred from the whole family atmosphere around Mary in the Scriptures. Whether we rely on the legends about Mary’s childhood or make guesses from the information in the Bible, we see in her a fulfillment of many generations of prayerful persons, herself steeped in the religious traditions of her people. </p><p>The strong character of Mary in making decisions, her continuous practice of prayer, her devotion to the laws of her faith, her steadiness at moments of crisis, and her devotion to her relatives—all indicate a close-knit, loving family that looked forward to the next generation even while retaining the best of the past. </p><p>Joachim and Anne—whether these are their real names or not—represent that entire quiet series of generations who faithfully perform their duties, practice their faith and establish an atmosphere for the coming of the Messiah, but remain obscure.</p> American Catholic Blog My hope is that my children reach beyond me in character. I don’t want to be their moral ceiling. That makes me responsible to guide and discipline them in directions I don’t always follow. And above all, to show them mercy for their human frailty, as I ask them to show me that same mercy for mine.

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Sts. Joachim and Anne
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Name Day
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World Youth Day
The 2016 WYD theme is “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”

St. Bridget of Sweden
Let someone know that you're inspired by St. Bridget's life with a feast day e-card.

World Youth Day
The 2016 WYD theme is “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”


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