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Bearing good fruit? Need pruning?

By: By Sharon Priester Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 10 Acts 9:26-31; Psalm 22:26-27,28,30,31-32; 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8 When I was growing up, one of my favorite places in the summer time was under the grape arbor, munching grapes and enjoying the cool, shaded hideaway. Many, many years later, I found out from my […]

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Counting blessings: #1) Mom

I really like the theme of this year’s Annual Diocesan Appeal, “Count Your Blessings.” Is there a more healthy spiritual practice? Yet, when was the last time we actually tried to list our blessings? We tend to be grateful in spurts. We appreciate our blessing of health when it’s threatened; our blessing of employment when […]

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Obama’s approach to economic crisis is positive, says academy member

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — President Barack Obama’s efforts to tackle the economic crisis drew praise from a Nobel Prize-winning member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. At a Vatican press conference May 6, the president of the academy, U.S. Catholic scholar Mary Ann Glendon, was asked about Obama’s economic strategies in light of Catholic […]

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Court rulings, new policies seen as important changes for immigrants

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision May 4 that said the government was wrong to prosecute illegal immigrants for identity theft in certain types of cases was the latest of several rulings and policy announcements that will effectively roll back approaches on immigration initiated by the Bush administration. In Flores-Figueroa v. United States, […]

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Israeli, Vatican officials deny reports about control of holy sites

JERUSALEM (CNS) — Israeli and Vatican officials denied reports that Israeli President Shimon Peres had asked the government to relinquish sovereignty over several holy places as a gesture of good will for Pope Benedict XVI. Reports abounded in the Israeli press in early May claiming internal discord between Peres and officials from the Tourism and […]

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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Rating: L (PG-13) NEW YORK (CNS) — The following is a capsule review of a movie recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. A heartless womanizing bachelor (Matthew McConaughey) is visited by the ghosts of his playboy uncle (Michael Douglas) and those of his jilted girlfriends […]

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