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Vatican Corner 09-13-2020

On August 30, 2020 from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said in his weekly Angelus prayer that Christ’s cross is a powerful symbol of God’s love for humanity and not just a decoration or trinket. While Christians often hang a...

Pastor’s Desk 09-13-2020

“Adopt an orphaned Muslim child and raise him as a Muslim in your Hindu family”: In the motion picture of the life of Gandhi there, is a scene in which a Hindu father whose child has been killed by a Muslim comes to Gandhi in great grief and remorse. Out of a sense of...

Vatican Corner 09-06-2020

Papal infallibility is generally misunderstood. It doesn’t mean that the pope cannot sin or make mistakes and his routine papal teaching is not thought to be infallible. It is instead when he defines a doctrine concerning faith and morals that is to be held by the...

Pastor’s Desk 09-06-2020

In Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of the Christ, one of the most haunting scenes shows Judas as he gives into despair. It is the morning of Good Friday, and Judas has spent the night being tortured with regret for his betrayal. His years of hidden sins have finally...

Vatican Corner 08-30-2020

In Roman Catholic theology, there is the doctrine of papal infallibility, when the pope cannot be wrong. It occurs when the pope is acting as the supreme teacher, and is instructing in matters of faith and morals, while doing so under certain conditions. This doctrine...

Pastor’s Desk 08-30-2020

Bruce Riggins was working sacrificially with underprivileged people in London. When the reporter asked one of these women what had inspired her Christian Faith and action, she shared her story of how seeing another Christian's Faith converted her. She was a Jew...

Vatican Corner 08-23-2020

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven (often shortened to The Assumption) is the taking of her body and soul to Heaven at the end of her life on earth. God assumed her body and soul into heavenly glory. It is a major feast day celebrated by the...

Pastor’s Desk 08-23-2020

Who do you think I am?” In 1896, after fifteen centuries, Athens renewed the Olympic Games. You can imagine how proud the Greeks were to host the first modern Olympics. The Greeks were by far the most successful nation in terms of total medals (forty -six), 26 more...

Vatican Corner 08-16-2020

Before the pandemic lockdown and the delayed opening to historians of the archives of Pope Pius XII’s wartime pontificate, Cesare Catananti a retired Italian doctor, and professor of medical history, was given access to a unique collection of WWII documents from the...

Pastor’s Desk 08-16-2020

“Never give up!”: Many years ago in Illinois, a young man with six months schooling to his credit ran for an office in the legislature. As might have been expected, he was beaten. Next, he entered business but failed in that too, and spent the next seventeen years...

Vatican Corner 08-09-2020

Cybercrime is a problem for anyone who uses the internet and who stores important data online. Hackers are continually looking for secret information they can use to  obtain money or other gains. They say there are only two types of offices: one that has been hit by a...

Pastor’s Desk 08-09-2020

Corona pandemic is causing terrible havoc in the life of mankind all over the world. Just a year ago I happened to see a picture in a magazine of a boy and a girl walking to their school with their face completely covered with a ‘glass covering’ connected to an oxygen...

Vatican Corner 08-02-2020

On July 23, 2020 a notice went out announcing that the Vatican has published a book which contains Pope Francis’ homilies during the coronavirus lockdown which he delivered between March 9 and May 18, 2020. It was also reported that the book include prayers,...

Pastor’s Desk 08-02-2020

The seniors among us certainly recall that amazing story 64 years ago, May 29, 1953. A New Zealand beekeeper named Edmund Hillary and a Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay, were the first ever to reach Everest's summit. Here was a mountain - unreachable, tantalizing,...

Vatican Corner 07-26-2020

The dome of the roof of Saint Peter’s Basilica, with its exceptional height and beauty unmistakably marks the skyline of Rome. It is 394 feet high above the floor and is still the tallest of its kind in the world today. It was designed by Michelangelo who used the...

Pastor’s Desk 07-26-2020

Dr. Williamson was a geologist doing some archeological excavation work in Tanzania. One day he found himself driving in a deserted area, slipping and sliding along a rain-soaked road. Suddenly his four-wheel drive vehicle sank up to its axles in the mud and got...