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  • The way of the cross

    Writing a column on social justice and peace offers me plenty of timely issues to choose from. And I always truly sense from God the exact issue he desires that I write on.
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  • Ricci Institute promotes study of Christianity in China

    This is one in a series of articles on the mission church in China, highlighting historic and current work by clergy, religious and laity from the San Francisco area. Passionist Father Robert Carbonneau, who is executive director, of the U.S. Catholic China Bureau in Berkeley and resides with the De LaSalle Christian Brothers at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco, suggested the series “to encourage San Francisco Catholics to learn about and respect the contribution of Chinese Catholic identity.”
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  • Beating swords into plowshares

    “In the days to come, the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills,” writes the prophet Isaiah.
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  • Confession for what ails us

    Recently, I went with my family and our grandson Jack for his first confession. It was a happy affair.
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  • Letting love in during Lent

    My love goes out to all of you this holy season of Lent. Now that I am an old man, I see more clearly that love is the only thing that really matters in life.
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  • Unsung stories highlight National Catholic Sisters Week

    Belinda Monahan has analyzed more than 100,000 animal bones in Armenia dating back from the early Bronze Age (1,200 B.C.) to the medieval period.
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  • Catholic education: The best investment

    When I was asked by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to help him in his ministry at the parish of St Anthony Padua, I somehow had an idea on the pastoral and financial accomplishments made by the people of God guided by the Franciscan friars for over a century.
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  • Thoughts on physician-assisted suicide

    In college I wrote a medical ethics paper on a play titled “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” That old paper came to mind recently when I learned that the campaign for physician assisted suicide has been gaining momentum.
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  • Pew opportunities

    How do we make church a welcoming place? There are many strategies: introductions, nametags, friendly ushers, donuts after Mass.
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  • Vaccination ethics

    A measles outbreak, the safety of childhood vaccinations, and the role of parental rights in choosing to vaccinate or not to vaccinate is all over the news.
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  • Fidelity learning labs

    Society is awash in infidelity! Lies, cheating and broken promises are the stuff of media headlines and these infidelities grab our attention and rouse our ire.
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  • Finding peace of mind during Lent

    Each time I see a baby sleeping peacefully, it reminds me of peace of mind at its best.
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  • God calls each person and every nation to repent

    “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”
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  • The priest’s role in the Mass is an act of fatherhood

    I’ve been asked to respond to letters regarding Star of the Sea’s altar server program. I am grateful to Rick DelVecchio and his staff at Catholic San Francisco for providing a fine newspaper in which we can discuss questions with faith in God and respect for each other.
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  • The excitement around the Chinese New Year

    The celebration of each Chinese New Year was always very special for me as I grew up in China. My family, like many other families in our small town, was poor, but we were rich also in that we had many children, six of us in our family.
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  • Today’s Catholic woman

    “I’m so exhausted from trying to be both accomplished and attractive; what does it mean to be really happy and fulfilled as a woman?” says one high school girl. The other notes: “I have over 1,000 Facebook friends, and I’m constantly posting pictures of what I’m doing. So why do I feel so alone and unknown?”
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  • The forgotten plight of Native Americans

    When it comes to the harsh difficulties many Native Americans face every day, the saying “out of sight, out of mind” hits home.
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  • Secular culture, ice cream and institutional identity

    Individual institutions, whether public or private, exist within the larger framework of public or secular culture.
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  • Peanuts, emeralds and family values

    Here’s a story to assist your preparation for the September 2015 World Meeting of Families, which will welcome Pope Francis to Philadelphia and stimulate worldwide discussion of Catholic family values.
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  • Protecting the unborn in a ‘throwaway culture’

    Over 25 times from the top of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., I have seen a sea of people marching to proclaim the dignity of unborn human life, and how death-dealing abortion sends the unholy message that some human beings are disposable.
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