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  • God’s most amazing surprise

    At the Mass on Oct. 13, 2014 at St. Martha guesthouse in the Vatican, Pope Francis reflected on the God of surprises.
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  • Things beyond our imagination

    Recently, at an academic dinner, I was sitting across the table from a nuclear scientist. I asked him this question: Do you believe that there’s human life on other planets? His answer surprised me: “As a scientist, no, I don’t believe there’s human life on another planet. Scientifically, the odds are strongly against it. But, as a Christian, I believe there’s human life on other planets.
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  • Reflection on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Kent Grealish (letter, Aug. 28) is upset and angry with Tony Magliano for reporting the article on Father Zebelka, the A-bomb chaplain who indicated remorse for blessing the A-bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that resulted in the death of thousands of civilians and children.
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  • Workers, unions and ‘Caritas in Veritate’

    What is the responsibility of Catholic school teachers with regard to the spoken and lived representation of Catholic moral values?
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  • Popes in these United States

    The history of popes in these United States is full of surprises.
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  • Millions of refugees have no place to call home

    The heartbreaking photo of the little Syrian refugee boy washed up dead on the shore of Bodrum, Turkey (see picture: http://bit.ly/1PZHvDV) strikingly illustrates the tragic plight of desperate refugees – mostly Syrian – fleeing for their lives from the Islamic State and other violent groups in the Middle East and Africa.
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  • Our overstimulated grandiosity, our impoverished symbols

    There are now more than 7 billion people on this earth and each one of us feels that he or she is the center of the universe. That accounts for most of the problems we have in the world, in our neighborhoods, and in our families.
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  • Climate leadership: Finding the ‘insight and courage’ to move forward

    Nearly every state around the country has activities underway related to Pope Francis’ ecology encyclical “Laudato Si’”.
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  • God’s hand in our struggles

    Having grown up in a house full of boys (I am the third of four) I can easily picture the argument the Apostles were having along the road to Capernaum about who among them was the greatest.
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  • Hospitality and Catholic schools

    The academic year has just begun in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and once again Catholic schools have opened their doors and put out the welcome mat. It is that wonderful time of year when all involved in the schools get a fresh start in realizing all the promise inherent in the mission of Catholic education.
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  • Consenting to the unconscionable

    In recent years, scientists in industry and academia have come to rely on freshly obtained human tissue specimens for certain types of research and experimentation. Sometimes these tissues and organs can be obtained after routine surgeries like gall bladder removal from adults or foreskin removal during the circumcision of newborns.
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  • Remembering ‘The Few’

    Seventy-five years ago, on Sunday, Sept. 15, 1940, Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine were driven from the prime minister’s country house, Chequers, to the nearby village of Uxbridge: A Royal Air Force station and the headquarters from which Air Vice-Marshal Keith Park was directing the RAF’s No. 11 Group against the onslaught of the German Luftwaffe in southern England.
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  • A-bombs unnecessary to win

    The United States can argue all it wants about the justification of dropping two atomic bombs on Japanese cities, which were packed with civilians, during World War II. However, in the age of the Internet, we can find out much more information than we ever could before.
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  • 40th anniversary of canonization of Elizabeth Ann Seton observed

    On Sept. 14, 1975, Pope Paul VI canonized Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint. As he proclaimed the words “Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton is a saint!” the world paid homage to God for the good works Mother Seton accomplished in her lifetime.
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  • Christ’s cross is our hope

    This Sunday Jesus gives us the doctrine of the fruitfulness of His Cross – a beautiful preparation for the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on Sept. 14 and Our Lady of Sorrows on Sept. 15.
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  • Dorothy Day: A saint for our time

    Sometime soon we will witness the canonization of Dorothy Day. For many of us a canonization draws little more than a yawn. So why should there be interest around the canonization of Dorothy Day – who in fact protested that she didn’t want people to consider her a saint and asserted that making someone a saint often helps neutralize his or her influence?
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  • Armchair ethicists and the A-bomb

    Calling himself a “peace columnist” does not allow him to spread slander about U.S. servicemen (“A-bomb chaplain’s conversion,” Aug. 14).
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  • Protecting the world for future generations

    On behalf of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, we call the attention of the people of the San Francisco archdiocese to the tremendously thoughtful and powerful encyclical on the environment recently published by Pope Francis at www.laudatosi.com.
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  • Role of altar servers

    The article was a reminder of when I was an altar boy during World War II. The altar boys would serve at Masses and could verbally send up prayers of adoration to heaven with the priest.
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  • Practicing ‘custody of the eyes’

    In Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, the Pharisees are up in arms (as usual) about their observations of Christ’s religious observance.
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