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  • Before proclaiming martyrs, the waiting game is needed

    Before proclaiming martyrs, the waiting game is needed

    Many of those killed in attacks targeting Christians were simply going about their daily affairs when the bomb went off, or the mob arrived. Some of them professed their faith, or at least did not deny it, before death, while others died without even knowing what was happening to them. Before the Church proclaims them all martyrs, the Church needs time to permit a fuller picture of the candidate to emerge. Waiving the mandatory five-year waiting period before opening a cause for canonization makes it harder to do that.

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  • Jim Caviezel talks about his Catholic faith and John Paul II

    Jim Caviezel talks about his Catholic faith and John Paul II

    Jim Caviezel is best known for playing Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson’s 2004 film “The Passion of the Christ.” Most recently, he he played John Reese on the CBS series “Person of Interest.” He says St. John Paul II, and his 1999 Letter to Artists, had a great influence on his artistic career.

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  • How Low Sunday became Divine Mercy Sunday

    How Low Sunday became Divine Mercy Sunday

    The Sunday after Easter was once called Low Sunday, but now we celebrate it as Divine Mercy Sunday. The reason is that after a long 20th century, the human family is in tremendous need of healing and hope, of both receiving mercy and sharing compassion with one another.

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