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Pope Watch June 2017

Pictured right: Jim Harbaugh, head football coach for the University of Michigan, presents Pope Francis with a team football helmet during the pope's General Audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 26


Visit to Egypt

During a two-day trip to Cairo, Pope Francis preached a message of tolerance at a Mass with Egypt’s small Catholic community, and urged an end to “every form of violence, vengeance and hatred carried out in the name of religion or in the name of God” in a speech at a peace conference at Al-Azhar University, a Sunni Islam university.

What do you say when a friend wonders why her young sister just died but her abusive grandfather is still alive?

In 2017, Theology 101 is focusing on the topic of evangelization. Specifically, the task is to offer some ways of approaching various questions Catholics may encounter from co-workers, family and friends regarding the practice of the faith. Of course, we must remember that nothing can replace the power of witnessing to the Good News through our own actions and words, combined with our willingness to accompany others on their faith journey. 

Should we baptize our grandchildren in the kitchen sink?

Dear Fr. Joe: My wife wants to baptize our grandkids in the kitchen sink. I think we should not interfere with our children’s parenting. What do we do?

Greetings in Christ! I’m glad you asked this question – in every parish I’ve been assigned to, I’ve run into this. It seems to be something many people are really struggling with.

I’d like to walk us through some of the teachings of the Church on baptism in order to help you.

Lectio Divina - Praying through the year with Scripture

Gospel for May 28 – The Ascension of the Lord:

And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And [behold] I am sending the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

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