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At Easter, let go of grudges

BY ANTHONY GATHAMBIRI IMC When is Easter not yet Easter? I suggest it is when we fail to forgive; when we celebrate Easter loaded with the baggage of bitterness. It’s not Easter for us when we bear grudges, because Easter is about resurrection. And it’s in resurrection that we ought to rise again from the death [...]

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John Paul II: A brief biography

Blessed John Paul II, who will be canonised on April 27, was one of the most forceful moral leaders of the modern age. He brought a philosopher’s intellect, a pilgrim’s spiritual intensity and an actor’s flair for the dramatic to his role as head of the universal Church for more than 26 years.

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Electing a pope: The conclave of October 1978

The election of Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla as Pope John Paul II was unexpected. GÜNTHER SIMMERMACHER looks at how it came about.   October 1978: The world’s cardinals gather in Rome to elect one of their own as the new pope, the second time they are called to do so in less than two months. The [...]

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Movie Review – Son of God

Son of God Reviewed by John Mulderig As the first wide-release film in nearly 50 years to focus on the life of Jesus as a whole, Son of God represents an epochal event for believing moviegoers. Though not the most powerful mass media treatment of its subject—that accolade continues to belong to Franco Zeffirelli’s 1977 [...]

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The roots of a pope: John XXIII’s hometown

By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service When Blessed John XXIII met Queen Elizabeth II of England at the Vatican in 1961, the pope departed from Apostolic Palace protocol by inviting the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, inside his library for an unplanned chat.

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Pope: Imitate Jesus’ humility, thank him for it during Holy Week

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Jesus’ resurrection “isn’t the happy ending of a beautiful fairytale, it isn’t the happy ending of a film,” but is the result of the loving intervention of God, who wanted to give humanity hope and salvation, Pope Francis said.

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