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The Real St. Nicholas

To many Christians, St. Nicholas, precursor to Santa Claus, is no quaint figure from the past. Especially to Eastern Catholics and the Orthodox, he is one of the most popular saints, constantly interceding on behalf of his people, even today.

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St. Francis and the Animals

It’s hard to separate Francis of Assisi and animals. Stories abound of how this great saint could communicate with animals and felt at one with all creation. Here are a few of the stories that were first recorded by Thomas of Celano during the 13th century.

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Centering through Sacramentals

When my 101-year-old Nana passed away, I took to wearing a crucifix of hers that had been blessed by Pope Pius XII on her trip-of-a-lifetime to Europe. The daughter of Irish immigrants, she had nurtured my faith in ways for which I am forever grateful

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Finding the Historical Jesus

Christians believe that Jesus was both fully divine and fully human. For at least the third time since the birth of modern scientific thinking in the 1700’s, there is a renewed interest among some biblical scholars in what they call the “historical Jesus. “

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Voice of the Faithful: ‘Keep the Faith, Change the Church’

When Suzy Nauman first saw the TV image of a lone protester outside Boston’s Holy Cross Cathedral in February 2002, she was moved to compassion and action. The man, Steve Lynch, claimed he had been abused as an altar boy by a priest. With daily headlines of clergy abuse cover-up in Boston, he went public.

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