Monthly Archives: November 2017

UCC New Hampshire church rejoices after federal judge decision halts Indonesian deportations

By Connie Larkman

It may have come the Monday after Thanksgiving, but the decision of a federal judge in Boston is bringing a lot of joy and thanksgiving to a United Church of Christ congregation in New Hampshire.

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Archbishop says #staywoke this Christmas season

Los Angeles, Calif., Nov 30, 2017 / 03:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In preparation for the first Sunday of Advent, the Archbishop of Los Angeles has said the season is a time to spiritually “stay woke,” shaking off apathy and becoming more aware of God’s presence.

“My prayer for us this year is that we will make this Advent a spiritual adventure of living with a new awareness of the presence of God,” said Archbishop José Gomez in a Nov. 28 column.

“Advent is the time for us to wake from our sleep! When we are ‘awake’ to who God is, …read more

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Pope Francis visits with first Burmese Jesuit priest

Yangon, Burma, Nov 30, 2017 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When Pope Francis travels around the world, he often makes time to visit with local Jesuit communities. This week Fr. Wilbert Mireh, SJ, took part in the Pope’s visit with the Jesuits of Burma. Mireh’s role in the visit was unique: he is the first Burmese Jesuit to be ordained a priest.

A Burmese Jesuit “is a gift of God to the Society of Jesus, which has been invited back to the country after its previous expulsion by the country’s military regime in 1960s,” Fr. Mireh told …read more

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UCC DC staff warns against 'harmful' tax cut bill up for Senate debate

By Connie Larkman

Senate Republicans plan to bring their tax plan to a vote Thursday night in an effort to pass a key piece of legislation during President Donald Trump’s first year in office. United Church of Christ leaders believe The Tax Cut and Jobs Act will cause “enormous harm” if the “irresponsible and regressive legislation” ends up on the President’s desk.

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New tests have confirmed the age of the Holy Sepulchre

Jerusalem, Nov 30, 2017 / 10:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the recent restoration of the Holy Sepulchre, archaeologists have confirmed the construction dates of the structure surrounding what is believed to be the tomb of Jesus.

Having undergone renovations in 2016, the tomb was opened for first time in centuries last October. Archeologists were able to test samples of the mortar near the cave’s southern wall and the entrance, according to National Geographic. The sediment in the samples was was measured for its most recent exposure to light using a process called optically stimulated luminescence.

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The Silence question is apostasy. Too many get the answer wrong.

Shusakū Endō’s 1966 novel Silence raised haunting questions about apostasy in the minds of many readers, troubling questions which have been called to our attention repeatedly by the various film adaptations of the work: Silence directed by Masahiro Shinoda (1971), The Eyes of Asia readapted by João Mária Grilo (1996), and of course Martin Scorsese’s Silence last year, which premiered at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome.

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Pope kicks off Bangladesh visit with call to action on Rohingya crisis

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2017 / 05:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis arrived in Bangladesh with words of praise for the humanitarian assistance the nation has given to Rohingya Muslim refugees, and urged greater action on their behalf from the international community.

Speaking to Bangladeshi president Abdul Harmid and the nation’s authorities and diplomatic corps, the Pope said that in recent months “the spirit of generosity and solidarity” the country is known for “has been seen most vividly in its humanitarian outreach to a massive influx of refugees from Rakhine State.”

He noted how Bangladesh “at no little sacrifice” has …read more

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Pope lands in Bangladesh, visits two national landmarks

Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov 30, 2017 / 05:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After landing in Bangladesh Thursday afternoon, Pope Francis made visits to two of the country’s important landmarks – the National Martyr’s Memorial in Savar and the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.

Arriving at the airport around 3:00 pm local time, Pope Francis was greeted by the President of the Republic of Bangladesh, Abdul Hamid. Two children in traditional dress then brought flowers and a jar of earth to the Pope, who blessed them.

Also present at the airport were political and civil authorities, 10 Bangladeshi bishops, a group of faithful and 40 …read more

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November 30: Exodus 33:14–16; Luke 24:36; John 14:27; John 15:26; Romans 8:16; Galatians 5:22; Philippians 4:7; 2 Thessalonians 3:16; Revelation 1:4; Habakkuk 3:17–18; Acts 5:41; Romans 5:3; Romans 15:13; 1 Corinthians 15:19; 2 Corinthians 6:10; Philippians 4:4; 1 Peter 4:12–13

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