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    Al Smith dinner reflects Church's ability to bring people together

    Thursday night's Al Smith Dinner in New York, probably the last time Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will share a stage before the election, was a reminder that even in the midst of contentiousness, the Catholic Church still has the ability to bring people together and offer hope and a better way of engaging the world.

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    In art, as in faith, tradition should be cherished but not calcified

    At Our Lady of the Rosary in Greenville, South Carolina, the "art with a heart" of Jim Craft respects the great tradition of Christian art but makes it contemporary and accessible, a visible example of what Pope Benedict XVI called the "hermeneutic of continuity."

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    When the pope's palace became a refugee center and neonatal unit

    As the doors of the traditional papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo are thrown open to the public today, it's worth recalling that during WWII the same thing happened, only not for a museum tour but to save the lives of refugees, displaced persons and people hunted by the Nazis.


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  • Now a cardinal, this African prelate was already a “saint”

    Now a cardinal, this African prelate was already a “saint”

    • October 19, 2016

    Cardinals are by definition a big deal, but it’s by no means automatic that all will one day be hailed as saints. In the pope’s latest crop of new cardinals, however, one already is — Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga of the Central African Republic, hailed as one of the “three saints of Bangui” for his peacemaking efforts.

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