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DEAR FATHER | Catholics can contribute to healthy conversation on effects of sports

To what extent may Catholics be fans of a sport where violence is part of the competition? 

This question comes at an interesting time in the sports world.

DEAR FATHER | Superstitions run counter to how we are supposed to approach God

To answer this, we first must ask 'What is a superstition?'

Superstitions presuppose a supernatural world that interacts with our world. These interactions cause both positive and negative effects on our life. Moreover, through superstitions, we can in some way control these interactions to make them work more favorably for us.

Joint commemoration of the Reformation planned

The Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will host a Lutheran-Catholic Joint Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis on Sunday, Oct. 29, with an ecumenical prayer service at 7 p.m.

Martin Luther posted his "95 Theses" on a church door Oct. 31, 1517. It marked as the beginning of what is known as the Protestant Reformation. While the Reformation fractured Western Christianity, Catholics and Lutherans have been committed to dialogue the past 50 years in an effort to restore full unity.

Catholics on Guam stay centered in Christ amid threats by North Korea

Msgr. James Benavente blessed a boy after Mass Aug. 13 at Santa Barbara Church on the island of Guam. Leaders of the Catholic Church in Guam have called for residents to remain centered in the peace of Christ in the wake of threats from North Korea.

HAGATNA, Guam — The Catholic Church on Guam is urging its members and all people on the island to be prayerful and stay centered in Christ amid threats of missile attacks by North Korea.

Coadjutor Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes of Agana asked priests to promote prayers of peace at all Masses Aug. 13 as tensions continue, following threats by North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un to attack this American territory in the Marianas Islands.

Abp. Gomez calls on Catholics to ‘show forth image of God’

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez

LOS ANGELES — The answer to society's dysfunctions can be found in one person: Jesus Christ.

That message is at the core of a new pastoral letter by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez — "For Greater Things You Were Born" — released March 1, Ash Wednesday.

The letter is a 16,000-word meditation on human nature, which the archbishop maintains can only be understood in relation to God.

"Jesus Christ alone knows who we are and He is the one teacher of life," he wrote. "He alone shows us the way to live in order to lead a truly human life."

Parishioners donate $5 million in special collections

Catholics of the Archdiocese of St. Louis donated more than $5 million in special collections last year — funds that help the Church meet needs in critical areas in the archdiocese and around the world.

The donations were made to the 19 once-a-year collections supporting various local, national and international programs and four one-time collections related to disaster responses. The one-time collections went to Middle East refugee response, $35,728, Hurricane Matthew/Haiti reconstruction, $91,721; local and national flood relief, $327,775; and Louisiana flood relief, $257,306.

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