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Strong net neutrality protections called critical to faith community

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Communications has urged the Trump administration to keep current net neutrality rules in place because an open internet, he said, is critical to the nation's faith communities and how they interact with their members.

"Without open internet principles which prohibit paid prioritization, we might be forced to pay fees to ensure that our high-bandwidth content receives fair treatment on the internet," stated Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Burlington, Vt.

Editorial | Take a walk on the path of Advent

As Christmas nears, we get inundated with messages emphasizing the materialism of Christmas. There's so much to do. It's easy to succumb and begin to dread what's ahead.

The time before Christmas — Advent — should be filled with joy in anticipation of what is coming. Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent is the season encompassing the four Sundays leading up to the celebration of Christmas. This time of preparation directs our hearts and minds to Christ's second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord's birth on Christmas.

Joyful enthusiasm about the faith = missionary disciples

From left to right, Kim Becvar of Seven Holy Founders Parish, Joe Slama of the Catholic Newman Center at Truman State University, and Beth Hake of All Saints Parish in St. Peters spoke with Father John Seper, pastor of St. Richard Parish in Creve Coeur, at the Pastoral Assembly Oct. 21 at the Cardinal Rigali Center. The assembly explored the theme of living the joy of the Gospel in St. Louis.

A small group of students at Truman State University didn't know they were spreading their faith until one day a friend told them she was already in the process of entering the Catholic Church because of them.

Joyful enthusiasm about the faith = missionary disciples

From left to right, Kim Becvar of Seven Holy Founders Parish, Joe Slama of the Catholic Newman Center at Truman State University, and Beth Hake of All Saints Parish in St. Peters spoke with Father John Seper, pastor of St. Richard Parish in Creve Coeur, at the Pastoral Assembly Oct. 21 at the Cardinal Rigali Center. The assembly explored the theme of living the joy of the Gospel in St. Louis.

A small group of students at Truman State University didn't know they were spreading their faith until one day a friend told them she was already in the process of entering the Catholic Church because of them.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Faith brings hope even at moment of death

Pope Francis greeted visually impaired people, accompanied by their dogs, at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 18.

VATICAN CITY — Christians can find hope even at the hour of death, which faith teaches is not a closed door but a wide-open passage to a new life with Christ, Pope Francis said.

While all men and women are "small and helpless in front of the mystery of death," Jesus' victory over death assures Christians of the joy of the resurrection, the pope said Oct. 18 at his weekly general audience.

BEFORE THE CROSS | St. Paul serves as both teacher and witness to our faith

As we are in the middle of a whole month of readings from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans, it's pertinent to ask "What do we learn from St. Paul?" The answer is two kinds of things.

In the first place we learn great theological concepts.

In Romans 1, Paul tells us: "Ever since the creation of the world, God's invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what He has made." This is a founding insight for 2,000 years of natural theology, in which we learn about God from the book of nature.

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