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FAITH AND CULTURE | Our Lenten hunger and hope

In our culture of plenty, it's tough to imagine going without food or sustenance. Yet the sad reality is that the people in developing countries often experience hunger in staggering numbers. We simply don't have personal experiences of sustained physical hunger; rather, in many ways, we're able to satisfy even our smallest cravings.

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.

POPE'S MESSAGE | God awaits our return to Him up to the last moment

Pope Francis shook hands with Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem during a private audience at the Vatican Oct. 23. At the patriarch’s official visit, Pope Francis said Christian communities in the Holy Land also must stand together to affirm their right to remain in the region, to profess their faith, to be safe and to contribute to society.

VATICAN CITY — God waits for everyone, even the worst sinner who repents only with his dying breath, Pope Francis said.

"Before God, we present ourselves with empty hands," he said, meaning that all the good works people have or haven't done throughout their lives aren't measured to determine entry into heaven.

"A word of humble repentance was enough to touch Jesus' heart" and to make Him promise eternal life in heaven even to a poor criminal, he said Oct. 25 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Editorial | Hope — it’s up to us

We can be a people of hope, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson writes in a reflection on Pope Francis exhortation "The Joy of the Gospel" in this issue of the Review.

It's a welcome message today. We hear about killings in the streets, terrorism, politicians shouting at each other, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures and unabashed consumerism. Even sports fails us sometimes when we read about out-of-control and "me-first" players, coaches, fans and parents.

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 | Hope reigns as Reformation anniversary approaches

In a couple of weeks, Lutherans will mark the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation. And for the next month — from Oct. 16 to Nov. 11 — Mass readings will come from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans.

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