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Editorial | Celebrate our differences in the universal Church

The Nicene Creed.

Catholics succinctly express the profession of faith and Catholic belief in every city, in every state, in every country, hemisphere and continent on the planet.

Regardless of language and culture, the creed is the same worldwide, just as Mass and sacraments are the same between customs and traditions.

At Pastoral Assembly, strategies urged to create more vibrant parishes

Dave Reddy of St. Ferdinand Parish was among the attendees of the 2014 Pastoral Assembly who offered feedback to Archbishop Robert J. Carlson in a listening session Sept. 27 at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

Parishioners attending the 2014 Pastoral Assembly were told that the local parish "is the hope of the world."

"The mission of the universal Church is to make disciples of all nations," said Tom Corcoran, a speaker, author and youth minister, who addressed the gathering. "Your zip code is your mission field."

POPE'S MESSAGE | Don't leave home without it; take Gospel on the go, to the world

Pope Francis prayed at an Austro-Hungarian cemetery for soldiers of World War I in Fogliano di Redipuglia, Italy, Sept. 13. The pope prayed for the fallen of all wars and also celebrated Mass in front of the nearby Redipuglia war memorial, which honors the 100,000 Italian soldiers who died during World War I.

VATICAN CITY -- Tuck the Gospel in your pocket and put on your walking shoes to share Christ's love, peace and joy with the world, Pope Francis said.

The Holy Spirit inspires Christians to "overcome every obstacle, to conquer the temptation of being closed up in oneself -- among a chosen few" and to prevent people from believing they are "the only one destined for God's blessing," he said at his weekly general audience Sept 17 in St. Peter's Square.

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