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Intentional Eucharistic Communities search for meaningful worship


I have just returned from one of the best weekend conferences I have ever attended. It was a meeting June 26-28 in St. Paul, Minn., of about 275 Catholics who are involved with IECs, or Intentional Eucharistic Communities. These are groups that come together to celebrate the Eucharist outside a parish setting. It was called “Living the Gospel: Collective Voices.”         

NYC's St. Pat's Parade may be opening up to LGBT people


June was a banner month for marriage equality in both Ireland and the United States. Now, the winds of change may be converging on New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

For nearly twenty-five years, gays and lesbians have been banned from marching openly in the City’s famed celebration of Irish heritage. The organizers of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, led by committee president John Dunleavy, have been rigid in their refusal to allow any LGBT Irish group from marching under a banner.

How long will Israel let its churches and mosques burn?


"Till when will Israel let its churches and mosques be burnt?" asked the editors of Haaretz, the English-language Israeli daily, on June 21. Their hard-hitting editorial was responding to the torching of one of the most famous Catholic churches in the Holy Land, the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha, near Tiberias in northern Israel.

PBS docudrama '1913: Seeds of Conflict' deftly delves into Middle East drama


"1913: Seeds of Conflict"
9 p.m. Eastern, Tuesday, June 30 (Check local listings)

The comprehensive and compact docudrama "1913: Seeds of Conflict" reveals little-known facts that conflated to become what writer/director Ben Loeterman proposes as the root causes for today's ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.


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August 28-September 10, 2015


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