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Poetry provides spiritual nourishment in these sparest days of Lent

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The statues and crucifixes in our churches this week will be draped with purple sheets. The sparest days of Lent, the church's annual retreat, are upon us.

The sight of these hooded saints feels appropriate to me this year, for rather than giving up some material attachment during Lent, I've tried to let go of some of the old images that have attached themselves, in my mind, to God.

Vatican to host 1,200 religious formation directors for conference

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Some 1,200 formation directors for Catholic religious orders from "every part of the world" will come to Rome next week to take part in a Vatican-hosted conference sharing ideas on how men and women considering religious life should be guided in their discernment.

The conference includes participation of three Vatican congregations and is the latest in a series of events to mark the Year of Consecrated Life, called by Pope Francis and being held through the beginning of 2016.

Memo to Final Four Crowds: the Hot Dog Vendor May Not Serve You

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The greatest perversion of language occurs when original meaning is twisted to stand for its opposite. Such is the case with Indiana's corruption of the term "religious freedom." If the hot dog vendors at the NCAA Final Four showdown in Indianapolis refuse to serve a self-declared gay person on grounds that it violates the vendor's sacred rights, the state of Indiana may offer them full legal backing. It's that ludicrous.

Vatican Good Friday reflections ask: ‘When will death penalty be abolished?’

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A series of reflections to be used by Pope Francis in Rome on Good Friday make connections between the crucifixion of Jesus and the modern-day use of the death penalty.

The reflections, to be used by the pope at an annual public service in and near Rome’s historic Colosseum, pointedly ask: “When will the death penalty, still practiced in many states, be abolished?”

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