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As I consider today's story about Lazarus, I recall chauffeuring a visitor from our sister parish in El Salvador through Kansas City, Mo. The quiet, the order, the lack of people walking in the neighborhoods were all part of the cultural puzzle he was trying to piece together. But perhaps more than anything, he was astounded at the large homes we passed in a nice area of town.

Interspirituality, confluence of spiritual truths the topics of international conference

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In what includes "the first reunion of religious leaders from one of the longest running inter-religious dialogues ever conducted," an international conference will focus on the confluence of world religious values Sept. 29 to Oct. 4 with 37 presentations by "spiritual pioneers and religious leaders" from around the world.

Francis returns to mercy of God theme

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Pope Francis returned yet again to the theme of the endless mercy of God in his Sunday Angelus address. After six months, it's fair to say this theme rests at the heart of his pontificate.

In his very first Angelus March 17 at the Vatican's parish church of St. Anne's, he spoke of mercy: "For me, and I say this humbly, the strongest message of the Lord is mercy," he told the parishioners. On that day, he said God never stops forgiving, but people often stop going to God for forgiveness, adding that one should never stop asking for forgiveness as it is always given.

One week after day of global prayer

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Along with countless others, I pray for divine intercession.

When I have a personal intention, I pray. When someone asks me for prayers, I pray for them. When someone in our worshipping community offers a prayer request, I prayer with them.

I do this not having a clue about how "intercession" prayer works and not knowing why some prayers seem to get answered and others do not.

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