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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.

Embracing humility

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Today, God’s word speaks to us through Sirach and the Lucan Jesus -- and the theme of this word is humility. “Humility” is derived from the Latin word humus or earth; the humble person has his or her feet on the ground. Levelheaded and truthful, those with humility are not the center of their own universe. Rather, they are centered on God and on others.

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Newest 'Values Voters' adversary to America: the Emergent Church

Christian conservatives who think Satan is using communism and Islam to bring down America can add a new "adversary" to the list: the Emergent Church movement.

A portion of the upcoming Values Voter Summit in Washington will stray from its usual focus on politics and consider the Emergent Church as one of three "channels the adversary is using to bring America down." Art Ally, president of The Timothy Plan, a Florida-based mutual fund company devoted to "biblically responsible investing," will lead the breakout session.

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