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What the pope can do -- and can’t -- do


One of the most well-remembered talks here at Judson Memorial Church in New York happened one night when our now-deceased minister emeritus, Howard Moody, advised us that we were going to be disappointed in Barack Obama as president. At the time, it had just become clear that Hillary Clinton was not going to be president and that Obama might be.

That was eight years ago. Moody quietly laid out the obstacles facing Obama the president, including the grotesque racism that has followed him. He warned us to be careful in the size of our hopes.

A family that doesn't eat together is 'hardly a family,' pope says

 A family that chooses to watch TV or play with their smartphones rather than talk at the dinner table is "hardly a family," Pope Francis said.

"When children at the dinner table are glued to the computer, or the telephone and do not listen to one another, they are not a family, they are retired," the pope said Wednesday during his weekly general audience.

Turkson in Ohio: If people love God, they must care for what he has made


The lead consultant on "Laudato Si'," Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, said that although it's a document of nearly 40,000 words, its message can be summed up in one sentence.

"We cannot love God when we do not appreciate or care for what God has made," Cardinal Peter Turkson said Saturday in an interview with the Catholic Times, newspaper of the Columbus diocese. "This is what the pope wants people to understand.



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November 20-December 3, 2015


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