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Pope Francis greets people as he arrives for a Feb. 17 meeting at Roma Tre University. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

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Pope: Stand with migrants, do not deny climate science, there is no such thing as ‘Islamic terrorism’
“Sooner or later, the moral blindness of this indifference comes to light, like when a mirage dissipates,” he wrote. “The wounds are there, they are a reality. The unemployment is real, the violence is real, the corruption is real, the identity crisis is real, the gutting of democracies is real.”

Unusual detentions, raids raise questions as Trump announces ‘crackdown’
A variety of communities, from the Irish to Latinos, worry that the roundups mark the beginning of what President Donald Trump promised in his campaign for the presidency: to deport the country’s estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants.

War begins in the heart and ends in the world, Pope Francis says
“War begins in here and finishes out there. The news we see in the papers or on television… Today so many people die, and that seed of war, which breeds envy, jealousy, and greed in my heart, is the same – grown up, become a tree – as the bomb which falls on a hospital, on a school, and kills children,” said the Pope in a reflection of the damage of war during morning Mass at the chapel of Casa Santa Marta Feb. 16.

Church leaders hope Trump does not repeal conflict-minerals provisions
In the United States, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' International Policy Committee wrote the acting head of the National Security Council urging Trump not to suspend the rules related to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act. "Congolese die every day in the illegal mines and at the hands of the armed groups that destroy communities in order to expel them from potential mining sites," wrote Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, committee chairman. 

SDG Reviews ‘The Great Wall’
The Great Wall exists largely for two reasons: Hollywood wants a bigger piece of the Chinese box office and China wants more cultural power abroad. Images of an armored, bow-bearing Damon amid a sea of Chinese warriors in a story set in medieval China have raised inevitable questions about whitewashing or the white savior trope, but these concerns are pretty clearly misplaced.

Around the Net -- Catholic Blogosphere

Charlie Brown and his football: a story of Christian hope
Why is that? Perhaps because Charlie Brown is something of an everyman, and trying to kick that football reveals who he is. Depending on your perspective, either he will not learn from the past or he refuses to give up on the future. For the Christian, it’s the latter, which is what makes Charlie Brown something of a Christ-figure: He doesn’t close in upon himself; he doesn’t give up on others; he lives in hope.

15 Hilarious Real Complaints Medieval Scribes Left in Their Margins
It’s hard for us to imagine today, but even super-long books like the Bible were copied entirely by hand. And the monks and priests who did it did a great job! But that doesn’t mean they weren’t still human. Sometimes, a scribe would leave a short note in the margins. Examples include things like, “St. Patrick of Armagh, deliver me from writing,” “The parchment is hairy,” and “Oh, my hand.” Lol!

How on earth can I have a personal relationship with Jesus?
Recently, someone close to me asked “what is a personal relationship with Jesus?” after their first session of the Catholic Alpha course. I think it can be quite a foreign concept even if our practice of the Faith up to this point has been doing just what good Catholics do: going to Mass, saying the Rosary, frequent confession, daily prayer. I’m  certainly no expert . . . I’m still learning, even though I’ve been pursuing my personal relationship with Jesus for over 20 years!



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