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all I have and possess.
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Pope Francis poses for a selfie as he greets the crowd outside St. Mary Josefa Church as he arrives to celebrate Mass at the parish in Rome Feb. 19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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Pope prays for victims of violence in Congo, Pakistan, Iraq
He continued, “I assure my closeness and prayer, also for the religious and humanitarian personnel who work in that difficult region; and I renew my heartfelt appeal to the conscience and the responsibility of the national authorities and of the international community, so that appropriate and timely decisions are taken to help these brothers and sisters of ours.”

USCCB, CRS urge Secretary Tillerson to support Green Climate Fund, clean-energy investments
“From the perspective of Catholic social teaching, adaptation ranks among the most important actions we can take,” they continued. “Adaptation policy is fundamentally concerned with helping God’s creatures and all human beings, especially those who are poor, to adapt to the effects of climate change, regardless of the causes.”

Pope Francis: to love your enemies, prayer is a game-changer
“It’s true, God the Father is merciful,” he said Feb. 19. “And you? Are you merciful, are you merciful with the people who have hurt you? Or who do not love you? If He is merciful, if He is holy, if He is perfect, we must be merciful, holy and perfect like Him,” he continued. “This is holiness. A man and a woman who do this deserve to be canonized: they become saints. So simple is the Christian life.”

After years in war zone, burnout rises among those who serve Syrians
Humanitarian aid workers in Syria and Lebanon are exhausted, said Helene Tremblay-Boyko, who recently traveled to the region. It’s not the kind of exhaustion a person feels at the end of a long day, she said. This exhaustion comes from working in the same desperate conditions as the people they serve.

Carolyn Woo: Four ways we can strengthen humanitarian aid
There is a common misconception that development work has hardly made a dent in global poverty. It is not hard to understand why: Stories of suffering and exploitation in low-income countries still abound. But often missing from the narrative is the overall progress that the international community has made.

Around the Net -- Catholic Blogosphere

Peter Kreeft: St. Augustine ‘Is a Man for Our Times’
Historically, Augustine has probably influenced Christians more than anyone else outside of the Bible. Psychologically, he is a complete, compound and compassionate human being. He combines a compassionate heart and a great mind — and he’s a saint! He used the burning light (his mind) and his heart to get through to God. Augustine shows us the errors and truth — the byways, not just the main ways.

Trust and Truth
Trust is the bedrock of human society—every time we have a conversation with a friend, conduct business, or worship, we trust that overall, what we are hearing and doing is true. The feeling of betrayal and disillusionment when one finds that one has been duped is the absolute pits.

Searched “Catholic dads” — Results Were Awesome
I was curious how society views “Catholic dads” so I used my trusty search engine to see what I could find.



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