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Professor Karen King with the controversial papyrus scrap. The scrap is authentic, but its words are very likely fiction.

Papyrus that suggests Jesus was married is genuine, but it still doesn't prove much

By • Catholic Online • 4/11/2014

An ancient papyrus scrap has been declared authentic by subsequent scholarly review. The scrap is controversial because it suggests that Jesus may have had a wife. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In 2012, a scrap of papyrus became controversial after it was revealed to say "Jesus said to them, ...

Chinese authorities have seized assets worth at least $14.5 billion from family members and associates of retired domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang.

Billions seized in China's biggest corruption scandal in six decades

By • Catholic Online • 3/31/2014

In what is being described as China's biggest corruption scandals in six decades, Chinese authorities have seized assets worth at least $14.5 billion from family members and associates of retired domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang. Wide-ranging, more than 300 of Zhou's relatives, ...

May We Be Counted as Oxes and Asses before Jesus

By • Catholic Online • 12/26/2013

Therefore the Christmas crèche and the ox and the ass are intended to unsettle us:  "In this night, then, the faces of the ox and the ass look at us with a question: My people does not understand, but do you perceive the voice of your Lord?"  CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - ...

Mary Jo Matthews on Christmas Memories

By • Catholic Online • 12/25/2013

This is her first Christmas without her husband and her oldest son, and it will not be the last one she will spend alone.  Family, friends, other children and grandchildren have tried very hard to make the day special for her, and she loves them for their care and kindness.  As ...

Reflections on the Closing of the Season of Advent

By • Catholic Online • 12/25/2013

Advent is about the coming of Christ, a Christ for whom our hearts must make room.  This requires repentance.  The art of repentance is--and will always be--old fashioned because it is perennially the same.  CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - For the four weeks of Advent I have ...

Seeking Happiness This Christmas? Seek Jesus Christ: The Son of God Who Became Man For The Love of Humanity

By • Catholic Online • 12/24/2013

God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls ...

St. Joseph

Advent Reflection: Learning From the Silence and Way of St. Joseph

By • Catholic Online • 12/22/2013

As he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people ...

An Advent Poem: The Star Still Shines

By • Catholic Online • 12/19/2013

Oh, star set high in a winter sky by God's almighty hand stretch forth thy light and shine tonighton men in every land.In hearts renew the flame that drew proud kings to an Infant's birth - the first crusade when a humble maid gave God to the hungry earth. ATHENS, GA. (Catholic Online) - The Star ...

Gaudete Sunday: We Rejoice Because the Lord is Always Near

By • Catholic Online • 12/15/2013

Christian joy does not depend on circumstances, but on relationship. A relationship with the Lord who always comes to those who have eyes opened by living faith.On this Gaudete Sunday let us embrace by grace the way of humility and find the happiness of heaven - beginning on earth. St. ...

Immaculate Conception

Mother of the Re-Created World: St. Anselm on the Immaculate Conception

By • Catholic Online • 12/9/2013

God, then, is the Father of the created world and Mary the mother of the re-created world. God is the Father by whom all things were given life, and Mary the mother through whom all things were given new life. For God begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and Mary gave birth to him as ...

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