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Finally Justice! Small town city manager gets 12 years in jail on corruption charges

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/18/2014

Bell, California is a small town with less than 36,000 people. That didn't stop City Manager Robert Rizzo, along with his friends, from awarding themselves hefty raises and drawing yearly salaries as high as $1.5 million. It was fun while it lasted - now Rizzo has pleaded guilty to 69 ...


The Birth of Catholic Evangelism

By Deal W. Hudson • Catholic Online • 4/18/2014

In spite of being ignored, and in some cases blacklisted, several of the hosts of EWTN radio and TV shows grew ministries of their own in the evangelistic Catholic style of Mother Angelica's still-prospering network. Jeff Cavins is one of the most successful of Mother's "graduates." There ...


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Blog

A Good Friday Reflection

By Michael Seagriff • Harvesting the Fruits of contemplation • 4/18/2014

This is not just another Friday. This is Good Friday. Will that fact make any difference in the way we live this day? CANASTOTA, NY - For far too many of us, today will likely pass much like any other Friday - a mad rush to get to the weekend. with little thought of He Who made usand whose ...


Sometimes you aren't meant to go back to normal, Sometimes you were just meant to change altogether.

By Jackie Stammen • Laughs and Love • 4/15/2014

 Over the weekend I was catching up with a sweet friend of mine. We started talking about incidents (great or small) that change your life in ways you never guessed they would or could.  LOS ANGELES, CA - I hadn't seen her since I had broken my leg and had surgery so I shared the story ...


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Americas

Massive earthquake shake Mexico: Was it foretold by oarfish?

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/18/2014

One of the strongest earthquakes over the past several years has rumbled through Mexico. According to the Mexican Seismological Institute, the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7. As reported here on Catholic Online, the temblor may have been foretold by the sightings of mysterious ...


Colombia: Largest South American drug bust in nine years

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/11/2014

It was by far the largest drug bust in all of South America in almost nine years: Colombian police intercepted SEVEN TONS of cocaine headed to the Dutch port of Rotterdam. The drugs had a street value of at least $250 million. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The cocaine was stashed in ...


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Europe

UFO caught on film in England, but it's not a spacecraft...

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/15/2014

A bizarre black ring is baffling experts in England, after it was filmed by a sixteen year old girl in Warwickshire. The ring apparently hung in the sky for three minutes before dissipating. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Nick Pope, a former adviser to the British government on unexplained ...


Russia continues to devour Ukraine

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/15/2014

Vladimir Putin has continued his land grab in Ukraine, making it ever more apparent that the Russian president wants to reunite the old Soviet republics and from a new Soviet Union, even at the risk of causing a major war. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Russia seized the Crimean Peninsula from ...


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Middle East

AL-QAEDA ALIVE: 'We must eliminate the cross ... The bearer of the cross is America!'

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/17/2014

"This is quite an extraordinary video," terrorist experts Paul Cruickshank says. There's another word for it: absolutely horrifying. In the video, the nefarious "crown prince" of al-Qaeda, Nasir al-Wuhayshi is seen addressing a group of 100 like-minded terrorists in Yemen. He cuts to the ...


Suffering, dying in silence: Syrian Christians face arduous holy week

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/16/2014

The assassination of Dutch Jesuit Fr. Frans van der Lugt, shot to death by an unknown assailant at his base in Homs, Syria on April 7 has cast a pall for the faithful here. Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar of Damascus says that Syrian Christians face a seemingly endless Way of the Cross, ...


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Asia Pacific

China's price for progress: One fifth of its soil found contaminated

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/18/2014

China leap into an economic powerhouse has come at a very heavy price. A recent study has found that a fifth of China's soil is contaminated. According to an official study released by the government, 16.1 percent of China's soil and 19.4 percent of its arable land has shown signs of ...


SELF TORTURE: Disregarding church, Filipino faithful flagellate themselves in bloody ritual

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/18/2014

Their practices are not condoned by the Catholic Church - who says it takes away from the real meaning behind Lent. Regardless, Filipino men don hoods to conceal their faces, remove their shirts and whip themselves raw in city streets in atonement. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Maundy ...


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Africa

IMPLACABLE EVIL: Militant Muslim group Boko Haram terrorizes Nigeria

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/17/2014

Boko Haram, whose name means that "Western education is sin" in the native Hausa language of Nigeria, has leaped once again into international headlines with the abduction of more than 100 schoolgirls. The group has bombed schools, churches and mosques; kidnapped women and children and ...


Algerian presidential election ends in violence, much disappointment

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria) • Catholic Online • 4/17/2014

The Algerian presidential election ended in accusations, invectives and violence. The disappointment here is palpable: Elderly and infirm incumbent president, 77-year-old Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been re-elected to another five-year term. Left incapacitated from a stroke, he's back in ...


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Politics & Policy

DECLARED INVALID: North Dakota abortion ban overturned by federal judge

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/17/2014

A North Dakota law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy, has been overturned by a federal judge. The law is "invalid and unconstitutional," according to U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, who declared the ruling "cannot withstand a ...


Evidence of corruption: Newly disclosed emails show Lois Lerner WAS in contact with the DOJ over conservative political groups

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/17/2014

The Lois Lerner - Eric Holder scandal has hit the fan with the court ordered release of documents which implicate both in breaking the law to persecute and potentially prosecute conservative non-profit organizations. This issue has been the subject of Congressional hearings and both Lois Lerner and ...


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Business & Economics

Is the 'Mark of the Beast' the future of money?

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/2/2014

Some futuristic thinkers say that in the next 20 years or so, when people go to the market, they will pick up the items they need and leave - without the benefit of paying a cashier. Sensors will identify a consumer by a mark, their way of walking or facial recognition. Will cash money - ...


Credit card wars: Wal-Mart sues Visa over transaction 'conspiracy'

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 3/28/2014

In an ongoing war over credit cards in the modern retail environment, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is suing Visa Inc. for allegedly conspiring with banks to fix transaction fees. It's just the latest in a long, ongoing legal fight between retailers and card issuers. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ...


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Movies

15 Movies You Should Watch When You Turn 50

By Deal W. Hudson • Catholic Online • 4/17/2014

To put it bluntly, there are some books we shouldn't try to read when we are young because, first, we won't really understand them, and, second, having read them we will very likely never read them again, and it's later on in life when we recognize why they are considered classics. The same ...


Deal Hudson: Play It Again Sam

By Deal W. Hudson • Catholic Online • 4/16/2014

We welcome the retelling of traditional stories because we are always seeking both to understand and endure the stories we inhabit and ultimately the narrative which is our entire life.Why else would both the main characters in Casablanca, played by Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, ask for ...


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TV

Stephen Colbert to succeed David Letterman as host of 'The Late Show'

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/10/2014

Longtime "Late Show" TV host David Letterman had announced that he would retire sometime in 2015. CBS wasted little time in announcing his replacement: Comedian Stephen Colbert has signed a five-year contract to host the late night variety show. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The ...


'Wheel of Fortune' winner 'most amazing solve in my 30 [plus] years on the show' Pat Sajak declares

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 3/21/2014

TV game show favorite "Wheel of Fortune" is very much like a showbiz version of "Hangman," where contestants must fill in phrases by correctly guessing letters. The letters. Contestant Emil De Leon correctly guess the phrase - "new baby buggy" with only TWO numbers, which led "Fortune ...


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Music

It is Not too late for a Musical St. Patrick's Day.

By Robert Reilly • Catholic Online • 3/30/2014

The quality of these four works by John Kinsella is such that the fact that all 10 symphonies are not available in recordings constitutes some kind of scandal. There is no room here to give individual impressions of the four symphonies. In general, I would say that Kinsella offers a potent ...


Last of the singing clan in 'The Sound of Music,' Maria von Trapp dies at 99 years of age

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 2/24/2014

The last of the singing children of the Von Trapp family has passed away at the age of 99. Maria Von Trapp immortalized in the musical classic "The Sound of Music," has died at her Vermont home of natural causes. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Maria von Trapp was the third-oldest child ...


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Celebrity

Legendary actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/7/2014

It's very hard to imagine American film without actor Mickey Rooney. Starting his career as a child actor in silent films, Rooney was frequently paired with fellow iconic movie star Judy Garland in the "Andy Hardy" series. Short, with an explosive temper, Rooney was a colorful presence ...


Familiar face in TV and movies, James Rebhorn dies at 65

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 3/23/2014

You recognized the face, if not the name. James Rebhorn was a nonpareil character actor who played a wide variety of roles who left a definite mark with TV and movie audiences. He was memorable as the arrogant headmaster in Al Pacino's "Scent of a Woman" or the scheming secretary of ...


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Pope John Paul II

Rome's Exorcist Finding Blessed John Paul II Effective Against Satan

By David Kerr • Catholic News Agency • 5/18/2011

I have asked the demon more than once, 'Why are you so scared of John Paul II and I have had two different responses, both interesting. One, 'because he disrupted my plans.' And, I think that he is referring to the fall of communism in Russia and Eastern Europe. The collapse of communism."Another ...


A Monk Reflects on Divine Mercy and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

By Fr. Gregory Gresko, OSB • Catholic Online • 5/8/2011

In the message of Divine Mercy, Jesus expresses His intimate desire to enter into the temple of our heart, but for Him to be able to enter we first must open the door of our heart to His Divine Love.  May we plunge into the love and mercy that emanate from His Sacred ...


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Homeschooling

Marriage & Family

From Living Large to Putting God in Charge

By Catholic Match • Catholic Online • 4/16/2014

The year was 1990 and Bob was, in his own words, living large. The then 29-year-old had graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee several years earlier and spent over a year on the pro golf tour. He went to build a thriving CPA firm and thought himself to be in a happy marriage. Then it all ...


Devil at work! Infidelity experts says adultery is good for marriage - if you don't get caught

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/13/2014

Ashley Madison is a controversial Web site that enables married men and women to have xtramarital affair. Based in Canada, Noel Biderman is forthright about the right of the married to have affairs -- providing they don't get caught. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Still plugging away, ...


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Love & Relationship

Living Faith

BREAKING THE RULES or IS HE? Pope Francis washes women's feet and those of undetermined religion

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/18/2014

Pope Francis has shown little regard for rules in regards to his papacy. The latest controversy now surrounds his washing the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people, some of who were women and non-Catholics. The pre-Easter ritual, Pope Francis is designed to show his willingness to serve ...


'Priestly joy is a priceless treasure,' Pope Francis says

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/17/2014

If a priest wants to overcome moments of sadness, exhaustion and boredom, in addition to discovering his true identity, he must head for the exit sign, going outside himself to be with God and his people, Pope Francis said during the Chrism Mass at St. Peter's Basilica. LOS ANGELES, CA ...


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Home & Food

Hot Cross Buns

By Veronica Gantley • My Catholic Kitchen • 4/15/2014

It is believed a very popular Lenten tradition is the Hot Cross Bun. In Europe these buns were baked for Good Friday.  LOS ANGELES, CA - It is believed they originated at St. Alban's Abbey in England around the fourteenth century. The monks distributed them to the poor on Good Friday in place ...


Making sure local seafood -- STAYS local seafood, authorities move in

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/14/2014

In coastal towns across the United States, in both the Pacific and the Atlantic, one can see many stands offering up seafood that boasts of being locally caught and processed. That isn't necessarily so -- 92 percent of all seafood in the U.S. is imported elsewhere, and the government is ...


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Single Living

Health

Death lurks about the cutting board: Kitchens could be sources of drug-resistant bacteria, experts warn

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/18/2014

There's a killer lurking undetected in many ordinary kitchens, experts warn. Cutting boards used to prepare raw poultry may be an important source of drug-resistant bacteria in both hospital kitchens and private homes, a new study warns. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The more the ...


Uh-oh! One in every 20 adults seeking medical care walks away misdiagnosed

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/17/2014

If you're diligent and go to your doctor regularly - you still may not be getting a clean bill of health. According to a new study, one in 20 Americans who see their doctor may walk away having their condition misdiagnosed. Twelve million Americans a year could be affected by these ...


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Travel

Ancient architectural wonder of Rome

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/15/2014

The Coliseum is an elliptical amphitheater in the center of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering. ROME, ITALY (Catholic Online) - Occupying a site just east of the Roman Forum, its ...


England's great Neolithic site

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/15/2014

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire, about 3.2 kilometers (2.0 mi) west of Amesbury and 13 kilometers (8.1 mi) north of Salisbury. ENGLAND, (Catholic Online) - One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of earthworks surrounding a ...


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College & University

University of St. Thomas Honors Research Goes 6 Feet Under

By Brenda Cooper, University of St. Thomas • Catholic Online • 4/8/2014

A few hundred people have undergone cryopreservation procedures since 1962, having their bodies cooled to sub-zero temperatures, with the hope that one day they may be brought back to life using highly advanced technology. It's the kind of issue-along with assisted suicide, euthanasia and "do not ...


What the devil?! Bill Gates wants your college info so he can tell you what classes to take

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 3/25/2014

It might be easier to compose a short list of people and agencies that don't want to spy on you. Adding his name to the long list, Bill Gates has proposed tracking the lives and careers of college graduates as an ongoing means to assess college value. Of course, they'd need to see your pay stubs ...


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Christian Saints & Heroes

Is St. Joseph worthy of commemoration?

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 3/19/2014

Today is the feast day of St. Joseph, which means this is the perfect time to check out our offerings of St. Joseph medals, prayer cards and the many other religious products we have at Catholic Shopping .com. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Catholic Shopping .com is where you can shop for the ...


Duc in Altum: Men, Put Out Into the Deep on the Feast of St Joseph

By Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D. • Catholic Online • 3/20/2014

This model of Christian manliness recommends himself to us not for any strange or exciting things he did (because he really didn't) but for the daily listening to and heeding the voice of Almighty God - in the home, in the synagogue and Temple, in the workplace.  With hindsight, we can ...


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Green

BIOLOGICAL WARFARE? Smog from India, China winds way to U.S., Canada

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/16/2014

Ripples in the global pond, half a world away, can have effects all over the globe. Researchers at Texas A&M now say that air pollution originating in both India and China, almost certainly affects global weather patterns, particularly in the United States and Canada. LOS ANGELES, CA ...


World must turn to wind and solar to combat global warming, report says

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/14/2014

The world must turn to the wind or sun for its energy needs -- or face catastrophic consequences wrought by climate change. That's the news from a recent report from the United Nations on global warming. These devastating effects could take place as early as 15 years from now, the report ...


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Technology

EYES TO THE HEAVENS: Astronomers say there may be a 'new Saturn moon'

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/17/2014

All eyes are on the heavens as astronomers theorize that another moon for the ringed planet of Saturn may be on its way. If the heavenly body in the rings of Saturn is confirmed, it would make for the planet's 63rd moon. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Named "Peggy," astronomers first ...


IS THE SECOND COMING NIGH? Four blood moons this year all occur on Jewish holidays

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/16/2014

As climate change wreaks havoc worldwide, and relations between the U.S. and Russia reach a low point over Ukraine, some Christians say that the phenomenon of the "Blood moon" may mean that Christ's return is rapidly approaching. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In the early morning ...


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Vocations

Trappist monks' spirituality hailed as key to business success

By (CNA/EWTN News) • Catholic Online • 2/28/2014

A spiritual focus on generous service and community is the key to success for the Trappist monks, not only in their business ventures but in all of their pursuits, said a businessman closely acquainted with the order. WASHINGTON D.C., February 26 (CNA/EWTN News) - Trappist monks build a culture of ...


Archbishop Josť H. Gomez on Praying for Priests and Promoting Vocations

By Archbishop Josť H. Gomez • The Tidings • 11/20/2012

Every priest is a sacrament - a sign and instrument that brings men and women to the encounter with the living God. So in this Year of Faith, we need to refocus ourselves, especially in our families, on helping men to hear this beautiful and noble calling from Jesus. BALTIMORE, MD (The Tidings) - I ...


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Devotion

As Mother

As Disciple

As Model

Ways of Mary

Washington state legalizes same-sex marriage, pot

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 12/6/2012

New laws legalizing same-sex "marriages" and marijuana consumption took effect in Washington state at midnight on Wednesday, sparking statewide celebrations. Same sex couples lined the streets hoping to obtain state permission to marry and marijuana advocates gathered outdoors to light up in ...


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Message

Appearances

Sports

UN 'expert' condemns Redskins football team

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/11/2014

The Washington Redskins may receive a name change, at least if a so-called expert on indigenous rights gets his way. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - James Anaya, a law professor with the University of Arizona, oversees global indigenous rights with the UN, and said in a statement that retaining ...


Say it ain't so! Yankee pitcher suspected of cheating

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/11/2014

A few eyebrows were raised during the season's first New York Yankee-Chicago Red Sox game, Yankee pitcher Michael Pineda apparently had a suspicious substance on his hand during the third inning of the April 10 game. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pineda pitched a great game, keeping the ...


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Christmas / Advent

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

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • 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, ...


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

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • 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, ...


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Lent / Easter

5th Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion

By Jennifer Hartline • Catholic Online • 4/18/2014

This Sorrowful pilgrimage now brings me here to this lonely hill. All the agony, the beatings and the bleeding have led me somewhere I do not want to go; somewhere I resist going with all my might.The bitter truth is this: I really don't want to die. WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - The 5th ...


4th Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross

By Jennifer Hartline • Catholic Online • 4/18/2014

I wonder if perhaps it was tempting for Jesus to just lie down on the dirt road and die right there. Completely sapped of strength and in agonizing pain, I wonder if He was tempted by the thought, "I can't take another step." WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - 4th Sorrowful Mystery: The ...


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Reading 1, Isaiah 52:13--53:12
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Gospel, John 18:1--19:42
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Reading 2, Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
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