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FORCED BESTIALITY: Evil teenage girls sexually assault autistic boy - and record it for posterity

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

In an episode shocking for its sheer cruelty, two teenage girls in Maryland are now in custody after they repeatedly abused a 16-year-old autistic boy - eventually making him perform sexual acts with a family pet - and recording it all on their cell phones. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) ...


HOW LONG BEFORE THE SYSTEM BREAKS? Working Americans increasingly made to pay for those on welfare

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

If you're an American who awakes each day to begin a day of toil you have no interest in, take heed: There are only more reasons to hit your pillow in frustration each night as you drift off to sleep. You are an endangered species, and the media has not rallied to your side as they would, ...


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Blog

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 ...


Of Holy Thursday, Priests, the Eucharist, and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

By Michael Seagriff • Harvesting the Fruits of contemplation • 4/16/2014

When Jesus told His followers that unless they ate His Body and drank His Blood, they could not have eternal life, large numbers left and never returned. Their initial repulsion to this direction was understandable: who would want to eat the flesh and drink the blood of another living human ...


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Americas

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 ...


Vigilance saves lives: Building codes prevented destruction in Chilean quake

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 4/3/2014

Miracles do happen. Only six perished in a massive earthquake in northern Chile following an immense 8.2 earthquake and tsunami. Four of the deaths were attributed to heart attacks and only two were crushed by debris. The reason for this amazingly low fatality county is being credited to ...


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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

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, ...


Asia Bibi remains in prison, reluctant officials hide behind bureaucracy

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

Asia Bibi, the Pakistani woman facing death for blasphemy in Pakistan still sits in a women's prison her case held up by deliberate delays and a reluctance of judges and others to hear her case. Officials are afraid that they will become targets of Islamic fundamentalists if they appear lenient ...


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Asia Pacific

Baby born with headless twin, four hands, recovering after surgery

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

A 13-day-old baby boy now has a greater chance at a normal life after doctors have removed superfluous limbs from him. Now in stable condition, the child was born with a headless, parasitic twin. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The child was born with four hands and four feet in China's ...


DON'T READ THIS if you're squeamish

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

Don't read this following article if you are in any squeamish or delicate in nature. We mean it. Two Brothers in Pakistan have been arrested for cannibalism after a young boy's head was found in their squalid home. The two had run into trouble with the law before -- digging up freshly ...


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Africa

Africa's Sahel region still under iron fist of terrorist groups

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria) • Catholic Online • 4/16/2014

Composed of the nations of Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, the Sahel region of Africa remains under the stranglehold of several terrorist groups. France, along with its allies are the chief targets of attack here, which are mainly in retaliation for defensive operations in Mali ...


Militant Muslims abduct more than 100 schoolgirls at gunpoint

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

Over a hundred female students have been abducted by gunmen at a government secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria. The mass kidnapping is believed to have been carried out by members of Boko Haram, a militant Islamic group that is believed to have killed 75 people in a bus bombing in the ...


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Politics & Policy

Ron Paul says he will not pay IRS fine against his non-profit org

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

Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty, a nonprofit political group, has been targeted by the IRS. The IRS has demanded to see the group's donor list, a demand the group has refused to meet which has led to a fine. The organization now says it will not pay the fine. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Ron ...


Report says Christianity should be taught

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

It is commonly, though wrongly, accepted knowledge that public school teachers are not allowed to teach the Bible, biblical values, or Christian history in public schools. It is a debate that dominates every part of life, from a single household to the federal government. The countless legal ...


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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

Pope Francis encourages people to kiss crucifix and recite simple prayer

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

Pope Francis is encouraging people this holy week to pick up a crucifix, kiss it and recite the simple prayer: "Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Lord." He wishes to remind others that Christ's passion "isn't the happy ending of a beautiful fairytale, it isn't the happy ending of a film", but ...


Pope Francis' Wild Ride - Pope takes happy kids for a spin through St. Peter's Square

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

Pope Francis gave to kids the ride of a lifetime by inviting them for a spin in the Popemobile around St. Peter's Square. The gesture continues to cement Pope Francis as a man of the people who is most comfortable with the throngs of faithful who seek his wisdom and blessing. VATICAN CITY (Catholic ...


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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

Analysis: Millions wasted on shoddy flu drug, Tamiflu

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

It's an especially harsh analysis for a drug that many people keep in their bathroom mirror for a sudden outbreak of the sniffles. A new analysis says that many millions may have been wasted on Tamiflu, a common drug used to treat flu symptoms. According to the report, Tamiflu works no ...


Deadly H5N1 bird flu virus could easily mutate to spread from human to human

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

The avian flu, or H5N1 virus was so deadly scientists once halted research as governments feared it might be used by terrorists to stage a biological attack. The dreaded H5N1 avian influenza has since killed 60 percent of the 650 humans known to be infected from it. What kept panic in ...


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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

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 ...


Will Alibaba devour Facebook? China's massive Alibaba is coming to conquer the United States

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

Ali Baba for those in the west usually means the storybook leader of a gang of fearless, 40 thieves. But this will soon change. A massive e-commerce site from China, Alibaba, with revenue larger than Amazon and eBay combined has decided to go public in the United States. LOS ANGELES, CA ...


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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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Mission

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

Holy Thursday: Take Up the Basin and Towel. Love is a Verb.

By Deacon Keith Fournier • Catholic Online • 4/17/2014

The Vigil Mass of Holy Thursday is meant to deepen our understanding of the self emptying of Jesus Christ. It is also meant to open up for us a deeper understanding of the meaning of our own lives. He, who is Lord and Master, King of Kings, took off His Cloak of Royal Splendor and became a ...


Holy Thursday: He Loves to the End

By Deacon F.K. Bartels • Catholic Online • 4/17/2014

Jesus Christ has loved us to the very end. There is great spiritual profit to be found in meditating on those words. They might give the impression that Christ has loved us, and now that he has done that, it is over. But it is not over. It is not simply that Christ has loved; it is that he ...


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Reading 1, Isaiah 61:1-3, 6, 8-9
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Psalm, Psalms 89:21-22, 25, 27
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Gospel, Luke 4:16-21
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