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Pencil Preaching for Sunday, November 17, 2019

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: A world of disorder

Scripture for Life: The Gospel tells us that we can accept today's crises — from the personal to the cosmic — as God-given occasions of grace and opportunities to give witness. 

'Waves' is a 21st century epic about a family's struggle to find grace

Written and directed by Trey Edward Shults, the new film is a visual and aural epic that shows how an American family grapples to find meaning in their lives amid struggles, bad choices and life itself.

Two Catholic universities geared to expand amid Zimbabwe's turmoil

Arrupe Jesuit University and the Catholic University of Zimbabwe in Harare have been registered as full-fledged universities and plan to expand degree offerings and open new campuses across the country.

New York bishops meet pope at end of 'ad limina' visits

When Pope Francis met with bishops from New York state, he expressed his gratitude, recognizing the difficulties many of them were facing, said Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany.

Vatican's top investigator on abuse crisis addresses Notre Dame forum

U.S. Catholics "have to be prepared for another wave of traumatic narrative" regarding the clergy sex abuse crisis, Archbishop Charles Scicluna said Nov. 13 at the University of Notre Dame.

Texas archdiocese challenges LGBT anti-discrimination rights

A Texas archdiocese wants to become a foster care provider, but only if it can be exempt from adhering to federal safeguards against anti-LGBT discrimination.

EarthBeat Weekly: Time for a veggie Thanksgiving

With the holiday less than two weeks away, it’s time to begin planning the menu -- especially if you’re considering a radical departure from tradition.

Our extended family household (across the hall apartments) includes three vegetarians and three meat-eaters. Many of our combined meals include both meat and veg to pick from. 

But the time seems right for a holiday celebration that goes all veg. 

Pope's cousin, missionary in Thailand, will serve as his translator

Pope Francis' translator in Thailand will be Salesian Sister Ana Rosa Sivori, the pope's second cousin and a missionary in Thailand for more than 50 years. 

Catechism will be updated to include ecological sins, pope says

Following through on a proposal made at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, Pope Francis said there are plans to include a definition of ecological sins in the church's official teaching.