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PHOTOS: First Jesuit Pope: Francis I of Argentina

PHOTOS: First Jesuit Pope: Francis I of Argentina

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March 21, 2013


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VATICAN CITY — White smoke rose from the Sistine Chapel’s chimney signifying the selection of the 266th pope on March 13. With no clear contenders for pope as 115 Cardinals entered the conclave the two days before, the announcement was a pleasant surprise to everyone waiting for their decision. Within...

The Pope: Francis I of Argentina

The Pope: Francis I of Argentina

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March 13, 2013


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Vatican City — White smoke rose from the Sistine Chapel signifying the selection of the 266th pope earlier today. With no clear contenders for pope as 115 Cardinals entered the conclave two days ago, the announcement was a pleasant surprise to everyone waiting for their decision. Within the hour...

PHOTOS: MSA 5th Annual Winter Conference

PHOTOS: MSA 5th Annual Winter Conference

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February 14, 2013


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Five hundred people attended the fifth Annual Winter Conference: Mind Body & Soul, Jan. 25-27, hosted by the Muslim Student's Association ...

Pope Benedict XVI announces resignation

Pope Benedict XVI announces resignation

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February 14, 2013


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When Pope Benedict XVI announced he would be resigning the papacy, effective Feb. 28, he stunned not only the more than one billion members of the Roman Catholic Church but also close watchers of the Vatican in St. Louis. Benedict made the sudden and astonishing announcement following a meeting with top cardinals in Rome on Feb. 11. “After hav...

Jainism: 2 millenia of non-violence

Jainism: 2 millenia of non-violence

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February 14, 2013


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Reincarnation, soul-liberation in faith explored Jainism is a religion not known to many, yet is considered one of the oldest religions in the world. A minority religion in India, which according to census.gov. is the second most populous country in the world,  more than 80 percent of the population identifies itself as ...

Ash Wednesday ritual signifies beginning of Lenten season

Ash Wednesday ritual signifies beginning of Lenten season

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February 14, 2013


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On Wednesday, throughout the world, Christians were marked on their foreheads with ashes with a sign of the cross. These were the ashes which came from the burning of the palms used last year to celebrate Palm Sunday. With this ritual, Lent began, foreshadowing Easter and the baptism of every Chri...

Nostra Aetate: On Muslims and Catholics

Nostra Aetate: On Muslims and Catholics

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February 14, 2013


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Recently the Aquinas Institute conducted “The True & Holy Catholic Engagement of Islam.” Pope Benedict XVI declared 2013 a “Year of Faith” for Roman Catholics, which coincides with the 50-year anniversary of “Nostra Aetate;” a document from the Second Vatican Council released in October...

New set of tunes to chime in Notre Dame Cathedral

New set of tunes to chime in Notre Dame Cathedral

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February 14, 2013


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Bell casts ordered for the cathedral’s 850th birthday Paris--Upon the cathedral on Notre Dame’s 850th anniversary, nine new bells will replace the existing set, which went out of tune. Notre Dame, “our lady” in French, began construction in 1163 and took around 90 years to build. The ...

Discussing West African slaves and Islamic identity

Discussing West African slaves and Islamic identity

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January 24, 2013


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Before the start of Black history month in February, it is timely to consider a religious take on the rich and diverse history of African-American heritage. Authors Allen Austin and Sylvan Diouf state that a large portion of enslaved Africans brought to the Americas were Muslim. In “African Muslims...

PHOTOS: Saint Francis Xavier College Church

PHOTOS: Saint Francis Xavier College Church

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January 24, 2013


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A brief gallery of interior and exterior shots of Saint Francis Xavier College Church through the years.  ...

“Year of faith” brings advice from the Vatican

“Year of faith” brings advice from the Vatican

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January 24, 2013


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On the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council on October 11, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI invited Catholics around the world to share in a “Year of Faith” that will last until November 24, 2013, the Feast of Christ the King. In particular, Catholics are called to study Scripture,...

Community reflects: Jewish and Muslim day of service

Community reflects: Jewish and Muslim day of service

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January 24, 2013


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While many families spent the Christmas holiday together indoors, some metro area residents used the day as an opportunity for community service. On Dec. 25, over 600 members of local Jewish and Muslim community groups participated in the Jewish and Muslim Day of Service. The Jewish and Muslim...

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