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    Catholic Church Poverty

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    The Catholic Church has responded to the significant struggle of poverty by contributing to the attainment of the common good in modern times so as to fulfill their mission of caring for the poor and allowing for the dignity of the human person to be upheld. This social challenge troubled them in this modern day and age and so is an alarming form of injustice in people’s wellbeing that is needed to be understood. “The most challenging, pervasive and explosive problem of this century is that…

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    After the service, I went and talked to the priest who was Fr. Charles and he gave me a brief rundown on what the difference between Catholicism and Episcopalian is and it really was eye-opener because the two are very similar. After the service, I was approached by two different people asking me where I was from and talking about the service and what their story was and why they attended…

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    Radical (Re-)Form of Life? by Silvia Mazzini, the question on whether or not becoming poor is good puts another view on Saint Francis’ life. From a Catholic perspective, Saint Francis became poor because he wanted to follow the teachings of Jesus. Catholicism plays a major part in the Medieval period. During this time, Saint Francis had his conversion when he was inside a church. There the image of Jesus spoke to him. God asked him to restore his church, and this impacted the decision of…

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    Renaissance Europe saw the development of the so-called new monarchies. What were the guiding principles and basic tactics of the rulers of England, France, and Spain in their efforts to centralize their states? To what extent did these rulers rely on new policies and practices? How successful were the new monarchs? In the years prior to the New Monarchy, Europe had been devastated by the Black Plague. The ruling powers needed to gain the loyalty of the people, rebuild the economy, and…

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    Send Rainclouds

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    The Man to Send Rainclouds is a short story written by Leslie Marmon Silko about Native American Leon and his brother-in-law, Ken, and the events that unfold after they find their grandfather, Teofilo, dead, under a cottonwood tree. The story deals with topics concerning religion and faith, specifically the cultural divide between Father Paul (the priest at their local Roman Catholic church),and the Pueblo Native Americans. This story takes place in New Mexico, near their sheep camp. The text…

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    The Heliocentric Theory

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    not perfect for it had sunspots, the earth was not the center (and therefore not the most important body) in the universal system. This was interpreted as an insult to God and his creations—equivalent to insulting the people themselves. Also, if Catholicism was wrong, other religions and people would try to thwart the Church--religions like the Lutherans. Moreover, the funds would stop from piling up at their doorsteps. If people lost their belief, they would stop donating and giving money to…

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    3-4). This in part explains why propaganda and persuasion are often used interchangeably. For instance, Jackall further claims that propagation of Christian faith was supposedly achieved by peacefully persuading "the lost ones" of all the good Catholicism will do to them: "The congregation 's mission...was to re-conquer by spiritual arms, by prayers and good works, by preaching and catechizing the countries lost to the Church in the debacle of the sixteenth century" (Jackall, 1995, p.…

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    Voodoo In Louisiana

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    The word Vodou, also known as Voodoo, means “spirit” or “deity” in the languages of West Africa. It is a religion that encompasses philosophy, medicine, and justice. The creator of both the universe and the spirits is understood to be the God of the Christian Bible; however, because the religion was established before people were able to read or write; therefore, there is no sacred text or central authority. Spanning centuries and continents the religion has morphed into hundreds of…

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    independently arose from Luther. By the end of the Reformation movement, Lutheranism was considered the state religion through most of Germany, Scandinavia and other parts of Northern Europe. The Reformation impacted what people believed and worshiped; as Catholicism attempted to keep their power and dominance, various protestant denominations began to arise. THE GRACE OF GOD The grace of God, is God choosing to bless us and guide us rather than curse us as we deserve due to our sins. God’s…

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    In an article titled, “Five Essential Marks of Catholic Schools,” Archbishop J. Michael Miller quotes Michael J. Guerra, former president of the National Catholic Educational Association, who once remarked, "The first and most important task for Catholic schools is to maintain and continually strengthen their Catholic identity" (2006). In an attempt to analyze the state of faith leadership in my school, Omaha Mercy High School, I interviewed three non-religion teachers: Heather Newville…

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