January 2014

Lately I’ve been doing a big study project on the Gospels and Acts, including the chronological elements in the books. Acts is a book that contains an astonishingly large number of chronological references.   Travel Time Luke tells us a lot about St. Paul’s travels and how long they took. He not only which towns […]

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 11 January 2014 to 25 January 2014. Angelus 19 January 2014 General Audiences 22 January 2014 Homilies 25 January 2014 – Solemnity of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle – Celebration of Vespers (25 January 2014) Messages 24 January 2014 […]

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There is a great deal of confusion about what celibacy, chastity, and continence are. Each one of these concepts is subject to common misunderstandings, but the differences between them are easy to sort out. A reader from the Asian country of Myanmar writes: Please, may I ask your help to explain the similarities and differences […]

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Recently one of the most prominent cardinals in the world made remarks regarding the head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office that could be taken as insulting. The issue was receiving Communion following divorce and civil remarriage. This kind of situation is a very rare event. We don’t normally see cardinals seeming to publicly take apparent […]

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 10 September 2013 to 18 January 2014. Angelus 22 December 2013 26 December 2013 – Feast of Saint Stephen 29 December 2013 – Prayer to the Holy Family 1 January 2014 – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 5 January 2014 […]

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Obviously, taken as a whole, the books of the New Testament were quite popular. They were Scripture, after all! But how popular were they individually? People today have favorite books in the Bible–ones they go to all the time, and ones they only rarely look at. This is a phenomenon that affects both the books of […]

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The Interwebz are ablaze with the story that Pope Francis encouraged breastfeeding—and in the Sistine Chapel of all places! What did he say? And what did he mean? Here are 5 things to know and share . . .   1) When did Pope Francis make his remarks? It was Sunday, January 12, the commemoration […]

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Some biblical scholars are too quick to say that, because a particular Gospel doesn’t include a given story or saying of Jesus, the Evangelist who wrote it must not have known about it. Really? What would cause a person to think this?   The Infodump Hypothesis One thing that might motivate such a view is […]

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There is a document in the Dead Sea Scrolls known as the Aramaic Apocalypse (4Q246). You can read the full (surviving) text here, along with some commentary. The parts that I would like to call attention to are these: He will be called the Son of God, and they will call him the Son of the Most […]

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Press reports are claiming that Pope Francis recently baptized the child whose parents were not married in the eyes of the Church. Since many priests in America have refused to baptize such children, it raised some eyebrows. What are the real facts in this case? Here are 12 things to know and share . . […]

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