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Worried about the world situation? About your spiritual life? Jesus gives us the hope-filled solution. Seek and accept his mercy. Start in the Eastertide celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday, then continue with the devotion. Jesus himself called for this devotion and feast. He made his urgent, essential request through Polish mystic St. Faustina Kowalska, the first saint canonized in the new millennium by John Paul II.

Divine Mercy Sunday, also known as “The Feast of Mercy,” marks the Second Sunday of Easter. The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, the authentic promoters of The Divine Mercy message and devotion, explain that there are tremendous promises of graces and benefits that Jesus attached to the feast. Visit this article to read more about the history of this great Feast Day!

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"It was a match-up made in Q&A heaven: two pugilists of opposing convictions going head-to-head in a debate about the existence of God."

Australia's highest-ranking Catholic and Sydney's Archbishop, Cardinal George Pell, spent an hour with evolutionary biologist and celebrity atheist, Professor Richard Dawkins taking questions covering everything from evolution, resurrection and eternal damnation. The debate was held in front of a live audience, who were able to participate in the discussion by asking questions. Visit this article for a brief summary of the debate from the Sydney Morning Herald.

http://m.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/dawkins-and-pell-battle-it-out-in-one-hell-of-a-debate-20120410-1wlkg.html

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A provocative new study of the correlation between religiosity and happiness suggests that “sitting alone in the pew does not enhance one’s life satisfaction. Only when one forms social networks in a congregation does religious service attendance lead to a higher level of life satisfaction.” However, it seems that a lot of Catholic parishes find it really difficult to develop any connection with parishioners outside of Sunday Mass. Visit this article to read more.

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Interested in Young Adult Ministry for your parish? Then check out this video!

"Ministry to young Catholics is crucial in the Church today and Young Adult Ministry in a Box is the most effective resource I've seen that helps a local faith community get something started for young adults. It's a wise investment for any parish or diocese." Find out more at: http://www.youngadultministryinabox.com/

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The 40 Days for Life spring campaign of pro-life advocacy, prayer and community outreach ended on April 1 after saving hundreds of babies from abortion. “This was the largest number of ‘saves’ that we’ve ever had in the 40 Days for Life campaign,” director Shawn Carney told CNA April 11.

With local reports still being compiled, the pro-life group says that participants convinced the mothers of 804 babies not to have abortions. “We’re giving God the glory for that,” Carney said. Visit this article to read more.

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On 2 April, the Church marks the anniversary of the death of the great John Paul II. Watch this short video to celebrate the extraordinary life of this ordinary man - and beloved Pope.

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Is the story of Adam and Eve a myth? Or is it historical fact? Does the Book of Genesis contradict evolution?

This article explores the recent episode of Q&A (with Cardinal Pell vs Professor Richard Dawkins), reflecting on the questions raised in regards to Adam and Eve, Original Sin, and Evolution.

Here is an extract:

Adam and Eve? That’s just mythology says Pell. That was the Australian paper’s headline. And it is easy to see why Pell’s words would have appeared to indicate that when he stated that the story of Adam and Eve is a “very sophisticated mythology to try to explain the evil and the suffering in the world," which is easily misunderstood as indicating a belief that the Genesis account is merely a beautiful "story".

Of course, as every teacher of Religious Education knows the word “mythological” when applied to scriptural texts refers to the particular style used in the first eleven chapters of Genesis, which albeit based on true historical events contain figurative language, or “mythological language” in order to convey certain truths and the deeper significance of historical events. Paragraph 390 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (which is official Church teaching) clearly states with reference to Genesis 3 for instance that:

390 The account of the fall in Genesis 3 uses figurative language, but affirms a primeval event, a deed that took place at the beginning of the history of man. Revelation gives us the certainty of faith that the whole of human history is marked by the original fault freely committed by our first parents.

Many thanks to the blogsite A Legacy of Grace.

Further Reading:

•Catechism of the Catholic Church - Vatican Website: Number 390 of the Catechism says the account of the fall of Adam and Eve “uses figurative language, but affirms a primeval event.”
•Adam, Eve and Original Sin - American Catholic: This articles explains that the stories in the first part of Genesis are not historical in a literal sense, but they do teach us truths.
•Adam, Eve, and Evolution - Catholic Answers: An overview of Adam and Eve and creation.
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