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Pope's Homily at Beatification Mass of Mother Teresa

Here is a translation of John Paul II's homily during the beatification Mass for Mother Teresa of Calcutta, celebrated Sunday October 19, 2003 in St. Peter's Square. The text was read by Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, substitute for general affairs of the Vatican Secretariat of State, and by Cardinal Ivan Dias, archbishop of Bombay, India.

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Wilberforce Biography

Perhaps the most telling description ever written of evangelical reformer William Wilberforce comes from writer and philosopher Sir James Mackintosh. "I never saw anyone," Mackintosh wrote in 1830, "who touched life at so many points."

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Conversion

Your holiday is over, gentle reader I'm back. And now with wheels on. For in the course of my four weeks of August rest, I came to a personal decision that must necessarily influence everything I write. I am going to state it baldly, here, for I have tried to be consistently candid about my views: I have decided to become a Roman Catholic.

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Courage

His act, visibly and unmistakably, exhibited all the qualities of courage. Despite the dangers he faced, Jeff Liberty remained attentive and in control. It was a case of "grace under pressure," as Ernest Hemingway once defined courage.

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A Story of a Mother's Forgiveness

My mother was born in 1928, in Nice, France, one year before the arrival of the Great Depression. My great Grandfather arrived in New York from Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. As a boy he found a job delivering phone books for ten cents a day. I was told that he was a determined man. He worked hard and made his way all the way up to becoming vice-president of AT&T, New York.

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