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Roy Schoeman's Conversion Story

My parents were observant Jews in Europe who fled to the U.S. to escape the Holocaust. I was raised as a "conservative" Jew, and was rather pious by nature and very enthusiastic about the religious instruction I received and the religious activities I participated in.

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Watching Billy and the Pope

The old voice was shaky and the pre-recorded tape was poor, but the Rev. Billy Graham's words hit home during the recent Nashville tribute to June and Johnny Cash.

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A living prayer of self-sacrifice

Shortly after Pope John Paul IIs difficult September pilgrimage to Slovakia, I received an e-mail from a Polish friend, a poet and longtime friend of the Popes. In language whose insight and sincerity of feeling more than compensated for its deficiencies in grammar, my friend described what he had witnessed:

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Haunted House

This Halloween, when I go trick-or-treating with my nephews, I'm dressing as an 18th-century Russian-born priest. Halloween is supposed to be about what's scary, and what Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin encountered - called by the Baltimore Catholic Review the "truest ghost story ever told" - sounds scary enough.

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John Paul II preparing the 21st Century

The Christian story is not simply one among many possible accounts of the way things are. Rather, Wojtyla has long been convinced and his pontificate is a series of variations on this one great theme that the story of the Church is the story of the world, rightly understood.

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Two Popes

The twenty-fifth anniversary of John Paul II is an auspicious time to look back to Leo XIII, through the prism of the current pontificate, and rediscover a remarkable line of continuity between the two popes separated by exactly a century.

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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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