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Online Edition - February 2006
Vol. XI, No. 10

Table of Contents

Saint Matthew, after the Book of Kells - watercolor, Burke Meese 2004 for a closer view click here

News & Views -- Archbishop Sambi Is New US Papal Nuncio | CDW, Pope, Correct Neocatechumenal Novelties | New Secretary at CDW

Cardinal Arinze Reflects on the Synod on the Eucharist

Bad Habits: Can we correct liturgical abuse in religious communities?
by The Rev. Vincent Capuano, SJ

How to Form a Choir: In Ten Easy and Not-so-easy Lessons
by Lucy Carroll

“Youth Bible” Problems Persist
by Helen Hull Hitchcock

Church Buildings -- Monuments with Mixed Messages
by The Rev. John A. Valencheck

Readers Forum -- Mangling the Gloria “an abomination” | Translation Matters | Good Vibes on Mass Translation | Why Do We Use Incense? | Why the RSV? | Dies Irae | Hail Mary at Mass | Changing Terms | Music during Communion | Adding “Acclamations”

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Pope Benedict’s First Encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, published January 25

God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (I Jn 4:16). These words from the First Letter of John express with remarkable clarity the heart of the Christian faith: the Christian image of God and the resulting image of mankind and its destiny. In the same verse, Saint John also offers a kind of summary of the Christian life: “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us”.

We have come to believe in God’s love: in these words the Christian can express the fundamental decision of his life. Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. Saint John’s Gospel describes that event in these words: “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should ... have eternal life” (3:16).

Pope Benedict XVI
Deus Caritas Est
(December 25, 2005, published January 25, 2006)

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