Pope Francis on Friday offered measured support for military action against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, marking a return to what had been his stance after he appeared to back away from it earlier this week.
The first Thanksgiving was a kind of Communion table in the best sense of the word -- a nearly miraculous event that continues to reveal our capacities for tolerance and brotherhood in the face of differences: creeds, material resources, orientations, ways of life.
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Since a bloodstained Eucharistic host is quite easy to fake, the Catholic Church often distances itself from such claims. But there is something about Christ’s real, bodily presence that Catholics see as particularly comforting in an age such as ours: Jesus might be hidden, but he is present among us nonetheless.