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The ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ Is Real: What Now?

Historians, engineers, and linguists have pored over a three-inch piece of papyrus that makes mention of Jesus’s wife. What does this discovery actually mean?

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An interesting article about the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” from The Atlantic.

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"While the average American uses up to 150 gallons a day to cook, clean, drink, and bathe, Brenda uses just under seven. Some of us take for granted the most precious resource of all."

- George McGraw, Founder of DIGDEEP, in an article “High and dry: Water poverty in the United States" which appeared in the April 2014 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 79, No. 4, pages 32-34).
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"I sometimes wonder what kind of a story it would be if, when the guards came into the garden to arrest Jesus, the disciples said, “If you take him, you take us, too.” They’d have had to put them all on trial. When the authorities asked, “Are you his disciple?” they’d say, “You bet,” and they’d all get taken down to Pilate, so there would be 13 crosses. What would we do with that?"

- Passionist Fr. Donald Senior, in an interview “For us and our salvation,” with U.S. Catholic.
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Can you enjoy a song or movie without supporting the person who created it?

Art is enjoyable, and having to consult my values every time I consume can be exhausting. Indeed, getting overly moralistic about consumption of anything can be downright paralyzing. But as Catholics, we are asked to consider the impact of our choices in matters of food, where we live, and what clothes we buy, so why not art as well?

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What if we were to tell you that you can have the best of both worlds?

Pope Francis announced today that, in an effort to make Catholic worship “cooler” he was authorizing the creation of a New Mass that would feature altar servers, lectors, and Eucharistic ministers dressed as beloved characters from the Disney pantheon.

Oh boy!

More from Patheos.

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Planning a summer getaway? Here are five ways you can explore your faith while on vacation!

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Been on a pilgrimage? Tell us all about it by sending us at letter at letters@uscatholic.org!

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Here’s a sneak peek at our April 2014 issue on travel and Easter. It’s no joke we’ve got some great articles in there!

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"The question is: Will Pope Francis be a cool dude who millennials simply admire from afar and see as affirming their existing beliefs or will he be someone that inspires us to fundamentally change the way we see ourselves and the way we live?"

- Millennial editor Robert Christian asks this of readers in his U.S. Catholic Lenten Reflection Week Four: Becoming children of the light
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Donna Carroll, the president of Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, shares her story and why it’s important to support immigration reform and the DREAMers:

My involvement with immigration reform started with one student on a bicycle in a snow storm. How else, I learned, could he get to school without a driver’s license, which was not an option for an undocumented student in Illinois in 2007? Neither was a campus job, though he was an honors student majoring in economics. He asked for my help, tentatively at first—not for himself, but for the dream of citizenship—and so it all began.

Here’s how Catholic colleges can and should be welcoming and supporting undocumented students:

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