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Religion News: Pope Francis honors Benedict


In one of the most rare events in the Roman Catholic Church’s history, Pope Francis honored former Pope Benedict XVI at a ceremony to celebrate Benedict’s 65th anniversary of being ordained on June 28. The unprecedented ceremony, featuring a reigning pope honoring a retired pope, also served as a show of continuity between Benedict and Francis. Benedict gave his successor a vote of confidence in hopes of quelling conservative criticism over what they perceive as Francis’ loose theology, lack of attention to liturgy and and emphasis on mercy over morals. The ceremony took place in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican, which was the same room Benedict announced his retirement in 2013. Benedict became the first pope in 600 years to resign his post.

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Feeling God’s presence

For people who have said they have experienced a near-death experience, most return to life with a better understanding of God’s love, according to a new survey. Dr. Jeffery Long, with the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, found that of the thousands of individuals who have shared their experiences with the foundation that most speak of God’s presence and experiencing God’s love. In a longer survey, that included about 400 people of various backgrounds who had near-death experiences, 58.1 percent of the respondents answered “yes” to the question, “During your experience, did you encounter and specific information/awareness regarding love?” Others, 32.4 percent, said “no” to the same question and the remaining 9.5 percent were uncertain.

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“A Different Kind of Happiness: Discovering the Joy That Comes from Sacrificial Love” by Dr. Larry Crabb

In this book, Dr. Larry Crabb shows readers how to understand the deep and perfect love we are shown by our Creator and Redeemer, and how to pour that love into other people. This love is about more than being nice and serving others. It’s about relating to others in such a way that they feel heard, seen, and valued. This love sacrifices and suffers and keeps loving, even when doing so is costly. This kind of love, says Crabb, is the kind worth fighting for in all of our relationships, and “A Different Kind of Happiness” shows how to make it a reality.

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mantra: Pronounced “MUN-tra.” A syllable, word or phrase with spiritual power, it is chanted or held in the mind in connection with meditation or ritual.

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According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Haiti is:

— Roman Catholic: 54.7 percent

— Protestant: 28.5 percent

— Voodoo: 2.1 percent

— Other: 4.6 percent

— None: 10.2 percent

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