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The Synod on Synodality is (finally) over

By Christina Deardurff, with agency reports October 29, 2023, Vatican Basilica. Pope Francis presides over the Holy Mass for the conclusion of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (Photo: Grzegorz Galazka) As the Vatican’s nearly monthlong Synod on Synodality drew to its October 29 conclusion, the 365 assembled cardinals, bishops, priests, [...]

The Meaning of “Salt of the Earth”

By Robert Moynihan Jesus spoke of his followers as “the salt of the earth.” Salt preserves food, so the “salt of the earth” helps to preserve... the earth — the whole world. But this occurs only if the “salt”... retains its “saltiness”... its holiness “You are the salt of the earth!” —Jesus, speaking to his disciples, [...]

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