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  • The pope’s message to the cardinals sitting around him at the Vatican may be a worthwhile call to reflection for those old men. But, if as they trooped out of the Sala Regia, they looked through some of those windows that Pope John XXIII opened to the world they may have seen that there are rays of sunlight out there.

  • It is ironic that he would not wait in a season that is all about waiting. The word “advent” means “coming,” but the Lord does that. Our part in the season is waiting “in joyful hope” to welcome his coming. And not just in this season.

  • Aug. 6 will mark the 65th anniversary of the first time a nuclear weapon was used in war.

    Aug. 9 will mark the 65th anniversary of the last time a nuclear weapon was used in war.

    Aug. 15 will mark the 65th anniversary of the end of the most extensive, destructive war in human history.

    Those atomic bombs that exploded over Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended World War II, a war that had cost more than 60 million lives. Those horrible weapons saved hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, more.

  • In Genesis we read, "There were giants on the earth in those days.... These were the heroes that were of old, warriors of renown.' The Scriptural reference is mythological, but for the Catholic Church in Asia there was, indeed, a time when there were giants on the earth, and they were bishops.

    The recent death of Bishop Francisco Claver may have marked the end of that era.

  • Disturbed by news of the sexual abuse of children by priests and religious in the United States and the failure of bishops there to respond properly, in 2002 the bishops of Japan investigated the situation here. In June of that year, they issued a statement on the sexual abuse of children.

  • Akkad in Mesopotamia was the center of the world's first empire some 25 centuries before Christ. The Akkadian language outlasted the empire, becoming the language of several later cultures, including Babylonia.

    Even 45 centuries later, we possibly still use a couple of words from that language in our day-to-day activities, words that may descend from the Akkadian words asu, "to ascend," and erub, "to descend." They were the roots of the words for "east" and "west," where the sun ascends and descends. In English, we pronounce them "Asia" and "Europe."

  • TOKYO (UCAN) - "Happy Easter" seems an inadequate greeting. Insipid, even. Is mere happiness a sufficient response to the mystery of the Resurrection? Is a wish used for birthdays, public holidays and even haircuts overwhelming enough, unique enough, joyous enough to be given to our fellow Christians?