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Published: December 9, 2020   
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Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's Dec. 5 issue. Some of the stories and columns in Arkansas Catholic appear only in the print and free digital editions. To read what you're missing, subscribe today.


Pope meets with NBA delegation at Vatican

VATICAN CITY -- A delegation representing the National Basketball Players Association, a union representing professional athletes from the NBA, met with Pope Francis and spoke with him about their work in promoting social justice.

No pilgrims at basilica for Guadalupe feast

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican church and civic officials have canceled public feast celebrations for Mexico's patroness at her shrine in Mexico City due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Richard Lee Marecek, 74, formerly a member of St. Mary Church in North Little Rock, died Nov. 14 in Stow, Ohio. He is survived by …

Look to Jesus for hope, strength and guidance this holiday season

In early November, I had an opportunity to hear from Catholic hospital officials in Arkansas about their experiences in battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The occasion was the annual meeting of the Healthcare Evangelization Commission, as reported in the Nov. 22 edition of Arkansas Catholic. (Understanding our Church, Seeds of Faith)

What religious gift do you treasure and why?

“The thing that means the most to me is my first Bible because it helped build the Catholic I am today. I got it from my … (Youthspeak, Seeds of Faith)

How did Jesus descend to hell with no sin?

Q. I have a question that has always bothered me, even though I have made more than 30 retreats at a Jesuit retreat center and have taught CCD (religious education). In the Apostles’ Creed, why does it say that Jesus descended into hell and rose on the third day? How could Jesus go to hell? (Question Corner, Seeds of Faith)

Of mice and men: A social justice saint for our times

“Synchronicity.” That’s the word one journalist used in a Nov. 3 Instagram post to describe the fact that Election Day fell on the feast day of St. Martin de Porres, the patron saint of social justice. It was a timely reminder, he felt, to vote with those ideals in mind, to imagine the kind of world the 17th century Dominican lay brother was trying to bring about. (Columns)

Finding hope while the weary world rejoices

“Can you believe people are putting their Christmas decorations up already?” an acquaintance asked me the first week of November. “I'm used to the stores starting Christmas earlier and earlier every year, but not my family or friends.” (Guest commentary)

Morality a big factor in vaccine distribution

One of the best pieces of news this year was the speed that COVID-19 vaccines were developed and are likely to be approved this month. (Editorial)

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