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Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's April 14 issue. 

Embrace holiness, pope challenges in new exhortation April 9

VATICAN CITY -- God calls all Christians to be saints -- not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the simplest gestures, Pope Francis said in his new document on holiness.

Pope denounces chemical weapons after Syrian attack

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis condemned the use of chemical weapons after a deadly attack killed dozens of innocent men, women and children in Syria.

Triduum shows unity in Barling

BARLING -- Holy Week at Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Barling and Sts. Sabina and Mary Church in Jenny Lind means uniting to celebrate all Triduum services together.

Obituaries

Mathilda Josephine Miller Paladino Rossi, 83, a member of St. Mary Church in St. Vincent, died April 2. She is survived by ...

NCAA championships are win-win for Catholic universities

WASHINGTON -- This year’s NCAA basketball tournament was one for the books for Catholic universities. You might even say the ball was in their court.

Basketball dynasty

In Fort Smith, Immaculate Conception Church girls’ sixth-grade basketball team recently notched its 52nd straight win and fourth consecutive Arkansas River Valley title. The squad, which has been playing together since third grade, includes ... (Sports briefs)

What do you mean, heaven is not a place?

Q. I am 86 years old. ... Since I was very young, I have always been taught to believe that St. Peter is at the “Golden Gate” to meet us, but you say that there is no “specific” heaven. Then what have we been aspiring toward, waiting for, longing for all these years if there is no place called heaven? (Question Corner, Seeds of Faith)

Hell is a state of being without beauty, love or compassion

So the pope has a friend — a rather colorful friend — with whom he likes to chat periodically. This friend, unfortunately, is also a journalist. A 94-year-old journalist who prides himself on never recording conversations or taking notes, and instead “reconstructs” conversations after the fact. (Columns)

Humanitarian aid slow to ramp up in Syria

WASHINGTON -- As the spasms of the multisided civil war grow more faint in Syria, there is talk about how to help the people remaining in the battered Middle East nation. (Opinions)

Pray and serve as path to holiness

The pope’s new exhortation is called “Gaudete et Exsultate” or “Rejoice and Be Glad.” He says holiness is the personal call for every Christian. (Editorial)