The Beauty and Challenge of Being Catholic: Hearing the Faithful
May 1, 2008

We received hundreds of essays in response to our query about what anchors and unsettles our Catholic audience. So we asked some of you to speak about your tradition. The moving reflections we heard prompted us to depart from our usual format and bring you a fabric of voices from the Church itself.

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Catholic deacons line up in the concourse of Nationals Park to offer the sacrament of the Eucharist. Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass at the major league baseball stadium on April 17, 2008 in Washington, DC.

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Hi everyone glad to be at this forum.

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