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Bishop Hying will lead pilgrimage to France
Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 -- 12:00 AM
Lourdes Pilgrimage
Caregivers push pilgrims in wheelchairs at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in southwestern France. Lourdes is one of the places to be visited on a pilgrimage to France led by Bishop Donald Hying October 5 to 15, 2020. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

MADISON -- Bishop Donald J. Hying will be leading a pilgrimage to France October 5 to 15, 2020.

He invited people to join him on the 11-day pilgrimage.

"I joyfully invite everyone to join me on a pilgrimage to France this October. A sacred journey to discover the treasures of the French saints, this trip will unfold the lives and sanctity of Saints Bernadette, John Vianney, Francis de Sales, Jane Frances de Chantal, Margaret Mary, Joan of Arc, Thérèse of Lisieux, Vincent de Paul, Catherine Laboure, and Louise de Marillac.

"We will visit Lourdes, Paris, and the Normandy beaches. We will see the glory of cathedrals, the beauty of the French countryside, and the treasures of our Catholic Faith. We will celebrate Mass every day, pray the Rosary on the bus, enjoy impeccable food and lodgings."

Highlights of the pilgrimage include a visit to the small town of Ars to see the incorrupt St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests. Pilgrims will visit the Basilica of Ars, the former home of the Curé, the underground church, and the St. John Vianney Wax Museum.

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Equipping the family: Having critical conversations
Written by John Joy, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

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Porn has created a culture of its own, and this culture is influencing each one of us spiritually, physically, emotionally, and relationally to a greater or lesser extent depending on if we directly participate in the use of pornography. There are immense moral, social, and spiritual dangers for us and even for our children.

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Importance of reading and studying the Bible
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying   
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

Recently, Pope Francis designated the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, which falls on January 26 this year, as the Word of God Sunday, to honor the Scriptures and to lift up the importance of Divine Revelation given to us through the Bible.

St. Jerome, who dedicated his life to translating the entire Bible into Latin, famously said that "Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ." As Christians, we are grounded in the Word, confident that the Holy Spirit inspired the biblical authors to write what they did as the definitive and inerrant expression of God's communication to His people.

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