Catholic priests pushed to become better preachers

ST. LOUIS (RNS) The Rev. Don Wester believes homilies should be practical and direct — that they should draw a connection between the everyday struggles of parishioners and biblical truths. And it’s exactly the kind of preaching that Catholic bishops across America are hoping for as part of a new national effort to improve preaching at Catholic parishes. By Tim Townsend.

As holy days approach, rabbis reflect on final sermons

(RNS) A well-known Jewish adage says that one should “repent one day before your last one.” Religion News Service spoke to a variety of rabbis about what their final Jewish New Year message to their flock before leaving the pulpit would be. By Beth Kissileff. 

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