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Indianapolis parish grabs 'super' opportunity for evangelization

February 6, 2012
SEAN GALLAGHER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

INDIANAPOLIS – A historic Indianapolis church is in the centre of festivities surrounding the Feb. 5 Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium.

St. John the Evangelist Parish, founded 175 years ago when Indianapolis was a small town on the edge of the American frontier, is the middle of the Super Bowl Village hosting many events across the street from the church and on streets surrounding it.

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Faith sustains Middle East Christians

February 6, 2012
JUDITH SUDILOVSKY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

JERUSALEM – Christians in the Middle East show "overwhelming faith," but many also express fear, said the president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association.

"I have been uplifted by their demonstration of faith," Msgr. John Kozar told Catholic News Service near the end of a three-week trip to Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories.

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Look who`s coming for dinner

February 6, 2012
PAT BYRNE CASEY
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

St. Luke's Parish in Maple Ridge, B.C., recently invited 8,200 people - give or take a few thousand – to dinner.

That number, says a media release from their office, represents the one-fifth of the local population who are lapsed Catholics.

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Registering to be an organ donor could give the gift of life

February 6, 2012
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO - Sarah Burke is dead. Others live because of her.

The 29-year-old freestyle skiing pioneer's organs and tissue were donated for transplants. As operating rooms in Park City, Utah, worked on salvaging the Canadian ski hero's organs, the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, Trillium Gift of Life Network and the University of St. Michael's College chaplaincy department gathered Catholics on the University of Toronto campus to discuss ways of persuading more Catholics to donate their organs and tissue.

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Pro-lifers keep the abortion issue alive

February 6, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Carrying placards against abortion, about 20 people marched in front of Edmonton's Law Courts Building Jan. 27 to mark the 24th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that threw out Canada's abortion law.

"Twenty-four years ago, every (abortion) restriction in Canada was struck down by the Supreme Court," lamented Edmonton Prolife spokesperson Karen Richert. "Abortion in Canada is wide open and is also paid for with your tax dollars."

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Sisters offer prayer groups, phone-in requests for prayer

February 6, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Nuns who distributed food and clothing to Vancouver's most disadvantaged residents are taking on a new mission in Edmonton.

The Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement, a New York-based order, arrived in Vancouver in 1926. If they had stayed until October, it would have been an 85-year stint.

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CWL takes action against poverty

February 6, 2012
ANNAMARIA MATSUI
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON — Leading the charge of Women Against Poverty, the Alberta Mackenzie Provincial Council of the Catholic Women’s League decided to take action.

They chose to perform acts of service as part of their midwinter meeting. On Jan. 27, 13 members and their spiritual advisor, Father Jim Corrigan, split into two groups and spent the afternoon in service.

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Passionate debate continues over Keystone pipeline

February 6, 2012
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's decision to deny a permit for the 2,700-km Keystone XL pipeline to carry Alberta crude oil to Gulf Coast refineries should have surprised no one, not even the project's staunchest supporters.

The president promised he would nix the permit after Congress inserted a deadline for his decision in the bill extending the middle class tax cut passed just before Christmas.

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Still not a museum piece

February 6, 2012
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Fifty years ago this October, Blessed John XXIII and more than 2,500 bishops and heads of religious orders from around the world gathered in St. Peter's Basilica for the opening session of the Second Vatican Council.

Over the following three years, Vatican II would issue 16 major "pronouncements" on such fundamental questions as the authority of the Church's hierarchy, the interpretation of Scripture, and the proper roles of clergy and laity.

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Should there be a new Church council?

Dr. Richard Gaillardetz

February 6, 2012
CLARE LAZZURI
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

ANTIGONISH, N.S. – For most Catholics, the image conjured up at the mention of a Church council is that of the Second Vatican Council, the most recent in Church history.

As the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Vatican II approaches, one theologian is offering some food for thought on the possibility of a new council.

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