Pope John's aide cool to Fatima cult

May 21, 2012
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The feast of Our Lady of Fatima, May 13, is the occasion every year for millions of devotees to celebrate the apparition of Mary to three Portuguese peasant children in 1917 and to meditate on her call for repentance and conversion by the modern world.

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Children become disciples via the home

May 21, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The home is our most basic experience of Church, says theologian Richard Gaillardetz. It is, for Blessed John Paul II, "a school of following Christ."

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Red Deer St. Vincent de Paul Society reaches out to the poor

May 21, 2012
NICOLE ZIMMERMAN
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

RED DEER – The local executive of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has approved the purchase of a 2005 GMC cube van for the society.

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World's oldest bishop dies at 106

May 21, 2012
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The world's oldest Catholic bishop, Vietnamese Bishop Antoine Nguyen Van Thien, died May 13 in France two months after his 106th birthday.

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Secularists challenged to overcome anti-religious bias

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May 21, 2012

Canada's Catholic bishops have made an important contribution to Catholic self-understanding and to public debate with their Pastoral Letter on Freedom of Conscience and Religion, issued May 14.

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Love's reality takes us well beyond naivete, romance

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 21, 2012

Several years ago, a Presbyterian minister I know challenged his congregation to open its doors and its heart more fully to the poor. The congregation initially responded with enthusiasm and a number of programs were introduced that invited people from the less-privileged economic areas of the city, including a number of street people, to come their church.

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Pentecost's divine love opens locked doors

Kathleen Giffin

May 21, 2012
Pentecost
May 27, 2012

It was the day of Pentecost, though the disciples did not yet know that it would come to be known as that. The doors were locked, for fear of the authorities; the disciples were in turmoil, uncertain of what was to come and unsure of the meaning of what they had experienced in the years that had just passed.

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Ecumenical voice cries out for pipeline consultation, ethics

Bob McKeon

May 21, 2012

A surprising story appeared in the news on Good Friday. The Anglican bishops of British Columbia and Yukon chose Good Friday to issue a statement on the Northern Gateway Pipeline (www.provbcyanglican.ca).

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WePhone not iPhone: a new Pentecost

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

May 21, 2012

The idea of Christian universality recommends itself to us after Easter. Next Sunday is Pentecost when human diversity is brought into harmony, when difference is not the synonym of disagreeability.

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Church's history gives faith context, lets us go forward

Mary Ward

May 21, 2012
INDRE CUPLINSKAS
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

The Church's past confronted me in a very real way the first time I went into a medieval cathedral. Just out of high school, I travelled to Europe and can still vividly recall my first Mass in the gothic cathedral in the town of Freiburg-im-Breisgau on the edge of the Black Forest.

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