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God's Word has the power to transform us, say speakers

Bishop Murray Chatlain

December 19, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It took only four words from the New Testament Letter of James to confirm Murray Chatlain in his vocation to the priesthood.

Chatlain, now the bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, was a seminarian in second year theology struggling to know whether he truly had a call to be a priest.

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Prayers to Our Lady

December 26, 2011

A woman lights a candle in the sanctuary of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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Applause and song greet new Manila archbishop

Archbishop Luis Tagle

December 26, 2011

The crowded Manila cathedral erupted in applause and the choir sang "Alleluia" after a priest read the letter from the Holy See appointing Archbishop Luis Tagle the next head of the Archdiocese of Manila.

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Thousands abused in Netherlands – report

December 26, 2011

A report on a Dutch inquiry said "several tens of thousands of minors" were sexually abused by Catholic Church personnel between 1945 and 2010, and it faulted Church leaders for covering up the abuse and failing to help victims.

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Small Andean community honoured for water fight

December 26, 2011

With the help of the Catholic Church, the small community of Cruz de Mayo, high in the Peruvian Andes, has been waging a legal battle for nearly four years over the lake that provides its drinking and irrigation water.

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Economy needs values of religion, says rabbi

December 26, 2011

The free market is the economic model that seems most consonant with biblical teaching, but the global economic crisis demonstrates that, without moral values, the market economy can implode, said Great Britain's chief rabbi.

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Praising the Lord crucial part of prayer, says pope

December 26, 2011

Prayer should not centre just on asking God to fulfill one's hopes and desires, but must include praise, thanks and trust in God's plan which may not match one's own, Pope Benedict said.

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Mosque vandalism spurs call to respect sacred sites

December 26, 2011

The day after an ancient mosque in Jerusalem was vandalized and burned, allegedly by Jewish extremists, participants at a Rome conference on "sacred space" called for absolute respect for all places of worship.

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Youth can promote peace, justice, Benedict says

December 26, 2011

When young people recognize the dignity and beauty of every human life, including their own, and are supported in their natural desire to make the world a better place, they become agents of justice and peace in the world, Pope Benedict said.

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Society's sexism has religious roots

December 26, 2011

"Women shackled by poverty, low wages" – Thank you for publishing this article as it shines a light on the hardships that women face just because they are women.

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