Irish Church shows signs of renewal

June 11, 2012

Ireland’s Catholic Church, host of the International Eucharistic Congress, has suffered a dramatic loss of credibility in recent years, but also shows signs of renewal after a decade of turbulence.

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Marx says economy must move ‘beyond capitalism’

Cardinal Reinhard Marx

June 11, 2012

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx called for a “social market economy” in the wake of the fiscal crisis that has gripped much of Europe over the past year.

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Vatican newspaper to offer glossy new women’s pages

June 11, 2012

The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, has launched a monthly insert dedicated to women, aiming to bring greater attention to their important but sometimes neglected role in the Church.

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Families teach human need for relationships, says pope

June 11, 2012

As tens of thousands of families from all over the world gathered for the World Meeting of Families, Pope Benedict urged them to use their Christian values and strengths to help bring peace, joy and solidarity to everyone in their lives.

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Women religious need not fear Vatican reforms

June 11, 2012

Re: Kay Feehan’s letter, titled “Pray for U.S. sisters who are under attack” (WCR letters, May 28).

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Mass is time for joyful noise unto the Lord

June 11, 2012

Bodytext

Anne Marie Babich thinks that applause is inappropriate at Mass (WCR Letters, May 21). Most of us prefer silence during religious services.

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Good Pope John was loved for humour, humility

June 11, 2012

I enjoyed reading the article on Blessed Pope John XXIII and his secretary Archbishop Loris Capovilla (WCR May 28).

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Religious vocations offer yearning hearts communion with God

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June 4, 2012

In his column on Page 19, Father Ayo Ayeni contrasts the conventional thinking and life of our age with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. The pursuit of wisdom, he says, leads one to communion and to understand love as sacrifice. The sinking into conventionality plants one in a blah existence, one lacking even in moral signposts.

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Wilderness, sun, storms, fear foster spirituality

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 4, 2012

A number of years ago, accompanied by an excellent Jesuit director, I did a 30-day retreat using the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. In the third week, there's a meditation on Jesus' agony in the garden. I did the meditation to the best of my ability and met with my director to discuss the result. He wasn't satisfied and asked me to repeat the exercise.

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How can I keep the eternal covenant?

Ralph Himsl

June 4, 2012
Corpus Christi
June 10, 2011

The designers of the format of the Western Catholic Reporter merit a goodly measure of credit in their choice of the name for this column the Word Made Flesh; even if on occasion the title may have an ironic, if unintended quality. (Did these planners enjoy its twin treasures of reverence and humour?)

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