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Bishops prepare for synod on evangelization

March 5, 2012

Making final preparations for the world Synod of Bishops on new evangelization, a committee of cardinals and bishops discussed how difficult it is today to transmit the faith to others.

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Lent is time to defeat temptation, pope says

March 5, 2012

The 40 days of Lent are a time to recognize that evil is at work in the world and even the Catholic Church faces temptations, Pope Benedict said.

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Celibacy heralded as 'gift of grace'

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa

March 5, 2012

Priestly celibacy must be seen as "a freely accepted commitment and a gift of grace," not simply a functional discipline that frees a man for ministry, said the preacher to the papal household.

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Profit cannot be motive in treating infertility – pope

March 5, 2012

An almost exclusive reliance on technology and a focus on financial profit seem to dominate the field of medical responses to infertility, Pope Benedict said.

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U.S. contraception debate won't happen here

March 5, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – A fiery debate over contraception and religious freedom has pitted the U.S. Catholic bishops against President Obama's health care policy, but a Canadian Catholic health expert said such a debate is unlikely in Canada.

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Evangelicals' charm casts a shadow on Caribbean Church

March 5, 2012
EZRA FIESER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Trinidad's only Catholic seminary educated future clergy members for six decades, sending graduates to ministries throughout the Caribbean.

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Ont. Theologian raises bloggers' profiles

March 5, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Colin Kerr has discovered his "initial assumption that Canadian Catholic bloggers are a bunch of cranks didn't add up" - but he has discovered a Canadian content problem.

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Guatemalan babies give local Catholics taste of compassion

March 5, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Roxanne Dias says her life changed after she spent 14 days in a Guatemalan orphanage interacting with small children with HIV/AIDS.

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Blind man led rapper to see the light

Fresh IE

March 5, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Rapper Fresh IE could be pursuing a lucrative recording career in Hollywood, but instead the two-time Grammy nominee is "flying in the world's smallest planes" to some of the most remote communities of the North.

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Kateri canonization wins acclaim

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

March 5, 2012
WCR NEWS SERVICES

The decision to canonize Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was the first decision approved by the College of Cardinals following their Feb. 18 installation.

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