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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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New translation marks 40-year step backward

December 26, 2011

While I am open to a new Mass translation, I am not open to a 40-year step backwards as is represented by some of the new Roman Missal. If the new translation is a more accurate translation from the Latin, then surely the Latin was flawed, examples of which are given below.

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New Missal offers healing to those wounded by liturgy

December 26, 2011

I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for the new Roman Missal. We have awaited this new translation with joy and excitement and are now just beginning to experience its beauty.

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Gay, Lesbian must be treated with dignity

December 26, 2011
KELLY WILSON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

In the form of Human Rights Day, agreement to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is celebrated each December. Adopted in 1948, the declaration begins by asserting that all human persons are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

Dignity and rights are not conferred by governing bodies. Rather, to quote a recent speech by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, because we "are human we therefore have rights, and because we have rights (our) governments are bound to protect them." Clinton noted that while much progress has been made in making human rights a human reality, a great deal of work remains.

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New missal triggers great parish mission

Fr. Raymond de Souza

December 26, 2010

I am eagerly looked forward to Dec. 18, the fourth Sunday of Advent this year. Since I have been ordained a priest, I have offered the following Opening Prayer:

Lord,
Fill our hearts with your love,
and as you revealed to us by an angel
the coming of your son as man,
so lead us through his suffering and death
to the glory of his resurrection,
for he lives and reigns . . .

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Bullying's venom poisons lives, workplaces

Gordon Self

December 26, 2011

My vision for this column is to present the everyday face of ethics – how we relate to one another and strive to live a moral life. In Catholic health care, there are unique and sometimes challenging issues related to clinical decision-making, for example, when to withhold or withdraw burdensome and futile treatment at the end-of-life, or questions around allocating scarce resources.

This month I would like to consider an even more basic ethical concern that impacts the moral fabric of any organization – the responsible use of power. In particular, when people abuse power and resort to bullying.

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The Splendour of God's Word

Sr. Eileen Schuller

December 26, 2011
SR. EILEEN SCHULLER
NOTHING MORE BEAUTIFUL

I still don't quite believe that I am standing here, in Edmonton, in this cathedral, to give this talk. When Archbishop Smith first wrote to ask me if I would do a presentation in the Nothing More Beautiful series, he anticipated that I might decline, claiming that I was too busy to take this on.

I replied by return email that I would not say no for that reason (because I was too busy) – but that my immediate, indeed spontaneous, impulse was definitely negative.

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