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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Town formed to be model of justice

May 21, 2012

Celebrating the 1,000th anniversary of a town founded to be a model of Gospel peace and justice, Pope Benedict said Christians today must find ways to infuse their cities and nations with Gospel values while welcoming and respecting people with other beliefs.

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Benedict recognizes Hildegard as saint

May 21, 2012

Although she was never canonized, St. Hildegard of Bingen is to be added to the Catholic Church's formal list of saints, and Catholics worldwide may celebrate her Sept. 17 feast day with a Mass and special readings by order of Pope Benedict.

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Bishop says LCWR reform is not 'Armageddon'

May 21, 2012

While a Vatican investigation or demand for reform can feel like the end of the world to the group or institution involved, Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, Fla., said his experience has been that such actions are not devastating and actually can be opportunities.

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Interreligious dialogue crucial, says pope

May 21, 2012

Reaffirming Vatican II's teaching on Christianity's special relationship with Judaism, Pope Benedict said Catholic-Jewish dialogue is "crucial for the future of our human family."

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Autism both a challenge and a blessing, family says

May 21, 2012

Damien O'Connor believes his 10-year-old daughter, Mary Rose, is the happiest child he's ever met.

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Pope feels supported by Catholics' prayers

May 21, 2012

Pope Benedict said knowing that Catholics around the world pray for him has given him strength and confidence since his election seven years ago.

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Benedict urges colleges to bolster Catholic identity

May 21, 2012

Pope Benedict called on America's Catholic colleges and universities to reaffirm their Catholic identity by ensuring orthodoxy in theological studies and accepting the oversight of bishops.

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The tyranny of the tweet

May 21, 2012
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Archbishop Richard Smith is concerned about the effects of "the tyranny of the tweet."

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Religious freedom key to human dignity - Lord Alton

Lord Alton

May 21, 2012

Christians must insist religious freedom is an intrinsic aspect of human dignity, said a senior British lay Catholic.

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