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Calgary Anglican parish unites with Rome

December 26, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

CALGARY – Many groups of Anglicans have been asking Pope Benedict if they could become Roman Catholic but still maintain their 500-year Anglican traditions, such as liturgy, music and the Anglican Book of Common Prayer.

In November 2009, the Holy See responded to these requests by establishing a new structure that allows Anglicans to become Catholics.

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Psychiatrist details Lahey's fantasies, sexual attractions

December 26, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Bishop Raymond Lahey is not a pedophile and poses a next to zero chance of offending sexually or violently against children, a forensic psychiatrist told the court during a sentencing hearing Dec. 19.

Dr. John Bradford, who examined Lahey and put him through a battery of tests, described him as a homosexual with an addiction to Internet pornography.

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Play puts Jesus back into the season

December 26, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SPRUCE GROVE – Sunday school children at Holy Trinity Parish once again reminded parishioners, and themselves, that Jesus is the reason for the Christmas season.

That's the title of their annual 15-minute Nativity play that takes the congregation through the saga of Jesus' birth in the stable of a Bethlehem inn.

 

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Blessed Kateri on the verge of canonization

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

December 26, 2011
WHO
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict has formally recognized a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, paving the way for the canonization of the 17th century "Lily of the Mohawks."

Blessed Kateri is the young Indian maiden who, despite objections from some in her own clan, came to know and love Christ.

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Preparing Christmas hampers: A military operation for the needy

December 26, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For 25 years, Bill Petten has been involved with Edmonton's Christmas Hamper Drive.

On Dec. 16, Petten, 74, along with dozens of other volunteers of all ages and genders, came down to the gym of St. Francis of Assisi School to fill nearly 2,000 food hampers that were distributed to the needy across Edmonton the following day.

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Collins elevated to Cardinal

January 6, 2012
CATHOLIC REGISTER STAFF
WITH FILES FROM
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

TORONTO – Cardinal designate Thomas Collins is not anticipating great changes in his life after Pope Benedict XVI officially elevates him next month to the College of Cardinals.

His primary duty, he said, will be to continue to provide faithful leadership to the Archdiocese of Toronto.

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We Three Kings

January 16, 2012

Children dressed as the Three Kings bring forward the offertory gifts to Pope Benedict

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Iraqi churches cancel Christmas Midnight Mass

January 16, 2012

Chaldean Catholic officials cancelled traditional Christmas Eve midnight Masses in December because of security risks.

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Pray with your children, pope urges parents

January 16, 2012

If children do not learn to pray from their parents, it will be difficult for them to ever learn to communicate with God naturally, simply and deeply, Pope Benedict said.

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L.A. bishop resigns after revealing he has 2 children

January 16, 2012

Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala has resigned after disclosing to superiors that he is the father of two children.

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