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Hong Kong cardinal warns of Chinese 'schism'

February 20, 2012

Chinese Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun warned that the Chinese Catholic Church is "on the verge of a schism" between communities cooperating with government structures and the underground Church loyal to the Vatican.

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Bishop, laity protest play portraying Mary as lesbian

February 20, 2012

Led by Bishop Peter Jugis, Catholics in the Charlotte, N.C., Diocese have protested a newly-opened play for its "gravely offensive" portrayal of Mary as a lesbian and its mocking of the virgin birth.

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Obama backtracks on contraception insurance plan

February 20, 2012

President Barack Obama has outlined a plan that would allow religious employers not to offer free contraception and sterilization services to their employees but would compel insurance companies to do so.

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Thanks to all who helped revised liturgy

February 20, 2012

I want to express my gratitude to all those people who have been involved in the process of revising the liturgy. What a huge endeavour and responsibility!

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Depth of thought also developed in creation

February 20, 2012

I found Father Rolheiser's column, "A Haunting Equation: Suffering Balanced with Joy" interesting (WCR, Feb. 6).

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Seminary pipe organ cost $35,000, plus installation

February 20, 2012

In response to your article on the recent purchase of a pipe organ in St. Joseph Seminary (Seminary cuts a deal on an organ, WCR, Feb. 6), I want to express my disappointment at the way the article was written and the slant taken on the information.

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Euthanasia robs one of loving good-byes

Mark Pickup

February 20, 2012

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is an advisory body to the European Union. Based in Strasbourg, France, PACE's pronouncements on human rights issues are highly influential in the European Union.

At the end of January, PACE passed a resolution that made a strong statement against euthanasia. Although PACE has no legislative authority, the resolution may prove to be a strong tool for Europe's pro-life advocates to resist further euthanasia acceptance, such as Holland and Belgium have done.

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Do we abstain from meat on Fridays?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

February 20, 2012

Are we required to abstain from meat on Fridays?

I'm not sure of the latest ruling.

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'Consubstantial' denotes the oneness of Father, Son, Holy Spirit

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

February 20, 2012

One evening, an Irish Spiritan missionary was explaining the Trinity to his African congregation. He said to them, "God is our Father," and this God has a Son who is Jesus Christ.

He continues, and then, there is the Holy Spirit whom God sent into our hearts. Immediately, an old man asked the priest: "Is the Holy Spirit God's wife, since God has a Son?"

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Queen Elizabeth has given 60 years of faithful service to Canada

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 20, 2012

In one of those happy liturgical coincidences, Feb. 6 brought the following reading from the First Book of Kings at Mass:

"The elders of Israel and all the leaders of the tribes, the princes in the ancestral houses of the children of Israel, came to King Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the Lord's covenant from the City of David, which is Zion.

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