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John Paul's childhood Jewish friend dies at 90

Jerzy Kluger

January 16, 2012

Jerzy Kluger, known as Blessed John Paul II's lifelong Jewish friend and one who had a deep impact on the pope's commitment to improved Catholic-Jewish relations, died in Rome Dec. 31 at the age of 90.

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Former Episcopal bishop to oversee ex-Anglicans

January 16, 2012

Pope Benedict has established a U.S. ordinariate for former Anglicans who wish to become Catholics and named a married former Episcopal bishop to head it.

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Durocher decries vandalism at local Islamic centre

January 16, 2012

Archbishop Paul-André Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec, has denounced recent acts of vandalism against a mosque in his diocese.

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Christmas church bombings kill 40 in Nigeria

January 16, 2012

Boko Haram, a Nigerian group that purports to be inspired by Islam, claimed responsibility for Christmas bombings that killed more than 40 people, including Muslim passersby, at two churches in Nigeria.

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Can O Antiphons be used through the year?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

January 16, 2012

I was at an event recently where the O Antiphons were mentioned. Can you tell me more about them?

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Budget: an exercise in moral priorities

Joe Gunn

January 16, 2012

At this time of year, Canadians may be preoccupied with paying off their holiday credit card expenses - and not thinking too much about longer term prospects. With high unemployment, continuing stock market declines and worrying news about the European and American fiscal crises, many Canadians have been lowering their debt loads.

Their federal government is planning to do the same. The trick is to cut without stalling a fragile recovery, while making the investments necessary to ensure sustainability for the next generation of Canadians.

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Happy New Year! God is present in our lives

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

January 16, 2012

For philosophers, life is full of coincidences. But for us Christians, life is providential. While the philosopher talks of coincidence because of chance, we Christians talk about providence because we believe there is a God in charge of our lives and human history.

What is more evident than God's in-breaking into human history in Jesus Christ? Christmas offered the opportunity to welcome God among us and into our history: human history is being divinized because Immanuel became historical, the highest act of God's providential love.

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Change your heart, forgive your sin, let God transform you

Mark Pickup

January 16, 2012

Things designed for good can be used for bad purposes. Art in its proper context captures images of beauty in the world or perverted to promote evil such as pornography. Books can teach and enlighten while others promote falsehoods or hatred.

Sometimes that which is life affirming in one context can be life denying if misused in another context. A drug originally intended to try to save life can also be used to kill.

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Mental illness throws a wrench into quality medical treatment

January 16, 2012
AUSTIN AND CATHERINE MARDON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Mental illnesses are a barrier to so many things in life.

We lost a good friend at Christmas. She was one of the first people in my parish to make friends with my wife when she came to Canada. We've watched her youngest son grow up, and I have tried to be a positive male role model for him. She was a single mom with nine children.

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Despite his protests, Hitchens the atheist actually loved God

Fr. Robert Barron

January 16, 2012

I have, over the years, playfully accused some of my atheist interlocutors of being "secret Herods." The biblical Herod arrested John the Baptist but nevertheless took pleasure in listening to John preach from his prison cell.

So, I've suggested, the atheists who come to my website and comment so acerbically and so frequently on my Internet videos are, despite themselves, secretly seeking out the things of God. I will confess to having a certain Herod syndrome in reverse in regard to Christopher Hitchens (who died Dec. 15).

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