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Monterrey cardinal moved to Guadalajara

Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega

December 19, 2011

Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega has been named archbishop of Guadalajara, Mexico, replacing Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, 78, whose resignation was accepted by the Vatican.

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To follow Gospel is to follow Christ, pope says

December 19, 2011

Following the Gospel is not adhering to a doctrine or code of ethics but entails truly following the person of Christ in one's life, Pope Benedict said.

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Roman Missal voted top news story of 2011

December 19, 2011

The introduction of the English translation of the Roman Missal topped the religious news stories of 2011, and Pope Benedict was again the top newsmaker, according to the annual poll conducted by Catholic News Service.

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Benedict will visit Cuba, Mexico in spring

December 19, 2011

The Cuban bishops announced that 2012 would be a Marian jubilee year and that Pope Benedict would come to Cuba as a "pilgrim of La Caridad," the popular name for the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre, the country's patroness.

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Two auxiliary bishops named for Quebec

December 19, 2011

Pope Benedict Dec. 12 named two new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Quebec: Servite Father Gaetan Proulx, 64, and Father Denis Grondin Jr., 57.

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Phoenix Mercy sister 'no longer excommunicated'

Sr. Margaret McBride

December 19, 2011

A Mercy sister who was automatically excommunicated because of her role on the ethics committee that allowed an abortion to be performed at a Catholic hospital in Phoenix in 2009 is back in good standing in the Catholic Church.

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Church suffers more from sin than persecution – pope

Pope Benedict

December 19, 2011

The Church should fear the sin of its own members more than hatred against Christians, Pope Benedict said.

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New cathedral opens in Saskatoon

December 19, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON – The doors of a new diocesan cathedral and Catholic Pastoral Centre will open this week in Saskatoon.

The Cathedral of the Holy Family has been under construction in northeast Saskatoon since the fall of 2009.

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Pray before you preach – Cantalamessa

December 19, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The Catholic Church's project of "new evangelization" faces two dangers: people thinking others will do the work and people so fired up to preach the Gospel, they forget to pray, said Father Raniero Cantalamessa.

Cantalamessa, who preaches to the pope and top Vatican officials on the Fridays of Advent and Lent, dedicated his December 2011 series to lessons the Church can learn from its own history of evangelization.

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Christ's birth date challenged pagan gods

December 19, 2011
FR. THOMAS RYAN, CSP
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

That theme of light in the darkness is at the heart, not only of the feast of the Nativity of Jesus, but of the determination of the date as well.

The primitive Church seems to have had little interest in the date or circumstances of Jesus' birth. The community's expectation of an immediate consummation of history and a final coming of Christ took priority.

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