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Papal message to ponder the sounds of silence

October 10, 2011

Pope Benedict is asking media professionals and viewers, listeners and readers to set aside a bit of time for silence.

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Jersualem patriarch urges Holy Land pilgrimages

October 10, 2011

The Latin patriarch of Jerusalem says the dwindling population of Christians in his city needs to be bolstered by the support of Christians around the world and by their visits as pilgrims.

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Church programs help stem violence against women

October 10, 2011

Women in Nicaragua, often too timid to speak for themselves, have been beaten and sometimes killed by their partners or husbands who were unable or unwilling to see this as a crime, as unacceptable, as a way of life that needed to be changed.

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Indonesian faith leaders call for calm

October 10, 2011

Indonesian Church leaders met in an emergency session to call for calm after a suicide bomb attack on a Protestant church, the Vatican missionary news agency Fides reported.

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Russian bureaucracy spurs demolition of hospice

October 10, 2011

Russia's Catholic Church criticized the demolition of a hospice complex run by the Missionaries of Charity after a Moscow court ruled it was used illegally for charity work.

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Everyone has guardian angel, pope says

October 10, 2011

Guardian angels exist to protect every human life from its beginning to end, Pope Benedict said.

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Jesuits to promote ecological responsibility

October 10, 2011

Jesuit communities around the world have been asked to make their buildings more energy efficient, help the farmers they work with use sustainable agricultural practices and launch programs in their universities to promote both theological reflection and scientific research on protecting the environment.

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Slashing social investments costs

Joe Gunn

October 10, 2011

When you are really sick with an infection, does it make sense to start taking only a half dose of the antibiotics necessary to cure your ailment? Or again, when battling infection, does it make sense to take an antibiotic for half of the time necessary for the full cure to take effect?

Dr. Jeff Turnbull, outgoing president of the Canadian Medical Association, reports that there are 1,000 homeless people in the core of Canada's capital city, where he lives and works.

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God's vigilance is ever present in our lives

Kathleen Giffin

October 10, 2011
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 16, 2011

My second daughter, who has Down syndrome, often went on "unauthorized walks" when she was young. It was not so much that she was running away, it was more that she was off on an adventure and had neglected to inform us of her intentions.

While there were some moments of panic as we tried to locate her, one of the most frightening times looking for her was when she was older and did not return home from her walk to the store.

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Joy and fulfillment comes when a circle is complete

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 10, 2011

Today we don't attach a lot of symbolism to numbers. A few, mostly superstitious, remnants remain from former ages, such as seeing the number seven as lucky and the number 13 as unlucky. For the most part, for us, numbers are arbitrary.

This hasn't always been the case. In biblical times, they attached a lot of meaning to certain numbers. For example, in the Bible, the numbers 40, 10, 12 and 100 are highly symbolic. The number 40, for instance, speaks of the length of time required before something can come to proper fruition, while the numbers 10, 12 and 100 speak of a certain wholeness that is required to properly appropriate grace.

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