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Benedict calls for religion classes in public schools

November 7, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – A holistic education of children and young people must include religious education in accordance with the wishes of the children's parents, Pope Benedict said.

The teaching of religion in public schools, "far from signifying that the state assumes or imposes a specific religious creed, indicates a recognition of religion as a necessary value for the holistic formation of the person," the pope said Oct. 31.

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Pro-life movement takes on a youthful look

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November 7, 2011
SARA FRANCIS
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

CALGARY – A southern savvy Shawn Carney captivated pro-life advocates from across Canada with his wit and wisdom at the annual Life Canada conference held in Calgary Oct. 27-29.

"Howdy," greeted Carney in his Texas-twang, while flashing a wide-mouthed smile, as the conference participants erupted in laughter at the opening of his keynote address.

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Teacher learns to let God run the classroom

November 7, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

David Wells recalled the day as a young teacher when he learned that his job was to teach with God more than about God.

Wells taught in a school in a rough area of Liverpool, England, where the students were thought to be unteachable. But he was making progress and one day was eager to hand back an assignment to his students that showed there was hope for them.

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Traumas of war leave a lasting mark that may never heal

Lasha Morningstar

November 7, 2011

Striding down Yonge Street in Toronto on a fall day in 1945, Elmer Foy looked the picture of male vigour. Always polite, the striking, tall Irishman stopped when two posh, stony-faced women stood in front of him. They handed him an envelope and kept on walking.

Elmer opened it. A white feather – the symbol of cowardice – fluttered to the ground.

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Share the Good News of Christ's love

Mark Pickup

November 7, 2011

There are three priorities identified in Archbishop Richard Smith's pastoral letter entitled Pastoral Priorities of The Archdiocese of Edmonton. They are as follows: evangelization, faith formation and vocations promotion.

My last column addressed faith formation. It is vitally important that Christian faith be well formed, based upon a relationship with Christ and be supported by the solid foundation of Church teachings. In this column, I want to reflect on evangelization and how lay people like you and me can participate in this task.

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Wounded warrior still fought injustice

Kathleen Giffin

November 7, 2011
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 13, 2011

Father Dajczer, in his book The Gift of Faith, writes about the parable of the talents, the Gospel for this Sunday. He states that the talents God gives us are not just gift and material, but opportunity. Opportunity is found especially in the absence of things and in suffering.

He says that God is continually bestowing his gifts upon us, and that how we use those gifts, especially the gift of difficult experiences, is the way that we are transformed. It is easy to see the possession of certain "talents" or abilities as gift; but what about sickness as a talent, or the pain of loss as the gift with which to transform our world and us?

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Faith, like love, needs to be sustained by ritual

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 7, 2011

"Yes, junk," she said again, but a little more quietly. And that little more-more-quiet tone got me. And she went on: "You don't have to have all those reasons. We love each other. That's enough."

Irritation, anger and boredom within a relationship do not necessarily mean that love has died, as this story illustrates. Love rests at a deeper place. But how do we touch that place inside less-than-idyllic feelings?

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Mystery of human person finds fulfillment in Absolute Love

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November 7, 2011

The interfaith prayer gathering at Assisi Oct. 27 draws attention to the mystery of the human person. There, holy people, people whose focus is on the Divine, gathered in startling diversity.

One might think devotion to the one God would inspire humanity with visible unity in worship and belief. Indeed, the Catholic belief is that such unity will one day be a reality.

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Vietnamese sisters

November 7, 2011

Nuns attend a Mass for the profession of vows for the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Hung Hoa Sisters.

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Pope calls on Christians to support world's migrants

November 7, 2011

Christians need to offer migrants special care, ranging from prayer and concrete aid to promoting policies that uphold immigrants' rights and dignity, Pope Benedict said.

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