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God will guide, protect his followers, says pope

October 24, 2011

God will always guide, protect and nourish those intent on following him, Pope Benedict said.

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Growing secularism threat to health care workers

October 24, 2011

The greatest challenge faced by Catholic health care workers is growing secularism, said Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez.

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Bishop, diocese in court for failure to report abuse

October 24, 2011

Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., which he heads, entered pleas of not guilty to misdemeanour charges of failure to report child abuse.

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Catholics yearn for faith education – Rodriguez

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez

October 24, 2011

Pastors are responsible for continually educating the people in the faith, because otherwise they could "lose the vineyard," Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said during the Oct. 3-6 annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Priests.

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Richest man bails out Guadalupe plaza

October 24, 2011

Mexican President Felipe Calderon inaugurated the new Plaza Mariana Oct. 12 adjacent to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, but credit for rescuing the project from budgetary and political problems went to the world's richest man, Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim Helu.

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Same-sex marriage agenda threatens religious liberty

October 24, 2011

The widening campaign by U.S. gay rights advocates to promote same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue is forcing Catholic and other religious institutions to confront charges of intolerance and discrimination.

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Benedict puts his mark on Assisi prayer summit

October 24, 2011

Slowly and carefully, the Vatican is setting the stage for the third edition of the interreligious "prayer for peace" encounter in the Italian pilgrimage town of Assisi.

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Compassion means being present to others

Gordon Self

October 24, 2011

Those visiting the new statue on the Alberta Legislature grounds recognizing the historic contribution of the Catholic sisters in our province may experience what I did when I first looked up at the stained glass plate in the hands of the bronze figure.

The sister's face is framed in one of the central glass panels focusing an array of warm light around the statue. Seeing her face in this light underscores the creative vision of artist Herman Poulin who attests the sisters' work as one of service, reflecting ultimately the light and compassion of Christ.

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Political control over religion corrupts

Bishop Fred Henry

October 24, 2011

With more than 100 religious leaders in attendance on Oct. 3, International Affairs Minister John Baird opened formal consultation on the creation of an Office of Religious Freedom.

The office's mandate is intended to promote and protect freedom of religion and belief, consistent with Canadian values such as freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The office will operate within the department of foreign affairs and international trade.

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Make your life your living witness to God

Ralph Himsl

October 24, 2011
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 30, 2011

The Gospel readings for recent Sundays have Jesus engaged in discussions with priests, scribes, elders and Pharisees - community leaders in Jerusalem. He berates them in personal confrontations.

Even in their absence, as in today's Gospel, he discusses their failings in a forthright manner. He acknowledges their intimate knowledge of the law - the scribes for example, made copies of its texts and so knew them well. But their failure to live by its requirements drew Jesus' ire.

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