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JP2's first feast day

October 31, 2011

People gather for a vigil marking the first observance of the feast day of Blessed John Paul II.

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Pope adopts wheeled platform for processions

October 31, 2011

Pope Benedict has begun using a wheeled platform to move through crowds at major events, a change the Vatican said was designed to reduce the physical toll on the 84-year-old pontiff.

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Vatican says Libya needs help rebuilding

Moammar Gadhafi

October 31, 2011

The Vatican said the death of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi marked the end of a "harsh and oppressive regime" based on power instead of human dignity.

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Catholics recall Gadhafi's brutality, look to future

October 31, 2011

Catholic leaders said they could not rejoice at the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, but they recalled some of his more brutal moments and speculated on the future of Christians in the region.

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Respect religious freedom in Mideast, patriarch urges

Patriarch Bechara Rai

October 31, 2011

Unless Middle Eastern countries support religious freedom and respect human rights, the "Arab spring" movement will devolve into an "Arab winter," said Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai.

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Sister pleased native culture allowed in liturgy

October 31, 2011

Ursuline Sister Josephine Aloralrea recalls what she considers one of Catholicism's finer hours.

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European court bans patents related to embryos

October 31, 2011

A leading Catholic bioethical institute has welcomed the decision of a European court to ban the patenting of any medical treatment derived from destructive experiments on human embryos.

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Freedom from hunger essential to right to life – pope

October 31, 2011

Pope Benedict appealed for immediate and long-term relief for the world's hungry, saying the right to adequate nourishment is a fundamental part of the right to life.

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Scally urges dialogue with teens on pop music

November 7, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – Parents should realize that it's bad decisions, not pop music, that may be causing problems in their children's lives, says a California-based author and speaker.

Anna Scally, president of Cornerstone Media, said parents who fear pop music is having a negative impact on their kids should listen carefully to those tunes and talk to their children about values and making the right decisions.

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Marriages rooted in exploitation unlikely to grow and flourish

St. Francis de Sales

October 31, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Even 400 years ago, the business of Church weddings was a rocky one.

"Would to God that his well-beloved Son were invited to every marriage as he was to the marriage at Cana," wrote St. Francis de Sales, bishop, theologian and evangelizer. "Then the wine of his compassion and blessing would never be lacking to it.

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