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Pope ponders trip to Mexico, Cuba in 2012

November 21, 2011

Vatican officials are at an advanced stage in studying the possibility of a papal trip to Mexico and Cuba in the spring of 2012, the Vatican spokesman said.

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Vanderbilt says religious groups can’t discriminate

November 21, 2011

A proposal by Vanderbilt University to apply its nondiscrimination policy to the leadership of student religious organizations “will restrict freedom and diversity in student life by jeopardizing authentic religious expression,” Father John Sims Baker, the Catholic chaplain at Vanderbilt, wrote in a letter to the school’s chancellor.

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College sues U.S. gov’t over contraception mandate

November 21, 2011

Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C., is suing the U.S. federal government over a new regulation that requires employer health insurance plans to provide free coverage of contraceptives and sterilization, even if it may be contrary to their religious beliefs.

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Website spotlights Catholic musicians

November 21, 2011

Musician David Wang has launched a new website that he hopes will contribute to building an online history of contemporary Christian music.

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Pope to use iPad to light largest Christmas tree

November 21, 2011

With a tap on an iPad, Pope Benedict will light the world’s largest electronic Christmas tree in the Italian town of Gubbio without having to leave his home in Vatican City.

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Austrian bishops reject call for laity to celebrate Mass

November 21, 2011

Austria’s Catholic bishops have rejected a call by dissident Church members for laypeople to begin celebrating Mass in parishes with no priests.

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Weekly churchgoers more optimistic, less depressed

November 21, 2011

Past studies have shown that those who attend religious services at least weekly tend to live longer and healthier lives.

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Catholics must be alert to threats to religious freedom says Miller

Archbishop Michael Miller

November 21, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

VANCOUVER – Although Canada has traditionally had a healthy relationship between Church and state, Catholics need to remain alert to protect religious freedom, says Vancouver Archbishop Michael Miller.

There is a secularist agenda that "basically wants to privatize religion and leave it restricted to the private sphere," Miller said in a telephone interview Nov. 10.

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Slave Lake kids get warmer winter from Alta. Knights

November 21, 2011
VINCE REYES
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON – Just in time for the onset of winter, needy students in Slave Lake are the recipients of new, warm winter coats provided by the Knights of Columbus.

The Alberta-Northwest Territories Knights raised more than $19,000 from 34 councils across the jurisdiction to provide 150 coats to students in five elementary to junior high schools in the town that was ravaged by fire last May.

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Atheists help faith to focus its thinking

November 21, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

With a title like The Future of Religion in a Secular Age the evening of high-minded talk on the campus of the University of Toronto might have been an invitation to religious hand-wringing.

The new atheists, religious illiteracy, technology, loneliness, multiculturalism and community breakdown were all on the agenda.

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