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Stop, Listen, Reflect

August 29, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

CASTEL GANDOLFO, ITALY — Most people don't leave any time in their day to stop, listen and reflect on what God is doing and saying in their lives, Pope Benedict said.

"Our time is taken up by so many activities, commitments, worries and problems that often one tends to fill up one's whole day without having a second left for stopping to reflect and nourish one's spiritual life" by having contact with God, he said Aug. 17.

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Getting off the grid enables us to hear the voice of God — Benedict

August 29, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

CASTEL GANDOLFO, ITALY — Getting off the grid and leaving behind the city is a great way to bring some much-needed silence to one's life, Pope Benedict said.

"Silence is the condition of one's surroundings that best fosters contemplation, listening to God and meditation," he said Aug. 10 at his weekly general audience.

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The joy of WYD crosses Atlantic

August 29, 2011
WHO
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Erwin Fung has been to World Youth Day four times. He went to Paris in 1997, Toronto in 2002, Germany in 2005 and Australia in 2008.

"It's hard to describe the feeling that you get when you're with so many other hundreds of thousands of Catholic young people," said Fung. "It's truly amazing what can bring us together.

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Rain , Holy Spirit poured out during vigil

August 29, 2011
GRETCHEN CROWE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MADRID — Hours after firefighters doused overheated pilgrims with much-needed jets of water, the heavens added to their efforts by driving rain and wind onto the more than one million young Catholics camping at Cuatro Vientos airbase for the World Youth Day vigil.

But the rain did not dampen the spirits of the pilgrims, who sang and chanted all the louder for Pope Benedict, who entered the airbase to cheers and applause.

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Most impressive moments were silent

August 29, 2011
ARCHBISHOP RICHARD SMITH
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

"An undertaking of immense consequence and promise."

This is how the Holy Father described World Youth Day in his farewell address just prior to his return flight to Rome. This endeavour of enormous import is, precisely, "that of helping young people to become more deeply rooted in Jesus Christ."

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K of C will buy cultural centre, establish shrine to late pope

August 29, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

DENVER — Supreme Knight Carl Anderson announced Aug. 2 that the Knights of Columbus will purchase the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington.

Anderson, delivering his annual report, said that over the next year, the fraternal organization will build a shrine to Blessed John Paul and put up related exhibits on the property.

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Young man has made great strides

Chad Bonnatrouge

August 29, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TULITA, N.W.T. — On the edge of turning 22, Chad Bonnatrouge doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, hasn't touched drugs, lives with his grandparents and sticks to himself. He graduated from high school in Tulita a couple of years ago and is uncertain what his next move should be.

He's got family in Vancouver and they have invited him to join them. He's been there once and is unsure whether he wants to go back. For now he stacks firewood and fetches groceries for his grandparents.

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Dreams of the Dene

August 29, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Felicia Bravard and her friends Brendan, Stacy and a girl too shy to give her name to a stranger are passing a summer day in classic teenage style. I found them moseying the gravel roads of Tulita, N.W.T., sharing a joint at 10 in the morning.

They offered me a toke, an offer not often made to middle-aged Church journalists. I declined.

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Knights urged to stand up, speak out

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August 29, 2011
JULIE FILBY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

DENVER — The Church must stand up for the right to adhere to the dictates of one's conscience, an American cardinal told the Knights of Columbus supreme convention.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signature, the Vatican's supreme tribunal, said teaching the truth of conscience must be one of the Church's priorities in today's society.

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Challenges abound with new missal translation

August 29, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON — The revised translation of the Mass that takes effect in November will have several clearer allusions to Scripture, says the chair of the diocesan liturgy commission.

Karen Schreiner told recent workshops here that the new translation is closer to the Latin original and represents a perfect opportunity to deepen understanding about the liturgy in general.

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