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John Paul II's monument — a free Poland

Fr. Raymond de Souza

September 5, 2010

The local Church here in Krakow, Poland, takes great pride in her saints and in the 20th century, no city produced more important ones. Father Maximilian Kolbe studied here and died at Auschwitz, part of the Archdiocese of Krakow. Sister Faustina Kowalska’s convent was here, and the Divine Mercy devotion began here.

The summer of 2011 has added Blessed John Paul II to the honour roll, and every single parish, shrine and souvenir stand is bedecked with images celebrating the Church’s newest saint, Krakow’s most noble son.

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Diligent prayers nurture a deep bond with God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 5, 2011

Do we ever really understand or master prayer? Yes and no. When we try to pray, sometimes we walk on water and sometimes we sink like a stone. Sometimes we have a deep sense of God's reality and sometimes we can't even imagine that God exists.

Sometimes we have deep feelings about God's goodness and love and sometimes we feel only boredom and distraction. Sometimes our eyes fill with tears and sometimes they wander furtively to our wrist-watches to see how much time we still need to spend in prayer. Sometimes we would like to stay in our prayer place forever and sometimes we wonder why we even showed up.

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Passport to Paradise demands sharing Jesus' death and resurrection

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September 5, 2011

There is the sin of presumption — the belief that death will surely take me to my rightful place in paradise. There is also a philosophy of presumption — the belief that everyone has a right to eternal life unless they do something drastically bad to blow it.

However, there is no right to eternal life. As sinful creatures, there is no natural way we can enter into paradise because entering paradise means sharing in the life of the Trinity. God would be denying his own nature if he admitted to Trinitarian life any creature who was not permeated with eternal life.

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Hiroshima anniversary

Gutted Atomic Bomb Dome

August 29, 2011

A woman prays after releasing a paper lantern on a river facing the gutted Atomic Bomb Dome.

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Valleyfield bishop named archbishop of Sherbrooke

Archbishop Luc Cyr

August 29, 2011

Pope Benedict has appointed Valleyfield, Quebec, Bishop Luc Cyr as the new archbishop of Sherbrooke, after accepting the resignation of Archbishop André Gaumond, who had reached 75.

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Benedict to proclaim new doctor of Church

St. John of Avila

August 29, 2011

Pope Benedict has announced he will add the name of St. John of Avila to the Catholic Church's list of doctors of the Church.

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Retired Halifax archbishop dies at 89

August 29, 2011

Archbishop Emeritus Austin-Emile Burke of Halifax died peacefully on Aug. 12. He was 89.

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Rosica to do double duty; now heads university

Fr. Thomas Rosica

August 29, 2011

Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, CEO of Salt and Light Television, has now taken on the added job of president of Assumption University in Windsor, Ont.

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Vietnamese villagers win right to tractor transport

August 29, 2011

Government officials in Dak Lak province, a rural part of central Vietnam, have waived their normal traffic rules so Catholics can get to Sunday Mass by tractor.

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Bishop of Timmins dies during Quebec vacation

Bishop Paul Marchand

August 29, 2011

Bishop Paul Marchand of Timmins, Ont., died July 23 while on summer vacation.

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