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Catholic U returns to single-sex dorms

July 4, 2011

John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America in Washington, says the university will take a stand against binge drinking and the "culture of hooking up" by phasing out co-ed dorms.

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U.S. bishops stand against physician-assisted suicide

July 4, 2011

Taking on the issue of physician-assisted suicide, the U.S. bishops declared suicide "a terrible tragedy, one that a compassionate society should work to prevent."

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Prayer essential to avoiding idolatry — pope

July 4, 2011

Pope Benedict warned that when people forget God they risk falling under the influence of modern forms of idolatry, such as totalitarianism or nihilism.

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'Every breath you take, I'll be watching you'

July 4, 2011

The U.S.-born rector of Ukraine's Catholic university said his country is "living in dark times" and accused state security services of placing him under surveillance.

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Prof says pro-life faculty often feel isolated

July 4, 2011

Many pro-life faculty on college campuses in the U.S. and Canada have experienced a strong sense of isolation and disrespect for their views, said the new president of University Faculty for Life.

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Priests, laity hold fort against rioters

July 11, 2011
BRENT MATTSON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER - The Canucks' Game 7 match against the Boston Bruins started off as a great day for Father Glenn Dion, rector of Holy Rosary Cathedral. He had been given a ticket to the coveted game as a gift, so he felt comfortable splurging on a new jersey at the Bay.

He enjoyed the game "even though we didn't win," and when he began walking home to the cathedral rectory he saw mostly happy people.

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Priesthood brought me closer to God — pope

July 11, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict reflected on his 60 years as a priest, calling it a demanding and "awe-inspiring" ministry that brought him closer to God.

The pope's personal recollection came June 29, the anniversary of his priestly ordination in Bavaria in 1951 and the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the patron saints of Rome.

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Icons draw spiritual seekers to Christ

July 11, 2011
LAUREEN MCMAHON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

Embracing the Christian life is a sacred mystery; icons possess a mysterious power to draw the spiritual seeker to Christ, says iconographer Matthia Langone.

Icons are artistic "written" images of Jesus, Mary, the saints, or angels which offer a living theology and experience of prayer. Iconographers not only offer their creative charism to God, they offer their whole heart, mind, and soul.

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U.S. author, apologist touts the family as the image of the Trinity

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July 11, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LAC STE. ANNE — Families are icons of the Trinity and the place where we learn to become holy, apologist Mark Shea told the annual Family Life Conference July 2.

"Families give flesh to the vision of the Trinity in the lovely and painful and beautiful expressions of real human beings living out the Gospel," he said. "In their faces, the faces of your family, we see the first face of Christ we'll ever meet."

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Meditating on ultimate things can spur spiritual growth

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July 4, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey asks his readers to meditate on their own funeral. Think about what you would like people to say at your funeral — a family member, a friend, a co-worker and a member of your church.

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