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Registration opens for 2012 Eucharistic Congress

June 13, 2011

Registration has opened for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in 2012, and organizers hope the event will help reinvigorate the Irish Church.

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Irish archbishop wants Vatican to release report

June 13, 2011

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin chided Vatican officials for delaying release of a report of last year's apostolic visitation investigating the Irish Church's past handling of clergy sex abuse cases and current procedures for preventing abuse.

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Philippine bishops oppose legalizing divorce

June 13, 2011

Catholic clergy in the Philippines are urging fellow Catholics to voice their disapproval of a bill pending in the country's Congress that would legalize divorce.

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Few priests able to celebrate 1962 Latin Mass

June 13, 2011

A new Vatican instruction on the extraordinary form of the Mass intends to make it easier for Catholics who want to worship this way to do so.

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New official building bridges with religious orders

Archbishop Joao Braz de Aviz

June 13, 2011

He has only been at the Vatican for four months, but Brazilian Archbishop Joao Braz de Aviz is already getting good reviews.

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What are the Spirit's fruits and gifts?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

June 13, 2011

What is the difference between the gifts and the fruits of the Holy Spirit?

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Fair taxation plants the seeds of justice

Joe Gunn

June 13, 2011

Canadians elected a new government last month and this month saw a new federal budget. There shouldn't have been any surprises, as the Conservatives won their majority on the promise of deficit reduction and low taxes.

One way to evaluate the budget is simply to ask if the governing party actually did what it promised to do. Christians might pose a deeper reflection: Does this budget deliver for those in need, while responsibly and fairly sharing the burden?

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God's love embraces, nourishes, woos us

Kathleen Giffin

June 13, 2011
Trinity Sunday — June 19, 2011

Our readings this Sunday present a beautiful consistency between the Old Testament and New.

The First Reading recounts Moses' reception of the Ten Commandments. When Moses had taken the tablets, "the Lord passed before Moses, and proclaimed, 'The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.'"

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Press your ear to God's heart; remember you were kissed by God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 13, 2011

The Last Supper account in John's Gospel gives us a wonderful mystical image. The evangelist describes the beloved disciple as reclining on the breast of Jesus.

What's contained in this image? A number of things.

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Quebec walks into darkness with systematic atheism

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June 13, 2011, 2011

To paraphrase the French philosopher, Jacques Maritain: The Quebec government cannot see that man must choose between two ways: the way of Calvary and the way of slaughter. Maritain's comment, made in 1938, was actually about the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

But it is appropriate to describing the current path of government in Quebec which, having abandoned the Catholic faith, is now on a path of militant atheism. The government no doubt blindly believes this is a path of liberation for its people.

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