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Follow 'German shepherd' in defending Church — Jesuit

April 11, 2011

The most effective response to veiled attacks against the Church is one that exposes misrepresentations, states the verifiable truth, explains genuine Catholic doctrine and provides examples from the lives of Catholic saints and martyrs, according to speakers at a Fordham University program.

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Vatican-Jewish dialogue warns of 'moral crisis'

April 11, 2011

A Vatican-Jewish dialogue commission warned of a "moral crisis" in modern secular society, and said religions need to respond with prayer, charitable action and dialogue.

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Pakistani bishops urge Catholics to live with hope

April 11, 2011

Preparing for Easter means making a commitment to living with hope and courage, the bishops of Pakistan told Catholics in the country where anti-Christian violence has been on the increase.

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Library of Eastern Church treasures crumbling in Roman heat

April 11, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — The Pontifical Oriental Institute has the best general collection in the world on Eastern Christianity.

It boasts some 184,000 volumes, including rare and precious imprints and manuscripts, documenting centuries of Eastern Christian culture in a multitude of languages.

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Priest passionate in use of calligraphy

Fr. Robert Palladino

April 11, 2011
ED LANGLOIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

PORTLAND, ORE. — In the morning cold of a farmhouse in the foothills of the Cascades, his hand is stiff as he grasps the broad-edged pen. His eyes have aged. But the 78-year-old priest and calligraphy master plans to write until he dies.

Father Robert Palladino, a priest of the Portland Archdiocese, is as much evangelist as artist.

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New Ukrainian leader champions Church unity

April 11, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The new head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, its youngest bishop, said he believes the other bishops elected him to promote unity within the Church and with other Christians.

The 40-year-old Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych, visiting Rome to meet Pope Benedict, told Catholic News Service he believes he was elected "despite my age."

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Ethical voters inform themselves

April 11, 2011
WHO
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It's hard to know what will be decided in the May 2 election, but it's just as hard to imagine that Canadians will decide well unless we inject respect, sincerity, honesty and a few high-minded ideals into our political culture.

We can't run a country on vitriolic rhetoric, political tactics and cheap-shot ads, said Christian think-tank director Peter Stockland. Looking at the latest attack ads turned Stockland's stomach.

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Stamp Collector pays tribute to Pope John Paul

April 11, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Anthony Sales' childhood passion for stamp collecting has become a Philatelic Tribute to Pope John Paul II that tells an astonishing story of the "pilgrim pope" in stamps from the nations of the world.

"He was really loved," said Sales, who lives in Richmond, B.C. "He was a man people were just attracted to."

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Secularization in health care silences power of spirituality

April 11, 2011
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO - The influence of secularization has reached not only into the religious sphere, but also into health care, Toronto Auxiliary Bishop William McGrattan said March 24.

"At the outset of our reliance and dependence on rational thought we attribute to the Enlightenment, certain forces have gradually eroded not only the authority of religion, but also social groups such as health care professionals and medicine," McGrattan told an audience of about 50 people at the annual Cardinal Ambrozic lecture.

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TV show looks at life in the time of Jesus

April 11, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

TORONTO — Most Christians know the famous stories from the Gospel, such as Jesus overturning the moneychangers' tables in the temple, Jesus restoring a blind man's sight and soldiers arresting Jesus.

But few Christians know the day-to-day lives of people who lived in first century Judea. Now a three-part documentary based on iconic events from the New Testament sheds new light on the ins and outs of everyday life over 2,000 years ago.

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