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Pope deplores religious persecution

December 27, 2010
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Infringements on the freedom of religion threaten peace and security worldwide, Pope Benedict said in his message for World Peace Day. more . . .

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St. Joe’s College seeks replacement as Fr. Scott moves on

December 27, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After 13 years at the helm, Father Timothy Scott is stepping down as president of St. Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta, effective June 30, 2011. more . . .

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Ukrainian Eparchy embarks on 25-year pastoral plan

December 27, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton is embarking on a long-term plan to renew the Church and pass on the faith to future generations.

The 25-year pastoral plan is based on three simple pillars — to know, love and serve God — and places heavy emphasis on lay formation and service. more . . .

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Readers give strong response to WCR Survey

December 27, 2010
RON BAIER
WCR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The WCR Revisioning Survey received a remarkable response, for which we thank you. The final data set included 1,831 different surveys. This is several times more than would be expected for a study of this kind, and we are very grateful. more . . .

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Marc Barylo is the 2010 winner of the WCR’s Worker in the Vineyard Award.

December 27, 2010
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Tim Spelliscy volunteers alongside Marc Barylo and marvels, "He works and works and works and always wants to sit in the background. He is not just a hard worker and high achiever, he is humble." more . . .

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Mystical marriage

December 27, 2010

The Mystical Marriage of St. Catherine

Mary holds the child Jesus in this painting by Benozzo Gozzoli.

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Pope visits Vatican Library

December 27, 2010

Pope Benedict reads a book during his visit to the Vatican Library at the Vatican Dec. 18.

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Costa Rica pressured to lift in vitro fertilization ban

Laura Chinchilla

December 27, 2010

Costa Rica is under pressure to overturn its ban on in vitro fertilization — and as a result abandon long-held Catholic teaching — or risk sanctions for violating international accords on human rights.

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Report: Cardinal ‘begged’ Vatican to dismiss abuser

Cardinal Desmond Connell

December 27, 2010

A newly released chapter of the Murphy Report into the handling of clergy sex abuse allegations in the Archdiocese of Dublin between 1975 and 2004 shows Cardinal Desmond Connell “begged” Pope John Paul II to dismiss an abusive priest from the priesthood.

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Benedict to make 4 foreign trips in 2011

December 27, 2010

Pope Benedict plans to make four foreign trips in 2011, including one to his German homeland and a three-day visit to the African country of Benin.

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