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God's dream is for Christian unity — archbishop

December 13, 2010

New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond urged delegates attending an ecumenical conference to embrace a longing toward unity.

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Vatican officials unperturbed by WikiLeaks

December 13, 2010

WikiLeaks' release of classified U.S. documents is unlikely to ever develop into a flood capable of eroding decades of U.S. diplomatic efforts, some Vatican officials and watchers said.

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Ratzinger sought swift action against abusive priests

December 13, 2010

A newly disclosed letter reveals that in 1988, the future Pope Benedict pressed for swifter and more streamlined procedures to punish priests guilty of "grave and scandalous conduct."

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Incarnation means year-long love for the marginalized

December 20, 2010
BILLY ISENOR, OFM
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

This time of year brings about the usual cliché themes that are preached in the Church. For example, we hear messages about helping others, reconciliation and focusing on God amidst the commercialism of Christmas. As one of my Facebook friends posted on their wall: “Let us put the ‘Christ’ back into Christmas!” more . . .

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Seek out moments of joy to ease the pain

Lisa Persche

December 20, 2010

Many people are filled with joyful anticipation and festive good cheer at this time of the year. But some are filled with anxiety and dread, and wish to get the holidays over with as quickly and uneventfully as possible. more . . .

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Christ’s humble birth belies the wealth he gives his believers

Gordon Self

December 20, 2010

The Christmas season is meant for inexpressible Joy. After all, Advent marks the coming of Jesus Christ to earth to save humanity from the penalty of sin and evil. more . . .

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Time to end poverty in Alberta is now!

Bob McKeon

December 20, 2010

Last week I was talking with a long-time church volunteer at a food bank in my neighbourhood. She was commenting on the continuing high numbers of people coming week after week requesting a food hamper. What was especially troubling for her was that 40 per cent of those being fed from her food bank were children. more . . .

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It’s time to restore Midnight Mass

Fr. Raymond de Souza

December 20, 2010

What time is Midnight Mass? It's the season for that question, and the answer is not predictable. Over more than a generation, we Catholics have fumbled away one of our most distinctive customs. Indeed, the Christmas Mass schedule has become something rather different than what the Church intends, and what our tradition refined over centuries.more . . .

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Mary — Jesus’ first disciple

December 20, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholics have long celebrated May as the month of Mary. But liturgically, the real month of Mary is December. More particularly, it is the season of Advent and, most especially, it is these last days leading to the birth of the Saviour. more . . .

 

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Joy comes in threes, plus one

Ralph Himsl

December 20, 2010

As if roused from a reverie over her cooling cup of coffee, she mused, "Our good old Christmas still has a lot going for it." Deep in the hubbub of what the commercial world has established as "the season of giving," the remark seemed timely. more . . .

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