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Hard times don't justify restricting workers' rights

February 28, 2011

Quoting Popes Benedict XVI and John Paul II, Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki issued a statement Feb. 16 that came down squarely in favour of workers' rights in the face of efforts by Wisconsin's new governor to restrict those rights.

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Not business as usual

Cardinal Sean O'Malley

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston washes the feet of a priestly sexual abuse survivor during the Liturgy of Lament and Repentance at Dublin's Pro-Cathedral Feb. 20.

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Vatican Radio rides wave of digital technology

February 28, 2011

Eighty years ago, a persistent pope and a scientific pioneer teamed up to create Vatican Radio, launching an evangelization tool that reached virtually every corner of the globe.

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Bio-fuel demand pushes Africans off farmland

February 28, 2011

Representatives of Catholic organizations at the recently concluded World Social Forum said that massive investment in large tracts of land across Africa involving foreign capital — a practice detractors call "land-grabbing" — is pushing small farmers off their land and threatens to lead to another worldwide food crisis.

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Classical music made great contributions to Church

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev

February 28, 2011

Classical music is underappreciated for its spiritual contribution to the Church, the metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church said Feb. 9.

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Preachers must live the Gospel, pope says

February 28, 2011

Evangelization will be effective only when the people spreading the Gospel truly believe and live Christ's message themselves, Pope Benedict said.

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Number of Catholics, priests increased in '09

February 28, 2011

The number of Catholics in the world, as well as the number of deacons, priests and bishops all increased in 2009, while the number of women in religious orders continued to decline, according to Vatican statistics.

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Quebec celebrates at arenas, not church

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 28, 2011

A culture expresses itself in what it chooses to build. Ancient Egypt gave us the pyramids, tombs of their god-kings. Medieval France gave us the Gothic cathedral. Twenty-first century Texas gives us a $1.2-billion football stadium. more . . .

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Upholding boundaries can take guts

Gordon Self

February 28, 2011

A group of leaders in Catholic health care gathered recently to discuss many challenging ethical issues they face — ones that provide no easy solutions. For example, they spoke of how to respond to overwhelming health and social needs associated with those living on the streets when the IV drug user, homeless person, gang member or street worker suddenly finds themselves a patient in our facilities. more . . .

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True benevolent global villages need the fatherhood of God

Mark Pickup

February 28, 2011

The architects of a new world order often speak of a global village. Hillary Clinton tells us that it takes a village to raise a child. Are they speaking of the same village? more . . .

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