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Haiti faces 'alarming' situation, bishops say

December 6, 2010

A cholera epidemic and poor infrastructure and organization on the ground in Haiti have created an "alarming" situation in the small Caribbean nation, said a group of bishops meeting at the Vatican.

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Egyptian Christians face upsurge in violence

December 6, 2010

Episodes of violence in Egypt that left Christian houses and businesses burned and ransacked have raised concerns among Egypt's Christian community, said a Christian worker.

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Jesuit agency calls for greater AIDS effort in Africa

December 6, 2010

The battle against AIDS in Africa is far from over, but a current funding shortfall threatens all of the progress there so far, said the African Jesuit AIDS Network.

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Nuclear weapons remain threat to humanity

December 6, 2010

Pope Benedict said nuclear weapons remain a threat to humanity, and he urged steps to curb their proliferation.

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Learn 'spiritual maternity' from St. Catherine - pope

December 6, 2010

Catholics should learn "spiritual maternity" from the example of St. Catherine of Siena, Pope Benedict said during his weekly general audience Nov. 24.

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Pope says Catholic newspapers have 'irreplaceable' role

December 6, 2010

Pope Benedict said the Catholic press has an irreplaceable role in forming Christian consciences and reflecting the Church's viewpoint on contemporary issues.

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Only Christ's light can illuminate darkened hearts

Mark Pickup

December 6, 2010

We often think ignorance is a lack of knowledge, education or social training. But if ignorance is not knowing, then not knowing God is the greatest human ignorance. In my opinion, the human heart's ignorance of God is the primary crisis of the 21st century. more . . .

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Why is hope so elusive even during advent?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

December 6, 2010

Advent is a season of hope but hope seems so elusive. We don't hear much about hope. Could you explain it? more . . .

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Advent teaches essential patience

Kathleen Giffin

December 6, 2010

My grandparents were born and raised in Liverpool, England. They met, fell in love and decided to come to Canada. My grandfather, still a young man, came alone at first, travelling by boat, then train to the end of the tracks. He bought a horse and cart and headed northwest to the property he had chosen. more . . .

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Rod of discipline can be a service of love

Fr. Raymond de Souza

December 6, 2010

What does the law have to do with love? Are they not antithetical? To follow the law is to be under a burden, to be compelled, to be constrained. To love, on the other hand, is to embrace the capacity to choose, to be creative, to be liberated. more . . .

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