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Pope urges Catholics study, be familiar with Scripture

November 22, 2010
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — God constantly tries to enter into dialogue with the people he created — speaking through creation and even through silence, but mainly in the Church through the Bible and through his son Jesus Christ, Pope Benedict said. more . . .

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Fight society's secular invasion if you want a happy home

November 22, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SPRUCE GROVE — The normalization of cohabitation, pornography, contraception, infidelity, abortion and same-sex unions are all potential threats to a happy home.

With so many factors working against it, this generation has difficulty staying married, raising children and leading a Christian life. more . . .

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God called, Roger answered

Roger Rouleau

November 22, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Roger Rouleau realized he was being called to the priesthood, he dropped everything to answer the call. His girlfriend supported him. So did his parents.

Now, after years of theological studies, he feels ready for ordination. "I'm completely convinced that this is what God is calling me to do," Rouleau said Nov. 11. more . . .

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CCODP gets clean bill from Canada's bishops

November 22, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Catholics can be confident money they contribute to the Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) "will be properly spent and properly supervised," said Msgr. Patrick Powers.

In a Nov. 12 interview from Rome, the secretary general of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) said the work of an ad hoc committee of bishops established a year ago has produced "substantive results" and has "brought everyone together." more . . .

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Hospitality is key to ending intolerance of Muslims

November 22, 2010
BILLY ISENOR, OFM
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Last night I had a very energized conversation with a good friend. We discussed many things like philosophy, politics and social justice issues.

The discussion eventually led to the challenge of a marriage between a Christian and a Muslim in a “Post 9/11” world. He is a Catholic and she is a Muslim whereby both faith traditions call for certain creedal commitments and public profession of faith. more . . .

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Christians seek prison justice that works

November 22, 2010
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

As he sat in jail month after month trying to make sense of his life, Bruce Rowe one day knew he wasn't quite so interested in freedom.

"I realized when I was inside, all of that didn't matter if I didn't become a better person," said Rowe.

Prison isn't philosophy class. They're not asking what it means to be human. Nor is it a great place to form community, to discover your humanity by sharing your experience with others. more . . .

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The priest has a mission in our time . . . and in all times

Fr. Raymond de Souza

November 22, 2010

About a dozen years ago I was at a dinner party in the home of people I had not previously met. When our hostess discovered that I was a seminarian, she shrieked with perverse delight, announcing to all, "Wait until my husband hears about that!" more . . .

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Abandonment wears a multitude of faces

Gordon Self

November 22, 2010

In recent months there has been a surprising amount of public interest regarding so-called "angel cradles" where babies may be safely abandoned at hospitals (see "Will abandoned babies get a home? WCR, Oct. 4). more . . .

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Money silences outcry over Iraq slayings

Bishop Fred Henry

November 22, 2010

On Oct. 15, Syrian Catholic Archbishop Athanase Matti Shaba Matoka of Baghdad delivered one of the most memorable interventions during the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East - words made even more poignant by the Oct. 31 attack on worshippers at his cathedral. more . . .

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Advent prepares, with a hint of tribulation

Ralph Himsl

November 22, 2010

Probably only poets, romantics and other playful souls would bother to try to assign distinctive characteristics to the months of the year. As for the poets, we can think of T. S. Eliot and his label for April as the "cruellest month." more . . .

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