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Pope to canonize Italian Poor Clare mystic

October 18, 2010

Blessed Camilla Battista Varano, 1458-1524, the illegitimate daughter of an Italian nobleman, was a mystic who had to overcome her father’s initial objections in order to enter the convent of the Poor Clares.

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‘Stuttering gave me compassion’ — pastor

October 18, 2010

Father Michael Dunn considers his stuttering to be a blessing.

“I believe that my stuttering has made me a more compassionate, patient and understanding person in my dealings with others,” said the priest, who is a pastor in Weston, Conn.

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COLF issues message to families on work

October 18, 2010

The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) has issued a new message to families on work. Entitled “Work + Love = Holiness,” the brochure examines how work is related to human dignity.

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Iraqi refugees in Jordan are ‘guests’ with few privileges

October 18, 2010

Slwan Kehedeer Antoon was his own boss in Mosul, Iraq. He owned a liquor store and a car-rental agency.

Then, four years ago, Muslim hardliners bombed his liquor store.

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West needs to discover ‘unchanging truth’ — pope

October 18, 2010

Pope Benedict said his message in Great Britain about the enduring importance of faith-based values in public life is valid for the entire Western world.

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Polish saint-to-be was famous preacher, confessor

October 18, 2010

Blessed Stanislaw Soltys, 1433-1489, devoted his life to caring for the poor in his native Krakow.

He was famous as a preacher and confessor. His reverence for the Eucharist earned him the title of “Apostle of the Eucharist.”

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Friendship with Christ leads to happiness — pope

October 18, 2010

True happiness can be found by strengthening one’s friendship with God through a love for sacred Scripture and the sacraments, Pope Benedict said.

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Book-length interview with pope set for release

October 18, 2010

Light of the World, a book-length interview with Pope Benedict will be released Nov. 23 in the world’s major languages, including English, the head of the Vatican publishing house said.

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New saint’s order blew whistle on abuser priest

October 18, 2010

The religious congregation co-founded by Blessed Mary MacKillop has confirmed a media report that one reason clergy pressured a bishop to “destroy” her was that members of the order reported a suspected child-abusing priest.

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RC-Orthodox dialogue traces shape of Church unity

October 18, 2010

Catholic and Orthodox Church representatives have offered their vision of what the unity of both churches might look like in two statements approved during a recent meeting at Georgetown University in Washington.

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