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Cuban bishops still see ‘promise’ of freedom

November 22, 2010

The Cuban government may have missed a deadline to release 13 prisoners of conscience detained in Cuba, but the work of the Church on their behalf — and for all prisoners on the island, regardless of their offence — will continue, said Cuba Bishop Arturo Gonzalez of Santa Clara during a news conference Nov. 8 in Miami.

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Women of Irish laundries may be compensated

November 22, 2010

The Irish government has asked the country’s attorney general to consider a report by the Irish Human Rights Commission that calls for compensating women and girls held in the so-called Magdalene laundries run by 10 religious orders.

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Pope urges G-20 to seek ‘just solutions’ to crisis

November 22, 2010

Pope Benedict urged world leaders to seek “lasting, sustainable and just solutions” to the numerous economic and social problems facing the world as the Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank governors gathered in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 11-12.

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Exhibit shows treasures of Vatican Library

November 22, 2010

State-of-the-art technology and the latest in multi-media presentation techniques reveal some of the centuries-old treasures housed in the “pope’s library” in a new exhibit at the Vatican.

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Pilgrims welcome pope

November 22, 2010

A group of pilgrims with the Neocatechumenal Way . . .

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Bible written for community — Miller

November 29, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

VANCOUVER - Vancouver Archbishop Michael Miller says he hopes Canadian Catholics will not see the latest papal exhortation Verbum Domini — the Word of God — as a call simply to engage in more Bible study. more . . .

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Micro finance enables poor from developing world to build a future

November 29, 2010
LAUREEN MCMAHON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — The global economy should operate with everyone's benefit in mind, not just those living in rich countries, Pope Benedict stressed in his 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate.

Every economic decision, said the pope, has a moral consequence. more . . .

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Winnipeg art studio aids mentally ill on the path to recovery

November 29, 2010
JAMES BUCHOK
PRIAIRE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG — Art can challenge the stigma and discrimination experienced by the mentally ill and aid in their recovery, says a Winnipeg artist diagnosed with schizophrenia.

In 2005 Nigel Bart founded ArtBeat Studio in Winnipeg's Exchange District with seven artists, each given free studio space for six months, ending with a show and sale of their works. more . . .

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Brothers murder led chaplain to seek justice that heals

November 29, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Justice is not just about determining guilt and punishing the offender but also about creating peace and harmony between victim, offender and the community, says Pierre Allard.

More important than determining guilt or innocence is finding a way to make things better, said Allard, one of Canada's strongest promoters of restorative justice. "How can we get beyond pain?" more . . .

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Dementia cries out for spiritual sustenance

November 29, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

"Dementia causes the patient to forget. It should not cause us to forget the patient," said Father John Siberski, who gave Covenant Health's annual Gordon Reid MacDonald Memorial Lecture.

Siberski quoted Psalm 71.9: "Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength is spent." more . . .

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