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The Church we believe in is one

November 8, 2010
 

In good Catholic form, I want to begin my reflections this evening with a kind of confession: When Archbishop Smith first asked me about being a witness at NMB, I just laughed and said to him, "You're not serious, Your Grace! What could I possibly say to the people of our archdiocese that would inspire a greater faith?" more . . .

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Slaughter in Iraq Cathedral is ‘absurd violence,’ says pope

November 8, 2010
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – A deadly militant siege of a Catholic cathedral in Baghdad, Iraq, was a "savage" act of "absurd violence," Pope Benedict said.

The pope urged international and national authorities and all people of good will to work together to end the "heinous episodes of violence that continue to ravage the people of the Middle East." more . . .

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MacDonald put gifts at service of theology in Western Canada

November 8, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For some people, he is a beloved teacher and for others, a respected spiritual guide. For those who know him well, he is a delightful friend.

More than 100 people celebrated the 50th anniversary of Franciscan Father Donald MacDonald's priestly ordination. Friends and family, as well as past and present associates and students from Newman Theological College, attended an open house at St. Faith's Anglican Church on Oct. 31. more . . .

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Scarf-waving crowd honours St. Br. André

November 8, 2010
LAURA IERACI
CATHOLIC TIMES MONTREAL

MONTREAL – When Catholics worldwide gave thanks for All Saints Nov. 1, there was a new Canadian saint among the list of holy men and women.

An enthusiastic crowd of more than 48,000 from across Canada and the United States came to the Olympic Stadium Oct. 30 to celebrate the recent canonization of St. Brother André. more . . .

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The prison of unrealistic expectations

November 15, 2010
AUSTIN MARDON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

My wife commented that her family of six thrived in an 800-square-foot home, with only one bathroom. I wondered when we began to believe that we needed so much more. more . . .

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Christ the King wants to reign in our hearts

John Connelly

 

November 15, 2010

Deep in our hearts we all long for a good king. A leader who will reign over us with love and compassion. A leader who will be fair, just and protect us all from evil. more . . .

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Refugees held hostage in proposed legislation

Bob McKeon

November 15, 2010

This past August, the eyes of a nation were upon a rusty cargo ship, the Sun Sea, carrying 492 Tamil men, women and children as it approached Vancouver Island. There was a heated debate about the state of Canada’s immigration and refugee policies and the integrity of Canada’s borders. more . . .

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Religious activity can be a barrier to intimacy with God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 15, 2010

In my more reflective moments, I am sometimes forced to ask myself: Am I really interested in God or am I only interested in things about God? Am I more interested in teaching, speaking and writing about God than I am in actually meeting God, one to one, in prayer and silence? more . . .

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Drink the fine wine found in John Paul II’s Rich in Mercy

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November 15, 2010

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s second encyclical, Rich in Mercy. While John Paul’s first encyclical, Redeemer of Humanity, showed how Jesus reveals man to himself, Rich in Mercy spoke of how Jesus reveals the Father. What Jesus reveals about the Father is love, in particular, his mercy. more . . .

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Vocation directors report increased interest

October 11, 2010

New revelations of clergy sex abuse and the Vatican apostolic visitation of U.S. communities of women religious have not discouraged U.S. Catholics from considering a religious vocation.

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