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Seasons of life challenge us to rise to greater maturity

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 29, 2010

As a young man, Nikos Kazantzakis, the famous Greek writer, contemplated becoming a monk and once spent a summer touring monasteries. Years later, writing on the experience, he recounts a marvellous conversation he had with an elderly monk, Father Makarios. more . . .

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John the Baptist prepared way for the Lord

Maria Kozakiewicz

November 29, 2010

We have just had our first snowfall and voices coming from the street are muffled, air is crisp and fresh, snowflakes are twirling and settling gently on the sleeping plants.

Our two neighbours worked hard last weekend decorating their houses. As we drove back from work last night those wonderful huge rooftop Santas and reindeers, along with countless strings of lights, shone out triumphantly at us. more . . .

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Voice of the faithful needs to be heard throughout the church

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November 29, 2010

When WCR readers sat down to complete our current readership survey — which they are doing in quite large numbers — they no doubt were thinking only of what their responses mean for the newspaper. Yet their answers to some questions might also reflect what they would like to see as pastoral priorities of the local Church. more . . .

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Celebrating cardinals

November 29, 2010

New Italian Cardinals Paolo Sardi and Velasio De Paolis talk with. . . . 

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Knights, Sony help Vatican move to HD

November 29, 2010

Thanks to a discount from Sony and a contribution from the Knights of Columbus, the Vatican television centre has a multimillion-dollar high-definition mobile television studio, which will be operational in time for the pope's Christmas midnight Mass.

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Traditionalists threaten to expel Williamson

November 29, 2010

The Society of St. Pius X threatened to expel traditionalist Bishop Richard Williamson if he retained an extremist lawyer with neo-Nazi ties to defend him in a German court.

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Polish composer famous for Sorrowful Songs

November 29, 2010

Polish classical music composer Henryk Gorecki, whose distinct minimalist style of music gained throngs of followers beginning in the early 1990s, died Nov. 12 from complications of a lung infection.

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U.S. bishops want more done to protect Iraqis

November 29, 2010

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged the U.S. government to "redouble its efforts to assist Iraqis" in providing safety for its citizens, especially religious minorities.

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Dublin students get option for Christmas gifts

November 29, 2010

Giving a Christmas present to the teacher is a tradition in Ireland and throughout the world, but there are only so many packets of bath salts, bottles of perfume and boxes of chocolate that one educator can use.

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U.S. Catholics, Protestants agree on Baptism

November 29, 2010

In what Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta called "a milestone on the ecumenical journey," the U.S. Catholic bishops affirmed an agreement to recognize baptisms in four Protestant Church communities.

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