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Vatican astronomer ponders possibility of intelligent aliens

November 29, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Are we alone in the universe? Probably not but, despite more than half a century of efforts, we still cannot connect with any other intelligent beings out there.

Maybe it is "because space travel is so difficult that we are not able to go to them to meet them or they are not able to come to see us here," speculated Jesuit Father Jose Funes, the Vatican's chief astronomer. more . . .

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Condoms: Use in disease prevention different from contraceptive uses

 

Chance encounter launches 30-year mission to the poor

November 29, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

DEVON — In Guaymas, Mexico, he is known as the Canadian Santa Claus.

For 28 years, Glen Fraser, from Devon, Alta., has been helping the families at Mission Santa Clara by bringing them clothes, candy and toys every Christmas. more . . .

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Benedict stirs pot with AIDS-condoms comments

November 29, 2010
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - In a new book, Pope Benedict said the use of condoms may be a sign of moral responsibility in some specific situations when the intention is to reduce the risk of AIDS.

The pope addressed the issue in the book-length interview, Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times, released Nov. 23. more . . .

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Pope stunned by Church’s wretchedness

November 29, 2010
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Benedict's book-length interview is certain to spark global attention, and not only for his comments suggesting that condom use might be acceptable in some circumstances. more . . .

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Newman, André reveal equal dignity of all work

November 29, 2010
TERRENCE DOWNEY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

As the Canadian representative on the Board of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) based in Washington, I recently attended a board meeting where we took time to reflect on the beatification in September of John Henry Cardinal Newman. more . . .

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Jesus’ mysterious kingdom

November 29, 2010
Glen Argan
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

At first glance, it may seem odd that the Gospel readings for the first week of Advent are about healings and miracles such as Jesus' dividing of the loaves and fish. What does this have to do with Advent or the coming of the Lord? more . . .

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Papal book challenges Church staff to be missionaries for faith

Fr. Raymond de Souza

November 29, 2010

At the consistory of cardinals last weekend, Pope Benedict spoke to his red-robed brethren about the "logic of the cross" which should animate their leadership in the Church.

A consistory of cardinals emphasizes the unity of the Church around Peter, and the universality of the Church spread throughout the world; it also highlights some truly heroic pastors. more . . .

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Strong family gives kids order, discipline

Mark Pickup

November 29, 2010

I have heard it said that if a sense of order and discipline is not established in a child's life before the age of seven, he is lost. I do not know where that pearl of parenting wisdom came from and I'm not even sure I believe the age part - but I think I understand the point that was being made. more . . .

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Have we forgotten our faith's saints?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

November 29, 2010

Have we forgotten the saints? All Saints' Day was not mentioned at my church nor was there a Mass that day but there was a Mass on All Souls' Day. more . . .

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