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DUBLIN – Father Damien McGroarty, 29, is one of the youngest diocesan priests in Ireland. Ordained just over a year ago, he should still be at the honeymoon stage of his vocation.
Instead, an independent audit of clerical sexual abuse in his Raphoe Diocese left him soul-searching about the public's perception of the priesthood.
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Nativity scenes are one of the most recognizable and loved Christmas customs today and the words crèche and manger have come to describe the depiction of Christ's birth.
The word crèche is the French word for nativity scene which translates into crib in English. That and other translations are derived from the Latin word cripia, meaning manger.
TORONTO – Christmas ornaments featuring a kneeling soldier and the words "Never Alone/Jamais Seul" are being sold in a campaign to raise awareness of Canada's new war veterans.
The campaign is run by Jane Twohey, a Military Christian Fellowship of Canada volunteer from Port Perry, Ont., northeast of Toronto.
It's a good thing the federal government wants to know where millions of dollars given to the Attawapiskat community has gone, says the pastor on the northern Ontario reserve.
"All of us want to check where all of our tax money is going," said Oblate Father Rodrigue Vézina, pastor of Attawapiskat's St. Francis Xavier Parish, which receives support from Catholic Missions In Canada.
A glance at the mantle this time of year can give the average Catholic entirely the wrong idea about the Bible.
"You see crèche scenes – they cram everything from both Gospels (Matthew and Luke) in there, not realizing that if you line both those Nativity stories up there are inconsistencies and contradictions," said Jesuit New Testament scholar Father Scott Lewis.
That theme of light in the darkness is at the heart, not only of the feast of the Nativity of Jesus, but of the determination of the date as well.
The primitive Church seems to have had little interest in the date or circumstances of Jesus' birth. The community's expectation of an immediate consummation of history and a final coming of Christ took priority.
VATICAN CITY – The Catholic Church's project of "new evangelization" faces two dangers: people thinking others will do the work and people so fired up to preach the Gospel, they forget to pray, said Father Raniero Cantalamessa.
Cantalamessa, who preaches to the pope and top Vatican officials on the Fridays of Advent and Lent, dedicated his December 2011 series to lessons the Church can learn from its own history of evangelization.
SASKATOON – The doors of a new diocesan cathedral and Catholic Pastoral Centre will open this week in Saskatoon.
The Cathedral of the Holy Family has been under construction in northeast Saskatoon since the fall of 2009.
The Church should fear the sin of its own members more than hatred against Christians, Pope Benedict said.
A Mercy sister who was automatically excommunicated because of her role on the ethics committee that allowed an abortion to be performed at a Catholic hospital in Phoenix in 2009 is back in good standing in the Catholic Church.