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B.C. First Nations people remember St. John Paul II as supporter

May 12, 2014
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER – Before Vancouver faithful began their celebration of the canonization of two popes, members of the Squamish, Tsleil Waututh, and Musqueam tribes welcomed more than 9,000 participants to the land. "Over 300 years ago, you would not be sitting in chairs in this building; you would be sitting in a forest," began Rennie Nahanee, First Nations ministry coordinator for the archdiocese, April 27. "We hold up our hands to the indigenous people who lived on this land for many generations and thank them for letting us speak our words and hold our ceremony here at the Pacific Coliseum."

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Rolheiser stokes spiritual fire burning in the middle of life

May 12, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Sacred Fire: A Vision for Deeper Human and Christian Maturity by Ronald Rolheiser. Crown Publishing Group (New York, 2014), 344 pages.


Success, writes Ron Rolheiser in his new book Sacred Fire, has little to teach us in the second half of life. Where we learn as we mature is through our disappointments, boredom, resentment and frustration. In the first part of life, one has the big dream. But as one makes or falls into serious commitments and one's energy begins to decline, it becomes clearer and clearer that the dream will not be realized.

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The Church of Mercy

Pope Francis

May 12, 2014

Following is an excerpt from The Church of Mercy: A Vision for the Church by Pope Francis. North American copyright Loyola Press, 2014. Distributed in Canada by Novalis.


In the Creed we say, "I believe in one . . . Church." In other words, we profess that the Church is one, and this Church by her nature is one. However, if we look at the Catholic Church in the world, we discover that it includes almost 3,000 dioceses scattered over all the continents: so many languages, so many cultures!

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Muller chides U.S. nuns' group for 'fundamental errors'

May 12, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Using what he acknowledged was unusually "blunt" language, the head of the Vatican's doctrinal office rebuked officers of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) for honouring a Catholic theologian whose work was judged "seriously inadequate." Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, also had strong words for the sisters for promoting futuristic ideas he described as "opposed to Christian revelation."

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Doctors said Denise should be aborted; now she brings life

May 12, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

A month before Bernadine Marhong was due to give birth, doctors recommended that she abort her unborn baby. The baby, whose name would be Denise, was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition where fluid builds in the brain and causes brain damage. The doctors thought Denise would have no cognitive function and would die within 48 hours of birth. On July 31, Denise Marhong will turn 29.

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Ark of the Covenant a precursor to motherhood of Mary

May 12, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When I first heard the Virgin Mary called the Ark of the Covenant many years ago, I was surprised. At that time, the Ark was getting more publicity from Indiana Jones movies than in Catholic circles. But when I thought about it, it made sense. Just as the original Ark, which contained the tablets of the Old Law, represented the fullest presence of God in the world, even more so did Mary contain the full presence of the Lord during the nine months she carried Jesus in her womb.

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Vatican statistics detail continuing global growth of Church

May 12, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The number of Catholics in the world and the number of priests, permanent deacons and religious men all increased in 2012, while the number of women in religious orders continued to decline, according to Vatican statistics. The number of candidates for the priesthood also showed its first global downturn in recent years. The statistics come from a recently published Statistical Yearbook of the Church, which reported worldwide Church figures as of Dec. 31, 2012.

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The unforgiveable sin of Trinity Western University

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May 12, 2014

The decision of the Law Society of Upper Canada to bar graduates of a planned law school at B.C.'s evangelical Trinity Western University from practising law in Ontario should be abhorrent not only to all religious believers, but to all concerned about protecting the human dignity of Canadians. It is difficult to see this decision as anything but an attempt to narrow the range of public discourse in such a way that would exclude explicitly Christian universities from training and forming members of the legal profession.

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Truth comes dressed in many different cloaks

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 12, 2014

When I was a student in the seminary, I had two kinds of teachers. One kind, precisely because they were fiercely loyal to all that is Christian and Catholic, would have us read great secular thinkers but always with the intent of helping to show where these thinkers were wrong. Our intellectual task as Catholic seminarians, they would tell us, is to defend Catholicism against the kinds of criticisms found in the writings of these secular, sometimes anti-Christian, thinkers and to keep our faith and teaching free of their influence.

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The Lord's promise: 'I make all things new'

John Connelly

May 12, 2014
Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 18, 2014

In the Book of Revelation, Jesus says, "Behold, I make all things new" (21.5). We should all take comfort in these life-giving words. Jesus takes the old and, through his divine and saving power, makes it new. Yesterday, I was present in the hospital as my father Pat Connelly passed away. It was a dramatic reminder of the need for the saving power and presence of God. As I reflect on Dad's death, I am amazed by how short this life really is.

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