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English and Welsh bishops are producing a million "faith cards" to identify the holders as Catholics in the event of an accident.
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Humility is essential to the Christian life. That message is said in various ways and various places throughout the New Testament.
One of my favourite references is in 2 Corinthians where St. Paul says he will boast only of his weakness. The Lord says to him, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness" (12.9).
In late 1912, the Vatican divided the vast Diocese of St. Albert and created the Archdiocese of Edmonton and the Diocese of Calgary in its place.
The decree, issued by Pope St. Pius X, mandated that the headquarters of these newly created dioceses were moved to Edmonton and Calgary respectively.
Bishop Luc Bouchard gave new life to the Diocese of St. Paul, calling his decade of service there as a time of grace, challenges and of making lifelong friends.
The announcement Feb. 2 that Pope Benedict has appointed him bishop of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, came as a surprise even to him.
MONTREAL – When asked what advice or encouragement Cardinal Thomas Collins might need in his new position, Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, archbishop of Montreal, laughed.
"I will it say it's courage," Turcotte said from his office in Montreal. "To be a cardinal, it's a lot of work. It is not only to elect the pope!" He will become a member of many congregations or dicasteries in the Holy See, he said. "Cardinals are the counsellors of the pope in those different congregations."
OTTAWA – Over the years, Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast has come to appreciate the depth of Cardinal-designate Thomas Collins' scholarship, his love for the Scriptures and for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, and his courage in sharing his faith in the public square.
Though Prendergast had met Collins several times over the years, it wasn't until the two were in 1999 in Rome to receive their palliums – the symbol of being a metropolitan archbishop – that they began to know each other.
WINNIPEG – The quest for social justice involves a struggle with those who inflict social injustice. But the greater struggle is with ourselves, says a Venezuelan Jesuit who has taught ethics and human rights and lived and worked among the poor in a Caracas slum.
Father Eduardo Soto Parra said the struggle for social justice begins as a personal attitude. There is "a greater struggle" that is more than personal. But the ideologies that drive social injustice are "very close to us in ways that are both subtle and blatant."
TORONTO – The separation of Church and state is engrained in the identity and culture of Western democracy in order to protect religion, not eliminate it, says the Very Rev. Lois Wilson.
But that definition has become less and less believable, Wilson told young adults gathered at a Theology on Tap event.
The strength of a man's faith impacts his family and his community. Yet there is a great spiritual battle in our times, and many fathers and sons are losing sight of what it means to be men of God.
Making matters worse is that many priests do not preach a clear, truthful message. Too many clergy are preaching lukewarm, watered-down, dumbed-down homilies or, what Father Bill Casey referred to as "Catholic lite."
SPRUCE GROVE – Sexual abuse scandals have made headlines for years. But Father Bill Casey says there's another scandal that has gone unnoticed.
"Here's a scandal you never hear about. We'll sit for one, two, three, four or more hours in front of the television set, and say we have no time for prayer, no time for God - that's a scandal," said Casey.