Vatican invites rock band to explain youth culture

February 18, 2013

When the head of the Pontifical Council for Culture said he wanted to listen to what today's young people had to say, he wasn't afraid to hear it belted out at 100 decibels.

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Youth yearn for what Church offers – theologian

Pia de Solenni

February 18, 2013

In sexual morality, family life and education, the Baby Boom generation ushered in a series of cultural changes that led to an "anthropological crisis" in American society, leaving younger generations yearning acutely for what the Catholic Church has to offer.

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RCs, Orthodox to have one Easter in Holy Land

February 18, 2013

Ghassan Rafidi, 53, remembers enjoying celebrating Easter twice as a child in his Israeli village of Jifna.

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U.S. bishops unhappy with Obama's new rules

February 18, 2013

The new proposed rules issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding insurance coverage of contraceptives show movement but fall short of addressing the U.S. bishops' concerns, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said in a Feb. 7 statement.

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Catholic students need faith-based outreach

February 18, 2013

Carolyn Woo, president of U.S. Catholic Relief Services, wants to see graduates of Catholic colleges become more involved in service – globally and even locally within their own parishes – and said university presidents should do more to make sure this happens.

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Irish religious welcome new report on laundries

February 18, 2013

The body that represents Ireland's religious congregations has said the issue of the Magdalen laundries must not be "presented as a matter only for religious."

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Ending sexual abuse is long-term project – priest

February 18, 2013

The Catholic Church's efforts to prevent clerical sexual abuse and protect children around the world will be "a long-term effort," said Father Robert Oliver, a Boston priest who began work Feb. 1 as the promoter of justice in the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.

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TV miniseries covers Bible in 10 hours

February 18, 2013

It took the combined clout of an actress best known for playing an angel and her big-ratings executive-producer husband, but Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have pulled off the making of a 10-hour miniseries, The Bible, that gets its premiere Sunday, March 3, on the History channel.

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Pope Benedict: He shepherded us with grace and humility

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February 18, 2013

Even when the one favoured to be elected the new pope prior to the conclave actually is elected, it is still a surprise. That’s how it was when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was chosen almost eight years ago. As often as not, however, the choice is a bolt out of the blue – Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli in 1958, Albino Luciani and Karol Wojtyla in 1978.

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Don’t be so caught up in this world that you forget God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 18, 2013

Some years ago, I was at a religious conference where one of the speakers, widely known and respected for her work among the poor, made this comment: “I’m not a theologian, so I don’t know how this plays out theologically; but here’s the base from which I’m operating: I work with the poor. Partly I do this out of my humanity, out of natural compassion; but ultimately my motivation is Christ.

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