A candle brings light and warmth

Lasha Morningstar

December 3, 2012

The first thought is always the same and always anxious. Is the candle room door open?

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Vatican II was a step in a process, not an end in itself

Fr. Robert Barron

December 3, 2012

Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. So, there has been a good deal of commentary from historians, theologians and even from the handful of bishops and experts who actually participated in the Council five decades ago.

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'Clock sympathy' a sign of gravity's pull on our lives

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

December 3, 2012

There is a concept known as clock sympathy that may be apocryphal, though it also has a basis in scientific fact. I first learned of this from a clockmaker who explained that whenever you place clocks together in proximity, and no matter how different their rhythms, they eventually harmonize, so that their pendulums swing in concert. It is a concept that invokes both the laws of magic and the laws of physics.

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Pregnant women must be treated, say Irish bishops

Savita Halappanavar

December 3, 2012

Expressing anguish and sorrow over the death of a pregnant woman in an Irish hospital, the country’s Catholic bishops said that pregnant women must receive all treatment to save their lives, even if it results in the unintended death of an unborn child.

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Health care must be for all, says Benedict

December 3, 2012

Good health is a benefit that needs to be defended and guaranteed for all people, not just for those who can afford it, Pope Benedict told hundreds of health care workers.

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Vancouver app helps locate the next Mass

December 3, 2012

Catholics in the Vancouver Archdiocese have a new way to find out where to attend Mass.

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Pakistani court dismisses blasphemy charge

December 3, 2012

The Islamabad High Court ordered police to dismiss blasphemy charges against a Christian Pakistani girl whose arrest and detention drew international condemnation.

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Boston plan responds to shrinking resources

December 3, 2012

A pastoral plan approved by Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley calls for the Boston Archdiocese to organize its 288 parishes into approximately 135 groups called “parish collaboratives.”

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Rome dismisses priest who defied Church teaching

December 3, 2012

The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has dismissed Roy Bourgeois from the priesthood because of his participation in the invalid ordination of a woman and “a simulated Mass,” the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers announced Nov. 19.

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Canadian priest named Holy See’s head of protocol

December 3, 2012

Pope Benedict has appointed Msgr. Jose Bettencourt, a native of Portugal who grew up in Ottawa, as the Holy See’s head of protocol.

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