New shepherd appointed to Timmins Diocese

November 26, 2012

The Timmons, Ont., Diocese’s long wait for a new shepherd is now over with the Nov. 10 announcement of Pope Benedict’s appointment of Msgr. Serge Poitras.

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Defending marriage

November 26, 2012

Opponents of same-sex marriage demonstrate in Paris Nov. 18 against the French government’s draft law to legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples.

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Prayers for Gaza

November 26, 2012

Palestinians take part in a prayer service to show solidarity with Gaza at a Catholic church in the West Bank village of Beit Jala Nov. 18.

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Liturgy document urged participation of hearts and minds

November 26, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Second Vatican Council was followed quickly by an explosion of lay liturgical ministries. Prior to the council, the sanctuary of every church had been clearly demarcated from the main body of the church by the presence of a Communion rail.

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Sacraments are moments when we encounter Christ

November 19, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As the years go by, it gets increasingly difficult to detect without research some of the shifts in thinking that occur in the documents of the Second Vatican Council. They have been part of us for so long and, indeed, a majority of today's Catholics have no recollection of the Church prior to the council.

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Sisters help health care get on its feet in S. Sudan

Sr. Dorothy Dickson

November 19, 2012
PAUL JEFFREY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Catholics from around the globe are playing a key role in building a health care system in the world's newest country.

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Aussie cardinal welcomes sexual abuse investigation

Cardinal George Pell

November 19, 2012
SHARYN MCCOWEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

SYDNEY – An Australian royal commission into the sexual abuse of children, which will include investigations into Catholics, is an opportunity "to separate fact from fiction," said Sydney Cardinal George Pell.

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Vatican II brought shift in role of laity

Sandy Prather

November 19, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The responsibilities and rights of the laity to participate in the work and mission of the Church are based on Scripture and tradition, formulated in Church teachings – especially those from the Second Vatican Council – and codified in canon law.

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Ukrainian pioneer religious honoured

November 19, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

MUNDARE – The Ukrainian Basilian Fathers and Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate have historical significance in Alberta. Recently their contributions have been honoured by Parks Canada.

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Chaplains bring hope, support for prisoners

Bishop Gary Gordon

November 19, 2012
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Finding a home, a job, a purpose and peace for men who've spent most of their lives inside prison, addicted, raging and lost is never going to be easy. But Curtis Wiebe, who has spent 23 of his 45 years inside, has a suggestion for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews: Don't cut programs that work.

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