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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Profound trust opens hearts to God's love

Kathleen Giffin

February 18, 2013
Second Sunday in Lent
February 24, 2013

In my job as a counselor there have been many times over the years when I have had a conversation with a client that goes something like this:

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Prepare now for truth telling and healing

Bob McKeon

February 18, 2013

One key area of conversation has been the difficult history and legacy of the government-funded, Church-run Indian residential schools. It is estimated that over a period of 130 years, more than 150,000 First Nations, Metis and Inuit children attended approximately 130 residential schools. The majority of these schools were run by Catholic religious orders or dioceses.

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Pope takes the less traveled road, the one called courage

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 18, 2013

Perhaps the greatest mind to sit on the throne of Peter has judged his body no longer capable of doing so. Pope Benedict XVI will resign as successor of Peter on Feb. 28.

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