Blessed Pedro Calungsod

Blessed Pedro Calungsod

October 15, 2012
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Blessed Pedro Calungsod, a 17th century lay catechist missionary in the Philippines, will be the seventh saint that Pope Benedict canonizes on Oct. 21.

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Council fathers reluctant to use the word 'reform'

October 15, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Second Vatican Council was "animated by a spirit of reform," but was afraid to use the word "reform," Church historian Jesuit Father John O'Malley told a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of the council.

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Constitution on the Church calls on Catholics to be holy, not busy – theologian

October 15, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

WASHINGTON – The Catholic Church is suffering from too much busyness and is lacking an emphasis on praise and worship, a theologian at The Catholic University of America said Sept. 28.

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Liturgical renewal calls for more silence, less wordiness – priest

October 15, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

WASHINGTON – Liturgy sometimes suffers from being too wordy, according to a liturgical expert who says the celebration of the Mass would benefit from fewer hymns and more silence.

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'Dei Verbum' opened the Bible for all Catholics to read

October 15, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

WASHINGTON - The Second Vatican Council gave the Bible a central place in the life of the Church, a Scripture scholar said during a symposium at The Catholic University of America.

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Secular youth sign up for Latin classes

Msgr. Daniel Gallagher

October 15, 2012
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When Msgr. Daniel Gallagher was a microbiology major at the University of Michigan, his growing curiosity about the "deep questions" led the pre-med student to take philosophy and other humanities courses on the side.

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Chilean hero

October 15, 2012

The casket of Fr. Pierre Dubois, a French priest who served in one of Santiago's poorest neighborhoods, is carried through a neighborhood in Santiago, Chile, Oct. 1.

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MP Woodworth moved abortion to nation's front burner

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October 15, 2012

MP Stephen Woodworth did what many thought was impossible – he put the issue of abortion back on the political front burner in Canada. By trying to establish a parliamentary committee that would look at medical and other evidence of whether the unborn child is human, he made the rights of the unborn a topic of discussion across Canada.

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Jesus' Baptism gives a state of grace that empowers change

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 15, 2012

John Shea once wrote a haunting poem about John the Baptist. The poem begins with the Baptist in prison, hearing the dancing above his head and knowing that this is soon to culminate in his being beheaded. Strangely, he's not too upset.

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To be first in God's eyes is to serve others

Kathleen Giffin

October 15, 2012
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 21, 2012

My children adopted a common practice of their peers, the calling out of "Shotgun!" as their way to claim the front passenger seat in car rides. I remember the first couple of times it happened I was caught off guard, not sure what was meant.

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