On Day 2, the council claimed its holy freedom

October 15, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It didn't take long for the tide to turn at the Second Vatican Council. Curia officials had spent much of the 44 months between the day Pope John XXIII announced the council until it actually began planning for how they believed it should be carried out.

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Kenyan mothers helped by doctors, Church

Bishop Fred Henry

October 15, 2012

Every year, it is estimated that 500,000 women die in childbirth and pregnancy in the developing world and nine million children die before their fifth birthday. Many of these deaths could be prevented by ensuring access to public health care and services.

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Science will never prove that God does not exist

Fr. Robert Barron

October 15, 2012

Given the ruminations of Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, one might have thought that the absolute limit of scientistic arrogance had been reached.

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Canonizing Kateri can open our hearts to aboriginal people

Bob McKeon

October 15, 2012

Oct. 21 will be an important day in the life of the Canadian Church. On this day in Rome, Pope Benedict will canonize Kateri Tekakwitha a saint.

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Catholic students need witnesses of faith

October 15, 2012

The buzzword in the Church these days is “evangelization.” It would seem imperative to begin with our children in our schools and determine whether or not they are being evangelized by people leading authentically Christian lives who can be witnesses to them.

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God deserves glory for every miracle

October 15, 2012

Re: “Prayer is answer to the evil one – preacher” (WCR, Oct. 1).

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Church must overcome ‘debris of failure’ – Chaput

Archbishop Charles Chaput

October 15, 2012

In a wide-ranging address at the annual Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia spoke of the “debris of failure” that must be dealt with if the Catholic Church in America is to be truly renewed.

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Cardinal prevented from joining House of Lords

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

October 15, 2012

Pope Benedict personally intervened to prevent a British cardinal from occupying political office when he retired from active ministry.

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Social media spurs interest in vocations

October 15, 2012

Several religious congregations and organizations are taking advantage of social media to “introduce” individuals discerning a call to a vocation and the seminary, convent or monastery that fits them.

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Shanghai’s priests, nuns forced to go to ‘school’

October 15, 2012

Priests and nuns in the Shanghai Diocese were forced to attend compulsory “study classes,” which observers believe were imposed by Chinese authorities in response to the new Shanghai auxiliary’s renunciation of the Catholic Patriotic Association.

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