French philosopher, U.S. Jesuit win Ratzinger Prize

Fr. Brian Daley

October 8, 2012

The Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation, established to promote studies in theology and philosophy, will award one of its two major prizes this year to U.S. Jesuit Father Brian Daley, a patristics expert and professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame.

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Pope names record number of women to synod

October 8, 2012

Choosing men and women from every part of the world and from a wide variety of professions, Pope Benedict nominated 45 experts and 49 observers for the upcoming world assembly of bishops.

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German bishops exclude those who stop paying tax

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch

October 8, 2012

The German bishops’ conference defended a controversial decree that said Catholics who stop paying a Church membership tax cannot receive sacraments.

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Nigeria policy: Pilgrimages a benefit to society

October 8, 2012

Prayers for peace and an end to terrorism and corruption in Nigeria filled Rome’s Church of St. John the Baptist, as 50 Christian government officials and religious leaders visited the Eternal City in preparation for sending 30,000 Nigerians on pilgrimage.

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Vatican II? Not the pope’s summer residence

October 8, 2012

The teachings of the Second Vatican Council are neither optional nor second-class, but must be seen in the proper context, the former prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said Sept. 26 as he opened a conference at The Catholic University of America in Washington.

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Mother Teresa was no softy, says priest

Blessed Teresa of Kolkata

October 8, 2012

Blessed Teresa of Kolkata felt a calling to bring people to God by simply loving them, and her own longing to be close to God through Jesus Christ was like a thirst, said an Austrian priest who for many years was her spiritual adviser.

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Evangelization can draw on rosary, says Marian expert

October 8, 2012

As the Church is set to begin the Year of Faith and a synod on the new evangelization, the rosary can play a key role in strengthening and spreading the word of God, said a leading American expert in Marian studies.

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Christian politicians must protect marriage, says pope

Pope Benedict

October 8, 2012

Christian politicians have a duty to protect human life, traditional marriage and the common good, Pope Benedict said.

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Being a Christian means living life according to Jesus 24/7

WCR Logo

October 8, 2012

As the World Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization opens Oct. 7, a pressing question awaits an answer: We know the synod will lead to yet another Vatican document on evangelization; will it also lead to a missionary outburst that challenges the deadening, dehumanizing secularism of the West? Will the synod's deliberations lead to a metanoia, a conversion, in our attitudes and actions, or will it remain business as usual?

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Laughter invites us to embrace heavenly joy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 8, 2012

In our novitiate, when I was a novice with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, our assistant novice director, a sincere but overly-stern man, cautioned us about too much levity in our lives by telling us that there is no recorded incident in Scripture of Jesus ever laughing.

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