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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Faith and science must deepen their dialogue – Benedict

November 19, 2012
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Dialogue and cooperation between faith and science are urgently needed for building a culture that respects people and the planet, Pope Benedict told his own science academy.

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The Family: Apprenticeship for the Apostolate

November 19, 2012
Following is Archbishop Richard Smith's catechetical presentation at the Nov. 1 session of Nothing More Beautiful.

With our opening session this evening, we embark on our fifth and final year of Nothing More Beautiful. I would like us to understand these coming months as not an end but a beginning, a sending forth, a launching out into the deep waters of our day, just as Blessed Pope John Paul II called us to do on the eve of the millennium.

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New Coptic pope

November 19, 2012

Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, the newly chosen patriarch of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, conducts an interview at the Wadi Natrun Monastery in Cairo Nov. 5.

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