Indian Church moves to protect environment

August 27, 2012

Environmental protection is "an expression of faith in God," said the bishops of Kerala state.

"Our faith calls for protecting the creation of God and adopting our lifestyle accordingly," the Kerala Catholic Bishops Council said in a statement after its Aug. 10 meeting.

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U.S. religious keep talking with Vatican rep

August 27, 2012

Members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious announced Aug. 10 at the close of their four-day assembly in St. Louis that they will continue to dialogue with Church officials about the Vatican's doctrinal assessment of their organization.

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Go to Mass together, pope urges married couples

August 27, 2012

Going to Mass together and setting aside time each day to talk to each other are two simple practices that can help Catholic couples strengthen their marriage and be examples to others, said a papal message.

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Americans back guns, but not in church

August 27, 2012

A poll analyzing views about gun control in the context of people's faith groups found that a majority of Americans believe gun rights are as important as other constitutional rights, but they draw the line at guns being permitted in churches and government buildings.

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Russian, Polish Christians seek reconciliation

August 27, 2012

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church and the president of the Polish Catholic bishops' conference signed a joint message Aug. 17 urging Poles and Russians to set aside centuries of anger and prejudice and work together to maintain their countries' Christian identities.

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Pope John XXIII shocked the world with his council

August 20, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

On Jan. 25, 1959, a new pope shocked the world. Pope John XXIII, speaking to a small group of Roman cardinals following a liturgy to conclude the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, announced that he had decided to convene an ecumenical council.

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Bittman is Edmonton's first auxiliary bishop

August 20, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Bishop-elect Greg Bittman says he feels overwhelmed that he has been called to be a successor of the apostles.

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Smith urges K of C to stand against radical secularism

August 20, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The president of the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops has called aggressive secularism "hostile to a truly democratic and pluralist society."

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Traditional crucifix sculpted for Newman College chapel

August 20, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Unlike many sculptures displayed in churches depicting the anguish and torment of Christ's crucifixion, the new one at Newman Theological College shows a more loving, redemptive Jesus.

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First Nation children capture visitor's heart

August 20, 2012
ERIN MORAWETZ
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

By the time Alexandria Lepore was finishing up her honours degree in Catholic studies and history from King's University College in London, Ont., this spring, she knew she wanted to become a youth minister.

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