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Advent prepares, with a hint of tribulation

Ralph Himsl

November 22, 2010

Probably only poets, romantics and other playful souls would bother to try to assign distinctive characteristics to the months of the year. As for the poets, we can think of T. S. Eliot and his label for April as the "cruellest month." more . . .

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Money silences outcry over Iraq slayings

Bishop Fred Henry

November 22, 2010

On Oct. 15, Syrian Catholic Archbishop Athanase Matti Shaba Matoka of Baghdad delivered one of the most memorable interventions during the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East - words made even more poignant by the Oct. 31 attack on worshippers at his cathedral. more . . .

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Abandonment wears a multitude of faces

Gordon Self

November 22, 2010

In recent months there has been a surprising amount of public interest regarding so-called "angel cradles" where babies may be safely abandoned at hospitals (see "Will abandoned babies get a home? WCR, Oct. 4). more . . .

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The priest has a mission in our time . . . and in all times

Fr. Raymond de Souza

November 22, 2010

About a dozen years ago I was at a dinner party in the home of people I had not previously met. When our hostess discovered that I was a seminarian, she shrieked with perverse delight, announcing to all, "Wait until my husband hears about that!" more . . .

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Hospitality is key to ending intolerance of Muslims

November 22, 2010
BILLY ISENOR, OFM
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Last night I had a very energized conversation with a good friend. We discussed many things like philosophy, politics and social justice issues.

The discussion eventually led to the challenge of a marriage between a Christian and a Muslim in a “Post 9/11” world. He is a Catholic and she is a Muslim whereby both faith traditions call for certain creedal commitments and public profession of faith. more . . .

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Cathedrals restore, let souls soar

Fr. Raymond de Souza

November 15, 2010

At the heart of every culture is its cult. Cult includes what is worshipped, what is placed at the centre of communal life, what is deemed worthy of the greatest exertions of talent and treasure. more . . .

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Beloved children created by IVF technique

November 15, 2010
MARY ANN SOSA
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Last night, during our family prayer, my 15-year-old son raised a topic that he read in the WCR entitled "Vatican official blasts Nobel Prize selection," referring to the selection of British scientist Robert Edwards, as a Nobel Prize winner for the development of in vitro fertilization (IVF). My son cannot understand why there was so much controversy around this Nobel Prize. more . . .

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Drink the fine wine found in John Paul II’s Rich in Mercy

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November 15, 2010

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s second encyclical, Rich in Mercy. While John Paul’s first encyclical, Redeemer of Humanity, showed how Jesus reveals man to himself, Rich in Mercy spoke of how Jesus reveals the Father. What Jesus reveals about the Father is love, in particular, his mercy. more . . .

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Religious activity can be a barrier to intimacy with God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 15, 2010

In my more reflective moments, I am sometimes forced to ask myself: Am I really interested in God or am I only interested in things about God? Am I more interested in teaching, speaking and writing about God than I am in actually meeting God, one to one, in prayer and silence? more . . .

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Refugees held hostage in proposed legislation

Bob McKeon

November 15, 2010

This past August, the eyes of a nation were upon a rusty cargo ship, the Sun Sea, carrying 492 Tamil men, women and children as it approached Vancouver Island. There was a heated debate about the state of Canada’s immigration and refugee policies and the integrity of Canada’s borders. more . . .

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