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Rolheiser stokes spiritual fire burning in the middle of life

May 12, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Sacred Fire: A Vision for Deeper Human and Christian Maturity by Ronald Rolheiser. Crown Publishing Group (New York, 2014), 344 pages.


Success, writes Ron Rolheiser in his new book Sacred Fire, has little to teach us in the second half of life. Where we learn as we mature is through our disappointments, boredom, resentment and frustration. In the first part of life, one has the big dream. But as one makes or falls into serious commitments and one's energy begins to decline, it becomes clearer and clearer that the dream will not be realized.

The Church of Mercy

Pope Francis

May 12, 2014

Following is an excerpt from The Church of Mercy: A Vision for the Church by Pope Francis. North American copyright Loyola Press, 2014. Distributed in Canada by Novalis.


In the Creed we say, "I believe in one . . . Church." In other words, we profess that the Church is one, and this Church by her nature is one. However, if we look at the Catholic Church in the world, we discover that it includes almost 3,000 dioceses scattered over all the continents: so many languages, so many cultures!

Muller chides U.S. nuns' group for 'fundamental errors'

May 12, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Using what he acknowledged was unusually "blunt" language, the head of the Vatican's doctrinal office rebuked officers of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) for honouring a Catholic theologian whose work was judged "seriously inadequate." Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, also had strong words for the sisters for promoting futuristic ideas he described as "opposed to Christian revelation."

Doctors said Denise should be aborted; now she brings life

May 12, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

A month before Bernadine Marhong was due to give birth, doctors recommended that she abort her unborn baby. The baby, whose name would be Denise, was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition where fluid builds in the brain and causes brain damage. The doctors thought Denise would have no cognitive function and would die within 48 hours of birth. On July 31, Denise Marhong will turn 29.

Ark of the Covenant a precursor to motherhood of Mary

May 12, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When I first heard the Virgin Mary called the Ark of the Covenant many years ago, I was surprised. At that time, the Ark was getting more publicity from Indiana Jones movies than in Catholic circles. But when I thought about it, it made sense. Just as the original Ark, which contained the tablets of the Old Law, represented the fullest presence of God in the world, even more so did Mary contain the full presence of the Lord during the nine months she carried Jesus in her womb.

Vatican statistics detail continuing global growth of Church

May 12, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The number of Catholics in the world and the number of priests, permanent deacons and religious men all increased in 2012, while the number of women in religious orders continued to decline, according to Vatican statistics. The number of candidates for the priesthood also showed its first global downturn in recent years. The statistics come from a recently published Statistical Yearbook of the Church, which reported worldwide Church figures as of Dec. 31, 2012.

World is finally giving peace a chance, says Roche

Douglas Roche

April 28, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Despite the many conflicts disturbing the peace of the world, including the war in Syria and the Russia-Ukraine impasse, retired Canadian senator Douglas Roche maintains the world is moving to a more peaceful state. That's the premise of his new book Peacemakers: How People around the World are Building a World Free of War. "I'm not saying that everybody in the world is living in harmony or that violence has ended or that suffering is eliminated. What I am saying is that more people are freed from the physical act of warfare than ever before," Roche said in a recent interview.

Priests, smell like your sheep, Smith says at Chrism Mass

April 28, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Priests must acquire the smell of sheep by being close to their flock and attentive to their needs, Archbishop Richard Smith said, relying heavily on an image popularized by Pope Francis. Speaking to a large crowd from every parish in the Edmonton Archdiocese at the April 14 Chrism Mass at St. Joseph's Basilica, Smith challenged priests to go out of themselves to be close to their people and to make their flock's difficulties, fears and pain their own.

God is the first victim of abortion

April 28, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Before harming a woman and her unborn child, the act of abortion hurts God, said Father Paul Nicholson. "Truly the first victim in abortion, the first victim in sin, is God," he said. "It is he who is wounded. There is no such thing as a victimless crime." Nicholson addressed about 100 people April 5 at the Campaign Life Coalition's National Pro-Life Conference.

Church in Alta. offers hope for girls on street in Ukraine

April 28, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

UNICEF estimates that there are 150,000 homeless children in Ukraine, making the country a prime target for human traffickers. Many girls in Ukraine end up in poverty, with little or no education, suffering from malnutrition, inadequate medical care or a lack of housing. One ambitious endeavour aimed at saving these children is through the Bridge of Hope program, a joint effort of the Ukrainian Eparchy of Edmonton and the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, Ukraine. Their solution is called Home of Hope.