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Sister startled when young man in airport asks her about God

Sr. Ann Shields

October 6, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Sister Ann Shields, host of the popular radio program Food for the Journey, spoke on conversion of mind and heart at the Spiritual Motherhood of Priests' annual conference Sept. 27. She opened with an anecdote of being storm-stayed in an airport and experiencing annoyance and frustration because she felt she had "important things to do." An inner prompting from God made her recognize the need to repent. She prayed, "I'm sorry for my irritation. I'm sorry for thinking I'm more important than all the people in the universe."

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A botanical Way of the Cross

A botanical Way of the Cross

October 6, 2014

Louise Tessier of Regina designed a unique Way of the Cross, using flowers and other plants.

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Sheep without shepherds need closeness from the Church – pope

Pope Francis

October 6, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Bring the Gospel to those who need it most: the poor, the frazzled and the lost, who wander the world without any guidance or protection, Pope Francis told pastoral workers. Remember that the Church's ministry is like working a field hospital, where the wounded need to be helped and held, and there is no need for laws that only keep people away, he said Sept. 19. There are "so many people who are hurt and they are asking us to be close. They are asking us the same thing they asked Jesus," to be by their side, he said.

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'Doctrinal war' heats up as synod on family draws near

October 6, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family opens Oct. 5, but weeks earlier some of its most prominent members were already publicly debating what is bound to be one of its most controversial topics: the eligibility of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. In an interview published Sept. 18, a proponent of changing Church practice to allow such Catholics to receive Communion answered criticism from some of his fellow cardinals, suggesting they are seeking a "doctrinal war" whose ultimate target is Pope Francis.

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Studies show faith, marriage are keys to having a longer life

October 6, 2014
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Washington – Study after study has confirmed that those who are involved in religion and those who are married are healthier, physically and mentally happier and live longer than those who are not. "The health benefits of marriage are so strong that a married man with heart disease can be expected to live, on average, 1,400 days (nearly four years) longer than an unmarried man with a healthy heart," said Dr. Scott Haltzman, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behaviour at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

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