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Cardinals get look at planned reforms of Roman Curia

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February 23, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
and CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Cardinals meeting at the Vatican discussed better ways to balance the responsibilities of local bishops and of the Roman Curia, said the Vatican spokesman. A recurring theme in the cardinals' Feb. 12-13 meeting was "what is it that is done best where," Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi told journalists Feb. 13 during a pause in College of Cardinals' discussions. About 40 of the 164 cardinals present in the Vatican's synod hall spoke Feb. 12 about the proposal to reform the Roman Curia, he said.

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Romero's conversion a slow process

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February 23, 2015
CHAZ MUTH
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero is held up as a beacon for the poor and oppressed, but scholars who have studied Romero's life say his conversion to the poor was a slow process. It's a common narrative that Romero had a sudden conversion from a quiet, cerebral archbishop to one whose outreach to the poor and disenfranchised led to his death. However, Damian Zynda, a Romero researcher at Jesuit-run Creighton University, argues that transformation happened over many years.

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Prayers for husband's health answered

February 23, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Natalie Rose's husband Todd had been feeling poorly for such a long time, her first prayer was "to finally figure out what was wrong. We knew he was gravelly ill." So when the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer came, "It was not the diagnosis I was looking for but I remember feeling it was answered prayer." The statistical outcome was not good: "Less than 10 per cent survive. And there was no guaranteed complete recovery."

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Deacon heard his call through words of others

Dr. Randall Abele

February 23, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Prayer is a constant companion with Dr. Randall Abele. A deacon and Edmonton urologist, Abele says, "Prayer is essential. You're walking with God and you always want to be walking where he wants you to be walking. "You pray to have contentment in your heart, peace in your heart about your life." Prayer, he said, is something that comes out of faith.

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CCCB pays tribute to role of consecrated women, men

Archbishop Paul-André Durocher

February 23, 2015
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Consecrated men and women played a significant role in shaping Canada, says the president of the country's bishops' conference. "Our first teachers, health care givers and social workers were men and women who dedicated their lives through poverty, chastity and obedience, in order to serve the community of faith and all men and women, no matter their faith or ethnicity," Archbishop Paul-André Durocher said in a Jan. 29 letter.

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'Spiritual diseases' weaken service to the Lord

February 23, 2015

In December, Pope Francis made headlines around the world when he used his Christmas speech to members of the Roman Curia to describe 15 spiritual diseases which he hoped would spur an examination of conscience in order to prepare their hearts for the holy feast of Christmas. However, as the pope said, the Curia is "a small-scale model of the Church." If spiritual diseases are present in the Curia, they are most likely present throughout the people of God.

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Religious practice shifting with growth of online media

Mary Anne Beavis

February 9, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The landscape of religious studies has changed dramatically in recent decades due to the development of social media, says a Saskatchewan biblical scholar. Mary Ann Beavis says in contemporary society the media is omnipresent and people increasingly conceptualize and live their religious lives via the media. Especially in the 21st century religious leaders, teachers and academics have moved to use popular culture to convey their message, Beavis said in an interview following a lecture on the topic. Many churches now use big screens, PowerPoints and videos during their worship services, she noted.

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Pope recognizes Romero as martyr

February 9, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – After decades of debate within the Church, Pope Francis formally recognized that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed "in hatred of the faith" and not for purely political reasons. Pope Francis signed the decree Feb. 3, recognizing as martyrdom the March 24, 1980, assassination of Romero in a San Salvador hospital chapel as he celebrated Mass. The decree clears the way for Romero's beatification.

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Road rage victim walks path of restorative justice

February 9, 2015
BLAKE SITTLER
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

A Saskatoon man terrorized by an incident of road rage came to an accommodation with the perpetrator through a process of restorative justice. "Being willing and courageous enough to go out and meet with the person who committed a crime against you is a powerful faith statement," said Peter Oliver, community reintegration chaplain with the Micah Mission, an ecumenical restorative justice ministry in Saskatoon. It involves "faith in the humanity of other people . . . and hope about what is possible," Oliver told a recent meeting attended by 150 people at St. Anne's Church.

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'Spiral of distress' is due to hearts closed to God

February 9, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Christians are called to overcome apathy, discouragement and pretentions of self-sufficiency by letting God enter their hearts, Pope Francis said. Letting God into one's heart allows one to become joyful, merciful and strong, the pope said in his Lenten message. Through prayer, charity and humility before God, people receive a heart "which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference."

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