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World's bishops ask Vatican to rebuild trust with families

March 3, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The responses to the Vatican questionnaire about Catholics' family life reflect a great amount of suffering around the world, said the general secretary of the synod. As of Feb. 19, about 80 per cent of the world's bishops' conferences and 60 per cent of the Vatican congregations and councils had turned in formal responses to a questionnaire distributed by the synod office in October.

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Books explore changing face of religious life

Sr. Elena Marie Piteo

March 3, 2014
REVIEWS BY ALLAN WRIGHT
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In Sisters in Crisis Revisited, Ann Carey offers the best-documented study of the collapse of Catholic women's religious orders to date. The documentation is taken from original sources such as essays, journals and firsthand accounts that illustrate that the demise of traditional religious communities was not a result of happenstance or the "spirit of change" during the 1960s.

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Marriage of equal partners beats outdated romanticism

March 3, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Marriage is better now than ever. The old idea of marriage with the wife at home wearing a mini-apron as she waits for her husband is an idealized, romanticized, impoverished view of marriage, maintain Blake and Brooke Sittler. Sadly, "We play into it and still yearn romantically for that and to our children and in society that has virtually no meaning anymore," the Saskatoon couple said at the annual celebration of World Marriage Day at St. Albert's Holy Family Church Feb. 23.

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Surveys reveal rejection of Church teachings

March 3, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Reports from bishops’ conferences in Germany and Switzerland show a clear divergence between what the Church teaches on marriage, sexuality and family life and what Catholics – even those active in parish life – personally believe. The differences are seen “above all when it comes to pre-marital cohabitation, (the status of the) divorced and remarried, birth control and homosexuality,” said the German bishops’ report.

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Pope urges cardinals to take pastoral approach to families

Pope Francis and Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis

March 3, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Opening a two-day meeting of the world's cardinals, Pope Francis said the Church's pastoral approach to helping couples must be "intelligent, courageous and full of love." The family today, the pope said, is "looked down upon and mistreated."

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Deacon brings faith to turmoil of being a first responder

Deacon Andy Kemp

March 3, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Having faith helps Andy Kemp, a Toronto paramedic, make sense of the madness that is a regular part of the job. "You can't predict Friday night to Monday morning what is going to happen," said Kemp, a deacon at St. Joseph Parish in eastern Scarborough when he's not on the job.

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Pope hosts Valentine's festival of love with engaged couples

March 3, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Greeting thousands of engaged couples on the feast of St. Valentine, Pope Francis told them not to be afraid of building a permanent and loving relationship in a culture where everything is disposable and fleeting. The secrets to a loving and lasting union, he said, include treating each other with respect, kindness and gratitude, and never letting daily struggles and squabbles sabotage making peace and saying, "I'm sorry."

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Shevchuk sees threat of war in Ukraine, but signs of hope

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk

March 3, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Three months of protests in Ukraine that ended with government snipers killing dozens of people strengthened the commitment to democracy of many Ukrainians, said the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. The country, however, remains vulnerable to further violence and division, Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv-Halych told reporters in Rome Feb. 25.

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Compassionate hearts care for suffering folk

Teresa Kellendonk

March 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Throughout this archdiocese, we have incredible people in pastoral care ministry who have a compassionate heart," said Teresa Kellendonk, associate director of pastoral care for the Edmonton Archdiocese. "What makes it strong and beautiful is that people are so committed. When you have someone in this ministry for 30 years, it's because they care about their fellow parishioner, their fellow human being."

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Men's group struggles with sex addictions

March 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

If a recovering alcoholic says he's five years sober from alcohol, people applaud his accomplishment. If a man says he's five years sober from cheating on his wife, viewing Internet pornography and compulsively masturbating, people are repulsed. Few people want to hear about sex addiction – it's a taboo subject. However, a Christian sexual addiction recovery group has men talking openly about such problems.

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