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Dorothy Day called a saint for our time

Dorothy Day

November 26, 2012

The U.S. bishops endorsed the sainthood cause of Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, who was famously quoted as saying, “Don’t call me a saint.

New shepherd appointed to Timmins Diocese

November 26, 2012

The Timmons, Ont., Diocese’s long wait for a new shepherd is now over with the Nov. 10 announcement of Pope Benedict’s appointment of Msgr. Serge Poitras.

Defending marriage

November 26, 2012

Opponents of same-sex marriage demonstrate in Paris Nov. 18 against the French government’s draft law to legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples.

Prayers for Gaza

November 26, 2012

Palestinians take part in a prayer service to show solidarity with Gaza at a Catholic church in the West Bank village of Beit Jala Nov. 18.

Vatican cooler toward Obama’s second term

President Barack Obama

November 19, 2012

The day after Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, hailed his election as a “choice that unites,” exemplifying America’s ability to “overcome fractures and divisions that until only recently could seem incurable.”

New Anglican leader shaped by Catholics

Bishop Justin Welby

November 19, 2012

The newly appointed leader of the world’s Anglicans is a former oil executive who said his spiritual director was a Catholic monk.

Sacred music can draw lapsed Catholics, pope says

November 19, 2012

Sacred music can bolster people’s faith and help lapsed Catholics rediscover the beauty of God, Pope Benedict said Nov. 10.

Christians, Hindus must educate youth for peace

November 19, 2012

Christian and Hindu parents, teachers and religious leaders must educate young people to recognize and resist ideologies that teach disrespect for certain groups of people and sow divisions in society, said the leaders of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Computer tech guilty of aiding, abetting butler

November 19, 2012

A Vatican court found Claudio Sciarpelletti, a computer expert in the Secretariat of State, guilty of aiding and abetting the papal butler, who was convicted of stealing sensitive Vatican correspondence.

Voters in 3 states approve same-sex marriage

November 19, 2012

Voters in Maine, Washington state and Maryland approved ballot measures legalizing same-sex marriage Nov. 6.

Bishop links environment to sacraments

Bishop Bernard Unabali

November 19, 2012

The link between respecting the environment and the sacramental life of the Church is inseparable for one bishop overseeing a diocese that encompasses a collection of small islands in the South Pacific.

U.S. faces grave threats to religious liberty – nuncio

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano

November 19, 2012

In a Nov. 4 speech at the University of Notre Dame, the apostolic nuncio to the United States warned that the “menace to religious liberty is concrete on many fronts” today particularly “within your own homeland.”

Visiting elderly, pope says ‘it’s wonderful being old’

Enrichetta Vitali

November 19, 2012

Presenting himself as “an elderly man visiting his peers,” Pope Benedict visited a Rome residence for the elderly, urging the residents to see their age as a sign of God’s blessing and urging society to value their presence and wisdom.

Anger management vital for clergy and religious

Msgr. Stephen Rossetti

November 12, 2012

Anger management vital for clergy and religiousAnger awareness and management are vital for priests and members of religious orders because they are called to be people of dialogue, fraternity, service, peace and justice, and to treat others with charity, said an influential Jesuit magazine.

Peruvian diocese marks 475th anniversary

November 12, 2012

When Jose Venero Villafuerte was five years old, his mother took him to see the statue of Our Lord of the Earthquakes for the first time.

Spouses are missionaries, says supreme knight

Carl Anderson

November 12, 2012

The sacrament of Matrimony makes Catholic spouses and their families public signs of God’s love and thus missionaries, said the head of the Knights of Columbus.

Congo violence linked to resource extraction

November 12, 2012

New U.S. rules regarding the use of so-called conflict minerals in cellphones and laptop computers protect innocent people in Congo from displacement and serious harm and must remain in place, said advocates from two prominent Catholic organizations.

Vatican will be patient with traditionalists

November 12, 2012

“Patience, serenity, perseverance and trust are needed” as the Vatican continues talks aimed at full reconciliation with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, said a statement from the Vatican commission overseeing the discussions.

All Saints’ Day nurtures belief in eternal life

November 12, 2012

The feast of All Saints should prompt Catholics to believe more deeply in eternal life, Pope Benedict said.

Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes mark 500th anniversary

Pope Benedict

November 12, 2012

Standing in the Sistine Chapel under Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes, people are reminded that the world was created by God in a supreme act of love, Pope Benedict said.