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Faith cards ID English, Welsh Catholics

February 20, 2012

English and Welsh bishops are producing a million "faith cards" to identify the holders as Catholics in the event of an accident.

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Washington state legalizes same-sex marriage

February 20, 2012

Members of the House of Representatives in Washington state voted Feb. 8 to legalize same-sex marriage, and Gov. Christine Gregoire was expected to sign the bill into law by mid-February.

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Brazilian officials unveil 2013 WYD logo

February 20, 2012

Officials of World Youth Day 2013 unveiled the logo for the event at a ceremony attended by more than 100 Brazilian bishops, government officials and local organizers.

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Though prayers may seem unheard, God is faithful

February 20, 2012

God is near even though it may seem like he does not hear people's prayers or has abandoned his flock, Pope Benedict said.

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Cutting poverty will help institute God's kingdom

February 20, 2012

While Jesus said we will "always have the poor" with us, "if each of us stops on his or her own journey to help a neighbour in need, the kingdom of God will come closer to realization each day," said Bishop George Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, in a pastoral letter on poverty.

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Hong Kong cardinal warns of Chinese 'schism'

February 20, 2012

Chinese Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun warned that the Chinese Catholic Church is "on the verge of a schism" between communities cooperating with government structures and the underground Church loyal to the Vatican.

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Bishop, laity protest play portraying Mary as lesbian

February 20, 2012

Led by Bishop Peter Jugis, Catholics in the Charlotte, N.C., Diocese have protested a newly-opened play for its "gravely offensive" portrayal of Mary as a lesbian and its mocking of the virgin birth.

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Obama backtracks on contraception insurance plan

February 20, 2012

President Barack Obama has outlined a plan that would allow religious employers not to offer free contraception and sterilization services to their employees but would compel insurance companies to do so.

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Thanks to all who helped revised liturgy

February 20, 2012

I want to express my gratitude to all those people who have been involved in the process of revising the liturgy. What a huge endeavour and responsibility!

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Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

February 13, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Humility is essential to the Christian life. That message is said in various ways and various places throughout the New Testament.

One of my favourite references is in 2 Corinthians where St. Paul says he will boast only of his weakness. The Lord says to him, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness" (12.9).

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