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Seminary cuts a deal on an organ

February 6, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When it came time to build the new St. Joseph Seminary, cutting expenses was a must. To save money, a pipe organ for the seminary chapel was left as a project for the future.

"We priced out how much an organ would be, and it's a lot of money," said Father Shayne Craig, seminary rector. "For a new pipe organ, for the size we would want in the chapel, we were being quoted a price of $500,000."

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Church employees accused of stealing $1M each

February 13, 2012

Employees of the New York and Philadelphia archdioceses are accused of stealing $1 million each in Church funds.

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Confession a celebration of mercy, not a trial

Bishop Gianfranco Girotti

February 13, 2012

Priests hearing Confessions need to replace any negative or aggressive attitudes with meekness and mercy toward the penitent, said a Vatican expert on confession.

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Sex-selective abortions move West – author

February 13, 2012

Aborting unborn girls on account of their gender has been a documented trend in certain Asian countries for at least two decades.

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Skiing through the Vatican

February 13, 2012

A man skis in St. Peter's Square in the morning at the Vatican Feb. 4.

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Arrest of former dictator lauded in Guatemala

Efrain Rios Montt

February 13, 2012

The decision of a judge to order the arrest of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt, accused of genocide and crimes against humanity, is a good precedent to remove the impunity that has prevailed for years in the country, said the executive director of the human rights office of the Archdiocese of Guatemala.

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Benedict names new patriarch of Venice

February 13, 2012

Pope Benedict named Cardinal Angelo Scola's successor to the patriarchate of Venice, a historically significant archdiocese.

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Pope to visit Mexico, Cuba from March 23 to 28

February 13, 2012

Pope Benedict will meet with Cuban President Raul Castro, Mexican President Felipe Calderon and local bishops and Catholics when he visits Mexico and Cuba in late March.

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Rwandan refugees want to stay in Zambia

February 13, 2012

About 6,000 Rwandan refugees in Zambia want the Catholic Church to help stop the state plans to repatriate them and instead to regularize their Zambian citizenship.

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Beatitudes enable us to see ourselves in the mirror

February 6, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

At times, I have thought it would be beneficial to see the key events of our daily lives in a mirror or on a video at the end of the day. It could give one a hearty dose of reality. Seeing our actions with greater objectivity would help us realize that they may not be what we thought they were when we performed them.

Our tone of voice, our actions and even our words would not always be how we remember them. Seeing them from an external viewpoint might spur us to change.

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