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Pray with your children, pope urges parents

January 16, 2012

If children do not learn to pray from their parents, it will be difficult for them to ever learn to communicate with God naturally, simply and deeply, Pope Benedict said.

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L.A. bishop resigns after revealing he has 2 children

January 16, 2012

Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala has resigned after disclosing to superiors that he is the father of two children.

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German snow church

January 16, 2012

A Catholic priest walks inside a church made of snow Dec. 28 in the Bavarian village of Mitterfirmiansreut, near the German-Czech border.

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John Paul's childhood Jewish friend dies at 90

Jerzy Kluger

January 16, 2012

Jerzy Kluger, known as Blessed John Paul II's lifelong Jewish friend and one who had a deep impact on the pope's commitment to improved Catholic-Jewish relations, died in Rome Dec. 31 at the age of 90.

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Former Episcopal bishop to oversee ex-Anglicans

January 16, 2012

Pope Benedict has established a U.S. ordinariate for former Anglicans who wish to become Catholics and named a married former Episcopal bishop to head it.

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Durocher decries vandalism at local Islamic centre

January 16, 2012

Archbishop Paul-André Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec, has denounced recent acts of vandalism against a mosque in his diocese.

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Christmas church bombings kill 40 in Nigeria

January 16, 2012

Boko Haram, a Nigerian group that purports to be inspired by Islam, claimed responsibility for Christmas bombings that killed more than 40 people, including Muslim passersby, at two churches in Nigeria.

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Can O Antiphons be used through the year?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

January 16, 2012

I was at an event recently where the O Antiphons were mentioned. Can you tell me more about them?

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Budget: an exercise in moral priorities

Joe Gunn

January 16, 2012

At this time of year, Canadians may be preoccupied with paying off their holiday credit card expenses - and not thinking too much about longer term prospects. With high unemployment, continuing stock market declines and worrying news about the European and American fiscal crises, many Canadians have been lowering their debt loads.

Their federal government is planning to do the same. The trick is to cut without stalling a fragile recovery, while making the investments necessary to ensure sustainability for the next generation of Canadians.

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Happy New Year! God is present in our lives

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

January 16, 2012

For philosophers, life is full of coincidences. But for us Christians, life is providential. While the philosopher talks of coincidence because of chance, we Christians talk about providence because we believe there is a God in charge of our lives and human history.

What is more evident than God's in-breaking into human history in Jesus Christ? Christmas offered the opportunity to welcome God among us and into our history: human history is being divinized because Immanuel became historical, the highest act of God's providential love.

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