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Cardinal Law replaced as archpriest of basilica

Cardinal Bernard Law

November 28, 2011

Cardinal Bernard Law, former archbishop of Boston, has been replaced as archpriest of the Rome Basilica of St. Mary Major, the Vatican announced.

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U.S. Melkite bishop may ordain married men

Bishop Nicholas Samra

November 28, 2011

To address a shortage of priests in his nationwide eparchy, the Melkite Catholic bishop of Newton, Mass., is exploring the possibility of ordaining married men as priests.

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Jesuit journal wants democratic Internet

November 28, 2011

The Internet is a global public good that should be accessible to all and respectful of the rights of others, said an influential Jesuit magazine.

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Resurrection means love conquers hate, pope says

November 28, 2011

Believing in Christ's resurrection means that no matter how difficult life gets, one believes that love and goodness are far more powerful than hatred and evil, Pope Benedict XVI said.

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Benetton removes image of pope kissing Muslim

November 28, 2011

Hours after the Vatican condemned an Italian ad campaign that depicted Pope Benedict kissing a Muslim leader, the Italian fashion house Benetton withdrew the photo.

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Bishop avoids indictment, agrees to report abuse

Bishop Robert Finn

November 28, 2011

Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., has agreed to meet monthly for the next five years with a county prosecutor to avoid a possible criminal misdemeanour indictment for failing to report a priest suspected of child abuse.

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Violent crime can be overcome, says faith group

November 28, 2011

Churches and faith-based groups need to organize collectively to pressure public officials to use initiatives that have been proven to reduce high rates of murder and violent crime in several U.S. cities, a New Orleans pastor told the PICO National Gathering of Clergy Nov. 15.

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Vatican paper declares Shakespeare a secret Catholic

William Shakespeare

November 28, 2011

There is "little doubt" William Shakespeare was a Catholic who was forced to hide his faith in Protestant England while leaving hints about his faith throughout his vast body of work, said an opinion piece in the Vatican newspaper.

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Pro-life doesn't stop at the moment of birth

November 28, 2011
KELLY WILSON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

A controversy arose this fall in Winnipeg surrounding the relationship between Catholic schools and anti-abortion activities such as the recently-ended 40 Days for Life campaign.

In the midst of this controversy, one letter to the Winnipeg Free Press caught my attention by its objection to the designation "anti-abortion." "Pro-life," the author of the letter said, was to be preferred over "anti-abortion."

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Why is the collection plate put aside?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

November 28, 2011

I've noticed that when the collection plate is brought up to the altar with the bread and wine, the money is put aside or moved away from the altar. Does not that make the money offering unworthy of the altar and of blessing?

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