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CCODP boss straddles the divide between critics and supporters

Michael Casey

October 10, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

When the Development and Peace controversy came to a head last spring with the cancellation of Father Luis Arriaga’s talks in Ottawa, Michael Casey soon found himself taking fire from all sides.

As the executive director of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP), Casey faced outraged reaction from his own employees and an online fight by lay supporters, who launched several blogs in French and English.

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Pope: Silence needed in 'agitated' world

October 17, 2011

Endless news, noise and crowds have made people afraid of silence and solitude, which are essential for finding God's love and love for others, Pope Benedict said.

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BBC under fire for change to 'common era' dating

October 17, 2011

The Vatican newspaper said it was "historically senseless hypocrisy" for the BBC to drop the dating abbreviations B.C. and A.D. on the grounds that they might offend non-Christians.

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Jesuit compares Apple's Jobs with Pius XI

October 17, 2011

Like Pope Pius XI, who founded Vatican Radio and built the Vatican train station, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs recognized the importance of expanding communication, a Jesuit told Vatican Radio.

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Cardinal puts Africa's hope for the future in education

October 17, 2011

Not only are millions of lives at risk in the Horn of Africa due to hunger and drought, those who escape the famine then risk becoming a lost generation due to a severe lack of stability, education and resources, said a top Vatican official.

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Keep Sunday sacred, says retired cardinal

October 17, 2011

Cardinal Francis Arinze told attendees at a eucharistic congress Charlotte, N.C., that "religion is not an option. It is not an accessory footnote.

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Christians slain in Cairo

 

October 17, 2011

A man chants pro-Christian slogans during a funeral at Abassaiya Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo Oct. 10.

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Indonesia can be model of religious harmony — pope

October 17, 2011

By promoting dialogue and defending the rights of minorities, Catholics in Indonesia will contribute to the harmony of their nation and will be an example to people in other parts of the world, Pope Benedict told the country's bishops.

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Priests urged to reach beyond their comfort zone

October 17, 2011

Although the life of a parish priest has many rewards, it can lead some to become "quite narrow in their vision of the world that lies just beyond the confines" of that parish, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta told a symposium on the priesthood Oct. 5.

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Friends can be dangerous

St. Francis de Sales

October 10, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Friends are a good thing. People, after all, are social in nature. We rightly feel sorry for the person with no friends because he or she is trapped in a solitary existence. Friends are people who, by their very existence, call us out of ourselves. A good friend is one of life's richest blessings.

In that regard, it is shocking to read St. Francis de Sales' warning, "Friendship is the most dangerous of all types of love." One should not form any friendship except a spiritual friendship, he says.

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