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Pompous language discourages the young

When I received my December Living with Christ and saw the new translation of the Roman Missal, my heart sank. The formalism of the language makes it inaccessible, exclusive, stilted and stuffy, closing too many of the windows thrown open by Pope John XXIII at Vatican II.

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Quebec day care system boosts social equality

The Institute of Marriage and Family Canada study fails to take into account the benefits of Quebec's universal day care. Low and medium income Alberta families would welcome Quebec's $7 a day childcare. The money a family saves could purchase more and better food for the children and help pay the rent.

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Pope says Benin trip highlighted Africa's joy

December 5, 2011

Pope Benedict said his second trip to Africa left him convinced that the joy and faith of the continent's people – especially the young – represent a hope for all humanity.

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Fear has silenced Pakistani Christians - archbishop

December 5, 2011

Fear has silenced the voice of Pakistani Christians since the political murder of Shahbaz Bhatti last spring, said the retired archbishop of Lahore, Pakistan.

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Economic crisis demands courage, says Benedict

December 5, 2011

Pope Benedict said the global economic crisis demands the "courage of brotherhood" between the world's rich and poor, and calls on the Church to look at the causes of poverty.

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Vatican to welcome Christmas with carols this year

December 5, 2011

The Vatican is planning to sing its way into the Christmas season this year, with a chorus and orchestra leading Christmas carols at the annual unveiling of its Nativity scene.

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Youths honour Christ with electronic 'holy shoutout'

December 5, 2011

More than 2,000 years after his birth, Christ the King was honoured in a historic way with a massive electronic "holy shoutout" via texts, emails and tweets sent simultaneously from cellphones Nov. 19 by 23,000 participants at the National Catholic Youth Conference and National Catholic Collegiate Conference in Indianapolis.

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Pope defends Church efforts on sex abuse

Pope Benedict

December 5, 2011

In a speech to U.S. bishops, Pope Benedict defended the Church's "honest efforts" to confront the priestly sex abuse scandal with transparency, and said its actions could help the rest of society respond to the problem.

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German dioceses bail out of porn publisher

December 5, 2011

Germany's Catholic dioceses have ordered the immediate sale of a Church-owned publishing house after reports that it made millions of euros selling erotic and pornographic titles.

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British gov't cuts hurt the poor, says archbishop

December 5, 2011

Austerity measures introduced by the British government to tackle spiraling levels of public debt are hurting the poorest the most, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster told politicians.

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