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New missal offers courtly upgrade to enrich liturgy

Fr. Robert Barron

November 28, 2011

Commencing the First Sunday of Advent, the Church will be using a new translation of the Roman Missal. I would like to emphasize that this in no way represents a return to "the old Mass," for the Latin texts that provide the basis for the new translation were all approved after Vatican II.

So why the change? What had come increasingly to bother a number of bishops, priests and liturgists over the years was that the translation of the liturgical texts, made in some haste in the late sixties of the last century, was not sufficiently faithful to the Latin and was, at least in some instances, informed by questionable theological assumptions.

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Celebrate the virtue of each Advent week

Ralph Himsl

November 28, 2011
Second Sunday in Advent
December 4,2011

Some traditions assign particular, how shall I say – virtues to each Sunday in Advent: hope, peace, joy, love for each of the first to the fourth respectively.

Memory tells me that we mark the Third Sunday of Advent as Gaudete Sunday, quite in line with the tradition. As Catholics, we have a leaning toward historical roots that prefer Latin for an idea when we wish to assign it a special elegance. So we refer to the Third Sunday of Advent as Gaudete Sunday, always with the explanation, "Gaudete means rejoice".

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Entry to heaven requires reference letter from the poor

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 28, 2011

I doubt that any of us would have the raw courage to preach this, just as it is written in the Gospels, from any pulpit today. Yet Jesus meant it. Nobody gets to heaven without a letter of reference from the poor.

Now there's a whole series of challenges in this.

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Push for euthanasia highlights crisis of the western world

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November 28, 2011

Two Canadian reports released in mid-November highlight the grave moral crisis facing Western society. First came the report of a committee of the Royal Society of Canada advocating the legalization of euthanasia, even for cases in which there has been no diagnosis of terminal illness.

The Royal Society report was followed two days later by that of a parliamentary committee calling for more effective palliative care, suicide prevention and elder abuse intervention across the land.

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Food supply reflects power relationships

Dr. Nettie Wiebe

November 28, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON – Food is not just about nutrients: it is about relationships, power and our connection to the earth, said the keynote speaker at a diocesan conference Nov. 5.

Dr. Nettie Wiebe, farmer, author and professor at St. Andrew's College at the University of Saskatchewan, gave an overview of the food system during What's On Your Plate?, a conference organized through the diocesan Office for Justice and Peace.

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Little Children come to Jesus in adoration

November 28, 2011
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Rapt silence envelopes the cloud of children sitting at the feet of Father Dean Dowle.

A piece of incense is clasped in each child's hand.

"Don't eat it!" warns an adult voice as one youngster brings the black piece of plant material suffused with aromatic oils up to his nose.

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People die from hunger in Nairobi

November 28, 2011
PATRICIA ZAPOR
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NAIROBI, KENYA -– Normally, Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity Parish in the Kariobangi slum is an energetic celebration that runs for several hours.

But when the pastor, Comboni Father Paulino Mondo, noticed parishioners were starting to faint before Mass ended, he realized it wasn't exuberance that was making them weak. It was hunger.

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Toronto deacon walks mean streets with pushers, pimps

Deacon Robert Kinghorn

November 28, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

It's a cool autumn night, and Robert Kinghorn begins his downtown ministry as night falls on Jarvis Street in downtown Toronto. Amid the hustle and bustle of night life near a local hamburger joint, Kinghorn stands out sporting a white Roman collar.

But here on these streets, Kinghorn, the deacon with a background in prison ministry, seems at ease.

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A brother murders; a sister's life is saved

Elizabeth Leenheer

November 28, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Elizabeth Leenheer used to think that rather than using rats for testing, scientists should use criminals instead.

Today Leenheer is a changed woman, full of compassion, love and forgiveness. Her life was transformed by murder – a violent murder her brother Matthew committed just over three years ago.

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At darkest moment, kidnap victim found the ability to forgive

Amanda Lindhout

November 28, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Two years after her release from a 15-month ordeal at the hands of Somali gunmen, Amanda Lindhout looks nothing like a person held for ransom under oppressive conditions that included torture and beatings.

"The challenge that I face whenever I share my story is that there are so few remaining visible reminders of the abuse and defamation that I suffered not long ago that people often have a hard time reconciling my image today with the reality of what I survived," Lindhout admits.

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