Bishops believe Olympics can light flame of faith

Archbishop Vincent Nichols

February 6, 2012

British bishops plan to use the 2012 London Olympic Games to renew interest in the Catholic faith, with initiatives ranging from fighting human trafficking and homelessness to promoting youth ministry and ecumenical dialogue.

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Meaningless innovations lead to woeful Mass

February 6, 2012

Kudos to the writer of "Mass reform is obstacle to evangelization" (WCR letters, Jan. 23).

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St. Francis de Sales – Introduction to the Devout Life

Main Menu for St. Francis de Sales – Introduction to the Devout Life

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'Radical secularism' threatens core values, Benedict warns

January 30, 2012
FRANCIS ROCCA
AND SARAH DELANEY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict has warned visiting U.S. bishops that "radical secularism" threatens the core values of American culture.

The pope called on the Church in America, including Catholic politicians and other laypeople, to render "public moral witness" on crucial social issues.

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St. Albert students honour Grey Nuns founder

Sainte Marguerite d'Youville

January 30, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The life and work of St. Marguerite d'Youville, the founder of the Grey Nuns, is the focus of a new mural at Ecole Sainte Marguerite d'Youville (ESSMY) in St. Albert.

Guest artist Lewis Lavoie and art teacher Pam Wilman worked with 120 students to complete the mural honouring the school's patron saint. The project commemorated St. Albert's 150th anniversary and the work the Grey Nuns did in the community.

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Silence key to communication, says pope

January 30, 2012
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Amid the deluge of information and nonstop chatter in today's media, the Church needs to help people find safe havens of silence, Pope Benedict said.

Far from being the enemy of calm and quiet, social media and the Internet can lead people to virtual sanctuaries that offer silent reflection, thoughtful dialogue and true meaning in life, he said.

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Ukrainians to mark centennial of arrival of famed Bishop Budka

January 30, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

This year the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada marks the 100th anniversary of the arrival of her first bishop, Blessed Nyktyta Budka.

The anniversary will be marked with events that are themselves historically significant, Archbishop Lawrence Huculak of Winnipeg said in an interview Jan. 20.

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Homosexuality book strives to bring more light than heat

January 30, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

While theology professor Paul Flaman has received positive feedback to his new book Homosexuality and Following Jesus, he expects the ultimate reaction will be mixed.

A priest-psychologist once told him, "It's practically impossible to say anything significant about homosexuality without getting somebody mad at you."

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Christian division, plus those on morality, weaken witness

January 30, 2012
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Divisions among Christians, including those on moral issues, weakens their credibility and their ability to respond to the spiritual yearning of many men and women today, Pope Benedict said.

"There is more that unites us than divides us" on the basic tenets of faith – belief in Christ, the Son of God and saviour of humanity, the pope said.

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Christians are united as children of God

Rev. Dr. Catherine MacLean

January 30, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Nothing that we do in love is ever wasted.

That was the central message of the Rev. Dr. Catherine MacLean, from St. Paul's United Church, when reflecting on the theme of this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

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