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Artist's portrayal seems to contradict Gospel Story

Maria Kozakiewicz

October 31, 2011
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 6, 2011

We all know this story: five foolish maidens, who fail to bring extra oil for their festive lamps end up in darkness, locked out from the wedding feast, while the other five maidens, who were wise, refused to share their extra supplies of oil out of concern that the bridegroom would be refused entry to the wedding hall.

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Suicide, like some diseases, can sadly be untreatable

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 31, 2011

Recently a friend attended the funeral of a man who had taken his own life. At the end of the service the deceased man's brother spoke to the congregation. After highlighting his brother's generosity and sensitivity and sharing some anecdotes that helped celebrate his life he went on to say something about the manner of his death.

Here, in effect, are his words:

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Libya will need social virtues to nurture a democratic society

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October 31, 2011

Likely the first thing the new government in Libya will do will be to attempt to implement some form of democracy. Achieving that goal in a nation run for 42 years by a psychotic tyrant will be much more difficult than establishing new institutions with good procedures.

Psychosis at the top infects the entire society, creating a fearful populace and leaving people dependent on secretly whispered rumours rather than the free flow of information. A long history of decisions being made by cronyism and corruption has been established. Political opposition in such a situation is defined not by putting flowers in the gun barrels of tanks, but by taking up arms and killing thousands of people. There is no place for the reasoned, thoughtful consideration of alternatives.

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JP2's first feast day

October 31, 2011

People gather for a vigil marking the first observance of the feast day of Blessed John Paul II.

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Pope adopts wheeled platform for processions

October 31, 2011

Pope Benedict has begun using a wheeled platform to move through crowds at major events, a change the Vatican said was designed to reduce the physical toll on the 84-year-old pontiff.

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Vatican says Libya needs help rebuilding

Moammar Gadhafi

October 31, 2011

The Vatican said the death of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi marked the end of a "harsh and oppressive regime" based on power instead of human dignity.

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Catholics recall Gadhafi's brutality, look to future

October 31, 2011

Catholic leaders said they could not rejoice at the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, but they recalled some of his more brutal moments and speculated on the future of Christians in the region.

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Respect religious freedom in Mideast, patriarch urges

Patriarch Bechara Rai

October 31, 2011

Unless Middle Eastern countries support religious freedom and respect human rights, the "Arab spring" movement will devolve into an "Arab winter," said Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai.

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Sister pleased native culture allowed in liturgy

October 31, 2011

Ursuline Sister Josephine Aloralrea recalls what she considers one of Catholicism's finer hours.

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European court bans patents related to embryos

October 31, 2011

A leading Catholic bioethical institute has welcomed the decision of a European court to ban the patenting of any medical treatment derived from destructive experiments on human embryos.

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