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Capitalism must be reined in, says Vatican document

October 31, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

A Vatican document has called for the gradual creation of a world political authority with broad powers to regulate financial markets and rein in the “inequalities and distortions of capitalist development.”

The document said the current global financial crisis has revealed “selfishness, collective greed and the hoarding of goods on a great scale.”

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Bishops counter 'hysteria' by offering support to CCODP

October 31, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

CORNWALL, ONT. – Canada's Catholic bishops remain confident in the renewal of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, despite "hysteria" and "misinformation" on both sides.

At the close of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) assembly Oct. 17-21, Archbishop Richard Smith, the conference's new president, said the bishops expressed their appreciation for CCODP.

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Loss of spirituality means lack of direction

Dr. Tim Lau

October 31, 2011
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Why are people so unhappy? Why do people seem so lost?

Dr. Tim Lau took those questions to the Oct. 30 meeting of St. Luke's Physicians' Guild in Edmonton and proposed answers for the assembled doctors.

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Valeda House offers sanctuary, hope

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October 31, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Valeda House, a new program of Catholic Social Services, is a lifeline for homeless women and their children.

Take Angie Vandermaas for example.

"I came into the program very broken spiritually, physically, mentally," said Vandermaas, keynote speaker at the Sign of Hope campaign kickoff, held Oct. 18 at St. Andrew's Centre.

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Durocher calls Quebec Catholics pilgrims

Bishop Paul-Andre Durocher

October 31, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Bishop Paul-Andre Durocher looks to Jesus on the Road to Emmaus as a model guiding him in his new appointment as archbishop of Gatineau.

Jesus asked the travellers on the road what they were talking about and what concerned them before he opened up the Scripture to them and broke bread with them. Likewise, Durocher said he sees his task as one of discovering the hungers and spiritual needs of the people in his new archdiocese and hearing their stories. And sometimes, when it rains, it pours.

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New translation will help Catholics pray better – pope

Pope Benedict

October 31, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The new English translation of the Mass is the result of a long process of international cooperation and is meant to help Catholics pray better, Pope Benedict told Australia’s bishops.

The new translation, which most Australian dioceses began introducing in parishes on Pentecost, “is intended to enrich and deepen the sacrifice of praise offered to God by his people,” the pope said Oct. 20.

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Smith gets nod to head CCCB

October 31, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

CORNWALL, ONT. – Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith says he's looking forward to serving "my brother bishops" in his new role as president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"It's not something I was looking for, by any stretch of the imagination," Smith said in a telephone interview Oct. 20, the day after he was elected CCCB president. "But it's a unique privilege."

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An apology that was a real apology

Fr. Raymond de Souza

October 31, 2011

In Kingston and Wolfe Island, where I work and live, Don Cherry occupies a rather unique place. He grew up in Kingston, and has a summer cottage on Wolfe Island. Here, he is one of our own.

In a larger sense too, Cherry is considered by many across Canada to be just that - one of our own in a way that few are. For that reason, from time to time the whole nation erupts in a great Cherry controversy. The Globe and Mail employs a fulltime columnist apparently for that reason alone.

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Does Jesus connect food to Christian Life?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

October 31, 2011

With Thanksgiving just behind us and Christmas coming up when eating meals together is important, I began to wonder what Jesus said or did to connect food to Christian spiritual life.

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Guidebooks lead us through life, death

October 31, 2011

The Art of Dying and Living: Lessons from Saints of Our Time

Finding Hope in Times of Grief

REVIEW by NANCY ROBERTS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Hundreds of years ago, our Christian forebears sought to learn to die well. They even wrote guidebooks about the art of dying (ars moriendi), hoping to inspire others to achieve a sense of spiritual completion and fulfillment at life's end.

But in our modern age, such signposts are few indeed. Our loved ones often die not at home, but in hospitals at some remove from us. And so we approach death largely untutored, bewildered and unprepared, writes Kerry Walters, a former hospital chaplain.

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