Cutting poverty will help institute God's kingdom

February 20, 2012

While Jesus said we will "always have the poor" with us, "if each of us stops on his or her own journey to help a neighbour in need, the kingdom of God will come closer to realization each day," said Bishop George Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, in a pastoral letter on poverty.

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Though prayers may seem unheard, God is faithful

February 20, 2012

God is near even though it may seem like he does not hear people's prayers or has abandoned his flock, Pope Benedict said.

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Brazilian officials unveil 2013 WYD logo

February 20, 2012

Officials of World Youth Day 2013 unveiled the logo for the event at a ceremony attended by more than 100 Brazilian bishops, government officials and local organizers.

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Washington state legalizes same-sex marriage

February 20, 2012

Members of the House of Representatives in Washington state voted Feb. 8 to legalize same-sex marriage, and Gov. Christine Gregoire was expected to sign the bill into law by mid-February.

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Faith cards ID English, Welsh Catholics

February 20, 2012

English and Welsh bishops are producing a million "faith cards" to identify the holders as Catholics in the event of an accident.

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Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

February 13, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Humility is essential to the Christian life. That message is said in various ways and various places throughout the New Testament.

One of my favourite references is in 2 Corinthians where St. Paul says he will boast only of his weakness. The Lord says to him, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness" (12.9).

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Edmonton Archdiocese eager to celebrate centennial

February 13, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In late 1912, the Vatican divided the vast Diocese of St. Albert and created the Archdiocese of Edmonton and the Diocese of Calgary in its place.

The decree, issued by Pope St. Pius X, mandated that the headquarters of these newly created dioceses were moved to Edmonton and Calgary respectively.

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St. Paul bishop bound for Quebec

February 13, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Bishop Luc Bouchard gave new life to the Diocese of St. Paul, calling his decade of service there as a time of grace, challenges and of making lifelong friends.

The announcement Feb. 2 that Pope Benedict has appointed him bishop of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, came as a surprise even to him.

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Turcotte says Collins must delegate, have broad shoulders

Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte

February 13, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

MONTREAL – When asked what advice or encouragement Cardinal Thomas Collins might need in his new position, Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, archbishop of Montreal, laughed.

"I will it say it's courage," Turcotte said from his office in Montreal. "To be a cardinal, it's a lot of work. It is not only to elect the pope!" He will become a member of many congregations or dicasteries in the Holy See, he said. "Cardinals are the counsellors of the pope in those different congregations."

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Cardinal Collins offers Church faith, courage

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast

February 13, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Over the years, Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast has come to appreciate the depth of Cardinal-designate Thomas Collins' scholarship, his love for the Scriptures and for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, and his courage in sharing his faith in the public square.

Though Prendergast had met Collins several times over the years, it wasn't until the two were in 1999 in Rome to receive their palliums – the symbol of being a metropolitan archbishop – that they began to know each other.

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