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Benedict announces Church to hold 'Year of Faith'

Pope Benedict

October 24, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict announced a special Year of Faith to help Catholics appreciate the gift of faith, deepen their relationship with God and strengthen their commitment to sharing faith with others.

The pope said the Year of Faith would give "renewed energy to the mission of the whole Church to lead men and women out of the desert they often are in and toward the place of life: friendship with Christ who gives us fullness of life."

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An 'amazing' youth rally

Michael Chiasson

October 24, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Gabriella Lagace has wanted to attend a youth rally since she was a child. Now that she has finally attended one, Lagace will be urging her friends to go to one too.

"It's such an amazing experience," said Lagace, a Grade 10 student from Assumption School in Cold Lake.

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Brazilian protest

October 24, 2011

A man hangs from a cross during a protest against corruption in downtown Rio de Janeiro Sept. 20.

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Pope condemns attack on Christians in Egypt

October 24, 2011

Condemning an attack on unarmed Christians in Egypt, Pope Benedict said that during the country's transition to democracy, all of its citizens and institutions must work to guarantee the rights of minorities.

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God will guide, protect his followers, says pope

October 24, 2011

God will always guide, protect and nourish those intent on following him, Pope Benedict said.

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Growing secularism threat to health care workers

October 24, 2011

The greatest challenge faced by Catholic health care workers is growing secularism, said Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez.

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Bishop, diocese in court for failure to report abuse

October 24, 2011

Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., which he heads, entered pleas of not guilty to misdemeanour charges of failure to report child abuse.

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Catholics yearn for faith education – Rodriguez

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez

October 24, 2011

Pastors are responsible for continually educating the people in the faith, because otherwise they could "lose the vineyard," Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said during the Oct. 3-6 annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Priests.

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Richest man bails out Guadalupe plaza

October 24, 2011

Mexican President Felipe Calderon inaugurated the new Plaza Mariana Oct. 12 adjacent to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, but credit for rescuing the project from budgetary and political problems went to the world's richest man, Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim Helu.

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Same-sex marriage agenda threatens religious liberty

October 24, 2011

The widening campaign by U.S. gay rights advocates to promote same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue is forcing Catholic and other religious institutions to confront charges of intolerance and discrimination.

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