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Pope wishes peace and prosperity to S. Sudan

South Sudan flag

July 18, 2011

Pope Benedict named an official delegation to represent him at the July 9 independence celebrations in Southern Sudan and charged members with conveying his hopes for "peace and prosperity" to citizens of the world's newest nation.

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Tunisian Catholics urged to support democracy

Archbishop Maroun Lahham

July 25, 2011

Tunisia's tiny Catholic community prays for the country's transition to democracy and hopes that the nation will embrace full religious freedom, said Archbishop Maroun Lahham of Tunis.

 

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China ordains bishop without papal approval

July 25, 2011

Chinese officials ordained a bishop without papal mandate, just 10 days after the Holy See excommunicated another newly ordained bishop.

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Ont. court upholds patient's rights

July 25, 2011

An Ontario Court of Appeal ruling affirming a patient's rights in end-of-life care means that people with different values than their physicians needn't worry doctors will withdraw life support without their consent, said Alex Schadenberg.

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Vatican says traditionalist ordinations 'illegitimate'

July 25, 2011

The ordinations of 20 new priests for the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X are "illegitimate, period," said the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi.

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Indian bishops call for unity against terrorism

July 25, 2011

Indian bishops called for unity in the country's fight against terrorism a day after three bombs in Mumbai left at least 17 people dead and more than 140 injured.

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Orangemen on the march

July 25, 2011

Protestant Orangemen march during a parade in Belfast.

 

 

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Irish priests refuse to break seal of Confession

July 25, 2011

The group that represents Ireland's Catholic priests says the secrecy of Confession must be protected, despite government indications that Confessions would not be exempt from rules on mandatory reporting of child abuse.

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Irish report details abuse in Cloyne Diocese

Bishop John Magee

July 25, 2011

A judicial report into the handling of allegations of child sexual abuse against clerics in the Diocese of Cloyne, Ireland, has concluded that the Church's own guidelines were "not fully or consistently implemented" in the diocese as recently as 2008.

 

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Pebble by pebble, you can build a mountain of prayer

St. Francis de Sales

July 18, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

If something is worth doing, it's worth doing well. If it's going to be done well then it must be done often.

Take physical fitness, for example. To keep healthy and spry, it just won't suffice to go for a weekly one-hour walk. Strenuous activity needs to happen frequently, daily if possible, to maintain even a modicum of heart-lung fitness.

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