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Vatican reports budget surplus for 2010

July 18, 2011

The Vatican reported a budget surplus for the first time in four years in 2010, but said contributions from Catholics and dioceses around the world had gone down.

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Diocese casts eye on Crystal Cathedral

July 18, 2011

Bishop Tod Brown of Orange asked a group of diocesan advisers July 6 to "explore possibilities" regarding the Crystal Cathedral, once the home church of the Rev. Robert Schuller, a noted TV preacher.

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Tourists should learn inspiration of Catholic art

July 18, 2011

When tourists visit a Catholic church or shrine to view the art or architecture, they also should get a sense of the faith that inspired the work, the Vatican said.

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Companies urged to study human trafficking links

July 18, 2011

A coalition of religious investors want officials at 27 major companies to look deeper into the role human trafficking may play in the operation of their firms.

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Ethicists back EU plan to ban embryo-based patents

July 18, 2011

Twenty-five ethicists and lawyers from 11 European countries have stated their support for a proposed ban on patenting technologies derived from experiments on human embryos.

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Hindu militants demand school enrol 2 children

July 18, 2011

About 50 Hindu extremists burst into a Catholic school in southern India, demanding enrollment for two children, the Vatican missionary news agency Fides reported.

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Calif. rewrites history to include gays' contributions

July 18, 2011

The California Catholic Conference opposes a bill passed by the state's legislators that requires social studies texts for kindergarteners through high school seniors in public school to specifically include the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

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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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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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