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Eucharist puts Jesus at the centre of the family

Fr. George McInnis

July 11, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Eucharist should be the centre of our lives as Catholics, says an American missionary.

Speaking at the Catholic Family Life Conference July 1, Father George McInnis said the Lord deserves to be the centre of our lives as Catholics and at the centre of our family life.

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CCODP national council says it will decide on who receives funds

July 11, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — Canadian bishops are welcome to advise Development and Peace about overseas partnerships but CCODP members say they will make final decisions about which organizations are funded.

CCODP's national council passed a unanimous resolution at a June 10-12 meeting that essentially reaffirms that funding decisions will be made by the council and its 12,000 strong predominantly lay members.

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CCODP staff feel 'prophetic vision' being undermined

July 11, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — The union representing Development and Peace employees says tighter supervision by the Canadian bishops threatens the democratic nature of the lay-run organization and undermines the prophetic vision that motivates their work.

The union report, prepared for a meeting of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace's (CCODP) national council in June, said the world "is increasingly turning towards a conservative ideology."

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Father sets standards for 'Daddy's Girl'

Aramayah Ocol

July 11, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — Dating is the farthest thing from nine-year-old Aramayah Ocol's mind. She prefers walking to the ice cream store with her dad. No one matches up to "Daddy."

That's just how Noel Ocol hopes it will be, that is until Aramayah is old enough to be courted by potential suitors.

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Eucharist holds the cure for modern individualism

July 11, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict said the Eucharist is the heart of Church life and an "antidote" to the increasingly individualistic global culture.

Addressing pilgrims June 26 on the feast of Corpus Christi, which commemorates the institution of the Eucharist, the pope said the Eucharist was like the "pulsing heart" that gives life and meaning to everything the Church does.

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Psalms show Christians how to speak with God

July 11, 2011
SARAH DELANEY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict said the Book of Psalms from the Old Testament is a timeless and powerful "prayer book" that teaches Christians how to communicate with God.

The 150 "inspired songs" were originally gathered by the Jewish people, but were prophetic of the coming of Jesus Christ, the pope said June 21 at the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

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God exists outside the scientist's lab

July 11, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Subjecting God and his truth to scientific scrutiny represents an incorrect and despotic use of human reason, Pope Benedict said.

Empirical science has done much to further progress and reason is fundamental to faith, the pope said June 30.

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Pro-life protesters jailed while terrorists can march

Linda Gibbons

July 11, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — Long-time pro-life activist Linda Gibbons is indignant that pro-lifers' freedom of expression is been curtailed while supporters of the terrorist Tamil Tigers can demonstrate freely.

In a talk at the two-day Toronto Pro-Life Forum in late June, Gibbons said Canada's lack of abortion laws is "promoting crimes against humanity."

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Catholic newspapers still best way to deliver the Good News

July 11, 2011
SAM LUCERO
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

PITTSBURGH — Although social media is the rage in today's world of communication, one Catholic bishop offered an impassioned speech in support of Catholic print publications.

During a panel discussion June 23 at the 2011 Catholic Media Convention, Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik said Catholic newspapers and magazines continue to be the best way to reach people in the pews.

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Yoga opens conduits to connect with God

July 11, 2011
SARA ANGLE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Sister Margaret Perron, a Religious of Jesus and Mary, trades her habit and rolls out her mat for Father Tom Ryan's yoga and Christian meditation class at St. Paul's College in Washington.

Carefully choreographed yoga-prayers allow participants to "embody a prayer," Ryan tells his classes. He said they may have been praying a prayer their whole life, but by saying the prayer in conjunction with different postures, they can more fully understand and appreciate the words they are saying.

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