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Church must counter spiritual crisis, says Benedict

June 6, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - New evangelization means finding the most effective ways to proclaim the Gospel to a world that is either too distracted or too blind to see the divine, Pope Benedict said.

Today's spiritual crisis is marked by people excluding God from their lives, "generalized indifference" toward Christianity and stringently pushing faith from the public to the private sphere, he said.

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Pope lauds new online world filled with potential friendships

JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict has invited Christians to join online social networks in order to spread the Gospel through digital media and discover “an entirely new world of potential friendships.”

At the same time, the pope warned of the limits and the dangers of digital communication, including the risks of constructing a false online image and of replacing direct human contact with virtual relationships.

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Atheist turned pro-life activist celebrates film

Jason Jones

June 6, 2011
BRENT MATTSON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — The producer of the 2006 pro-life movie Bella says the thing that makes him happiest about the film’s success is that it saved the lives of more than 500 unborn children.

“Our goal when we made Bella was to know the name of just one baby in 10 years who was alive because their mother chose life (because of) our film,” said Jason Jones.

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Chant expresses Church's universality — Benedict

June 6, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — In giving priority to Gregorian chant and to classical liturgical music, the Catholic Church is showcasing a tradition of beautiful prayer, Pope Benedict wrote.

Music at Mass should reflect the fact that the liturgy “is primarily the action of God through the Church, which has its history, its rich tradition and its creativity,” the pope said.

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Contemplative monks meet spiritual needs of pilgrims

June 6, 2011
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

MERLIN, ONT. — At Our Lady of the Rosary Shrine here you’ll find trails dedicated to the rosary, saints, approved apparitions and the Stations of the Cross.

Helping you through these trails, you’ll also find three monks from Sri Lanka — the first of their order to come to Canada.

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Low registration puts plans for all-boys academy on hold

June 6, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — A proposed all-boys academy for grades 4 and 5 in Edmonton Catholic Schools has been ditched for the time being due to low registration.

The program was to start in September 2011 at two different schools.

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From small beginnings . . .

June 6, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — An economist and a philosopher got together with teachers and businesspeople to take steps toward building a civilization of love.

“One person at a time can make a difference in the world,” said Marc Sanscartier, a teacher enrolled in the May 28-29 workshop on economies of communion at Newman Theological College.

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Grey Nuns bid North farewell

Sr. Dora Durand

June 6, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As a child, growing up in Legal, Sister Dora Durand watched a French movie, I Have Chosen Charity.

The film featured sisters serving the aboriginal people in the Northwest Territories. They visited people’s homes, travelled from place to place via dogsleds and got to know the people closely.

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Ecumenical movement risks fragmenting

June 6, 2011
FR. THOMAS RYAN, CSP

These are serious times for the ecumenical movement. We are experiencing new divisions, and people are wondering: Is the 'winter' of the ecumenical movement becoming a permanent season?"

So spoke the Rev. Dr. Robert Welsh, president of the Council on Christian Unity for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in his keynote address at this year's National Workshop on Christian Unity in Pittsburgh, May 9-12.

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Apologetics arms Christians so they can defend their hope

Gordon Self

June 6, 2011

My dictionary defines apologetics as a "systematic and logical defence of Christianity against its detractors and unbelievers." In 1 Peter 3.15, Christians are told to be ready to give a reason (apologia) for their hope in Christ.

Apologetics can draw people to Christ as we read in the Acts of the Apostles with St. Peter at Pentecost. Peter's sermon was a classic example of apologetics. It drew 3,000 people to faith in Christ. St. Paul's witness in Athens was another example of apologetics. It is documented in Acts 17.17-34.

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