Decrepit housing threatens physical, mental health

September 26, 2011

TORONTO — The health of those who are "vulnerably housed" is just as poor as the homeless, says a recent study from researchers at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital.

The study found that more than 85 per cent of homeless people have chronic health conditions and more than half have a mental health problem.

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Church has antidote to exploitation of women — author

September 26, 2011

A new book by a Catholic talk show host looks at how media and culture are sending unhealthy messages to women and how the Church can fill the emotional and spiritual void left behind.

The book, Extreme Makeover: Women Transformed by Christ, Not Conformed to the Culture, looks at how the culture is "going after women" and how women are hurt, "whether it be body image, eating disorders and sexual objectification," said the author, Teresa Tomeo.

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Mother Teresa's sisters help Vancouver's poor

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September 26, 2011

VANCOUVER — Four Missionaries of Charity are now a recognizable presence in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Dressed in bright white saris edged with three blue borders (signifying devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary) and a crucifix pinned on their left shoulders, the sandal-clad sisters are creating a small sensation after arriving at the former Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement convent on Cordova Street.

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Bored at Mass? Give your soul a shake, rejoice at the miracle

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September 26, 2011

So the Mass is boring, is it? What would help? Perhaps a brass band marching through the church? Maybe replacing the praying with card or video games of one's choice? Or, might such new wrinkles also become boring once they had been tried a few times?

Complaints about the Mass being boring sound much like the whining of the Israelites after they had received the miracle of manna in the desert: "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food" (Numbers 21.5).

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Passionate fire fizzles, but devout faith builds a solid, sufficient creed

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 26, 2011

Several years ago, a friend of mine made a very un-Hollywood type of marriage proposal to his fiancé: He was in his mid-forties and had suffered a number of disillusioning heartbreaks, some of which, by his own admission, were his own fault, the result of feelings shifting unexpectedly on his part.

Now, in mid-life, struggling not to be disillusioned and cynical about love and romance, he met a woman whom he deeply respected, much admired, and with whom he felt he would like to build a life. But, unsure of himself, he was humble in his proposal.

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God's vineyard demands righteous tending

Ralph Himsl

September 26, 2011
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 5, 2011

The English language and no doubt many languages have an expression that covers the trap implied in the words, "I don't mean to criticize, but . . ." The use of these words seeks forgiveness of those listening for what follows. I find myself about to step into that trap.

Today's Gospel plunges us into a serious discussion between Jesus and some Temple bigwigs, the chief priests and elders.

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Slam the brakes on distracted driving

Gordon Self

September 26, 2011

Alberta's new Distracted Driver Legislation came into effect Sept. 1. It is now illegal to use hand-held cell phones, text, manually input GPS data, read, write or engage in personal grooming while driving.

Alberta has one of the toughest laws in Canada, joining other provinces in clamping down on the growing trend of inattentive drivers behind the wheel.

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Why do people search for the Holy Grail?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

September 26, 2010

Recently, I read a news brief that a cave in southwest France may house the Holy Grail.

What is the Holy Grail and why do people search for it?

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Vatican's man in Ireland sent to Czech Republic

Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza

September 26, 2011

Pope Benedict has named Italian Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza to be the new nuncio to the Czech Republic, transferring him from his post as ambassador to Ireland.

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Traditionalists receive doctrinal statement to sign

September 26, 2011

The Vatican has given the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X a formal "doctrinal preamble" listing several principles they must agree with in order to move toward full reconciliation with the Church.

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