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Never forget 'Rerum Novarum'

May 16, 2011
PATRICIA ZAPOR
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON — Pope Leo XIII's encyclical Rerum Novarum continues to offer lessons to society, said panellists at a conference marking the 120th anniversary of the landmark document.

Workers continue to struggle for decent wages and rights, a struggle not all that different from when the encyclical was published in 1891, said those taking part in the May 2 event at The Catholic University of America.

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Bible is inspired word, not literal truth — Benedict

May 16, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - While Catholics believe the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it is true, one cannot take individual biblical quotes or passages and say each one is literally true, Pope Benedict said.

"It is possible to perceive the Sacred Scriptures as the word of God" only by looking at the Bible as a whole, the pope wrote in a message to the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

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Liturgical reform goes deeper than changing texts, gestures — pope

May 16, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — The Second Vatican Council's renewal of the liturgy aimed at changing Catholics' attitude toward the Mass and helping the liturgy change their lives, Pope Benedict said.

"Unfortunately, the liturgy was seen, perhaps even by us pastors and experts, more as an object to reform than as a subject capable of renewing Christian life," the pope said May 6.

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Seeking God in soup kitchens, Peru

May 16, 2011
The text of the talk Cam and Nadine MacDonnell gave at the May 5 session of Nothing More Beautiful.

When His Grace asked us to give this talk we had thoughts that are probably similar to those some of you may be experiencing now — “Why these people?”

There is no earth shattering revelation coming. I will give the disclaimer that we live a remarkably ordinary life and from a marriage perspective, we’re not very far along that life yet. So you can be assured that this talk will not be as retrospective as some others since our lives, God willing, are mostly in front of us.

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15 receive sacraments in Lloydminster

May 16, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Lloydminster – More than 15 members of St. Anthony Parish here were called to faith in the sacraments at the parish’s April 23 Easter Vigil.

These people expressed their happiness and promise with the help of God to live a committed life in Christ.

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Singing can 'take us places' with the spirit

May 16, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG — We are to sing for each other, says Paul's Letter to the Colossians.

According to a Los Angeles-based Gospel singer and recording artist, the Bible commands us to sing a total of 122 times.

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Historic Vigil

May 16, 2011

A four-hour Easter Vigil at St. Matthew Parish in Rocky Mountain House was the culmination of months of work under the parish's Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program.

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Pope's preacher offers ways to share Gospel

May 16, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa focused on the need “to re-evangelize the secularized Western world” in delivering the annual Anthony Jordan Lecture Series May 7 at St. Joseph’s Basilica. Cantalamessa, the 76-year-old preacher to the papal household, singled out three obstacles that he said makes “countries of ancient Christian heritage, including Canada, immune to the Christian message.”

His three talks, attended by more than 300 people, focused on scientism, rationalism and secularism and spelled out a Christian response to each of those obstacles.

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School bus donation a boon to Tuktoyaktuk

Sr. Fay Trombley

May 16, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

TUKTOYAKTUK, NWT — Through the assistance of Edmonton Catholic Schools, some transportation difficulties will be eased for Canada's northernmost mainland community.

A devout Catholic family in Vancouver, who wish to remain anonymous, donated a school bus that will be used in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT.

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Journalist seeks to right Catholic myths

Michael Coren

May 16, 2011
VIRGINIA BATTISTE
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

CALGARY — Jesus was not a pacifist. Celibacy does not produce men who abuse boys. The existence of "Pope Joan" in the ninth century is an urban myth.

The Crusades were not an attempt by the Church to force conversion on Muslims.

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