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Ecumenical dialogue must face disagreements — pope

February 7, 2011

Fundamental differences, particularly over human sexuality and marriage, should not be ignored out of fear of damaging the progress that has been made in ecumenical dialogue, Pope Benedict told Lutheran representatives.

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Women ‘hungry for truth’ about abortion

February 7, 2011

Laura Strietmann, the director of a Cincinnati crisis pregnancy centre, calls abortion “the issue that is shaping our country,” and said the challenge for pro-lifers is to get everyone “to respect life again.”

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French Senate rejects euthanasia on demand

February 7, 2011

The French Senate has rejected legislation that would have permitted any adult to request a “quick and painless death.”

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Holy Land draws 3M pilgrims a year

February 7, 2011

Despite the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, more than 77,000 Canadian pilgrims and three million people worldwide visited the Holy Land last year.

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Joan of Arc a model for politicians, says pope

February 7, 2011

With her deep prayer life and total devotion to serving God and the good of her fellow citizens, St. Joan of Arc is a wonderful model for Christian politicians, Pope Benedict said.

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What is the particular judgment?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

February 7, 2011

What is the particular judgment? How is it different from the general judgment? Why do we need two judgments? more . . .

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God comes to call in the silence of the snow.

Mark Pickup

Month Date, 2011

It has been the most incredible winter. I do not remember so much snow; people complained that they were running out of places to pile it. The snow was so high that I could barely see out my window, other than noting the occasional gust of snow blowing off the roof of my house. more . . .

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Islamic militants undermine peace efforts

Fr. Raymond de Souza

Month Date, 2010

In the nearly 10 years since Sept. 11, the preoccupying question has remained: Was the jihadist violence of that day representative of Islam, or a perversion of it? more . . .

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God's heaven promises everlasting love

Maria Kozakiewicz

February 7, 2011

I have been fascinated with heaven for at least half a century, ever since I talked to an old lady, my grandma's friend, who told me that she regularly sees and talks to her deceased family members who, as she bluntly put it, are in heaven. She made sure they were there, she added matter-of-factly - she offered fasts, prayers, Masses for their souls. more . . .

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You need a reference letter from the poor to get into heaven

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 7, 2011

The great Jewish prophets, the forerunners of Jesus, coined a mantra which ran something like this: The quality of your faith will be judged by the quality of justice in the land and the quality of justice in the land will be judged by how "widows, orphans and strangers" (biblical code for the three most vulnerable groups in society) fared while you were alive. more . . .

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