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Poverty wears many unexpected guises

February 7, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — When Mira Dineen began gathering stories for the book Persistent Poverty: Voices from the Margins, her biggest surprise was how the poor “defied stereotyping.”

The fourth-year Queen’s University student expected she would be talking to people who had grown up in poverty. That was not the case. “People we spoke to really broke that mould,” said Dineen. more . . .

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Young Adults seek a home in the Church

Cheryl Perera

February 7, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Cheryl Perera felt lost after she graduated from the now-defunct John Paul II Bible School some six years ago.

“I really enjoyed having the community of young adults at the Bible school but once I left the school and came back home, I found it difficult to find that same sort of community,” the 26-year-old St. Albert woman recalled in a recent interview. more . . .

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A brief adventure

A boy sneaks through security to hug Pope Benedict . . .

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iPhone app prepares users for good Confession

February 14, 2011

Can modern technology help strengthen our faith?

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Prayer leads to friendship with God, says pope

February 14, 2011

People don't really know who they are or what their life's purpose is unless they pray regularly, Pope Benedict said.

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Irish priests' group wants new missal delayed

February 14, 2011

A group representing more than 400 of Ireland's 4,500 priests has made an urgent plea to the country's bishops to postpone the introduction of the new English translation of the missal for at least another five years.

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European theologians call for end to celibacy

February 14, 2011

More than 140 Catholic theologians from universities in Austria, Germany and Switzerland called for the Church to end priestly celibacy, ordain women and allow laypeople to help select bishops, among other changes.

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Coalition objects to hearings on Muslim extremism

February 14, 2011

A coalition of 51 religious and civil rights groups in the United States are urging congressional leaders to stop upcoming House hearings on Muslim extremism or at least focus the inquiry more broadly by examining violence "motivated by extremist beliefs in all its forms."

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Vatican plans document on Internet and seminaries

February 14, 2011

The Internet can be a valuable tool for Catholic education and evangelization, and its proper use should be encouraged in seminaries as well as other church institutions, Pope Benedict said.

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U.S. bishops update New American Bible

February 14, 2011

The revised New American Bible that will be released on Ash Wednesday, March 9, may seem most different to casual readers for its efforts at providing context and clarity in how the passages fit together, says the coordinator of its publication.

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