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Light one candle and chase away the dark

Kathleen Giffin

January 17, 2011

This is a difficult time of year for many people. It is often hard to return to the realities of "normal life" after the holiday season with all its celebrations and hopes. more . . .

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God offers our children a love and concern deeper than our own

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 17, 2011

Margaret Laurence's novel, A Jest of God, tells the story of two sisters: One of them, Rachel, single still and childless at mid-life, is a gifted, elementary school teacher. The other is a stay-at-home-mother, dedicating herself to full-time caring for her children. more . . .

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Assisi gathering offers united religious witness for world peace

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January 17, 2011

Pope Benedict's announcement at New Year's that he will travel to Assisi, Italy, in October to mark the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's meeting there with leaders of other faiths has not so far drawn much comment. more . . .

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Firm offers electronic rosary with JP2’s voice

January 17, 2011

An Italian company is offering an electronic rosary, complete with headphones, with the voice of Pope John Paul II leading the prayers.

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Rockslides partially close grotto at Lourdes shrine

January 17, 2011

The Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, one of Europe’s best-known pilgrimage sites, has been partially closed for repairs amid reports that falling rocks in its fabled grotto could signal a major landslide.

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Milwaukee Archdiocese files for bankruptcy

January 17, 2011

A year to the day after his installation as the 11th archbishop of Milwaukee, Archbishop Jerome Listecki announced Jan. 4 that he had directed archdiocesan attorneys “to file a petition for a Chapter 11 reorganization of its financial affairs under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.”

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Three former Anglican bishops become Catholic

January 17, 2011

Three former Anglican bishops were received into the Catholic Church just hours after they officially gave up their ministries in the Church of England.

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Founder of Courage ministry dies at 92

Fr. John Harvey

January 17, 2011

Oblate Father John Harvey, who founded an organization for celibate Catholic homosexuals that now has more than 100 chapters worldwide, died Dec. 27 at Union Hospital in Elkton, Md.

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GM crops breed economic dependence, says cardinal

January 17, 2011

If farmers in Africa had greater access to fertile, arable land safe from armed conflict and pollutants, they would not need genetically modified crops to produce food, said the head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

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Beautiful music expresses joy God’s love, pope says

January 17, 2011

When words are not enough, beautiful music can express the joy and mystery of God’s love, Pope Benedict said.

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