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Ecumenism already has borne fruit, pope says

January 31, 2011

The search for Christian unity has not been easy, but it already has drawn Christians closer to one another and made Christianity more attractive to those who do not believe, Pope Benedict said.

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EWTN acquires National Catholic Register

January 31, 2011

The Eternal Word Television Network, based in Irondale, Ala., has signed a letter of intent to acquire the National Catholic Register, which describes itself as "the nation's leading Catholic newspaper."

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Be enriched by immigrants, urges retiring cardinal

January 31, 2011

Looking ahead to his retirement in February, Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony wrote that he intends to spend the coming months and years "walking in solidarity with the 11 million immigrants who have come to the United States to improve their own lives and the life of our country."

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Bohan issues pastoral letter on court decision

Archbishop Daniel Bohan

January 31, 2011

Regina Archbishop Daniel Bohan said government leaders need to take "skilful action" to guarantee freedom of conscience of citizens.

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Pope asks younger drivers to be extra careful

January 31, 2011

Pope Benedict asked young people not to hide their energy and enthusiasm, but to be realistic about the risks they take and, especially, to be extra careful when driving.

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Muslim scholars in Egypt boycott Vatican dialogue

January 31, 2011

Top Muslim academics in Egypt have announced they are suspending all dialogue with the Vatican to protest Pope Benedict's remarks about anti-Christian violence in Egypt.

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Dollar driven choices cannot trump ethics

Gordon Self

January 31, 2011

This month's column will coincide with the arrival of credit card statements in the mail. After the spending spree of Christmas the reality of what we now owe follows. For some, January bills can serve as a wake up call as to their total debt load, which may require immediate corrective action. more . . .

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Roll the dice on the Gospel and feed all your hungers

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 31, 2011

They hadn't understood about the loaves! The Gospels use those words to describe the crowd that Jesus had miraculously fed with five barley loaves and two fish. They ate, but they didn't understand. What didn't they understand? more . . .

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Let your light shine like a beacon for others

Ralph Himsl

January 31, 2011

Late last fall, I resolved to read the entire Bible, all 2,000 pages of the New and Old testaments. A seemingly daunting task even when taken in relatively small daily portions. Nevertheless, with last night's reading, I completed 300 pages, laying the book aside, a marker somewhere in the Book of Judges. more . . .

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Marriage commissioners hung out to dry

Bishop Fred Henry

January 31, 2011

Regrettably both the Calgary Herald editorial and the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal got it wrong regarding marriage commissioners. (See WCR, Jan. 24, "Sask. marriage commissioners must perform same-sex weddings.") more . . .

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