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Pakistan PM upholds blasphemy law

January 24, 2011

Catholic officials in Pakistan expressed disappointment after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani reiterated there would be no amendment to the country's blasphemy law, which makes insulting the Prophet Mohammed or the Quran punishable by life imprisonment or death.

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Bishops seek help for Queensland flood victims

January 24, 2011

Australia's Catholic bishops have issued an urgent call for prayers for those who have died and for material assistance for survivors of Queensland state flooding that, by mid-January, had claimed 13 lives.

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Toronto high schools work to eliminate bottled water

January 24, 2011

Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Toronto are working to create "bottled water-free zones" within their schools.

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Stained-glass windows offer art and illumination

January 24, 2011

Some people have PowerPoint presentations to illustrate their topics; Msgr. Richard Lavalley has windows.

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Collins, Prendergast meet with Irish abuse victims

January 24, 2011

Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins will meet with abuse victims and lead a penitential service in the course of a two-week visit to the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly in Ireland.

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Galileo a scientist who persevered in faith

January 24, 2011
BR. JOACHIM OSTERMANN, OFM
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

For a scientist in religious life, Galileo's troubles look like a warning. The conflict between him and the Church continues to elicit high passions: some years ago, Pope Benedict was rather rudely "exvited" by La Sapienza University in Rome. This was in response to the discovery of old remarks by him that, in the eyes of the physics faculty, unfairly criticized Galileo. more . . .

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Catholic-Orthodox unity beckons

January 24, 2011
THOMAS RYAN, CSP
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

In this Week of Prayer for Christianity, what is there to fuel our hope that this isn't all just an exercise in futility? What's to celebrate? more . . .

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Indigenous rights equal human rights

Bob McKeon

January 24, 2011

Last Nov. 12 was an important day for human rights in Canada. On that day Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that the Government of Canada was endorsing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. more . . .

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Apply each Sunday's readings to your life

John Connelly

 

January 24, 2011

I was once doing a conference with a well-known bishop. He challenged the people present and asked how many remembered the Mass readings from the past Sunday. A few raised their hands. He then asked how many would remember the readings if their life depended on it. Everybody raised their hands.more . . .

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Pressure cooker life can be a form of fasting and prayer

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 24, 2011

The past several weeks have been some of most pressured weeks in my life. I have been trying to balance the pressures of teaching a three-hour-a-day intersession course, my duties as an administrator, a series of emergencies to do with the deaths of a couple of close friends, along with trying to sustain some kind of prayer life, all the time nursing a nasty viral cold. It's been a pressured time. more . . .

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