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Militant attack on Baghdad cathedral leaves dozens dead

November 1, 2010
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – A deadly militant siege of a Catholic cathedral in Baghdad, Iraq, was a "savage" act of "absurd violence," Pope Benedict said.

The pope urged international and national authorities and all people of good will to work together to end the "heinous episodes of violence that continue to ravage the people of the Middle East."

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Do souls wander the earth, haunt people?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

November 8, 2010

I read your answer regarding reincarnation in the WCR (Oct. 4). If we are judged right after death and sent to either heaven or hell, what happened to Lazarus’ soul while he was dead for four days before being brought back to life by Jesus? And how are we to explain the wandering on earth of souls after death who harass people in their homes to the point where priests have been called upon to do exorcisms? more . . .

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Laypeople kick start reflection into action

Joe Gunn

November 8, 2010

Ask Canadian Catholics what happened on Oct. 17, and they might mention the canonization of St. Brother André of Montreal. Yet, to commemorate the day, the United Nations has named “the international day for the eradication of poverty.” Without much ado, the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops quietly released a “reflection” on poverty. more . . .

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Living well demands learning from work

Kathleen Giffin

November 8, 2010

One of the aspects of our Catholic faith that I most appreciate is the "earthiness" of our understanding of human life. On the one hand, we are created to share in God's own life, capable of spiritual communion even in this world; on the other hand we are bound to the rhythms of the earth, the material world setting the boundaries for our life. more . . .

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Advent’s meaning reveals God’s Love for us

Mark Pickup

November 8, 2010

The first snowfall of the season fell overnight. I suppose that children throughout the city awoke to the surprise and excitement of seeing snow on the ground. My grandchildren were no exception. They looked out the window and danced gleefully around the living room. My four-year-old granddaughter asked to hear Christmas music. Christmas music in October? Sure, why not! more . . .

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We kill first with a thought, then a word, then a gun

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 8, 2010

In the early pages of the Bible, we are given a series of stories that describe the human condition and give reasons why things are as they are. We are most familiar with the story of Adam and Eve, eating the forbidden fruit, the one we call the “original sin” story. more . . .

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Slaughter of Christians drives nail into Iraqi Church’s coffin

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November 8, 2010

The massacre of 58 Catholics in Baghdad’s Our Lady of Salvation Cathedral Oct. 31 was far from being the worst incident of violence since the U.S. invasion of the country in 2003. But it was the worst slaughter of Christians and it occurred in a place of worship. The event may well drive nails into the coffin of the Church in that blood-stained country. more . . .

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Abuse survivors take concerns to Vatican

November 8, 2010
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

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VATICAN CITY – Gary Bergeron and Paola Leerschool, who had hoped to observe a moment of silence in St. Peter's Square with a large group of sex abuse survivors and their supporters, ended up walking to the Vatican alone, leaving letters for Pope Benedict and a small pile of stones to show survivors they had been there. more . . .

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Catholic Schools stymied by Israel

November 8, 2010
MARK PATTISON
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

RENEH, ISRAEL – The Latin Patriarchate School in Reneh, in Galilee, is an exception to the rule, said Father Elias Odeh, its director.

The school is so crowded it must educate its younger and older students in separate shifts, he said. more . . .

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Clang those expensive prison doors shut

Lorraine Berzins

November 8, 2010
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG - Canada is about to spend billions of dollars on more prisons for all the wrong reasons, says the community chair of justice for the Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC). more . . .

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