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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict said the Book of Psalms from the Old Testament is a timeless and powerful "prayer book" that teaches Christians how to communicate with God.
The 150 "inspired songs" were originally gathered by the Jewish people, but were prophetic of the coming of Jesus Christ, the pope said June 21 at the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.
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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict said the Eucharist is the heart of Church life and an "antidote" to the increasingly individualistic global culture.
Addressing pilgrims June 26 on the feast of Corpus Christi, which commemorates the institution of the Eucharist, the pope said the Eucharist was like the "pulsing heart" that gives life and meaning to everything the Church does.
TORONTO — Dating is the farthest thing from nine-year-old Aramayah Ocol's mind. She prefers walking to the ice cream store with her dad. No one matches up to "Daddy."
That's just how Noel Ocol hopes it will be, that is until Aramayah is old enough to be courted by potential suitors.
OTTAWA — The union representing Development and Peace employees says tighter supervision by the Canadian bishops threatens the democratic nature of the lay-run organization and undermines the prophetic vision that motivates their work.
The union report, prepared for a meeting of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace's (CCODP) national council in June, said the world "is increasingly turning towards a conservative ideology."
TORONTO — Canadian bishops are welcome to advise Development and Peace about overseas partnerships but CCODP members say they will make final decisions about which organizations are funded.
CCODP's national council passed a unanimous resolution at a June 10-12 meeting that essentially reaffirms that funding decisions will be made by the council and its 12,000 strong predominantly lay members.
The Eucharist should be the centre of our lives as Catholics, says an American missionary.
Speaking at the Catholic Family Life Conference July 1, Father George McInnis said the Lord deserves to be the centre of our lives as Catholics and at the centre of our family life.
LAC STE. ANNE — The family today should be the subject and the first object of the new evangelization, said Archbishop Richard Smith.
"This is a historical moment and we are all as members of the Church becoming increasingly aware of the urgent need for the new evangelization," Smith said during a homily at the family life conference July 2.
LAC STE. ANNE — When it comes to God and the Church, Calgary's Michael Chiasson is all in and his black T-shirt reveals his stance.
Speaking July 2, he demanded a similar commitment from his audience.
LAC STE. ANNE — Families are icons of the Trinity and the place where we learn to become holy, apologist Mark Shea told the annual Family Life Conference July 2.
"Families give flesh to the vision of the Trinity in the lovely and painful and beautiful expressions of real human beings living out the Gospel," he said. "In their faces, the faces of your family, we see the first face of Christ we'll ever meet."
Embracing the Christian life is a sacred mystery; icons possess a mysterious power to draw the spiritual seeker to Christ, says iconographer Matthia Langone.
Icons are artistic "written" images of Jesus, Mary, the saints, or angels which offer a living theology and experience of prayer. Iconographers not only offer their creative charism to God, they offer their whole heart, mind, and soul.