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The body that represents Ireland's religious congregations has said the issue of the Magdalen laundries must not be "presented as a matter only for religious."
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The Catholic Church's efforts to prevent clerical sexual abuse and protect children around the world will be "a long-term effort," said Father Robert Oliver, a Boston priest who began work Feb. 1 as the promoter of justice in the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.
It took the combined clout of an actress best known for playing an angel and her big-ratings executive-producer husband, but Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have pulled off the making of a 10-hour miniseries, The Bible, that gets its premiere Sunday, March 3, on the History channel.
Even when the one favoured to be elected the new pope prior to the conclave actually is elected, it is still a surprise. That’s how it was when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was chosen almost eight years ago. As often as not, however, the choice is a bolt out of the blue – Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli in 1958, Albino Luciani and Karol Wojtyla in 1978.
Some years ago, I was at a religious conference where one of the speakers, widely known and respected for her work among the poor, made this comment: “I’m not a theologian, so I don’t know how this plays out theologically; but here’s the base from which I’m operating: I work with the poor. Partly I do this out of my humanity, out of natural compassion; but ultimately my motivation is Christ.
In my job as a counselor there have been many times over the years when I have had a conversation with a client that goes something like this:
One key area of conversation has been the difficult history and legacy of the government-funded, Church-run Indian residential schools. It is estimated that over a period of 130 years, more than 150,000 First Nations, Metis and Inuit children attended approximately 130 residential schools. The majority of these schools were run by Catholic religious orders or dioceses.
Perhaps the greatest mind to sit on the throne of Peter has judged his body no longer capable of doing so. Pope Benedict XVI will resign as successor of Peter on Feb. 28.
Why was Jesus baptized since he had no sin?
When the Christian creed refers to God as "father," it is affirming a trust that the God who created the universe loves each individual and will never abandon anyone, Pope Benedict said.