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People say faith is caught, not taught, implying that what one sees and experiences as a youngster determines one's faith experience.
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Widely seen as a landmark of Catholic social teaching, the wide-ranging document Gaudium et Spes (Joy and Hope), focuses on the role of the Church and its members in the world.
Father Robert Sirico has been courting controversy for most of his adult life.
In the early 1970s, he was a radical activist in California, campaigning for left-wing causes with the likes of Jane Fonda and her then-husband, Tom Hayden. Later in the decade, he returned to the Catholic faith of his childhood and eventually became a priest.
VATICAN CITY – Traditionalist and progressive camps that see the Second Vatican Council as breaking with the truth both espouse a "heretical interpretation" of the council and its aims, said the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
A nurse uses a syringe to give liquid medicine to a young HIV patient at San Jose Hospice in Sacatepequez, Guatemala.
Her first memory of her big brother is a tender one. "Paul was babysitting me when my parents went out and he rocked me in the big chair in the kitchen," recalls Jenny Terrio Baturin. "He was always a caregiver and took care of me in a very loving way."
It was a long and winding road on which Bishop-elect Paul Terrio travelled from the Eastern Townships of Quebec to the Edmonton Archdiocese, a road that took him through Montreal, Brazil and Rome, always learning, always searching and finding every step along the way amazing and wonderful.
St. Paul's Bishop-elect Paul Terrio left a good impression in the parishes and missions he served. Parishioners at both St. Peter's Parish in Villeneuve and Holy Trinity Parish in Spruce Grove-Stony Plain affectionately describe Terrio as a warm, fatherly and caring priest who went out of his way to make people welcome.
Since the departure of Bishop Luc Bouchard in March, parishioners of the St. Paul Diocese have been waiting for a new leader. The wait is finally over, as Bishop Paul Terrio takes the helm.
The Catholic Church holds the right to religious freedom in the highest regard. This right is not just one more among what appears to be an ever-growing list of rights, but rather is the most fundamental of all freedoms. That is because the right to religious liberty is grounded in the nature of the human person as a being radically oriented toward the transcendent. The denial of the right to religious freedom is an assault on the dignity of the person.