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On Jan. 25, 1959, a new pope shocked the world. Pope John XXIII, speaking to a small group of Roman cardinals following a liturgy to conclude the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, announced that he had decided to convene an ecumenical council.
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This past decade has seen a plethora of movies dealing with superheroes: the Batman films, The Green Lantern, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, etc. But the most popular – at least judging by box office receipts – has been the Spider-Man franchise. Since 2002, there have been four major movie adaptations of the Marvel Comics story of a kid who gets bitten by a spider, undergoes a stunning metamorphosis, and then "catches thieves just like flies."
Controversial changes in Canada's refugee laws and policies have been very much in the news this summer. Bill C-31, a bill making it more difficult for those escaping persecution in their home countries to gain refugee status in Canada, received royal assent and became law at the end of June.
The editor of the WCR has asked me to respond to Father Robert Barron's article on Father Yves Congar's Vatican II Council journals (WCR, July 16).
Recently, I got into a debate with friends about the rationale behind taxation, while being treated to a sumptuous meal. A good meal has a way of bringing to mind the God of creation when we remember that so many people do not have three square meals daily.
Re: Christology and World Religions (WCR, June 25).
I was dismayed by the question to Sister Louise Zdunich regarding Christ's wherabouts during his so-called "lost years" in the July 16 WCR. The question is irrelevant. His ministry was obviously intended to last only during his last three years.
Re: "Wheelchair promoter becomes beneficiary himself" (WCR, July 16).
MaterCare International has drafted a Charter of Maternal Rights it hopes will be adopted by leaders and decision makers around the world to help stem the high number of maternal deaths.
Positive dreams, humor and a return to the Second Vatican Council’s call for reading the signs of the times can help attract young people to religious orders today, several speakers told members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men at their annual assembly in Houston.