Franciscans tell of beatings, kidnappings in Syria

October 22, 2012

Franciscans ministering in a village along the Syrian border with Turkey said four people, including three Christian youths, were kidnapped and beaten before being released as the civil war surged in their community.

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Aussie bishop challenges same-sex marriage

October 22, 2012

Same-sex “marriage” is not an extension of marriage rights but a dismantling of an institution on which the well-being of societies depend, wrote an Australian archbishop.

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Vienna plans massive reduction in parishes

October 22, 2012

Austria’s Vienna Archdiocese will press ahead with a major reorganization that will including liquidating most of its parishes over 10 years, despite objections from some local Catholics.

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Pope adds two saints to list of Church ‘doctors’

October 22, 2012

Pope Benedict added a 16th-century Spanish priest and a 12th-century German abbess to the roster of doctors of the universal Church.

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Vatican climber

October 22, 2012

A climber gives a thumbs-up as he descends during a climbing exhibition held outside St. Peter’s Square.

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On Day 2, the council claimed its holy freedom

October 15, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It didn't take long for the tide to turn at the Second Vatican Council. Curia officials had spent much of the 44 months between the day Pope John XXIII announced the council until it actually began planning for how they believed it should be carried out.

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Welcome Home links 'friends' with the formerly homeless

Debbie Jodoin

October 15, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Debbie Jodoin spent a year living in a shelter and begging for change on the streets. Her situation improved dramatically five months ago when she moved into a brand new apartment through the Housing First program.

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Parishes, school to celebrate Kateri's canonization

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

October 15, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Parishes in and around Edmonton are planning special celebrations in conjunction with the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, the young maiden who, despite objections from her clan, came to know and love Jesus.

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Nobel Prize recognizes value of adult stem cells

October 15, 2012
SIMON CALDWELL
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – Catholic leaders in Europe hailed the decision to give a Nobel Prize to two pioneers of adult stem-cell research as a triumph for ethics.

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Rare fine art Bibles grace St. Mary's

October 15, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

CALGARY – St. Mary's University College has acquired two volumes of the rare fine art edition of The Saint John's Bible – Pentateuch and Psalms – thanks to the generosity of G.J. (Gerry) and Anna Maier.

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