Follow path of God's 'craziness'

August 15, 2016
JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis told young people they are not called to be couch potatoes, living boring lives, but should leave their mark in history. "Today's world demands that you be a protagonist of history, because life is always beautiful when we choose to live it fully, when we choose to leave a mark," the pope told young people at the World Youth Day prayer vigil July 30.

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Bishops deplore failure of gov't aid to reach Christians

August 15, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Most Western humanitarian aid is failing to reach the thousands of Christians who have fled their homes as Islamic State fighters have swept through Iraq and Syria, say three Middle Eastern bishops. "It's time for election (in the United States) and also it is time to rethink American policy in the Middle East," Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil, in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq, said at the annual Knights of Columbus convention in Toronto.

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Ouellet applauds pastoral approach of 'Amoris Laetitia'

Cardinal Marc Ouellet
August 15, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO - Cardinal Marc Ouellet, whose writings were once strongly identified with resistance to any change to the ban on Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, has given a ringing endorsement to Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis' recent apostolic exhortation. "In all honesty, I think that controversies around Amoris Laetitia are understandable," Ouellet, head of the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops, told about 2,000 Knights of Columbus gathered in Toronto for their annual convention.

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Hayes of Halifax rooted in Vatican II teaching

Archbishop James Hayes
August 15, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Halifax Archbishop-emeritus James Hayes, one of the last remaining Canadian participants in the Second Vatican Council, died in Halifax Aug. 2. He was 92. Hayes attended the first session of Vatican II as the secretary of Halifax Archbishop Gerald Berry, and became a council father for the final session in 1965 when he had become an auxiliary bishop. He was named archbishop of Halifax after Berry's death in 1967, retiring from the position in 1990.

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Multiculturalism is an opportunity, not a threat, pope tells youth

August 15, 2016
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

KRAKÓW, POLAND - Aware of the risk of being accused of spouting platitudes, Pope Francis called on young people to model for adults the paths of mercy and respect, and then demonstrated what he meant. "Today we adults - we adults - need you to teach us, like you are doing now, how to live with diversity, in dialogue, to experience multiculturalism not as a threat but an opportunity," the pope told young people gathered for a prayer vigil July 30.

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Canada's national hymnal undergoing major revision

August 15, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

What you sing and how you sing it on Sunday mornings is about to get more fine tuning. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a search for hymns, songs, chants and Mass settings to include in a new national hymnal. The CCCB plans to replace the Catholic Book of Worship III in 2018. Composers have until Nov. 30 to get their hymns, psalms and Mass settings into the National Liturgy Office in Ottawa. The green CBW III is now more than 20 years old, having first hit the presses in 1994. It has been made obsolete by two separate changes to the liturgy in English-speaking Canada.

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Church has a role in helping avoid a new dark age

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August 15, 2016

The Dark Ages is a term often used to refer to the early Middle Ages in western Europe from the sixth century through the tenth. What was "dark" about the Dark Ages? Primarily the lack of intellectual, scientific and technological innovation. In some quarters, the Dark Ages is also characterized as an era dominated by a repressive Christian faith that enchained the intellect to superstitions. However, to the extent that civilization was preserved, the Church was a major contributor, although Muslim culture rose to its greatest glory in this period.

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Vagaries of mental health mirror those of physical well-being

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi
August 15, 2016

As a boy, I longed to be a professional athlete but I had to accept the unwelcome fact that I wasn't gifted with an athlete's body. Speed, strength, coordination, instinct, vision - I got by in ordinary life with what I had been given of these, but I wasn't physically robust enough to be an athlete. It took some years to make peace with that.

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Endure suffering as a token of God's love

Lydia Cristini
August 15, 2016
Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 21, 2016

Holiness is hard. Sometimes, Christians can get carried away with the "warm fuzzies" of the Gospel message. I do not mean to belittle the messages about love and forgiveness and joy and blessings from the Bible; they are important and truthful messages. However, they are not the only themes the Holy Spirit has given through the authors of Scripture. The health-and-wealth Gospel is a tempting way to read the Bible: If you believe in God enough and are faithful to him, God will bless you. You will not get sick, and you will prosper.

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St. Kateri helps us find our way

Lasha Morningstar
August 15, 2016

The way God opens my heart is often amazing. St. Kateri is his latest gift to me. Certainly I had heard of St. Kateri, especially when she was made a saint. Dubbed the Lily of the Mohawks, her canonization was welcomed by North American Aboriginal peoples. Finally, they had a saint from among their own people. I had read of her story, of her resolute bravery in determining to become a Catholic, of her determination not to marry but to devote her life to Christ.

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