Year of Faith: Embracing Evangelization

November 5, 2012
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Pope Benedict XVI has declared 2012-2013 to be the Year of Faith.

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St. Kateri invited to play role in healing Canada's original sin

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November 5, 2012

Father Raymond de Souza in last week's WCR chose to criticize the exuberance of Phil Fontaine, the former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, who saw the canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha as a step towards the reconciliation of Canada's aboriginal peoples with the Catholic Church.

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An open letter to you, the one who does not go to church

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 5, 2012

Dear Fellow Pilgrim:

I greet you as someone who is looking for meaning and happiness, as we all are. I know you're sincere or you wouldn't be reading this letter.

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A widow's mite buys her a place in heaven

Maria Kozakiewicz

November 5, 2012
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 11, 2012

Whenever I hear or read the story of "the widow's mite," I am amazed. That woman, destitute as she was, did not lose her ability to choose wisely and in a radical way.

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Liturgy constitution grew out of Pope Pius' encyclical

 

November 5, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy was the first document approved at the Second Vatican Council. Unlike the council's other major documents, it sailed through the approval process fairly readily, although a tiny but vocal minority at first raised strenuous objections.

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Self-indulgent sexuality misses out on love

Fr. Robert Barron

November 5, 2012

Many of the Catholic Church's teachings are vilified in both the high and popular cultures, but none more than its doctrines concerning marriage and sexuality. Time and again, the Church's views on sex are characterized as puritanical, life denying and hopelessly outdated – holdovers from the Bronze Age.

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Barron lacks knowledge of current physics

November 5, 2012

Re: “Science will never prove that God does exist” (WCR, Oct. 15).

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Faith in Jesus means being optimistic – synod

November 5, 2012

Despite the growth of secularism, increased hostility toward Christianity and sinful behaviour by some Church ministers, members of the Synod of Bishops said they are optimistic about the future because of Christ’s promise of salvation.

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Collins gets his own parish . . . in Rome

Cardinal Thomas Collins

November 5, 2012

Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto took possession of his titular church Oct. 23, celebrating an evening Mass at St. Patrick’s Church in Rome.

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Material progress won’t make you free, happy

November 5, 2012

The world’s huge technological and scientific progress hasn’t always made people freer or happier, Pope Benedict said.

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