Russian, Polish Christians seek reconciliation

August 27, 2012

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church and the president of the Polish Catholic bishops' conference signed a joint message Aug. 17 urging Poles and Russians to set aside centuries of anger and prejudice and work together to maintain their countries' Christian identities.

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Pope John XXIII shocked the world with his council

August 20, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

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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Bittman is Edmonton's first auxiliary bishop

August 20, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Bishop-elect Greg Bittman says he feels overwhelmed that he has been called to be a successor of the apostles.

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Smith urges K of C to stand against radical secularism

August 20, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The president of the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops has called aggressive secularism "hostile to a truly democratic and pluralist society."

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Traditional crucifix sculpted for Newman College chapel

August 20, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Unlike many sculptures displayed in churches depicting the anguish and torment of Christ's crucifixion, the new one at Newman Theological College shows a more loving, redemptive Jesus.

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First Nation children capture visitor's heart

August 20, 2012
ERIN MORAWETZ
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

By the time Alexandria Lepore was finishing up her honours degree in Catholic studies and history from King's University College in London, Ont., this spring, she knew she wanted to become a youth minister.

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Papal assistant sought 'good of Church'

August 20, 2012
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Paolo Gabriele, the personal assistant of Pope Benedict accused of illicitly copying private Vatican correspondence and giving it to a journalist, told Vatican investigators he acted out of concern for the pope and the Church.

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Computer tech charged with aiding Gabriele

August 20, 2012
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Vatican magistrates have formally indicted a computer technician from the Vatican Secretariat of State on charges of aiding Gabriele after he stole Vatican correspondence.

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Ramadan can spur Catholics to a deeper faith – official

August 20, 2012
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ended Aug. 18 in many countries, is a time of fasting, prayer and repentance, when Muslims distance themselves from worldly activities in an effort to align their lives more closely with God and his laws.

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Bob Schmidt united faith and justice

Bob Schmidt

August 20, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Bob Schmidt was a man of faith who dedicated a great part of his life to carrying out the social justice teaching of the Church.

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