Armed men storm desert monastery in Syria

March 12, 2012

Masked gunmen stormed the Syrian desert monastery of Deir Mar Musa, about 80 kms southwest of Homs, destroying property and briefly holding its inhabitants captive.

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Building democracy tough job, Tunisian leader says

March 12, 2012

Muslims and Christians throughout North Africa and the Middle East recognize that “building a democracy is more difficult than destroying a dictatorship,” said one of the leaders of change in Tunisia.

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Court nixes midwives’ conscience rights

March 12, 2012

A Scottish court ruled that two senior Catholic midwives have no right to conscientiously object to overseeing staff involved in late-term abortions in a state-run hospital.

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Founder of Boys Town promoted for sainthood

Fr. Edward Flanagan

March 12, 2012

It started in 1917 with a rented house, five boys who needed a home in Omaha and a Catholic priest determined to help troubled and abandoned youths throughout the city.

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Mary survives

March 12, 2012

A statue of Mary is about all that is left of a church destroyed by a tornado in Salyersville, Ky.

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Hungering and thirsting for justice

March 5, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In a world where evil is a reality, fear is a constant motivator. The greatest evil – and the last one to be conquered – is death. It is only human to fear death and to do what one can do to avoid dying.

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Catechumens ready to enter Church with Easter sacraments

March 5, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Matthew Kellert was elated at the opportunity to meet Archbishop Richard Smith and shake his hand. "It was a great moment for me; I was really happy," said the 29-year-old man, his wife Shaleen by his side.

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Canadians see Collins receive biretta

March 5, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

About 150 Canadians, including an Edmonton contingent, ventured to the Vatican to see an old friend receive his red hat.

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Pope's big brother tells of life among the Ratzingers

March 5, 2012
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ROME – Recounting their rural Bavarian childhood and subsequent lifelong friendship, the elder brother of Pope Benedict offers a privileged look at the personal side of the spiritual leader of 1.3 billion Catholics.

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Sturgeon School Division will open secular school this fall

David Keohane

March 5, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

MORINVILLE – Parents here who wanted an alternative to the Catholic public school system will get their wish next fall when the Sturgeon School Division will open a permanent secular school.

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