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Galileo a scientist who persevered in faith

January 24, 2011
BR. JOACHIM OSTERMANN, OFM
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

For a scientist in religious life, Galileo's troubles look like a warning. The conflict between him and the Church continues to elicit high passions: some years ago, Pope Benedict was rather rudely "exvited" by La Sapienza University in Rome. This was in response to the discovery of old remarks by him that, in the eyes of the physics faculty, unfairly criticized Galileo. more . . .

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Assisi gathering offers united religious witness for world peace

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January 17, 2011

Pope Benedict's announcement at New Year's that he will travel to Assisi, Italy, in October to mark the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's meeting there with leaders of other faiths has not so far drawn much comment. more . . .

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God offers our children a love and concern deeper than our own

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 17, 2011

Margaret Laurence's novel, A Jest of God, tells the story of two sisters: One of them, Rachel, single still and childless at mid-life, is a gifted, elementary school teacher. The other is a stay-at-home-mother, dedicating herself to full-time caring for her children. more . . .

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Light one candle and chase away the dark

Kathleen Giffin

January 17, 2011

This is a difficult time of year for many people. It is often hard to return to the realities of "normal life" after the holiday season with all its celebrations and hopes. more . . .

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Christian faces death for blasphemy

Gordon Self

January 17, 2011

It all began with a silly argument in a field over water that resulted in a woman being sentenced to die by hanging. more . . .

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University students light Holy Spirit’s flame

Fr. Raymond de Souza

January 17, 2011

An annual highlight arrives in the last days of the year. That's when Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) holds its annual conference for university students. They call it RiseUp, and it begins each year on Dec. 28 and runs through New Year's Day.more . . .

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How does one manage their money in this faltering economy?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

January 17, 2011

My question is this: In our current economic recession resulting in many job losses, most economists suggest that unless we spend more to keep the market going, it is difficult for the economy to recover.

On the other hand, frugal living with spiritual poverty is a virtue in Catholic Church teaching. more . . .

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Bishops, lawyers defend asylum seekers

Joe Gunn

January 17, 2011

Last month, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney "lashed out" at the Catholic Bishops' critique of his anti-human smuggling bill (WCR, Dec. 3). Kenney used demeaning language that tracked closer to an ad hominen scolding than a principled disagreement on the issues involved. more . . .

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Christ’s humble birth shows riches are hidden on the fringe of society

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 27, 2010

Mary gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. more . . .

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Followers of the star find Bethlehem

Maria Kozakiewicz

December 27, 2010

Epiphany is my favourite Christmas season holiday, for various reasons - from mundane through professional to spiritual. In the first place, it is wonderfully quiet. Since it is about human gifts to God and not gifts to the humans themselves, the media and secular world pay little attention and do nothing to twist its meaning. more . . .

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