From the monthly archives: December 2013

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Pope calls for prayers for nuns kidnapped in Syria

December 16, 2013

Pope Francis called on Catholics worldwide to pray for five Orthodox nuns who were kidnapped in Syria and for all people who have been abducted during the conflict there.

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A life built on Christ prevents hypocrisy – pope

December 16, 2013

People can say things that sound Christian and call themselves Christian as they tell others what to do, but if they don't pray often and live the Gospel, they harm others and the Church, Pope Francis said.

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'Tannenbaum' shows up at Vatican a day early

December 16, 2013

If Germans are known for being punctual, it turns out even their trees show up early.

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Statement on Jews faced uphill battle

December 16, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

During the period prior to the start of the Second Vatican Council, there was no pressure for or interest in issuing a conciliar statement on relations between Christians and Jews.

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Marriage proposal at Cana

Kristin Kopp

December 9, 2013
LORRAINE TURCHANSKY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

When Kristin Kopp read in her Sunday bulletin last Easter about Archbishop Smith's Jubilee Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, she knew she had to be there. "I just felt a calling to go as soon as I read about it," she said.

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Archdiocese offers input for family synod

December 9, 2013
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Edmonton Archdiocese will be giving input to the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family through some of its consultative bodies.

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U.S. Catholics eager to give their insight to the synod on issues affecting family life

December 9, 2013
PATRICIA ZAPOR
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

BALTIMORE – The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, called by Pope Francis for next October, is drawing great interest from everyday Catholics, many of whom are anxious to weigh in on questions the Vatican has sent out in preparation for the session.

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Reconciliation heals residential schools' past

December 9, 2013
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For more than 100 years thousands of aboriginal children were forcibly sent to Indian residential schools funded by the federal government and run by Christian churches and religious communities.

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Church urged to use the media in engaging manner

Michael Coren

December 9, 2013
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Most journalists are "absurdly naïve" about the Catholic faith, says Michael Coren, a bestselling author of 15 books.

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Francis on hotseat with his economic analysis

Fr. Seamus Finn

December 9, 2013
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – In enunciating the principles of Catholic social teaching, popes have long stressed the Church's special concern for the poor and the need for state intervention to promote economic justice.

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