From the monthly archives: April 2013

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Sudan expels priest, brothers who help children

April 22, 2013

Sudan’s security force expelled the secretary-general of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference and two other religious brothers.

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Mixed-faith marriages face challenges – bishop

April 22, 2013

Catholics need to know that marrying someone from a different Christian community or, even more so, from a different religion will create extra challenges in their marriage, a Vatican official said.

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Russians raiding Catholic charities and parishes

April 22, 2013

Russia’s Catholic Church expressed surprise and concern after a wave of raids on its parishes and charities, part of a government clampdown on organizations with foreign links.

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Organizers expect Francis to boost WYD numbers

April 22, 2013

Members of the local organizing committee for World Youth Day say that, with the recent election of an Argentine pope, they expect up to 2.5 million young people at the international event in Rio de Janeiro.

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N. Korean defectors pray

April 22, 2013

North Korean defectors living in Seoul pray for peace and reunification of the divided Korean Peninsula, during a church service in Seoul April 7.

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True global Church requires strong dose of collegiality

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April 22, 2013

The election of Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis has been hailed as a belated acknowledgement that the Roman Catholic Church is a global Church. But is it? Does the fact that the pope now hails from Argentina – and spent virtually his entire life in that country – mean the Church now has a more global outlook than under the papacies of those who came from Germany, Poland or Italy?

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Tough faith built in stone jars makes it hard to bless others

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 22, 2013

In his novel, A Month of Sundays, John Updike presents us with a character, a lapsed vicar who, though himself struggling with faith, is extremely critical of his young assistant whose faith and theology he judges to be fluffy and lightweight. He describes his young assistant this way:

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Love is essential for life, growth, meaning

Kathleen Giffin

April 22, 2013
Fifth Sunday in Easter
April 28, 2013

I spent the last two days at a workshop, learning from Gordon Neufeld. He is a developmental psychologist who works with the attachment and maturation process in children and adolescents.

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Moral sentiments and the breakdown of rational argument

Fr. Robert Barron

April 22, 2013

In his classic text After Virtue, the philosopher Alisdair MacIntyre lamented, not so much the immorality that runs rampant in our contemporary society, but something more fundamental and in the long run more dangerous; namely, that we are no longer even capable of having a real argument about moral matters.

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May Ebert find answers in heaven, even if he still prefers questions

Fr. Raymond de Souza

April 22, 2013

He spent a life chronicling show business, so why not a show at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago for the funeral of Roger Ebert?

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