From the monthly archives: February 2014

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Faith communities begin to speak out on climate change

Joe Gunn

February 17, 2014

Christians expect their faith communities to espouse and even promote justice, peace and the integrity of creation. It is natural to want to belong to organizations that are doing the right thing – we are drawn to those groups that nurture as well as challenge us to live better lives.

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Times of darkness are when we most need to trust in the lord

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

February 17, 2014

At Christmas last year a dear friend, knowing my family was going through a difficult time, put together a remarkable care package: gifts for my children, beautiful wine, books and more.

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What do you do when no one sends you a valentine?

Lasha Morningstar

February 17, 2014

The story was a poignant one. Valentine's Day was in the offing and the secular press always assigns some poor soul to call around and find out just how much a bunch of red roses costs, what is the newest in designer chocolates this year, which restaurants were offering romantic meals (menus included).

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If you can cheer for a sports team, you can praise God

February 17, 2014

Prayers of praise for God aren't just for charismatics, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.

"We find it easy to understand praying to ask God for something and also to thank the Lord," he said Jan. 28. But prayers of praise "don't come so spontaneously."

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Church will celebrate religious life in 2015

February 17, 2014

Pope Francis has called for a special year-long focus on consecrated life, asking the Church's religious sisters, brothers and priests to "wake up the world" with their testimony of faith, holiness and hope, a Vatican official said.

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Church without nuns is 'unthinkable' – pope

February 17, 2014

A church without religious sisters would be "unthinkable," Pope Francis said, honouring the contributions consecrated men and women make to the Church and society.

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Cardinal says pope wants to 'stir things up'

Cardinal Edwin O'Brien

February 17, 2014

Cardinal Edwin O'Brien doesn't know what will come out of the Synod on the Family set for October, but the former archbishop of Baltimore believes it will be significant.

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False ideas of marriage lead to divorce – pope

February 17, 2014

Pope Francis said contemporary ideas of marriage as an arrangement defined by personal needs promote a mentality of divorce, and he called for better preparation of engaged couples as well as ministry to Catholics whose marriages have failed.

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Israeli security barrier must change route

February 17, 2014

On the eve of an Israeli Supreme Court decision concerning the construction of a contested segment of the security barrier in the West Bank town of Beit Jalla, U.S. and Canadian bishops sent letters to their governmental representatives urging them to push Israel to stop building along the proposed route.

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Parents, confirm your children, says Francis

February 17, 2014

Many Catholic parents go to great lengths to ensure their children are baptized, and they must make similar efforts to see that their children are confirmed, Pope Francis said.

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