Monthly Archives: October 2007

The Quran and the possibilities for dialogue with Muslims

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran caused a bit of a flurry among Muslims and among Catholic scholars of Islam when he told a French newspaper he didn’t think “theological” dialogue was possible with Muslims because, he said, they believe the Quran was … Continue reading

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Vanishing ministry: Magazine profiles urban priest, parish in Philly

The latest edition of St. Anthony Messenger magazine profiles a Philadelphia priest in what the Catholic monthly calls a vanishing style of ministry: “one diocesan priest in a depressed neighborhood, where he is also a community activist whose willingness to … Continue reading

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About that papal visit

Sometime over the next two days, Pope Benedict will receive a dossier with the proposed program for his visit to the United Nations and the United States next April. Much has been circulated about the papal visit in recent weeks, … Continue reading

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Choirs and cantors help soothe the souls that grieve

The Catholic Spirit in St. Paul-Minneapolis has a nice story on parish funeral choirs that might serve as a model for others who want to explore this ministry. Reporter Pat Norby explains, “Those who sing for parish funerals say they receive as … Continue reading

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Archbishop Gregory to undergo prostate surgery

Here is Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory’s column, posted today in The Georgia Bulletin, newspaper of the Atlanta Archdiocese, that he will undergo surgery next Monday after being diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer.

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Covering disasters is cooperative effort

To provide detailed coverage of natural disasters, CNS relies heavily on diocesan reporters who have the advantage of being much closer to the scene than those of us in Washington and Rome. Our coverage of the wildfires in Southern California … Continue reading

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No poncho for the pope

When a head of state meets the pope at the Vatican, the encounter unfolds according to a fairly strict program, usually ending with an exchange of gifts. Paraguay’s President Nicanor Duarte Frutos packed a gift for the pope in his … Continue reading

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