NOVEMBER 07, 2010, Vol 60, No 22

The news that a soon-to-be-saint had once been excommunicated for her order’s part in urging the church to act against an accused sex offender is a reminder of the virulence and long history of crimes of abuse by members of the Catholic clergy. The saga of Mother Mary MacKillop, who was to be canonized on Oct. 17, says much about sanctity, about sin, about women and about hope.

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Babol, Iran ( – Researchers in Iran have published the results of a new study showing women who have an abortion face a 193 percent increased risk of breast cancer. On the other hand, women who carry a pregnancy to term find a lowered breast cancer risk compared with women who have never been pregnant.

The study folllows on the heels of new reports indicating Komen for the Cure gave US$7.5 million to the Planned Parenthood abortion business in 2009.

The findings were reported in the April 3, 2010 issue of Medical Oncology but are coming to the public’s attention only now.

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IF JESUS WERE to walk among us today, where would He be when the floods strike, when the earth quakes and the land slides? Would He be watching the devastating effects of climate change on television news? Would he, with a click on the remote, switch channels to watch Money Market instead?

Perhaps, more important than the obvious answers to these questions are the questions Jesus might be asking us:

What have you done to My Father’s creation? Why are you destroying the gifts of the earth? Have you forgotten that you are responsible for the planet, your home? Have you forgotten that you were formed of the same origin, that you are part of the one, whole creation?

St Francis of Assisi did not forget. He recognised God’s presence in the beauty of creation. He honoured and blessed every creature that lived and celebrated the interdependence of all creation. When we sing the beautiful Canticle of the Sun we are reminded of Francis’ profound love for God in creation.
NEW DELHI – With two hit films in Malayalam and several upcoming projects in Tamil, Archana Kavi (photo) has become a well-known face in the south Indian film industry.

The vivacious young Catholic star says her progress in the industry has been helped by her feeling that she is “God’s favourite child.”

The 22-year-old, who grew up in Delhi, says her faith-based life and the courage it provides, has helped her achieve success.

Schooled in Jesuit-run St Xavier’s, she says she never wanted to be an actress. Her father is a journalist and her mother a paramedic and she had planned for a job in media.

Archana shares with how life has offered her surprises and challenges.
VATICAN CITY – “It is clear, in fact, that prayer has to be an expression of faith, otherwise it is not real prayer. If one does not believe in the goodness of God, one cannot pray in a truly appropriate manner. Faith is essential as the basis for prayerful behaviour. And this is what the six new saints who today are being proposed for veneration by the Universal Church did.”

These were the words of the Holy Father Benedict XVI on Sunday, Oct 17, during the Mass for the canonisation of six Blesseds, which he presided over in St Peter’s Square.

Saint Stanislaw Soltys, (1433-1489), a priest of the Canons Regular of the Lateran, “was attached to the Eucharist through his ardent love for Christ present under the form of bread and wine; living the mystery of the death and resurrection, which take place in a bloodless way during Holy Mass; through the practice of loving one’s neighbour, whose source and sign is Communion”.