November 7, 2011- November 13, 2011 
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 November 6 - Former Episcopal nuns become Catholic religious community
 Artical: Bridges To Rome

A group of religious sisters in Maryland is believed to be the first U.S. Episcopal order to become a Catholic religious community. On Nov. 1, the All Saints Sisters of the Poor professed their perpetual vows at the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore. Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, received the sisters into a newly-erected Diocesan Priory at a special Mass on the feast of All Saints.

The 10 sisters had been part of a religious community within the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

After seven years of discernment, they contacted the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2008 to inquire about the possibility of entering into full communion with the Catholic Church.

Their chaplain, Fr. Warren Tanghe, also entered the Catholic Church and is now a priest for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

The sisters had to write a constitution and submit it to the archbishop, who then had to consult with the Congregation for Religious in Rome about erecting a Diocesan Priory before the community could be officially recognized.

The creation of ordinariates for Anglican communities wishing to enter the Catholic Church was authorized by Pope Benedict XVI in his 2009 apostolic constitution, "Anglicanorum coetibus."

Ordinariates are similar to dioceses but are typically national in scope. They will allow Anglican communities to retain elements of their heritage and liturgical practices, while fully entering into communion with the Catholic Church.

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 November 4 - New Evangelization needed for world thirsting for God, says cardinal
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

The president of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences, Cardinal Peter Erdo, said on Nov. 3 that the New Evangelization is the response to a world that thirsts for God.

In his opening remarks for a gathering of the Eastern Catholic bishops of Europe taking place in Romania this week, Cardinal Erdo said the bishops have the duty to promote the New Evangelization encouraged by Pope Benedict XVI.

The cardinal said that the New Evangelization is a great and urgent task "in which all of us are called to awaken the faith and build Christian communities that are firmly rooted in the Lord and in their missionary zeal."

He praised the great work being done in Europe by Eastern Catholics and emphasized that the Eastern Churches "are rich in visual aspects and in the beauty of liturgical chant."

"The popularity of icons in the West is not a passing fad, but a sign of cultural and anthropological development. In this situation, the Eastern Churches have their own response that contributes greatly to the passing on of the faith to mankind today," the cardinal added.

"The Christian faith, the love of Jesus and his Church, are, as always, essential today for a healthy Europe that is able to overcome its crisis and sustain both cultural and religious diversity," he said.

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 November 3 - Economy: The rising cost of eating
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

A surge in food prices this year is impacting local grocery stores and restaurants, which in turn affects the people buying food from these places. But in many cases, owners of eateries and shopping venues say they have little choice but to raise prices to keep up with costs.

"Oh yeah, prices have gone up like crazy,"
said Mike Hetelekides, owner of The Villager Restaurant and Diner in Canandaigua. "We can't keep up."

The U.S. Agriculture Department said last week that it expects retail food prices to increase 3.5 percent to 4.5 percent this year, after climbing just 0.8 percent in 2010.

"Higher commodity costs, higher energy costs and a greater demand for food globally has contributed to driving food costs up," said Natale. "Cost increases are pretty consistent across the board."

She said that specific commodity costs that have increased include wheat, corn, soy and anything that feeds on those three foods. Transportation costs are also up, she added, which factors into the pricing.

Hetelekides said a majority of customers will understand why restaurants need to adjust pricing. "Most people understand," he said.
"They'll see the changes for themselves at the supermarket."

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 November 3 - Report: Hizbullah preparing missile war on Israel as Iran braces for attack
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

The Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah is planning for war with Israel, a report said.

The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs asserted that Hizbullah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah, in coordination with Teheran, has been meeting senior commanders to plan for war with the Jewish state. The center, in a report by Shimon Shapira, said Nasrallah has ordered his commanders to prepare for long-range missile attacks that would target Tel Aviv and other major Israeli cities.

"Nasrallah's recent escalation of public statements stems from heightened fear in Hizbullah that an Israeli and/or American attack on Iran is drawing nearer," the report said. "As a strategic arm of Iran, Hizbullah sees itself as Iran's first line of defense against Israel."

"Hizbullah forces are being trained to fire at least 10,000 missiles, right at the war's outset, at military and strategic targets such as airfields, military camps, and vital facilities including maritime ones, followed by the firing of rockets from launch sites whose location will come as a surprise to Israel," the report, titled "Hizbullah Discusses Its Operational Plan for War with Israel," said.

The report, released on Nov. 2 and based on open Arab sources, said Nasrallah has also ordered a ground force invasion of northern Israel.
Hizbullah, with at least 20,000 fighters, was said to be planning to deploy 5,000 special forces troops trained in Iran to capture Israel's Galilee region.

Hizbullah's engineering units were also said to have reinforced positions in Maydon in the western Bekaa. The report said Hizbullah has formed five brigades, with each consisting of 1,000 troops, to invade Israel.

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 November 7 - "Fresh spirit of ecumenical openness" hailed by Joint Working Group
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Protestants Uniting With Roman Catholics

Representatives of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Roman Catholic Church met in Malta from 31 October to 5 November in the final consultation of their Joint Working Group before the 10th Assembly of the WCC convenes at Busan, Republic of Korea in October 2013. The group is preparing a report on relations between Roman Catholics and the WCC since the 9th Assembly in February 2006.

The Joint Working Group, created in 1965 by the Vatican and the WCC Central Committee, is the official forum linking the two world Christian bodies "to initiate, evaluate and sustain collaboration" between the WCC and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. Prime topics of discussion in recent years have included spiritual life, shared values in ecumenical dialogue, the global economy, youth and migration.

An account of the 2011 plenary meeting appears in the Communiqué of the Joint Working Group (JWG). It reports that in Malta "the JWG members witnessed a fresh spirit of ecumenical openness and cooperation on this predominantly Catholic island, not least because of a common response to the steady arrival of migrants."

Both the harvesting of the fruits of many years of ecumenical dialogue and attention to the important role of shared spiritual life and values for ecumenism are vital for the future of the ecumenical movement and progress towards the goal of visible unity.

The group also visited the President of the Island, Dr George Abela, in the presidential palace in the capital, Valetta. Recalling the images of the recent Day of Reflection and Prayer for Peace in Assisi, the president underlined the role of religious leaders in the support of the peaceful resolution of conflicts and encouraged the ecumenical cooperation of Christian churches. Societies need the inspiration that unity in diversity is possible. Churches need to support Europe in the search for common values in this moment of the financial crisis.

On the last evening, the JWG participated as special guests at a concert "Singing for Peace" at St. John's Co-Cathedral. Co-moderators and JWG members from different regions and Christian traditions led prayers for peace during this event.

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