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Aging bodies enable souls to deepen, mellow and mature

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 25, 2014

There are few more insightful studies into the spirituality of aging than the late James Hillman's book, The Force of Character. Ironically, Hillman was more critical of Christian spirituality than sympathetic to it; yet his brilliant insights into nature's design and intent offer perspectives on the spirituality of aging that often eclipse what is found in explicitly Christian writings.

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Legalization of marijuana would be folly

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August 25, 2014

Pope Francis' brief June 20 statement (WCR, July 21) in opposition to the legalization of marijuana is a needed intervention on a topic on which the Church has had little to say. The Church has been outspoken on the international drug trade, but less so on whether it would be appropriate to legalize "recreational drugs."

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Outspoken priest served as Bloc MP

Fr. Raymond Gravel

August 25, 2014
MARY DURRAN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Father Raymond Gravel, an outspoken social activist and advocate for Quebec independence, died of lung cancer Aug. 11. He was 61. Gravel was well known for publicly questioning Church teachings on homosexuality, abortion and the role of women in the Church.

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New stamp shows photo of Sisters of St. Joseph

August 25, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Canada Post's new release of stamps by prominent photographers includes a well-known shot by Michel Lambeth of two Sisters of St. Joseph and a man who helped the sisters in Toronto. The stamp, titled St. Joseph's Convent School, is one of 35 being released in phases over a five-year period, with seven being introduced this year alone.

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Leading Knight named Canada's ambassador to the Holy See

August 25, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – The president of Canada's bishops' conference welcomed the naming of Dennis Savoie as Canada's new ambassador to the Holy See. "Mr. Savoie is a man who has given leadership both at the civic and community level in Canada," said Archbishop Paul-André Durocher of Gatineau, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Mary's fidelity is antidote to 'treadmill society' – Smith

August 25, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SKARO – We live in "a treadmill society" in which people expend great amounts of energy and are proud of being busy, but end up going nowhere, says Archbishop Richard Smith. Fitness centres with their treadmills, rowing machines and stationary bicycles are typical of today's society, Smith said. "People are running for all they're worth; they're rowing like crazy, peddling like mad and going absolutely no place."

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Skaro's Marian pilgrimage draws newcomers, lifelong devotees

August 25, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Every year since 1919, Catholics have been coming to the beautiful Skaro shrine to celebrate the solemnity of the Assumption. And for the Aug. 14 vigil Mass and candlelight procession, the number of pilgrims was in the usual range of 3,000 to 4,000. For a few dedicated souls, however, the Skaro shrine receives more than a once-a-year visit.

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K of C's Wally Streit wins Top Recruiter Award for fifth time

Wally Streit

August 25, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For the fifth time, Wally Streit is the recipient of the Knights of Columbus' order-wide Top Recruiter Award. Streit, a retired banker, is a past state deputy of the Alberta Knights of Columbus. He is currently the state new council development director. Since 1998, he has recruited 1,974 members, including 261 last year.

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Knights show their love for the poor

August 25, 2014
TOM TRACY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

As an international fraternal organization, the Knights of Columbus is well-positioned to follow Pope Francis' witness of "love for the sick, the suffering and the poor," said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. That "extraordinary witness" and the pope's admonition to all to cast aside indifference have "captured the imagination of the world," he said Aug. 5 at the opening business session of the Knights' 132nd supreme convention in Orlando, Fla.

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Catholics fought against bigotry

August 25, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Jesuit novices in Guelph, Ont., in 1918 expected to wake early to prayers and devotions, then Mass, then breakfast. They did not expect to be woken by military police. But at the urging of some of Guelph's Protestant ministers one spring morning, as war raged in Europe, Capt. A.C. Macaulay and his men raided St. Stanislaus Novitiate north of the city. They were looking for Catholic shirkers - young men pretending to pursue religious vocations to avoid military service.

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