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Atheists help faith to focus its thinking

November 21, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

With a title like The Future of Religion in a Secular Age the evening of high-minded talk on the campus of the University of Toronto might have been an invitation to religious hand-wringing.

The new atheists, religious illiteracy, technology, loneliness, multiculturalism and community breakdown were all on the agenda.

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Forgiveness redeems a tormented life

Doreen Trudeau

November 21, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – No matter how dreadful the crime, how appalling the sin, Doreen Trudeau remains convinced that Jesus' forgiveness is greater.

Trudeau, 66, is known in Edmonton for her work with seniors. She visits patients at various hospitals and care centres and takes them Communion. For 16 years she has been active with the Legion of Mary, participates in Bible study at St. Andrew's Parish, and loves spending time with her three adult children and two grandchildren.

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Students remember Ukrainian famine

November 21, 2011
BORIS RADYO
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

On Nov. 25, the 38,000 staff and students in the Edmonton Catholic School District will recognize Holodomor (Ukrainian Famine-Genocide) Memorial Day.

Holodomor remains the greatest mass murder of civilians undertaken during peace time. Despite this infamy, Holodomor is still a little known and little understood event.

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Euthanasia advocates take their case to court

November 21, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Vancouver – The effort to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide that was lost in Parliament in 2010, moved to the courts Nov. 14, but pro-life forces are fighting back.

On Nov. 14, in Vancouver, the B.C. Supreme Court began hearing arguments in Carter vs. Attorney General of Canada, that challenges Canada's laws against assisted suicide and euthanasia.

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Corpus Christi raises funds for church

November 21, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Eleven years after it was established, Corpus Christi Parish is getting ready to build its first church – a magnificent 4,400-square-metre facility for 1,500 people.

The new church will cost $16 million, which Father Jim Corrigan is hoping to raise through a pledge campaign.

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New Missal to increase 'awesomeness' of liturgy

November 21, 2011
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

When Catholics begin using the new Roman Missal on the first Sunday of Advent, they will find an "awesomeness" to the new translation that maybe wasn't as present in the previous incarnation, said Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast.

The new translation will mark the shift from using principles of "dynamic equivalence" to "formal equivalence" on the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27. Its aim is to improve the liturgy, said Prendergast.

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Mass should not be changed, even for hugs

If two professional hockey teams decided to throw away the rulebook and play a game with a beach ball and snowshoes, their game would not be called professional hockey.

Why?

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Directive on postures, gestures is questioned

I found it depressing, disturbing, discouraging and difficult not to feel adrift in a hierarchically-dominated Church when I read such a comment by Archbishop Smith that “directives (for uniform postures during Mass) have as their intention to assure consistent practice in the archdiocese and conformity with the universal law of the Church.”

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Campaign does not target Canadian farms

I thank Lorraine Gaumont for her response to “Small-scale farmers offset climate change” (WCR letters, Oct. 24), as it is important to specify the issues, and to be clear about our sources.

The Development and Peace campaign action, inspired by the “preferential option for the poor” is supporting small-scale farmers in the Global South.

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A saint offers counsels for the battle against temptation

St. Francis de Sales

November 21, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Last week's article noted that even the strongest temptations cannot overwhelm a person's desire for the good. The fire of the good always burns.

However, in the face of strong temptation, it may not burn brightly. Temptation must be overcome. So how does one do that?

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