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Secret famine killed 10M Ukrainians

Leonid Korownyk

December 5, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Imagine lighting between seven and 10 million candles at night. The light would be brilliant and bright. Now imagine extinguishing those candles, and how much darkness there would be.

That's how survivor Leonid Korownyk described the impact of the Holomodor, the villainous Ukrainian famine genocide of the 1930s, to elementary school students.

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Parishioners, pastors open to new Mass Translation

December 5, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Advent has begun, and with it the new liturgical year. But this first Sunday of Advent brought challenges for both ordained and lay Catholics as they got a feel for the new translation of the Roman Missal.

At St. Michael-Resurrection Church, Father Roger Keeler offered the blessing, "Lord be with you" during the Saturday evening, Nov. 26 Mass.

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Mass the most formal occasion of all

I agree with Karen Gilbertson (WCR letters, Nov. 21) that we should not judge people’s attire at Mass.

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Changing postures reflect misplaced priorities

So now we’re being asked to kneel during the proper of the Mass.

It wasn’t very long ago . . .

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Mass complaints reflect society’s complacency

Recent issues of the WCR had some letters to the editor that baffled me.

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Lovely idea turned into disruptive practice

Children going to visit the priest during the Offertory started spontaneously some years ago when a child wandered down the aisle and climbed the steps for a closer look at the priest.

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Outreach to prisoners essential to Christian Mission – Weisgerber

December 12, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG - Prison ministry is a call to live out part of Matthew 25, where Jesus speaks of feeding the hungry, welcoming the unwanted, caring for the poor and sick and reaching out to the imprisoned.

"Jesus was pretty serious about all that, but by and large Christians have made this optional, and it's not optional," Archbishop James Weisgerber said at a Nov. 15 gathering.

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Prisoner finds hope, healing through art

December 12, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON – For Curtis Eklund, art is a path of healing, an expression of truth and a way to give voice to his hope in Jesus Christ.

"I hope to send a message that Jesus died for all who will accept him," said Eklund of his drawing of the crucifixion surrounded by First Nations imagery.

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To fly like an eagle, you must keep flapping your wings

St. Francis de Sales

December 5, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Our reflections on St. Francis de Sales' Introduction to the Devout Life now enter the home stretch. The fifth and final part of the Introduction focuses appropriately on "Exercises and Instructions for Renewing the Soul and Confirming it in Devotion."

That is, we have spent the last 21 weeks learning the basics on loving God; how can we ensure that those lessons stay with us?

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Pro-family groups applaud decision to uphold anti-polygamy laws

Peter Murphy

December 5, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Pro-family groups have welcomed a Nov. 23 British Columbia Supreme Court decision that upholds Canada’s anti-polygamy law.

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