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The right words can comfort the grieving

October 31, 2011
JESSICA PALL
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Helping others cope with their grief is difficult, even if you have experienced your own tragic loss, but knowing what to say or what not to say can help you comfort the griever without putting him or her in additional pain.

“Often, I think the clichés we use to try and comfort people puts a burden on them by requiring them to be strong, to not cry and to move on with life when they are in the middle of an incredibly difficult part of grief,” said Maureen Waldron.

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Discuss death with loved ones

October 31, 2011
NANCY FRAZIER O’BRIEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In the days immediately before and after a loved one dies, time may slow to a crawl or pass in a flash. But how can people be sure to do or say the things they want to in that critical time period?

“Practically speaking, you need to pull a support system together,” says Sherri Auger, an elder-care planning consultant who co-wrote Now What? A Practical Guide to Dealing with Aging, Illness and Dying (Novalis, 2010) with health journalist Barbara Wickens.

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Evangelization moments at the cemetery

Edmonton Catholic Cementeries Logo

October 31, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Caring for the remains of those who have died is a serious business. For Edmonton Catholic Cemeteries, respect, even reverence, for the bodies of the deceased is seen in the light of Christ's promise of eternal life.

Today, however, not everyone sees things that way.

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Funerals can be created to fit the bill

October 31, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Like a wedding or a baptism, a funeral is a rite of passage by which we recognize an important event in our lives.

The funeral declares a death has occurred and one of its main purposes is to pray for the repose of the soul of the deceased.

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The Servant at the Supper play depicts Jesus' final days

Eleanor Glenn

October 31, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Retired Catholic school educator Eleanor Glenn is on a different stage now, but she still has a passion for teaching others about the Catholic faith.

Instead of a classroom, Glenn – who has a religious education specialist certificate – is now spreading the Word through drama in her one-woman play that connects the sacrifice of the Mass with Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

 

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Catholic faith anchors CTV News Anchor

Lisa LaFlamme

October 31, 2011
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Lisa LaFlamme’s Catholic faith has helped her learn empathy, the concept of truth and “doing right by another person.”

“Those are the same principles that guide good journalism as far as getting to the truth on something and particularly focusing on the oppressed in the world,” the new chief anchor and senior editor of CTV National News told The Catholic Register.

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Jesus steers our turbulent boat of life

Pastor Craig Tufts<

October 31, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

We are better off with Jesus asleep in our boat than with the best of captains.

That’s according to Lutheran pastor Craig Tufts, this year’s leader of the annual Strathcona County Ecumenical Mission. Live it Up in the Abundant Life Jesus Gives! was the theme of the mission, which the Lutheran Church sponsored this year.

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Chagall's angels not religious art, claims curator

October 31, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Almost nobody would guess that the Russian Revolution of 1917 would have produced great religious art. However, Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde at the Art Gallery of Ontario until Jan. 15 is chock full of icons, angels, reverie and mysticism.

The central artist in the exhibition, Marc Chagall was one of the great religious artists of the modernist era. His most significant works include stained glass windows for the cathedrals of Reims and Metz, numerous paintings of the crucifixion of Christ, illustrations for an edition of the Old Testament and paintings of Hasidic life in the Jewish quarter of Vitebsk, in Soviet Belarus.

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Capitalism must be reined in, says Vatican document

October 31, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

A Vatican document has called for the gradual creation of a world political authority with broad powers to regulate financial markets and rein in the “inequalities and distortions of capitalist development.”

The document said the current global financial crisis has revealed “selfishness, collective greed and the hoarding of goods on a great scale.”

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Bishops counter 'hysteria' by offering support to CCODP

October 31, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

CORNWALL, ONT. – Canada's Catholic bishops remain confident in the renewal of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, despite "hysteria" and "misinformation" on both sides.

At the close of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) assembly Oct. 17-21, Archbishop Richard Smith, the conference's new president, said the bishops expressed their appreciation for CCODP.

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