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Carr calls Newman grads to embrace life's paradoxes

GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Graduates of Newman Theological College were called to put their faith to work promoting the quality of life, the "seamless garment" of justice and the integrity of creation.

Joan Carr, superintendent of Edmonton Catholic Schools, said Catholic education prepares students "to live with, even embrace, the paradoxes of life."

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St. Edmund Church marks 100 years

October 24, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jeannette Helmig remembers the days of open spaces around St. Edmund Church.

"When we moved out here, we were on acreages," recalled Helmig, a parishioner for 72 years. "We used to raise chickens a block away from here."

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Fr. Blanch was strong advocate for Justice

Fr. Michael Blanch

October 24, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LACOMBE – Father Michael Blanch was know as a humble priest and an advocate for social justice

More than that, he was a beloved shepherd and friend to many – a gentle soul who spent long hours talking and listening to his flock.

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Benedict announces Church to hold 'Year of Faith'

Pope Benedict

October 24, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict announced a special Year of Faith to help Catholics appreciate the gift of faith, deepen their relationship with God and strengthen their commitment to sharing faith with others.

The pope said the Year of Faith would give "renewed energy to the mission of the whole Church to lead men and women out of the desert they often are in and toward the place of life: friendship with Christ who gives us fullness of life."

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An 'amazing' youth rally

Michael Chiasson

October 24, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Gabriella Lagace has wanted to attend a youth rally since she was a child. Now that she has finally attended one, Lagace will be urging her friends to go to one too.

"It's such an amazing experience," said Lagace, a Grade 10 student from Assumption School in Cold Lake.

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Brazilian protest

October 24, 2011

A man hangs from a cross during a protest against corruption in downtown Rio de Janeiro Sept. 20.

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Pope condemns attack on Christians in Egypt

October 24, 2011

Condemning an attack on unarmed Christians in Egypt, Pope Benedict said that during the country's transition to democracy, all of its citizens and institutions must work to guarantee the rights of minorities.

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God will guide, protect his followers, says pope

October 24, 2011

God will always guide, protect and nourish those intent on following him, Pope Benedict said.

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Growing secularism threat to health care workers

October 24, 2011

The greatest challenge faced by Catholic health care workers is growing secularism, said Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez.

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Bishop, diocese in court for failure to report abuse

October 24, 2011

Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., which he heads, entered pleas of not guilty to misdemeanour charges of failure to report child abuse.

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