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Calif. bishops oppose Gardasil vaccinations

September 12, 2011

The California Catholic Conference is urging Californians to call Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. and urge him to veto legislation that would allow children 12 and older to be vaccinated against sexually transmitted disease without parental consent or knowledge.

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Vatican newspaper opposes mandatory sex ed

September 12, 2011

When it comes to sex education programs, the Catholic Church is painted as old-fashioned and callous about teen pregnancy and disease.

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Beautiful art opens door to God — pope

September 12, 2011

Appreciating beautiful works of art is not just for cultural enrichment, it's also an important way to experience God and become aware of the human thirst for the infinite, Pope Benedict said.

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Shots fired at car of Mafia-fighting priest

September 12, 2011

A southern Italian priest who is outspoken against the Mafia said gunshots fired at his car were likely meant to show him and the public that members of organized crime are still in charge of the area.

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Indian parish offers parents $220 to have 5 kids

September 12, 2011

A parish in India's Kerala state has instituted incentives to encourage families to have more children amid worries that the Catholic population in the area has begun to drop.

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Goderich Knights provide relief following tornado

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September 12, 2011

The Knights of Columbus in the tornado-ravaged town of Goderich, Ont., were front and centre in the efforts to help the town recover from a devastating tornado that hit Aug. 21.

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Lockout at WYD vigil affected 250,000 pilgrims

September 12, 2011

Alan Law wanted to know why the gates were closed so early at Cuatro Vientos airbase on the eve of the papal vigil at World Youth Day. So the Toronto man posed this question on the wall for the official WYD Facebook group, run by event organizers.

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Since 1861, St. Albert Parish has been making history

Fr. Albert Lacombe

September 12, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT — In January 1861, Father Albert Lacombe and Bishop Alexandre Taché came to the top of the hill overlooking the Sturgeon River and decided that this would be the site of the new church.

Taché suggested it be named after Lacombe's patron saint, St. Albert. This site, now marked by a huge bronze statue of Lacombe, was not colonized until April 1861.

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Alberta's oldest parish celebrates

St. Albert Parish - 150 Year Anniversary Logo

September 12, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Parishioners at St. Albert Parish, conscious of the historic significance of their parish, are marking the 150th jubilee of their parish with a bang.

They have been celebrating monthly since January and will continue celebrating for the remainder of the year.

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COLF offers broad view of vocations

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September 12, 2011
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) released a message designed to help families do a better job of seeing their lives as a Christian vocation.

In its message, Love is Calling Your Children, COLF urges families to recognize the role they play in helping their children find their vocations.

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