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Decrepit housing threatens physical, mental health

September 26, 2011
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — The health of those who are "vulnerably housed" is just as poor as the homeless, says a recent study from researchers at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital.

The study found that more than 85 per cent of homeless people have chronic health conditions and more than half have a mental health problem.

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Speaker descends mineshaft of abortion

September 26, 2011
NATHAN RUMOHR
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — Stephanie Gray is known as passionate and controversial, and she makes no apologies when it comes to campaigning against abortion. The co-founder of the Calgary-based Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform (CCBR) presented that passion in a presentation at Holy Family Church Sept. 1.

Her 45-minute talk centred on how scientific information and understanding is important to advocate the pro-life cause.

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Love of liturgy fuels passionate opera star

Mark Doss

September 26, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — Bass-baritone Mark Doss is now taking the stage nightly as King Thoas in Iphegenia in Tauris on the Four Seasons Centre stage.

An altar of sacrifice stands at the centre of the stage, but for Doss that is far from being an unfamiliar stage prop. His knowledge of altars and sacrifice goes deeper than the opera roles he has played.

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Quebec bishops bring breath of fresh air

Archbishop Gerald Lacroix

September 26, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

MONTREAL — When Montreal Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Dowd came to the microphone after his Sept. 10 ordination, he paused, his smartphone in hand, pressed "Send," and announced: "I just updated my Twitter account: It's official. I'm a bishop."

One day shy of his 41st birthday when Montreal Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte ordained him, Dowd already had established himself as a blogging priest, adept in social media and the new evangelization.

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New translation further enhances Vatican II reforms — liturgist

September 26, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Father Bill Burke notices a similar pattern in the workshops he has held over the past year on the new English translation of the Roman missal.

At first those attending greet the changes with anger, trepidation and fear that the new translation will take back the reforms of Vatican II, he said. They've heard a mixture of rumours from the blogosphere or elsewhere that the "translation is terrible." Blogs on both the left and the right have contributed to these anxieties and concerns, he said.

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New missal rolling off the press

September 26, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

When Glenn Byer came to Ottawa a year ago to take a new job heading up the Canadian bishops' publishing house, the service was about to face its biggest challenge ever — the publication of the new English translation of the Roman Missal.

"We knew it was coming and we had started planning for it," Byer said. "In fact shortly after I got here we began working on the layout."

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Desire to be like Jesus led her to the Sisters of Providence

Sr. Loreto Andrea Leoń Soto

September 26, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — By most standards, Loreto Andrea Leo Soto was like any other girl growing up in Santiago, Chile.

Becoming a sister never occurred to her. She had a normal upbringing with close friends and a boyfriend.

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Many pointed the way to her vocation

Sr. Christina Wong

September 26, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — While others around her believed she would make a good sister, it took Christina Wong a long time to realize it herself.

As a high school student in Hong Kong, she was asked by the sisters who ran the school whether she had considered becoming a nun.

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A little oasis of peace, joy

September 26, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Many of us find taking a weekend or a week away for a retreat is not an option, for time, money or family reasons.

Some take “stay-cations,” turning a weekend or week at home into a retreat by unplugging the phone and the computer to set aside quiet time for prayer, reading and meditation.

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Small-scale farms offset climate change

September 26, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LEDUC — The devastating effects of climate change are already a daily reality for many people, especially the poorest and most vulnerable. The industrialization of agriculture bears a large share of the responsibility for the disruption of the climate.

Therefore, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace proposes that small-scale agriculture is the best solution for the future.

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