Battle with MS led us to follow Christ with complete abandon

Mark Pickup

January 30, 2012

My wife, LaRee, and I were in Saskatchewan to speak at a retreat of Christian students in medical school. The retreat dealt with the subject of suffering.

We spoke to the students about our sorrows and grief that have accompanied our 28 years living with chronic, degenerative multiple sclerosis. We shared insights about suffering from our Christian perspectives. I spoke about the terror of having an aggressive version of MS.

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Begin new year by discussing end of life

Gordon Self

January 30, 2012

New Year's heralds all kinds of personal resolutions to improve our lives - spend quality time with family, get back into shape, pray more, give to charities, and so forth.

But we know the dismal track record of Jan. 1 resolutions if they remain a half-hearted, private wish. Thinking them through, writing them down and publicly acknowledging what I resolve to do with a trusted friend or family member helps deepen the level of commitment and make it real.

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A journey of faith from Africa to Alberta

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

January 30, 2012

About six years ago, academic wind blew me from Africa to North America: to be precise, to Ottawa. My quest for knowledge has continued with my pursuit of a PhD degree in theology at the Dominican University, where I am on the verge of graduation.

As a Catholic priest of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost Fathers or Spiritans), I now work as the administrator of Mary Help of Christians' Catholic Chinese Parish in Edmonton, pending the defence of my doctoral dissertation in theology.

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Nuns resist nuclear arsenals with prayer, action

Srs. Carol Gilbert and Ardeth Platte

January 30, 2012

Dominican Sisters Carol Gilbert and Ardeth Platte, members of the Jonah House community in Baltimore, have spent decades crisscrossing the United States opposing war and acting to bring to life the biblical call to "beat swords into ploughshares" in symbolically disarming nuclear weapons and other tools of war.

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CCCB creates webpage on indigenous peoples

January 30, 2012

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a new webpage on its www.cccb.ca site that traces the relationship of the Catholic Church in Canada with indigenous peoples.

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Abortion undercuts respect for the disabled – Chaput

January 30, 2012

A Philadelphia hospital's alleged refusal to provide a kidney transplant to a mentally disabled three-year-old is yet another example of the harm legalized abortion is causing in the U.S., says Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput.

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Retired Antigonish bishop dies at 80

January 30, 2012

Bishop Colin Campbell, bishop emeritus of Antigonish, died Jan. 17.

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Vietnamese New Year

January 30, 2012

A calligrapher paints while waiting for customers on a street in Hanoi.

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Pope wants Christians to speak with one voice

January 30, 2012

Pope Benedict said Christians of all denominations should come to agreement on ethical matters, especially regarding human life, family and sexuality.

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Abortion clinic closed due to health concerns

January 30, 2012

A Rockford, Ill., abortion clinic that opened in 1973 has closed its doors for good.

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