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Black Africa on bottom rung — Dallaire

Senator Romeo Dallaire

June 6, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG — Wealthy nations have established a pecking order among the world’s needy that says black Africans are the last to receive assistance, says Senator Romeo Dallaire.

He cited the tsunami that hit Indonesia in 2004 killing 230,000 people.

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Students make somber stop at murder site

logo - Sacred Heart School, Wetaskiwin

June 6, 2011
LINDA SCHMIDT
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

WETASKIWIN – For the last eight years, Grade 9 students from Sacred Heart School in Wetaskiwin have been taking a year-end trip to Victoria.

The five-day field trip is filled with activities like caving, kayaking, whale-watching and museums. This year’s trip had a more poignant and sombre stop.

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Southdown restores wounded Church leaders to health

June 6, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Southdown Institute CEO Sister Miriam Ukeritis describes the priests and men and women religious who come through her doors as “wounded healers.”

Ukeritis challenged the stigma that can attach to priests or religious who are sent to the residential treatment program that started 45-years ago as a residential program to treat priests with alcohol problems.

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Demand quality health care for the poor, the homeless

June 6, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Many Canadians have health outcomes similar to people in Third World nations, says the president of the Canadian Medical Association.

That includes the homeless, the rural poor, the disabled, single parent families and those living on reserves, Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull said at a May 17 fundraising banquet for an inner city ministry to the homeless.

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Don't stand by in the face of evil

June 6, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Eva Olsson was barely out of her teens when she and her family were rounded up from their Hungarian village in 1944 and shipped to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Of her extended family of 89 people, only she and her sister Fradel survived.

The 86-year-old gave a powerful account of her experiences as a teenaged Hasidic Jew caught up in the Nazi hate machine to students at St. Francis Xavier High School May 25.

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Canada needs national response to human slavery

June 6, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Though she escaped more than a year ago, it’s still difficult for Irais Martinez to hold back tears when she recalls how she was trafficked into a sweatshop in Brampton, Ont.

It’s hard for the 27-year-old psychology graduate from Mexico to think of herself as a victim.

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Prayer involves 'long night of struggle,' says pope

June 6, 2011
SARAH DELANEY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Humility and perseverance in prayer is rewarded by a true encounter with God, Pope Benedict said.

At his weekly general audience May 25, Pope Benedict said God’s blessing cannot be won by force but rather “must be received with humility from him.”

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Church leaders forced into 'politics'

Fr. Edwin Gariguez

June 6, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Bishop Charles Kasonde doesn’t have a problem with mining in Zambia.

He has a problem with poverty, social upheaval, an AIDS pandemic, economic uncertainty and the near absence of government services in his diocese of Solwezi.

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Ducharme is friar first, priest second

June 6, 2011
BRENT MATTSON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — In the presence of family, friends, and brother priests, Franciscan Father Jean-Pierre Ducharme received his priestly ordination from Archbishop Michael Miller at Holy Rosary Cathedral May 14.

“Our hearts are full of gratitude and praise to God that he has chosen this man to be a priest of Jesus Christ,” Miller said in his homily.

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Wallet ID connects Catholics with priests

June 6, 2011
LAUREEN MCMAHON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — If you became too ill to speak or were in an accident and were rendered unconscious and admitted to hospital, how would anyone know that you were a Catholic and that you want a priest called?

The Catholic Health Association of B.C. has answered this question by creating an ID card which easily fits into a wallet and clearly states “I Am Catholic.”

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