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Pope calls on laity to evangelize for global justice

November 15, 2010

Pope Benedict said that lay Catholics have a responsibility to promote social justice and charity in a globalized world often marked by injustice and inequality.

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A father’s tears turn into a poetic healing

November 22, 2010
LAUREEN MCMAHON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — When a traffic accident took the lives of two of their sons and left another son paralyzed two years ago, St. Francis of Assisi parishioners Geoff and Maria Moeller turned to their Catholic faith for solace.

The shock and disbelief surrounding such a major tragedy and the shattering of so many hopes and dreams is a parent’s worst nightmare come true. more . . .

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Vatican tries to speak so others listen

November 22, 2010
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — By Vatican standards, it’s a small revolution: A pontifical council is holding a major assembly without prepared speeches.

Participants in the Pontifical Council for Culture’s mid-November plenary meeting have been told to prepare for free discussion instead. more . . .

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Agriculture needs greater respect — pope

 

World food system called unsustainable

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November 22, 2010
MARK PATTISON
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The growing adoption of industrial farming practices worldwide puts too much stress on the planet.

It also deceives people into thinking that the world will be able to keep feeding a growing population, currently 6.8 billion. more . . .

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Whitehorse bishop among those who maintain that sending criminals to lengthy prison terms is wrong

Bishop Gary Gordon

November 22, 2010
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — Don Trembley started committing armed robbery when he was 12. He grew up to be an honest-to-God Montreal bank robber.

The last time he was incarcerated he split seven years between Joyceville Institution in Kingston, Ont., and Warkworth Institution near Campbellford, Ont., for armed robbery, dangerous weapons and assault causing bodily harm. more . . .

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Advocates drafted into leadership roles

November 22, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — When Lia Mills gave a speech on abortion to her seventh grade Toronto class two years ago, she never expected it to go viral on YouTube.

Rebecca Richmond intended to bake cookies to support her university pro-life group. She never thought she would become the group's leader and eventually the executive director of the National Campus Life Network, mentoring leaders across the country. more . . .

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Abortion coercion bill faces rough ride in House of Commons

MP Rod Bruinooge

November 22, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — A bill that would make it a crime to coerce a woman into having an abortion faces a rough ride in the House of Commons.

The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) is calling upon Catholics to contact their members of Parliament and ask them to support Bill C-510.

"Violence and coercion against women, whether they are pregnant or not, betrays a profound disrespect for the dignity and integrity of women," said COLF director Michele Boulva. more . . .

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Don't let mass translation annoy you — liturgist

November 22, 2010
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON - A loving spirit of unity is called for in implementing the new English translation of prayers and instructions for celebrating Mass, says the director of the national liturgy office.

Father Bill Burke called on pastoral leaders to set aside any annoyance and frustration with parts of the new translation to examine it as a whole. more . . .

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Critics fear new Ont. Law guts school board's power

November 22, 2010
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO - Critics are predicting a provincial bill on student achievement and school board governance will change the face of Ontario's school boards when newly elected trustees take office in December.

Rather than leave it to school boards to act in the best interest of students, Bill 177 legislates boards to "promote student achievement and well-being" and "ensure the effectiveness of the board's resources." more . . .

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