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Former Liberal MPs chastise Trudeau for abortion stance

Justin Trudeau

October 6, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Seven former Liberal MPs have publicly called on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to rescind his policy requiring all Liberal MPs to vote in favour of abortion. In the letter published Sept. 18, former Liberal MP Pat O'Brien and the other six MPs expressed concern over Trudeau's demand Liberal candidates "agree to park their consciences at the entrance to the House of Commons and vote directly opposite to their fundamental beliefs, as directed by you."

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Cardinal returns to bless his school

Cardinal Collins

October 6, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

With scissors in hand and a wide smile on his face, Cardinal Thomas Collins cut the red ribbon declaring the new Cardinal Collins High School Academic Centre officially open. Dignitaries from the local Church, Edmonton Catholic Schools, the city and provincial government accompanied the former Edmonton archbishop at the Sept. 24 opening. The Collins Academic Centre was built in partnership with the City of Edmonton and is attached to the Clareview Recreation Centre at 3802-139 Ave. It offers students an alternative way to complete high school or upgrade courses.

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Albanians' witness brings pope to tears

Pope Francis and Fr. Ernest Troshani

October 6, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Two survivors of Albania's communist crackdown against the Church brought Pope Francis to tears with their stories during a Vespers service in Tirana's cathedral Sept. 21. "To hear a martyr talk about his own martyrdom is intense," the pope told journalists on the papal plane back to Rome the same evening. "I think all of us there were moved, all of us." Father Ernest Troshani, 84, talked about his life as a priest under a militant atheist regime that targeted people of every faith between 1944 and 1991.

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Working with the pope is beautiful – cardinal

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez

October 6, 2014
BETH GRIFFIN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK – Pope Francis evangelizes with "encyclicals of gestures," which speak louder than words and texts, said Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa. One of nine members of the Council of Cardinals advising the pope, the cardinal reflected on the reorganization of the Roman Curia in a Sept. 23 interview. Working with Pope Francis is "really beautiful, because you know he's all the time with us as a friend and as a brother," Rodriguez said.

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Meet Christ among the marginalized – Gordon

Bishop Gary Gordon

October 6, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Look to the peripheries for it is there you'll find the suffering, the marginalized and Jesus Christ. "Where you meet Jesus is in the peripheries and on the edges," said Bishop Gary Gordon, a veteran missionary priest. "I have met Jesus so many times in the peripheries." Although Gordon now serves the Diocese of Victoria, a position he has held since June 14, he says being an urban priest was never his intention.

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Mireau changed the lives of students at St. Francis Xavier

October 6, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Father Mike Mireau was the most important person in Sarah Oskobiny's life. The young chaplain was an inspiration to everyone in St. Francis Xavier High School, with his open door policy, willingness to listen, and a constant smile that brought joy to the students' lives. "We will always remember him and he is always in our hearts," said Oskobiny. Mireau, 42, died Sept.22 following a year and a half battle with cancer. Dan Donnelly, principal at St. Francis, said of Mireau, "He would really make the kids question and look at their faith. He brought the Gospel down to their level, made it relevant to their lives at the moment.

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Delectable food is a sign of God's love made edible

Gardener

October 6, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

If you want something, grab it and go. Dr. Norman Wirzba said that is modern culture's approach to the world around us, including our attitude toward food. He learned this concept while growing up on the family farm north of Lethbridge. His mother worked diligently preparing delicious meals. Then everyone would dive in and devour the meal gluttonously. The youngest in the family with older brothers, Wirzba said eating was a full contact sport in his home.

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Mireau rode roller coaster in adventurous priesthood

October 6, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Father Paul Kavanagh was one of Father Mike Mireau's closest friends. The pair met in the seminary in 1997, were ordained three weeks apart in 2002, went to Disneyland together and Kavanagh was at Mireau's side when he died Sept. 22. The two buddies had a lot of laughs at Disneyland just a few months ago. They had gone to California for a religious education congress in March and stayed on for a day or two. What was Mireau's favourite ride? Kavanagh bursts out laughing.

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Seminary draws largest numbers in 50 years

Fr. Stephen Hero

October 6, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Thanks to prayer and hard work, St. Joseph Seminary is bursting with seminarians this year. Currently 53 seminarians from several Western dioceses are studying for the priesthood at St. Joseph. That's about 10 more than last year. "This is very exciting," said seminary rector Father Stephen Hero. "These things go a little bit in cycles sometimes but I have to say we haven't had this many (seminarians) probably since the late 1960s." The seminary has room for 60 seminarians and 51 are living in house at the moment. Two are away doing their pastoral internships.

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Fr. Mireau chose life, inspired my renewal

October 6, 2014

Dear Father Mike (Catfish) Mireau.

I am sitting in the library where I just read of your passing. I didn't know you, Father. However, my journey with you through the blogs and experiences you shared with the youth of the archdiocese made me want to be a better person.

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