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Great writers can stretch perceptions, but read with care

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 11, 2010

British writer, A.S. Byatt, is perhaps the foremost novelist in the English language today. She will, no doubt, one day be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.

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Newman classes move to college in new year

October 11, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Delays in construction will keep students and staff of Newman Theological College at their temporary location in Sherwood Park until the New Year.

"We are actually taking possession of the new building (some time) in October but we are not going to move classes in the middle of the semester; that's basically the point. more . . .

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Life Chain witnesses against abortion

October 11, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Year after year, Peppy Wallace keeps coming back for the Life Chain.

"We've got to get our support out there to show that everybody cares. When they see our signs, that might ring a bell with them," Wallace said as he stood along 124th Street holding his sign and waving to passing cars on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 3.

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Boyle McCauley Health Centre tackled Third World ills

October 11, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When two Medical Mission Sisters arrived here from Philadelphia in October 1978 and saw what they called Third World conditions in the inner city Edmonton, they were determined to be a healing presence.

Sisters Estelle Demers and Teresa Arac were largely responsible for the formation of the Boyle McCauley Health Centre that opened in 1980. more . . .

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Honour God with our faithful prayer

Kathleen Giffin

October 11, 2010

Many years ago I had an experience of being prayed with, by the laying on of hands, for healing for my back. I wasn't particularly hopeful that it was going to work - after all, it was not as if I had cancer and actually needed God to rescue me. But I was willing to go along with their desire to pray for me.

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F-35 jets blast peace alternative, leave $16B vapour trail

October 11, 2010

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One might wonder how Canada plans to use 65 joint strike fighter F-35 jets with stealth capability. Of course, there are all sorts of possibilities, both fanciful and realistic, in the world beyond 2016 when the first of the jets will come into service.

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Canada's ethnic tapestry needs mending

Joe Gunn

October 11, 2010

Even before this summer's boatload of 492 Tamil refugees docked on Canadian shores, government ministers in Ottawa were threatening firmer measures to deal with "traffickers." In Quebec, the provincial government has introduced legislation banning the niquab and other face coverings from public-sector venues.

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Newman's feast day honours his conversion

Fr. Raymond de Souza

October 11, 2010

It's called the dies natalis - the day of birth. For saints it refers to their birthday in heaven or, in the eyes of the world, the day of their death upon earth. When assigning feast days to saints, the Church usually chooses the dies natalis; for example, the feast day of soon-to-be canonized Brother André of Montreal is Jan. 6, the day of his death in 1937, even though that day is also the great solemn feast of the Epiphany of the Lord.

So it was something of a surprise when it was announced last month that the feast day of Blessed John Henry Newman would be Oct. 9 - which we will celebrate for the first time this week. more . . .

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Teaching, social justice fills Sr. Toucanne's 100 years

Sr. Yvonne Toucanne

October 11, 2010
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CALGARY – Sister Yvonne Toucanne, a Sister of Charity of St. Louis, celebrated her 100th birthday on Sept. 17 at Bethany Care Centre in Calgary.

Surrounded by community members, friends, and administration and staff from Bethany Care Centre, her life of 100 years was celebrated through presentations and remembrances of her life and ministry.

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Synod spotlights Mid-East Christians

October 11, 2010
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican is setting the stage for another Synod of Bishops in mid-October, this one aimed at turning a spotlight on the Christian communities of the Middle East.

Synods are typically drawn-out affairs, requiring several years of planning and more years of follow-up. But there's a greater sense of urgency about this synod: Pope Benedict convened it rather unexpectedly a year ago, after Church leaders from the region - particularly Iraq - requested the special assembly.

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