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New media is tool for reaching out to youth

December 6, 2010
ANNE-MARIE HUGHES
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON — New media are an important way for the Church to reach out to youth, presenters said at a Nov. 20 training session for youth leaders and volunteers.

“Use the power of new media resources to meet youth where they are,” said presenter Laurie Friesen. more . . .

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Smuggling bill could block legal refugees

Archbishop Brendan O’Brien

December 6, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Canada’s Catholic bishops have come up against federal legislation aimed at preventing human smuggling.

They argue Bill C-49, the Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act, could hurt bona fide refugees. more . . .

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Pope wept over starving Ukrainians

Pope Pius XI

December 6, 2010
SERGE CIPKO
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Edmonton has a special relationship with the Holodomor. It was the first major urban centre in the world to have a monument to the victims of the 1932-33 famine. That unveiling took place on the 50th anniversary of the famine in 1983.

On the 75th anniversary in 2008, members of the Alberta legislature passed Bill 37 to declare a day of remembrance for the victims of the 1932-33 famine in Ukraine. The fourth Saturday in November was thus proclaimed as Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day. more . . .

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Papal book deflates common myths

December 6, 2010
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In the middle of Pope Benedict’s new book is a story about a hat, and it sheds light on the trials and tribulations of the modern papacy.

The book’s interviewer, German journalist Peter Seewald, recalled a public appearance one winter day when the pope donned the “camauro,” a red velvet cap trimmed with ermine that was last worn by Pope John XXIII. Seewald suggested this was one of those subtle signals that marked a return to the old ways of the Church. more . . .

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Seminary-college fundraising campaign likely to fall $1M short

Ron Coulombe

December 6, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The Cornerstone Campaign to fund the construction of St. Joseph Seminary and Newman Theological College is struggling to meet its $15-million goal as the appeal nears its end.

As of Nov. 29, $11.7 million had been raised but a lot more money is still expected to come in, says campaign director Ron Coulombe. more . . .

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St. Mary’s brings new president back to Canada

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

December 6, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

CALGARY — St. Mary's University College has selected a leading Catholic educator from Australia to serve as its next president.

But Dr. Gerry Turcotte is no stranger to Canada. Originally from Montreal, Turcotte, 50, has degrees from McGill and the University of Ottawa. He went to Australia to do a doctorate in English literature and ended up staying. more . . .

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Blair, Hitchens debate if religion is a force for good

December 6, 2010
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens duked it out to a draw in the biggest public debate on religion ever held in Toronto Nov. 26.

At the start of the evening, 22 per cent of the sold-out crowd at Roy Thomson Hall were in favour of Blair’s proposition that religion is a force for good in the world. Fifty-seven per cent thought religion was a force for ill and 21 per cent were undecided. more . . .

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Advent begins with prayer for human life

December 6, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Local Catholics joined others around the world to begin Advent with prayers for the protection of unborn human life.

Archbishop Richard Smith led a solemn celebration of Evening Prayer at St. Joseph’s Basilica, coinciding with the first Vespers of the first Sunday of Advent. more . . .

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St. Vincent de Paul Society seeks infusion of youth

Society of St. Vincent de Paul logo

December 6, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is trying to attract young people to help replace its aging volunteer base.

The move is part of an overall plan to improve the organization, whose mission is to help the poor meet their basic needs. more . . .

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Country trip to cut a Christmas tree creates family fun time

Lisa Persche

December 13, 2010

Ah, Christmas in the country. For city dwellers, the notion holds a special charm. Wistful songs have even been written about it. Our family gets a little taste of it when we travel to a 180-acre farm to harvest our own Christmas tree.

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