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Académie Saint-André salutes patron

October 11, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

BEAUMONT – Not only is Brother André on the verge of being elevated to sainthood, Montreal's humble man of faith will also be honoured as the patron of Beaumont's only Catholic school.

Planning for the new school started about four years ago. More recently, the Catholic community, parents and division staff submitted 45 potential names, such as St. Vital, Ascension and de La Salle. more . . .

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Mass media hostile to Christian values

October 11, 2010
ANNA MARIA BASQUEZ
WCATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

DENVER – A new sentiment in the mass media seems more hostile to Christian values, Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput told a conference of 150 religion reporters Sept. 24.

He urged the journalists from across the nation and overseas "to understand believers and religious institutions as they understand themselves" and to have humility in their work. more . . .

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Edmonton Catholic School Trustee Candidates

October 11, 2010 WARD 71 Becky Kallal It has been a privilege to represent Catholic voters as a trustee on the Edmonton Catholic School Board for the past term. There are many issues in education today and in Catholic education specifically, and I have worked hard to learn about as many as possible, bring attention to them, and advocate for solutions to them. Certainly, more work needs to be done. In a society that is becoming ever more secular, it is difficult to raise a child who has a true moral and spiritual compass. Parents who send their children to Catholic schools need to be confident that the values and beliefs that their children are receiving at school support those that they are trying to nurture at home. We cannot allow secularization to compromise our ability to contribute to the spiritual and moral formation of our students, while at the same time providing them with a quality education that prepares them for life in the 21st century. Catholics need to remain vigilant in order to reta ...

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New Mass translation strives to fill 'the hunger for faith'

October 11, 2010

Fr. Geoffrey Angeles

GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SHERWOOD PARK – Within the next few years English-speaking Canadian Catholics will celebrate the Mass with "a heightened language that focuses on transcendence," says a Manitoba pastor.

Father Geoffrey Angeles says he hopes the new Roman Missal touches "the hunger for faith" among Catholics.

"More and more we are meeting people who are looking for meaning in all the wrong places when the meaning is right in front of us," said Angeles, a liturgical composer and priest of the Winnipeg Archdiocese. more . . .

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Time to raise the bar on oilsands standards

Bob McKeon

October 18, 2010

The public debates around the Athabasca oilsands appear to be entering a new phase. We see new developments in the media almost every day.

Until recently, provincial government and industry leaders insisted that the oilsands plants had no measurable pollution effect on the Athabasca River despite the claims made by environmentalists and independent scientists. When doctors spoke of serious damage to human health in downstream aboriginal communities, government officials bullied them into silence. more . . .

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Calling people vegetables denies them dignity

Mark Pickup

October 18, 2010

There is a commonly used term that I find deeply offensive. Perhaps I find it offensive because there is a chance that one day I may be referred to by this term: The term is "vegetable" and its extension is "vegetative state."

I knew of a man with multiple sclerosis so advanced he could not move or speak; all he could do was blink his eyes to communicate. I was incensed to hear of him referred to as a vegetable. more . . .

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John Paul elevated lay vocation

The Holy Spirit

October 18, 2010

It used to be commonly thought that only priests and religious have vocations; laity have careers where they basically do their own thing within the bounds of basic morality.

This was a notion that represented a gross impoverishment of the mission of the Church. It not only relegated the laity to the status of ecclesiastical hangers-on, but also underestimated the action of the Holy Spirit in each person. more . . .

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Pray for the healing of the eye of our heart

John Connelly

October 18, 2010

In this week's Gospel, Jesus speaks of two men - a tax collector and a Pharisee.

The parable begins in the following way: "Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else." more . . .

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Calgary puts roofs over the homeless

Bishop Fred Henry

October 18, 2010

In 1967, Pope Paul VI issued his encyclical letter Populorum Progressio, challenging us to help our neediest sisters and brothers to achieve full human development.

We have indeed made huge strides forward as we understand ever more clearly that poverty in the form of cruel need – the need for decent living, clean water, land for food, basic health care, appropriate education, participation in decisions which have the most impact on personal and community life – is a dominant fact in the life of so many people today. more . . .

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Believe God plays favourites? It's time to look in the mirror

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 18, 2010

Does God love some people more than others? Does God have favourites?

This is an old, disputed question with centuries of history: Is there a chosen race? Are some people predestined for heaven or hell? Does God love the poor more than the rich? Does God love sinners more than the righteous? Does God love virgins more than married persons? more . . .

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