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Psalms echo truth for our daily lives

October 18, 2010
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON – The psalms evoke the reality of the human condition and echo with truth for our daily lives, says Gisele Bauche.

"The psalms touch the core of our being," Bauche said Sept. 27 at a session on Exploring Our Faith.

The Book of Psalms forms the "heart of the Bible," Bauche said, both in its location at the Bible's centre, and in its over-arching content. more . . .

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Broken leg led Stelmach to see power of Catholic health care

Premier Ed Stelmach

October 18, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Premier Ed Stelmach praised the work of Covenant Health and hinted his government may shape new health care legislation on some of the values this Catholic organization embraces.

Speaking at the annual meeting of Covenant Health at Westin Hotel Oct. 5, Stelmach said his government would soon introduce new health care legislation "that is going to put our patients first." more . . .

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Pope names 24 new cardinals, including two from US

October 20, 2010
WCR NEWS SERVICES

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict named 24 new cardinals Oct. 20, including 10 Italians and four Africans.

The appointments bolster the strength of the Vatican Curia within the College of Cardinals. Many of the Italians to receive the red hat hold curial offices that are traditionally occupied by cardinals.

No Canadians were among those named Oct. 20, dousing speculation that Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins, former archbishop of Edmonton, would be named a cardinal. more . . .

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Peace reigns as archdiocese, school board seek end to casino funding

Edmonton Catholic Schools Logo

October 18, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Edmonton Catholic Schools and Archbishop Richard Smith are working together to end casino funding for education, says the chair of the school board.

"There is no war developing. There never has been a war developing between us and the archbishop," Debbie Engel said in an Oct. 8 interview. more . . .

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WANTED A few good holy men

October 18, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Canada's new apostolic nuncio is looking for holy men to fill the many episcopal offices that will become vacant in the next few years, especially in Quebec.

Archbishop Pedro Lopez Quintana, who arrived in Canada last February, is not looking for a person who can do everything, "because that is impossible. more . . .

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Kennedy vows to continue support for Iraqi war resisters

October 18, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
OCANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Liberal MP Gerard Kennedy plans to continue helping American Iraq War resisters stay in Canada, even though his private member's bill was defeated Sept. 29.

"I'm looking for ways to protect the war resisters," said Kennedy after the defeat of his War Resister's Act. more . . .

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Praying pro-lifers find hope at end of rainbow

October 18, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – On her way to pray across from the abortion clinic, Carolyn Towle saw a sign from God that provided inspiration in her goal to end abortion.

"On my way here this morning, there was a little bit of a rainbow in the sky. So it was a reminder, I think, from the Lord of his covenant, his promise," said Towle. "I'm sure he will be with us in prayer this morning as we pray the rosary." more . . .

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Church called to open its ears

October 18, 2010
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The Catholic Church obviously believes it has an important message to share with the world. And with relatively easy access to the printing press, the airwaves and the Internet, it would seem that communicating the Gospel would be easier than ever today. more . . .

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Canada: An aging country with few kids

October 18, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Canadian families continue to shrink says a study from the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (IMFC), so policy-makers must help them prepare for harder economic times.

"The country is rapidly aging with a birthrate of 1.6 children per women, well below the 2.1 level needed for replacement," writes IMFC senior researcher Peter John Mitchell in the executive summary of a study released in late September. more . . .

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Bunk-filled culture lacks critical thought

October 18, 2010
BRETT FAWCETT
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

This morning I sat down to read the Edmonton Journal and saw the headline, “Gambling ban not in the cards.” Near the end of September, Archbishop Richard Smith issued a call to the Catholic School District to stop accepting funding raised by gambling.

The story quoted a piece the archbishop had previously written for The Journal. . . . more . . .

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