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Small groups can have big results in evangelization, says Ortega

Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino

October 6, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Beaupré, Quebec – Evangelization starts small, Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino of Havana told Canada's bishops and went on to share examples that helped renew the Catholic Church in Cuba. Ortega told the bishops how the cathedral parish in Havana would organize a celebration of all young people from the well-populated neighbourhoods. Few come for Communion, some are preparing for Baptism, but all will go out and do social service for the poor, he said.

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'Doctrinal war' heats up as synod on family draws near

October 6, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family opens Oct. 5, but weeks earlier some of its most prominent members were already publicly debating what is bound to be one of its most controversial topics: the eligibility of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. In an interview published Sept. 18, a proponent of changing Church practice to allow such Catholics to receive Communion answered criticism from some of his fellow cardinals, suggesting they are seeking a "doctrinal war" whose ultimate target is Pope Francis.

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Canada prepares for synod on the family

October 6, 2014

At their annual plenary assembly last month, Canada's Catholic bishops heard reports from across the country on how Catholics view the upcoming world synod and the state of the family today. Here, Deborah Gyapong of Canadian Catholic News presents synopses of the reports from 4 dioceses.

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Good liturgy can spark conversion – archbishop

Archbishop Arthur Roche

October 6, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Reverent liturgical celebrations and good homilies play a key role in the Church's missionary rebirth, the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship told Canada's bishops Sept. 15. Describing the bishop as the "chief liturgist" in the diocese, Archbishop Arthur Roche said the liturgy is "the life-force of the entire community" and requires a bishop's "continual attentiveness."

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Sheep without shepherds need closeness from the Church – pope

Pope Francis

October 6, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Bring the Gospel to those who need it most: the poor, the frazzled and the lost, who wander the world without any guidance or protection, Pope Francis told pastoral workers. Remember that the Church's ministry is like working a field hospital, where the wounded need to be helped and held, and there is no need for laws that only keep people away, he said Sept. 19. There are "so many people who are hurt and they are asking us to be close. They are asking us the same thing they asked Jesus," to be by their side, he said.

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Jesuit astronomer awaits the discovery of alien life.

Br. Guy Consolmago

October 6, 2014
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, the new president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, has no doubt that life exists elsewhere in the universe and that when humanity discovers it, the news will come as no big surprise. The likely discovery – whether next month or a millennium from now – will be received much the way that news of planets orbiting far off stars has filtered in since the 1990s, he said. "The general public is going to be, 'Oh, I knew that. I knew it was going to be there,'"

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'No priesthood for me,' he said; but God had other plans

Fr. Bryan Sabourin

October 6, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Father Bryan Sabourin, 28, ordained a priest for the Companions of the Cross in June, recalls a time when he was embarrassed to bring his friends home. When he was in the ninth grade, his parents began to have a spiritual awakening, prompted in part by the influence of his maternal grandparents who were active in Ottawa's St. Mary's Parish at the height of the charismatic renewal under Father Bob Bedard, the late founder of the Companions.

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A botanical Way of the Cross

A botanical Way of the Cross

October 6, 2014

Louise Tessier of Regina designed a unique Way of the Cross, using flowers and other plants.

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Art exhibit traces events of Jesus' life

October 6, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Regina artist Louise Tessier has been creating ceramic art tiles since the late 1990s. But when she came across the writings of Father Thomas Stanley, a Marianist priest from Ohio, her work found a new, singular focus. Stanley had taken the Scriptural Stations of the Cross and added his own meditations based on flowers and plants. That seemed a perfect fit for Tessier’s ceramic tiles which were already based on garden themes.

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Gruff exterior hid Carriere's cultured interests – MacNeil

Fr. Guy Carriere

October 6, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

At first glance, Father Guy Maurice Joseph Carriere had a gruff, macho exterior. Rough around the edges, he visited the farms in his cowboy boots, went fishing and enjoyed fly-tying. However, Archbishop Joseph MacNeil said that upon getting to know Carriere, people were often surprised that he was a sensitive man, prayerful, intelligent and a talented pianist. "He was a big man, a husky guy and seemed to be kind of brusque. But he was a very shy man," said MacNeil, emphasizing the contrast between his physical appearance and calm demeanour.

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