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STANFORDVILLE, N.Y. — Who knew that Catholic social teaching was a glorious assault on the senses?
At Sisters Hill Farm in Stanfordville, it has the taste of sweet crisp carrots, the fragrance of fresh basil with dark loamy dirt still attached to its roots, and the sight and sound of winged insects pollinating bright orange zucchini blossoms.
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While studying environmental sciences at Lethbridge University, Tyler Lacoste of Red Deer suddenly began to feel a need for God in his life. The question was what religion?
So the young atheist started a quest for a religion that met his spiritual needs and begun researching all major religions. He attended a Baptist church in Lethbridge for a couple of months but didn't seem happy.
VATICAN CITY - Saying he, too, was horrified by the images of the death and destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Pope Benedict asked people to join him in praying for the victims.
"May the bereaved and injured be comforted and may the rescue workers be strengthened in their efforts to assist the courageous Japanese people," the pope said March 13 after reciting the Angelus with visitors in St. Peter's Square.
Edmonton — The Alberta bishops will not participate in this year's March for Life because organizers could not guarantee that placards displaying dead fetuses would not be present at the event.
Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith, liaison bishop with the march organizers, said the presence of images of aborted babies at the march is not consistent with the message the bishops want to portray about the dignity of human life.
OTTAWA — Supporters of the New Democratic Party's Medicine for All bill hope the bill can pass the Senate before a possible spring election.
"This is one of those rare moments of life, where you have a precious window of opportunity, you either open it or you don't," said Dr. James Orbinski, founder of Dignitas International and a public health professor at the University of Toronto. "Let's make it happen."
EDMONTON - With adolescence comes a surge of egocentrism, hormonal changes, peer pressure, risk-taking behaviour, development of abstract thinking, less time at home, interest in other forms of spirituality, and oftentimes loss of faith.
With all of these uncontrollable influences, how does one nurture a teen's spirituality?
OTTAWA — Jennia Grison was on the dean's list at Queen's University, had a great family and friends but was "so unhappy."
God seemed "far away and irrelevant," Grison recalls.
EDMONTON - The archbishop of Edmonton would like Newman Theological College to honour its patron saint - Cardinal John Henry Newman - by becoming a community of disciples that helps people draw close to the Lord.
Archbishop Richard Smith expressed this desire during the blessing and official opening of Newman Theological College March 8.
MORINVILLE - Morinville has four schools, all Catholic. But a handful of non-Catholic families want public, secular education available as an option for their children.
"The situation here is untenable where 70 per cent of the kids in our schools are not Catholic," said Donna Hunter, whose three children attend Notre Dame School, for kindergarten to Grade 5 students.
Involving children in the liturgy is a priority for the Church. Come Sunday Mass at many parishes, however, few children are present.
Matthew Berube, 15, is a longtime altar server at St. Vital Parish in Beaumont.