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Ottawa's tough new laws won't cut crime

Joe Gunn

July 11, 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised during the recent election campaign to pass all of his government's crime legislation in one package of bills within the first 100 sitting days of the new Parliament. In the June 3 Speech from the Throne, the Conservative government promised to "move quickly to reintroduce comprehensive law-and-order legislation to combat crime and terrorism."

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Family Life Conference: A festival of Catholic Life

July 11, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LAC STE. ANNE — Hundreds of Catholic families spent the Canada Day long weekend sharing with each other, barbecuing, praying, attending Mass and listening to renowned speakers from Canada and the United States.

The Lac Ste. Anne pilgrimage site was teeming with activity as more than 2,000 Catholics, about 500 families, from across Alberta and Western Canada descended on the site for the 16th annual Family Life Conference June 30-July 3.

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Bishops take pastoral approach to same-sex attraction

July 11, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Canada’s Catholic bishops have published a pastoral letter on ministry to young people with same-sex attraction that warns against “watering down” Church teaching yet shows sensitivity to the challenges faced by homosexuals.

The eight-page booklet prepared by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (CCCB) doctrinal commission released June 27 on its website (www.cccb.ca) comes when publicly-funded Catholic schools are under pressure from the Ontario government’s equity polity.

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Alta. Pilgrimages provide a way to celebrate summer

July 11, 2011
GREG BOUNDS
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

This summer avail yourself of the opportunity to take in one or all of the annual pilgrimages that occur in the Edmonton Archdiocese.

If those dates do not work then still take the opportunity to stop by on your summer travels and visit the shrine or historic church in the area to appreciate the design and sacredness of these holy sites.

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Youth light up Italian parish, prepare to head for WYD in Spain

July 11, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The young people of Santa Maria Goretti Parish were not as active in the Church as youth of the past had been. In response, a youth group was launched to get them more drawn into parish life.

"We just wanted to get more youth motivated about our church," said Rosa Bruno, a youth group member.

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'Papabile' speculation pot is stirred

Cardinal Angelo Scola

July 11, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — The most amusing headline to greet Cardinal Angelo Scola's appointment as archbishop of Milan appeared in a British newspaper: "Pro-Vatican cardinal to head Milan church."

One can pretty well assume that all of the candidates considered for this office would describe themselves as "pro-Vatican." The Italian hierarchy is not full of papal critics or ecclesiastical rebels.

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Yoga opens conduits to connect with God

July 11, 2011
SARA ANGLE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Sister Margaret Perron, a Religious of Jesus and Mary, trades her habit and rolls out her mat for Father Tom Ryan's yoga and Christian meditation class at St. Paul's College in Washington.

Carefully choreographed yoga-prayers allow participants to "embody a prayer," Ryan tells his classes. He said they may have been praying a prayer their whole life, but by saying the prayer in conjunction with different postures, they can more fully understand and appreciate the words they are saying.

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Catholic newspapers still best way to deliver the Good News

July 11, 2011
SAM LUCERO
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

PITTSBURGH — Although social media is the rage in today's world of communication, one Catholic bishop offered an impassioned speech in support of Catholic print publications.

During a panel discussion June 23 at the 2011 Catholic Media Convention, Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik said Catholic newspapers and magazines continue to be the best way to reach people in the pews.

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Pro-life protesters jailed while terrorists can march

Linda Gibbons

July 11, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — Long-time pro-life activist Linda Gibbons is indignant that pro-lifers' freedom of expression is been curtailed while supporters of the terrorist Tamil Tigers can demonstrate freely.

In a talk at the two-day Toronto Pro-Life Forum in late June, Gibbons said Canada's lack of abortion laws is "promoting crimes against humanity."

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God exists outside the scientist's lab

July 11, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Subjecting God and his truth to scientific scrutiny represents an incorrect and despotic use of human reason, Pope Benedict said.

Empirical science has done much to further progress and reason is fundamental to faith, the pope said June 30.

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