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Helping others cope with their grief is difficult, even if you have experienced your own tragic loss, but knowing what to say or what not to say can help you comfort the griever without putting him or her in additional pain.
“Often, I think the clichés we use to try and comfort people puts a burden on them by requiring them to be strong, to not cry and to move on with life when they are in the middle of an incredibly difficult part of grief,” said Maureen Waldron.
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ST. ALBERT – Worldly goods that an individual gathered over a lifetime are often dispersed upon his death in ways their owner never intended. This is especially true if no legal will has been prepared.
Brad Cody, a lawyer with the St. Albert-based Cody Law Office, said every adult should prepare a legal will that reflects his or her individual circumstances and expectations. Otherwise a family feud can erupt.
MONTREAL – Inadequate formation of priests, the Church's fear of human sexuality and the isolation of priests all contributed to the sexual abuse of minors in the Church, said Archbishop Anthony Mancini of Halifax.
Mancini said yet another factor leading to abuse was the mistaken belief of many parishioners that priests are a stand-in for God.
MONTREAL – A former Roman Catholic priest, who as an adolescent was molested by his parish priest, warns that unless the culture of clericalism and celibacy within the Church are reformed, a second wave of abuse is around the corner.
Randall Penney, who left the Church in 1993 after 11 years as a priest, was among those who addressed the Trauma and Transformation conference, examining the sexual abuse of minors.
CALGARY - The morning child rights activist Craig Kielburger was to speak here, a person driving a van ran over a two-year-old in China; afterward 18 people passed by without stopping to help.
So Kielburger opened his Oct. 18 talk using that story as an example of the evils of bystander apathy, and how easy it is to point fingers at China for its wrongdoings, when here we ignore injustice too.
SLAVE LAKE – Five months after the spring wildfire that devastated their town, the people of Slave Lake are still trying to get their lives back together.
As winter approaches, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Edmonton has stepped in to provide badly needed furniture, household items and school supplies.
CORNWALL, ONT. - Canada's Catholic bishops approved a national pastoral plan on life and family at their annual assembly here Oct. 17-21.
Bishops have a particular responsibility to stand up for the dignity of human life from beginning to natural death, said Archbishop Richard Smith in an interview Oct. 21. "We want to find ever new ways to take the lead on this."
CORNWALL, ONT. – Donor fatigue has left the Canadian bishops' efforts to raise $25 million for healing programs on First Nations reserves well short of its goal.
Archbishop Richard Smith, the new president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), attributed that fatigue to financial anxieties over the current world financial crisis and multiple requests for funds.
OTTAWA – Years ago, Melkite Archbishop Elias Chacour flew to Washington, D.C., to make an unannounced visit to then Secretary of State James Baker's personal residence.
The Melkite Greek Catholic archbishop of Akko, Haifa, Nazareth and All Galilee was having trouble getting a building permit to expand a school from the Israeli government. That problem had repeated itself many times over the years as he built schools and summer camps for impoverished Christian and Muslim villagers.
TORONTO – More than two years in the making, Canada has a new magazine that intends to inject the voice of faith into public debates.
Convivium published its preview issue Oct. 18 with limited distribution in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa.