Canada takes a wrong turn on road of life

Mark Pickup
January 25, 2016

The Life Issues Office for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., asked me to speak to the Adult and Family Rally and Mass just prior to the 2016 U.S. national March for Life on Jan. 22. I will speak at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. It is a privilege to be invited to speak again in the U.S. capital. It marks a highlight in my pro-life advocacy that has spanned more than 30 years.

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Worn-out piano symbolizes new year's transition

Dr. Gerry Turcotte
January 25, 2016

Several years ago, when my daughter decided she wanted to learn to play the piano, a good friend tracked down a used upright for us on Kijiji. Even though it was on its last legs, Sophie was able to spend almost two years learning her basic skills until a better instrument was needed. When we discovered that the soundboard on the first piano was irreparably damaged, it became a large, useless, dust-collecting sculpture in the dining room.

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Gospel canticles reveal Israel's starring role

January 25, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jesus' announcement in the Nazareth synagogue of his mission to the poor that is fulfilled "today" provides a framework for examining the canticles of Zechariah and Mary at the beginning of Luke's Gospel. Luke's story, it must be noted, begins with Zechariah in the Temple in Jerusalem and ends with St. Paul preaching in Rome, the symbol and centre of the Gentile world. Luke and the Acts of the Apostles are not two stories, but one drama that swings on the hinge of Jesus' ascension.

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Enter the Lord's gate of mercy

January 11, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Walking through the Holy Door in Edmonton's St. Joseph's Basilica can be a step into a new way of life, says the basilica's rector. "The important thing is that they go to Confession and that there is a desire in their lives to turn away from sin," says Father Martin Carroll. The Holy Door for the Year of Mercy, which leads from the baptistry near the east entrance to the church into the north aisle of the basilica, represents the first time there has been a holy door in Edmonton during a jubilee year.

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College bookstore is a place for people

January 11, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A hospital chaplain, one of Newman Theological Bookstore's frequent patrons, hurried through the bookstore door. "Is it in?" he asked anxiously. Shirley Kulmatycki triumphantly held up his ordered tome. Smiles were exchanged all round, and the chaplain slid his Visa into the credit card machine.

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Vancouver welcomes 2 very different men to the priesthood.

January 11, 2016
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER - Two very different men have stepped up to the altar in answer to the same call. Fathers Edwin Larry Lynn and Davide Lanzani were ordained priests at a solemn and joyous ceremony in Holy Rosary Cathedral Dec. 4. It was the final step after two unique journeys to the priesthood.

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Priesthood a family affair for Bombaks

January 11, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Bishop David Motiuk remembers clearly when he first met Michael Bombak. It was a summer day at the beach with the children at Camp Oselia when Bombak approached then-Father Motiuk, and said, "I'm thinking of being a priest." Motiuk was impressed. He had known many young men in relation to the priesthood and young women considering religious life, but few acted upon that call.

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Bishops, rabbis appeal for help for Christians

January 11, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Canada's Catholic bishops and the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus are asking Canada to put a priority on helping persecuted Christians - whom Pope Francis and Rabbi Jonathan Sacks say face genocide. "Christians experience religious persecution more than any other faith group on a global scale and in absolute numbers," the two groups said in a Dec. 15 letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion.

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Climate agreement lacks teeth, does not protect the poor

January 11, 2016
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

While world leaders committed to making the world carbon-neutral by 2050 at the December climate change conference in Paris, a Development and Peace officer says the deal is far from perfect. "I don't think it's the perfect deal for the most vulnerable or for climate justice," said Geneviève Talbot, research and advocacy officer with the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. Nevertheless, Talbot maintains the global agreement reached among 195 countries in Paris was "the best deal we could have had."

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Corpus Christi Church delayed

January 11, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Corpus Christi parishioners will have to wait a bit longer to begin worshipping in their new home. Their $16 million church at 3307-28A Ave. is almost completed, but still needs a few final touches, primarily in the main entrance and the sanctuary. The church was originally expected to be ready for Christmas 2015. Now church officials say it will be ready by the end of January.

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