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Edmonton teacher trains students for leadership by inspiring a global vision

Carla Cuglietta

June 13, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For the past two years, Carla Cuglietta has spearheaded the We Stand, We Lead leadership summit, which has brought more than 1,500 students together at Edmonton Northlands. At the summit, students learn about being leaders in their own lives and in the local and global communities. A teacher at Edmonton's St. Joseph's High School, Cuglietta is described as "a powerful and passionate teacher that inspires positive change."

While rate of church attendance falls, Canadians keep on praying

June 13, 2016
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

Prayer is still considered valuable by most Canadians, says a new survey. A recent poll of 1,500 people has found 86 per cent pray, and they find it beneficial. "We know that church attendance has really dropped dramatically in the last 50 years," Angus Reid, a pollster and sociologist at the Angus Reid Institute, told The B.C. Catholic. "I thought that it was important to look at the whole question of faith and religion through a slightly different lens."

Ft. McMurray teacher spurs problem solving

Abbi Easton

June 13, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Abbi Easton, a Grade 9 teacher at Holy Trinity High School in Fort McMurray, is a tech-savvy educator who likes to present things in ways that are meaningful to her students. "I want to teach my kids to be problem-solvers in life; that's the most important thing for me and I always say to my kids: 'I don't really care how you get to an answer; I just want you to get to the answer.'"

Red Deer teacher integrates new Canadians

Mandy Reed

June 13, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Mandy Reed is known for ensuring that her students have every opportunity to succeed "A lot of our students are new Canadians," says Reed, who teaches English as a second language, social studies and Canadian studies for Grades 10 to 12 at Red Deer's Notre Dame High School. "We make sure that they understand how a Canadian classroom works, what are our Canadian values, what does it mean to be a Canadian citizen, what are we called to do by Christ and what are we call to do by our government to make a society a great place."

Seek forgiveness and you will find the Father

June 13, 2016
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

PORT COQUITLAM - Practice and repetition are the keys to sonship with the Father, said Jake Khym. "It's okay and necessary with sonship to go back regularly to the Father for mercy," Khym said. "He is quick to forgive and, boy, do we need it." Khym presented a half-day session for Catholic men on True Sonship-Receiving God as the Father May 7.

Skype is teacher's medium to link Lloydminister, Uganda

Nicole Blais

June 13, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Under the guidance of Grade 6 teacher Nicole Blais, students at St. Mary's Elementary School in Lloydminster are communicating with and helping their peers in a village in Uganda. Her award-winning Our Village Uganda program brings Canadian and African students together over Skype for prayer and discussion. Our Village Uganda involves regular contact with students in a Ugandan village over Skype.

Fatima's third secret: conspiracy theories just won't go away

June 13, 2016
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger met the press in 2000 for the formal release of the so-called Third Secret of Fatima, he said he knew many people would be disappointed. Almost 16 years later, at the beginning of a year-long preparation for the 100th anniversary of the apparition of our Lady of Fatima in 2017, now-retired Pope Benedict XVI is still dealing with people not convinced the secret is really out. An online journal called OnePeterFive published an article May 15 claiming that shortly after Ratzinger released the secret and his commentary, affirming that it was the complete text, he told a German priest that, in fact, it was not.

Survey finds Canadians cooling to the importance of marriage

June 13, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Most Canadians value marriage highly, but trends show an increase in those who see it as an outdated institution, according to a poll released May 31. "Compared to just over a decade ago, Canadians have become more ambivalent about the role of marriage as a social institution," said The Canada Family Life Poll, carried out by Nanos Research for the Cardus Family. Cardus describes itself as "a think tank dedicated to the renewal of North American social architecture."

Faith, suck-it-up motto drove dying woman to meet pope

Cheryl Tobin

June 13, 2016
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The military mantra of "suck it up" and an intense love for the Catholic faith drove Cheryl Tobin to reach new heights - the cupola of St. Peter's Basilica and a personal blessing from Pope Francis. Despite having stage four cancer, undergoing chemotherapy and missing a section from both thigh muscles, Tobin traveled to Rome, climbed corkscrew staircases and did "the big wave" balanced on top of a plastic chair in order to catch the pope's attention. "We were in the back of the crowd" at the pope's weekly general audience May 11 in St. Peter's Square, her husband, Jim Tobin, told Catholic News Service.

Benedictine urges religious orders to return to margins of society

June 13, 2016
FRANCOIS GLOUTNAY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MONTREAL - In the past few years, Benedictine Father Simon-Pierre Arnold has warned aging and declining religious congregations that it would be a mistake to try to "mend an old fabric with new cloth" or "pour new wine into old wineskins." He reiterated that message in a speech to heads of Canadian religious communities. Religious must "urgently think of new ways to be present in the world," the Belgian-born monk told the general assembly of the Canadian Religious Conference, which gathered 25 men and 252 women religious leaders in Montreal May 26-29.