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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OTTAWA - Most Canadians value marriage highly, but trends show an increase in those who see it as an outdated institution, according to a poll released May 31.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.

Murmurs of civil disobedience arise at award for anti-euthanasia activist

June 13, 2016
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Anti-euthanasia activist Alex Schadenberg has been honoured with the Archbishop Adam Exner Award for Catholic Excellence in Public Life by the Catholic Civil Rights League for his ongoing advocacy against euthanasia and assisted suicide. On June 2, Schadenberg was presented with the Exner Award at the league's annual spring dinner in Toronto. League executive director Christian Elia said Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, could have been given this award many years ago.

So-Cons re-examine Tory ties after party retreats on marriage

June 13, 2016
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Some social conservatives are ready to leave the Conservative Party after the party's policy convention decided it will no longer uphold the traditional definition of marriage. "It's a tragedy social conservatives in Canada no longer have a party that they can support," said Gwen Landolt, national vice president of REAL Women of Canada. "The Conservative Party at the convention has just become another liberal-lite party, which we cannot either accept or support," Landolt said.

Every life a gift from God

May 30, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Clarence and Marie Ibach's family is a living witness that every life is a gift from God. Originally seeking "healthy" children when they set out to adopt, the Ibachs' family portrait today includes 10 children with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and fetal alcohol syndrome. "We said, 'God, whatever you want,' and that's what he gave us," said Marie. "They're special."

Collins challenges growing threat to life.

May 30, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

As the Liberal government rushes a bill legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide through Parliament, thousands gathered in Ottawa May 12 for the annual National March for Life. The march's focal point has always been "the threat to life at its earliest stages through abortion," Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto said in his homily at a pro-life Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral.