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Church seeks quantum leap in prison ministry

December 2, 2013
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

On any given day more than 160,000 Canadians over 18 are in jail, though only 38,000 of them have been convicted of a crime. Despite a decline in crime rates, the rate at which Canadians are jailed rose by five per cent between 2001 and 2011, according to Statistics Canada.

Meditation guide helps teens taste prayer life

December 2, 2013
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

A new book on meditation is inviting youth to take ownership of their prayer life. Guided Meditations for Young Catholics by Glynnis Hope B. Dawson is targeted at group leaders – catechists, youth ministers and teachers – to help them guide young people age 10 to 15 to a meaningful and relevant prayer life.

Children's books tell of Pope Francis, leaving town and Tanzania

December 2, 2013
REVIEWED BY REGINA LORDAN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The following books are suitable for Christmas giving: Bambinelli Sunday: A Christmas Blessing, A Girl Called Problem, Jorge from Argentina: The Story of Pope Francis for Children, Dear God, I Don't Get It and The Prayer of St. Francis

Pope gave heavenly hug, says man with disfiguring disease

Pope Francis embraces Vinicio Riva

December 2, 2013
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

For someone who has frequently been shunned and humiliated because of a disease that has severely disfigured his entire body, receiving the pope's loving embrace was like being in paradise.

Hunger, poverty haunt 28,000 Edmonton Children

December 2, 2013
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

About 91,000 Alberta children live in poverty. Of those children, 28,000 live in Edmonton.

Muslim woman journeys to Judaism

Sara Pechanac

December 2, 2013
FRANK FLEGEL
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

REGINA – Sara Pechanac was born into a Muslim family, but she remembers that even as a child she wanted to be a Jew.

Grandparents are like fine wine, says Francis

December 2, 2013
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Just as fine wine grows stronger with age, grandparents and other elderly Catholics "have the strength to leave us a noble inheritance," Pope Francis said at his early morning Mass.

Hope comes from knowing Jesus

December 2, 2013
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The West's crisis of faith has "morphed" into a crisis of hope that requires anchoring people in the great Christian story, said Montreal Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Dowd.

Roofless church

December 2, 2013

A roofless church is seen Nov. 20 in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in a remote part of the eastern Philippines.

The other man who died Nov. 22, 1963

November 25, 2013
FR. ROBERT BARRON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Two famous men died Nov. 22, 1963. The first did so in the most dramatic way possible, assassinated in the full glare of publicity on the streets of Dallas; the second in relative obscurity, in the upstairs bedroom of his simple home on the outskirts of Oxford, England.