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Youth encouraged to accept Christ's offer of life and joy

Pope Francis
August 15, 2016
JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Take risks and do not let life's obstacles get in the way of encountering the true joy and life that Jesus can give, Pope Francis told more than one million young people. "Don't be afraid to say 'yes' to him with all your heart, to respond generously and to follow him," the pope told pilgrims at the closing Mass July 31 for World Youth Day. "Don't let your soul grow numb, but aim for the goal of a beautiful love which also demands sacrifice. "When it comes to Jesus, we cannot sit around waiting with arms folded.

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Edmonton WYD pilgrims return with sense of mission

August 15, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Young pilgrims from the Edmonton Archdiocese who took part in World Youth Day in Poland came back renewed and with a sense of mission. Beaming with energy, they say the massive Catholic youth festival was the ultimate experience as it allowed them to witness the universality of the Church, to share their faith with the world and to grow closer to Christ. Thousands of young people from around the world took part in the festival in Kraków July 25-31.

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Canada becoming increasingly Catholic, says sociologist.

Reginald Bibby
August 15, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Contrary to some analyses, organized religion is doing well in Canada, with the Catholic Church being the main player, says Reginald Bibby, one of the country's leading experts on social trends in religious practice. In his new book, Canada's Catholics, which he co-authored with pollster Angus Reid, Bibby says Catholics are living in a time characterized by vitality and hope.

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Camp Encounter helps kids find God amidst nature

August 15, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Excited campers tore along Camp Encounter trails until they reached their counsellors. "We saw a donkey," they exclaimed. That puzzled the counsellors because they knew here in the bush on the island in Lac la Nonne, there are no donkeys. The smiling counsellors asked several questions until their young charges realized that what they saw was the island's resident moose, not a donkey.

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French priest's murder calls for interfaith dialogue

Fr. Jacques Hamel
August 15, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Father Jacques Hamel's gruesome murder in northern France July 26 - by men claiming allegiance to the Islamic State - prompted sorrow and outrage from Muslim and Catholic leaders around the world. The slaying also brought forth calls for greater interfaith understanding as well as pleas to avoid stereotyping of and intolerance toward Muslims based on terrorist incidents. "This attack in a place of worship and on innocent worshippers in particular demonstrates that there are no boundaries to the depravity of these murderers," wrote Imam Qari Muhammad Asim, senior imam at the Makkah Mosque in Leeds, England.

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Solidarity more important than gold, says pope

August 15, 2016
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - A more important prize than a gold medal is up for grabs at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro: a chance to experience solidarity and contribute to the realization that all people belong to one human family, Pope Francis said. Speaking at his general audience Aug. 3, Pope Francis offered prayers and greetings to the people of Rio and to the athletes and fans who will gather in the Brazilian city for the games Aug. 5-21.

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Pope visits Auschwitz in silence to honour Holocaust victims

Pope Francis
August 15, 2016
JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Sitting with head bowed and eyes closed, Pope Francis paid silent tribute to the victims of one of the worst atrocities of history. The pope arrived July 29 at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, an area now blanketed by green fields and empty barracks lined by barbed wire fences, remnants of a horror that remains embedded in history.

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Francis praises Refugee Olympic Team

August 15, 2016
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In a personal message addressed to each of the 10 members of the new Refugee Olympic Team, Pope Francis wished them success in their events and thanked them for the witness they are giving the world. Naming each of the team's athletes from South Sudan, Syria, Congo and Ethiopia, Pope Francis said he had read some of the interviews with team members "so that I could get closer to your lives and your aspirations."

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Inter-religious centre encourages harmony, unity

August 15, 2016
LISE ALVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

RIO DE JANEIRO - The inter-religious centre for athletes at the Olympic Village aims to encourage harmony and unity among different nations and religions, says the Catholic priest coordinating the service. The centre will host not only group meetings and Masses but also will offer individual guidance to those who seek religious support. "Athletes who seek these types of services come not only for spiritual guidance, but to find emotional balance before they compete," said Father Leandro Lenin Tavares.

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Joyce Tutt to receive Kevin Carr Award

Joyce Tutt
August 15, 2016
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Joyce Tutt, a tireless supporter of Catholic charitable causes and a passionate volunteer in her parish and community, is being honoured by Newman Theological College as this year's recipient of the Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award. The award, named for the first layperson to serve as president of the college, recognizes individuals whose outstanding Christian leadership reflects the values of the college and the qualities that Carr cherished and exhibited in his work as president.

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