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Homily is an act of worship

January 25, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As a homilist, Father Michael McCaffery is probably best known for his brevity. "I always say people don't remember what I said, but they know it didn't take me very long to say it." He credits this to the best advice he ever received, shortly after he was ordained about 55 years ago. Msgr. Foran, considered one of the premier preachers in the Edmonton Archdiocese at the time, told him: "McCaffery, I want you to preach six minutes and no notes."

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French Muslim wages personal 'jihad' against extremists

Mohammed Chirani
January 25, 2016
JAMES MARTONE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Mohammed Chirani was pursuing a midlife career change in the United Kingdom when news erupted out of his native France that Muslim extremists had attacked the Paris headquarters of a satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people, including eight of the magazine's staff. The news gradually worsened over the next two days, as the extremists killed a policewoman, and then another four people inside a Paris kosher food market.

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Vatican newspaper critiques magazine's lack of respect for faith

January 25, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - A world that carefully adheres to the dictates of being "politically correct" yet refuses to respect people's faith in God is a "sad paradox," the Vatican newspaper said. The Jan. 6 article, headlined "The Charlie Hebdo question: Manipulated faith," came in response to the front cover of the latest issue of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Marking the one-year anniversary of the killing of 12 people in a raid by two Islamic extremists on the magazine's offices, Charlie Hebdo featured a drawing of an angry God running with blood spattered on him and a machine gun slung over his back.

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Quebec deacon has soft spot for Muslim refugees

Deacon Arismendy Lozada
January 25, 2016
PHILIPPE VAILLANCOURT
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

A well-known personality in Colombia, he fled to Canada to stay alive. Uprooted, new to the French language, he lived precariously in Quebec City, drawing strength to live from his family and his faith. Now he is in charge of the Latino community of the Archdiocese of Quebec. Here is the exceptional story of a refugee. Deacon Arismendy Lozada glanced at his cellphone. News alerts flashed on his screen, alternating among soccer, religion and politics.

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Head of military chaplains moved by faith of soldiers

Brig. Gen. Guy Chapdelaine
January 25, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

When Brig. Gen. Guy Chapdelaine, Canada's new chaplain general, spent Christmas in Afghanistan in 2006, he planned ahead for his possible death. Chapdelaine said he "prepared all his things" and even visited his archbishop in Sherbrooke, Que., to tell him if anything happened to him, he wanted his funeral in the Sherbrooke cathedral. "It's a complex ministry in the face of death or threats" in the field of operations, Chapdelaine said in an interview at his Ottawa office. "We have this service. Our life can end at any time."

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Regina archbishop dies after battle with cancer

Archbishop Daniel Bohan
January 25, 2016
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Archbishop Daniel Bohan, head of the Regina Archdiocese for almost 11 years, died Jan. 15 after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. A native of Yarmouth, N.S., Bohan, 74, was raised in Moncton, N.B. He studied theology at Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax, Université Laval in Quebec and Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind He was ordained a priest in 1967, serving as pastor of several parishes in the Maritimes and teaching moral theology at Holy Heart Seminary.

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Kennedy daughter left legacy for the handicapped

Cover - The Missing Kennedy
January 25, 2016
NANCY ROBERTS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Missing Kennedy: Rosemary Kennedy and the Secret Bonds of Four Women by Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff. Bancroft Press (Baltimore, 2015). 258 pp.

The story of young Rosemary Kennedy (1918-2005), the first daughter born to the celebrated Boston family, invites sad contemplation of what might have been. One wonders if things would have turned out quite differently for the younger sister of President John Kennedy, who at age seven was diagnosed as intellectually disabled (or "mentally retarded," as it was then termed), if . . .

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Insects may play key role in halting climate change

January 25, 2016
JONATHAN HARLINE
and AUSTIN MARDON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Since the release of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si', the world has become increasingly aware of the climate change debate. While scientific causes, effects and solutions are constantly being discussed, some practically-minded people are brainstorming ways to help lessen the impact of climate change. Many things need to change, but the pope suggests that it is "we human beings above all who need to change," and many aspects of our existence may have to change drastically.

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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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