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Durocher lays out hopes for evangelization

December 16, 2013
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Just days before Pope Francis laid out his dream for a missionary Church in all parts of the world, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' president Archbishop Paul-André Durocher put forward his own hopes for the new evangelization in Canada.

Philippines marks fine line between Advent, Christmas

December 16, 2013
SIMONE ORENDAIN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In the Philippines, the Christmas season starts in September, but the final nine days of Advent have special meaning.

Palestinian L'Arche ready for Christmas

December 16, 2013
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK – Activity was in full swing at the Ma'an lil-Hayat workshop as 16 adults shaped felted wool into round balls for a large order of sheep to fill people's Nativity scenes.

Marriage proposal at Cana

Kristin Kopp

December 9, 2013
LORRAINE TURCHANSKY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

When Kristin Kopp read in her Sunday bulletin last Easter about Archbishop Smith's Jubilee Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, she knew she had to be there. "I just felt a calling to go as soon as I read about it," she said.

Archdiocese offers input for family synod

December 9, 2013
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Edmonton Archdiocese will be giving input to the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family through some of its consultative bodies.

U.S. Catholics eager to give their insight to the synod on issues affecting family life

December 9, 2013
PATRICIA ZAPOR
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

BALTIMORE – The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, called by Pope Francis for next October, is drawing great interest from everyday Catholics, many of whom are anxious to weigh in on questions the Vatican has sent out in preparation for the session.

Reconciliation heals residential schools' past

December 9, 2013
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For more than 100 years thousands of aboriginal children were forcibly sent to Indian residential schools funded by the federal government and run by Christian churches and religious communities.

Church urged to use the media in engaging manner

Michael Coren

December 9, 2013
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Most journalists are "absurdly naïve" about the Catholic faith, says Michael Coren, a bestselling author of 15 books.

Francis on hotseat with his economic analysis

Fr. Seamus Finn

December 9, 2013
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – In enunciating the principles of Catholic social teaching, popes have long stressed the Church's special concern for the poor and the need for state intervention to promote economic justice.

Scot singer starts liturgical music program at basilica

Roderick Bryce

December 9, 2013
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Archdiocese of Edmonton is planning to establish a professional cathedral choir and an Academy of Sacred Music to promote noble liturgical music among the faithful.