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Religion in Canada is a growth industry, says sociologist Bibby

May 18, 2015
FRANK FLEGEL
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON – Religion in Canada is a growth industry and Catholics are leading the way, says University of Lethbridge sociologist Dr. Reginald Bibby. Bibby backed his assertions with statistics from his own research as well as information from Statistics Canada. He acknowledged Church attendance has decreased, especially among teens, but it has now stabilized, largely due to Catholic immigrants.

Sisters strove to save martyr's legacy

Sr. Maria Julia Garica

May 18, 2015
BR. OCTAVIO DURAN, OFM
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Church hierarchy in El Salvador has shown little interest in the relics of Archbishop Oscar Romero in the 35 years since his death, says the sister who is director of the hospital where Romero was murdered in 1980. "Now that the pope has recognized his martyrdom, everyone is interested in Romero, including those who disagreed with his message," said Sister Maria Julia Garcia, Carmelite superior and director of the Divine Providence Hospital in San Salvador.

Drama explores power of conscience

May 18, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Coptic Christians calling out to Jesus during their execution on a Libyan beach. Gunmen storming Garissa University College in Kenya, targeting and shooting dead scores of Christian students. Iraqi Christians trapped in the mountains fleeing Islamic State persecution.

Pastor sensed Dubois was called to the priesthood

Deacon Christopher Dubois

May 18, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Father Dominic Yuen first met Christopher Dubois, he could tell there was a special calling on the young university student's life. A political science major attending Brandon University at the time, Dubois, the eldest of five children – two younger sisters and two younger brothers – was thinking of following in his father's footsteps and becoming a lawyer.

Composer's music aims to bring the undead to life

May 18, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The dark and bloody opus of the zombie death metal that scores the wildly popular and violent video game Call of Duty series would not be a likely creation from the mind of a young Catholic. A zombie-themed conference featuring a choir clad in blood-smeared gowns would not be a likely event on a Christian school campus, either. Kevin Sherwood, senior sound designer and composer for software developer Treyarch, the company behind the Call of Duty Nazi Zombies game mode, was the keynote speaker at Concordia University of Edmonton's Religion and Pop Culture conference on May 1.

Sister was captivated with the desire to serve

May 18, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One wonders how a young woman raised on a beautiful coffee plantation in Guatemala would end up a religious sister in Canada. Indeed, that was not Sister Gabriela Villela's plan. "I wanted to marry and have many children," she said in a recent interview. The fourth of six children, Villela said all were baptized, "but we never went to church." Life in the country on the inherited coffee plantation was good.

Halifax Sisters of Charity built on Seton's legacy

Sr. Elizabeth Ann Seton

May 18, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The seeds of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul were planted by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Born into a wealthy physician's family in New York in 1774, Elizabeth married William Seton when she was 19. Theirs was a love-filled marriage, made rich with five children. Seton saw past her comfortable life and began the Widow's Society for the destitute women and children in New York.

UN, climate scientists eager for environment encyclical

May 18, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

UN leader Ban Ki-moon and some climate scientists are banking on Pope Francis to be a unifying moral force to get the world onboard in the fight against global warming. Even though previous popes have spoken strongly against harming the earth and its inhabitants, one world-renowned atmospheric scientist said it is going to be Pope Francis "to save the day." Pope Benedict XVI, who has been lauded as the "green pope" for his attention to taking care of creation, "made some amazingly helpful statements on the environment" during his eight-year pontificate, said scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan.

Youth find life in the Bible

May 18, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When students walk into Lorne Zelyck's Introduction to the Bible class at the University of Alberta's St. Joseph's College, he can quickly tell the difference between a young person who has had Bible reading fostered in their life and one who has not. "Sometimes it's tragic how little they know," said Zelyck, whose students tend to be about 20 or 21 years of age.

Sister honoured for lifetime of work in the missions

Sr. Andrea Dumont

May 18, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Sister Andrea Dumont, a missionary Sister of St. Joseph, has been honoured this year with Catholic Missions In Canada's St. Joseph Award. The award is presented annually at Catholic Missions' Tastes of Heaven gala, held April 24 at Bellvue Manor in Vaughan, Ont. Dumont was fêted for her missionary work that took her first to Guatemala and then back to Canada and the North where the soft-spoken sister has worked since 1981 in the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas.

 
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