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Iraqis plead for Canada to open doors for families

September 22, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Images of war-torn towns, broken bodies of children, starving Iraqi people flash through the daily newscasts, splash across the front pages of newspapers. But there are those who know what these people are going through because they themselves fled the terror years ago and are now desperately trying to rescue relatives and friends left behind. Zeina Pauls of St. Albert and her two children have been living in the safety of Canada for 15 years.

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Archdiocese mourns the loss of Fr. Michael "Catfish" Mireau

September 24, 2014
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton – The Catholic community is mourning the death of Father Michael (Catfish) Mireau, a priest of the Archdiocese of Edmonton and beloved district chaplain of Edmonton Catholic Schools. Father Mike died late Monday night following a heroic battle with cancer, one he documented over the last two years in an inspiring and provocative series of videos at www.fathercatfish.com. He was 42.

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Studies show faith, marriage are keys to having a longer life

October 6, 2014
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Washington – Study after study has confirmed that those who are involved in religion and those who are married are healthier, physically and mentally happier and live longer than those who are not. "The health benefits of marriage are so strong that a married man with heart disease can be expected to live, on average, 1,400 days (nearly four years) longer than an unmarried man with a healthy heart," said Dr. Scott Haltzman, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behaviour at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

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Small groups can have big results in evangelization, says Ortega

Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino

October 6, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Beaupré, Quebec – Evangelization starts small, Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino of Havana told Canada's bishops and went on to share examples that helped renew the Catholic Church in Cuba. Ortega told the bishops how the cathedral parish in Havana would organize a celebration of all young people from the well-populated neighbourhoods. Few come for Communion, some are preparing for Baptism, but all will go out and do social service for the poor, he said.

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'Doctrinal war' heats up as synod on family draws near

October 6, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family opens Oct. 5, but weeks earlier some of its most prominent members were already publicly debating what is bound to be one of its most controversial topics: the eligibility of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. In an interview published Sept. 18, a proponent of changing Church practice to allow such Catholics to receive Communion answered criticism from some of his fellow cardinals, suggesting they are seeking a "doctrinal war" whose ultimate target is Pope Francis.

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Canada prepares for synod on the family

October 6, 2014

At their annual plenary assembly last month, Canada's Catholic bishops heard reports from across the country on how Catholics view the upcoming world synod and the state of the family today. Here, Deborah Gyapong of Canadian Catholic News presents synopses of the reports from 4 dioceses.

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Good liturgy can spark conversion – archbishop

Archbishop Arthur Roche

October 6, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Reverent liturgical celebrations and good homilies play a key role in the Church's missionary rebirth, the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship told Canada's bishops Sept. 15. Describing the bishop as the "chief liturgist" in the diocese, Archbishop Arthur Roche said the liturgy is "the life-force of the entire community" and requires a bishop's "continual attentiveness."

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Sheep without shepherds need closeness from the Church – pope

Pope Francis

October 6, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Bring the Gospel to those who need it most: the poor, the frazzled and the lost, who wander the world without any guidance or protection, Pope Francis told pastoral workers. Remember that the Church's ministry is like working a field hospital, where the wounded need to be helped and held, and there is no need for laws that only keep people away, he said Sept. 19. There are "so many people who are hurt and they are asking us to be close. They are asking us the same thing they asked Jesus," to be by their side, he said.

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Jesuit astronomer awaits the discovery of alien life.

Br. Guy Consolmago

October 6, 2014
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, the new president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, has no doubt that life exists elsewhere in the universe and that when humanity discovers it, the news will come as no big surprise. The likely discovery – whether next month or a millennium from now – will be received much the way that news of planets orbiting far off stars has filtered in since the 1990s, he said. "The general public is going to be, 'Oh, I knew that. I knew it was going to be there,'"

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'No priesthood for me,' he said; but God had other plans

Fr. Bryan Sabourin

October 6, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Father Bryan Sabourin, 28, ordained a priest for the Companions of the Cross in June, recalls a time when he was embarrassed to bring his friends home. When he was in the ninth grade, his parents began to have a spiritual awakening, prompted in part by the influence of his maternal grandparents who were active in Ottawa's St. Mary's Parish at the height of the charismatic renewal under Father Bob Bedard, the late founder of the Companions.

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