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Experience drew former CCODP animator to advocate for women on the street

June 23, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It was a bitterly cold night many years ago and Kate Quinn and her husband John Kolkman were getting ready to go to bed. Suddenly they heard someone pounding on the door of their inner city home. They opened the door. A frantic aboriginal girl pleaded for help. Quinn looked out and saw two men running up the walk. The couple pulled the girl into their home and slammed the door.

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Battling mayor of Saguenay wears faith on his sleeve

June 23, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The Saguenay, Quebec, mayor who has been fighting in court to protect the right to pray before council meetings has written a book explaining his deep Catholic faith. Mayor Jean Tremblay decided to write Croire, ça change tout: Pourquoi la foi transforme-t-elle la vie? (Believing changes everything: Why does faith transform life?) out of his frustration at media interviews that were always too short, with no opportunity to go deeper.

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Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage will draw thousands

The Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage

June 23, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Lac Ste. Anne is again preparing for one of the most unique and memorable spiritual gatherings in North America. The annual Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage, set for July 19-24, is a time when pilgrims make their way to the shores of the lake, perhaps in search of healing or spiritual renewal. The pilgrimage began more than 100 years ago, and has developed into the largest annual Catholic gathering in Western Canada.

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Smith hopes digital media will spawn genuine encounters

June 23, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Modern media technology must help us not only to connect virtually but to promote a real encounter with people. That was the message Archbishop Richard Smith delivered to reporters at the annual Breakfast with the Archbishop at St. Joseph Seminary May 10. Several print, television and radio journalists enjoyed a traditional bacon and eggs breakfast with Smith and then talked about communications.

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Nfld. sister learned to run remote parish while on the job

June 23, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Sister Alice Walsh was excited to accept the position of pastoral minister of Our Lady of Fatima parish in Piccadilly, a remote town in Newfoundland and Labrador. But a month into her new post, the priest who arrived to celebrate Mass asked her if she realized that she was the one in charge.

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Holy Spirit wants to give us a complete overhaul – Cramer

Fr. Marc Cramer

June 23, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Many people want God to tweak them by changing one or two of their faults, says Father Marc Cramer. But beyond such tweaking, they would prefer that God stay out of their lives, the pastor of Edmonton's Good Shepherd Parish said in a talk on the eve of Pentecost. "However, God wants us to pray to be transformed," Cramer said. "The Holy Spirit doesn't come here to tweak us. The Holy Spirit comes to transform us totally and utterly, into new creatures.

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Catholic schools lead students to follow Jesus – Smith

June 23, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Blessed with modern technology, dedicated teachers, administrators and support staff, Edmonton Catholic Schools provides a healthy learning environment for young people. "But at the centre of it all is that which distinguishes us from all other educational systems: Jesus Christ is the reason for this school," said Archbishop Richard Smith. Catholic education in Edmonton has a proud tradition that dates back to before Alberta became a province. Edmonton Catholic Schools celebrated its 125 years with a celebratory Mass June 7 at St. Joseph's Basilica.

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Providence sister had a short, intense life

Sr. Celerina Estacio

June 23, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Both in her name and in the way she lived, Sister Celerina Estacio was "The Quick One." The name Celerina means quick, and that is exactly the way the Sister of Providence lived in her short but passionate life. She was 58 when she died June 3, after a brave battle with cancer, at Providence Centre Infirmary in Edmonton.

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Groups to battle Quebec euthanasia bill

June 23, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Groups opposed to euthanasia vow to fight Quebec's adoption of An Act on End-of-Life Care that brings Belgium-style euthanasia to the province. The new law, passed by a vote of 94 to 22 on June 5, allows doctors to kill their patients if they request so-called medical aid in dying. It treats euthanasia as health care, which is under provincial jurisdiction, while the Criminal Code, which lists it as culpable homicide, is under federal jurisdiction.

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Dying patients need to be asked for input about care – physician

Dr. Harvey Chochinov

June 23, 2014
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – Dying patients need to be asked what it feels like to be dying and how that experience can be made better, says a Winnipeg physician devoted to palliative care. Dr. Harvey Chochinov says maintaining and enhancing the dignity of the person at the end of life is a key aspect of providing comprehensive, quality palliative care. "We need details about our patients to help us remember them," Chochinov said.

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