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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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A botanical Way of the Cross

A botanical Way of the Cross

October 6, 2014

Louise Tessier of Regina designed a unique Way of the Cross, using flowers and other plants.

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Art exhibit traces events of Jesus' life

October 6, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Regina artist Louise Tessier has been creating ceramic art tiles since the late 1990s. But when she came across the writings of Father Thomas Stanley, a Marianist priest from Ohio, her work found a new, singular focus. Stanley had taken the Scriptural Stations of the Cross and added his own meditations based on flowers and plants. That seemed a perfect fit for Tessier’s ceramic tiles which were already based on garden themes.

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Gruff exterior hid Carriere's cultured interests – MacNeil

Fr. Guy Carriere

October 6, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

At first glance, Father Guy Maurice Joseph Carriere had a gruff, macho exterior. Rough around the edges, he visited the farms in his cowboy boots, went fishing and enjoyed fly-tying. However, Archbishop Joseph MacNeil said that upon getting to know Carriere, people were often surprised that he was a sensitive man, prayerful, intelligent and a talented pianist. "He was a big man, a husky guy and seemed to be kind of brusque. But he was a very shy man," said MacNeil, emphasizing the contrast between his physical appearance and calm demeanour.

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Sister startled when young man in airport asks her about God

Sr. Ann Shields

October 6, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Sister Ann Shields, host of the popular radio program Food for the Journey, spoke on conversion of mind and heart at the Spiritual Motherhood of Priests' annual conference Sept. 27. She opened with an anecdote of being storm-stayed in an airport and experiencing annoyance and frustration because she felt she had "important things to do." An inner prompting from God made her recognize the need to repent. She prayed, "I'm sorry for my irritation. I'm sorry for thinking I'm more important than all the people in the universe."

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Notre Dame sisters stand with people in Guatemala

Sr. Paula Maher

October 6, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When four sisters from the Congregation of Notre Dame went to Guatemala 50 years ago, fireworks, streamers and a procession marked their arrival. They arrived on Dec. 23, 1964, just two days before Christmas. The waiting villagers welcomed the missionary sisters with applause, and shouted, "Viva las Madres!" All from the United States, they started the first mission in San Francisco la Union, in the department of Olintepeque.

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Former Liberal MPs chastise Trudeau for abortion stance

Justin Trudeau

October 6, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Seven former Liberal MPs have publicly called on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to rescind his policy requiring all Liberal MPs to vote in favour of abortion. In the letter published Sept. 18, former Liberal MP Pat O'Brien and the other six MPs expressed concern over Trudeau's demand Liberal candidates "agree to park their consciences at the entrance to the House of Commons and vote directly opposite to their fundamental beliefs, as directed by you."

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Cardinal returns to bless his school

Cardinal Collins

October 6, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

With scissors in hand and a wide smile on his face, Cardinal Thomas Collins cut the red ribbon declaring the new Cardinal Collins High School Academic Centre officially open. Dignitaries from the local Church, Edmonton Catholic Schools, the city and provincial government accompanied the former Edmonton archbishop at the Sept. 24 opening. The Collins Academic Centre was built in partnership with the City of Edmonton and is attached to the Clareview Recreation Centre at 3802-139 Ave. It offers students an alternative way to complete high school or upgrade courses.

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Albanians' witness brings pope to tears

Pope Francis and Fr. Ernest Troshani

October 6, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Two survivors of Albania's communist crackdown against the Church brought Pope Francis to tears with their stories during a Vespers service in Tirana's cathedral Sept. 21. "To hear a martyr talk about his own martyrdom is intense," the pope told journalists on the papal plane back to Rome the same evening. "I think all of us there were moved, all of us." Father Ernest Troshani, 84, talked about his life as a priest under a militant atheist regime that targeted people of every faith between 1944 and 1991.

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