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Fr. Irwin's dream has given hope for 50 years

Msgr. Bill Irwin

January 16, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Back in 1961, the Edmonton Archdiocese recognized needs in the community that were not being met by existing resources. Many people simply fell through the cracks, with needy children suffering the most.

Father Bill Irwin, then a young and determined priest, knew he couldn't stand by and decided to do something to improve their lot.

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Sign of Hope raises 2.66M

January 16, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton – Catholic Social Services has once again run a successful Sign of Hope Campaign, raising $2.66 million. That's four per cent more than its goal of $2.55 million

"It was a very successful campaign; we are very pleased with how it went," said campaign chair Gerry Hood.

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New senator has close ties to Church

January 16, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Alberta's newest member of the Canadian Senate is a board member of the Western Catholic Reporter and a long-time leader in St. Joseph's Basilica Parish.

Betty Unger, named to the Senate Jan. 6 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has served as chair of the WCR board and is currently in her seventh year as a board member.

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Aboriginal parishes eager for St. Kateri

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

January 16, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton – Excitement is building in some aboriginal parishes in the Edmonton Archdiocese as Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha draws closer to canonization.

"I'm excited because I think it's way overdue," says Oblate Father Jim Holland of Edmonton's Sacred Heart Parish. "She will be the first true North American to be canonized."

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Talk with Collins was like opening a 'treasure chest'

Archbishop Thomas Collins

January 16, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The priest who worked most closely with Archbishop Thomas Collins during his seven years in Edmonton says speaking with the new cardinal was "like opening up a treasure chest."

Father Greg Bittman, archdiocesan chancellor, said Collins was always full of valuable insights and wisdom.

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Collins' red hat will bring higher profile, more duties

Archbishop Thomas Collins

January 16, 2012
JIM O'LEARY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Receiving the honour of a papal invitation to join the College of Cardinals means Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins will become an advisor to Pope Benedict, likely be assigned a symbolic parish in Rome and acquire important commissions from the pope.

And as the highest-ranked Canadian Catholic prelate outside Quebec, he will also become the primary spokesman for the Church in English Canada. As an archbishop, he is familiar with the role. As a cardinal, it takes on greater weight.

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Salt and Light interview with new Senator Betty Unger

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African Women shattered by food crisis

Joan Ochieng

January 23, 2012
CHRIS HERLINGER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NAIROBI, KENYA – The year 2011 was not good for women such as Joan Ochieng. Just about everything was a struggle.

"We were not treated fairly," the Nairobi resident and single mother said of life in 2011, noting the many pressures, including spiraling food prices that caused her and her family of four children and one grandchild to often go to bed hungry.

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Toronto Catholic artists express culture of life

January 23, 2012
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — Musician Susan HooKong-Taylor is doing everything she can in her music ministry to build up the body of Christ.

One way is through a Catholic arts initiative called The Beads.

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Holy Trinity brings Olds together

January 23, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Every school day begins with a class leading morning prayer in the gymnasium. Father Maurice Okolie, from St. Stephen's Parish, visits the school about once a week. Crosses are prevalent throughout the whole school, above every door and in every window.

Such features make Catholic education a rewarding experience for students in Olds, population 7,500.

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