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Metis doctor battles diseases of the poor

Dr. Janet Smylie

December 26, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Shocking, shameful poverty among Canada's native people goes far beyond the remote northern Ontario community of Attiwapiskat.

Native poverty is walking the streets and crowding the basement apartments of Canada's largest cities, according to a new report by St. Michael's Hospital researcher Dr. Janet Smylie.

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Pope tells inmates God loves them

Pope Benedict

December 26, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ROME – Pope Benedict told inmates at a Rome prison that people say nasty things about him, too, but it's important to remember that there are other people ready to offer their love and support.

During a visit Dec. 18 to Rome's Rebibbia prison, the pope gave a short speech and then responded to questions from six of the inmates gathered in the prison's Church of Our Father.

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Byzantine scholar goes home but keeps his tongue flapping

Fr. Robert Taft

December 26, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In a sitting room where lace doilies top every table, Jesuit Father Robert Taft's grey sweater and wooden cane add to the impression that he's a refined retired professor.

But then he shared what he believes is the line his former students quote most: "There are two things you do not do alone: liturgy and sex."

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West end francophone parish looking for a home

December 26, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Francophone Catholics in the west end find themselves homeless again after losing the chapel they have been leasing since their own church went up in flames 45 years ago.

Since Oct. 19, the 150 families of Ste-Anne Parish have been worshipping in the gym of Ecole Notre-Dame, 15425-91 Ave. They will remain there until they find a church willing to house them.

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Octogenarian woman plays Santa for imprisoned youth

December 26, 2011
LAUREEN MCMAHON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER – Every December Evelyn Florendo plays Santa Claus to detained youth at the Burnaby Youth Custody Services Centre.

Florendo, a four-foot, 11-inch octogenarian dynamo, has a compassionate heart for boys and girls who have run afoul of the law.

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Calgary Anglican parish unites with Rome

December 26, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

CALGARY – Many groups of Anglicans have been asking Pope Benedict if they could become Roman Catholic but still maintain their 500-year Anglican traditions, such as liturgy, music and the Anglican Book of Common Prayer.

In November 2009, the Holy See responded to these requests by establishing a new structure that allows Anglicans to become Catholics.

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Psychiatrist details Lahey's fantasies, sexual attractions

December 26, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Bishop Raymond Lahey is not a pedophile and poses a next to zero chance of offending sexually or violently against children, a forensic psychiatrist told the court during a sentencing hearing Dec. 19.

Dr. John Bradford, who examined Lahey and put him through a battery of tests, described him as a homosexual with an addiction to Internet pornography.

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Play puts Jesus back into the season

December 26, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SPRUCE GROVE – Sunday school children at Holy Trinity Parish once again reminded parishioners, and themselves, that Jesus is the reason for the Christmas season.

That's the title of their annual 15-minute Nativity play that takes the congregation through the saga of Jesus' birth in the stable of a Bethlehem inn.

 

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Blessed Kateri on the verge of canonization

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

December 26, 2011
WHO
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict has formally recognized a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, paving the way for the canonization of the 17th century "Lily of the Mohawks."

Blessed Kateri is the young Indian maiden who, despite objections from some in her own clan, came to know and love Christ.

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Preparing Christmas hampers: A military operation for the needy

December 26, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For 25 years, Bill Petten has been involved with Edmonton's Christmas Hamper Drive.

On Dec. 16, Petten, 74, along with dozens of other volunteers of all ages and genders, came down to the gym of St. Francis of Assisi School to fill nearly 2,000 food hampers that were distributed to the needy across Edmonton the following day.

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