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Benedict relentless in critique of unjust global economy

December 12, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

A few minutes after landing in Africa last month, Pope Benedict delivered a stern warning against the "unconditional surrender to the law of the market or that of finance" in Africa and throughout the global economic system.

His words were immediately seized upon by those wondering where the pope stood on a recent Vatican document that proposed the creation of a world political authority to regulate financial markets and rein in the "inequalities and distortions of capitalist development."

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Priest flew planes, defended the poor

Fr. Molnar

December 12, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Redemptorist Father John Molnar was hunter, fisherman and photographer. He also spent 25 years as a missionary in Brazil, sometimes defending the rights of the poor and dispossessed.

Known as a competent, energetic and dedicated priest, Molnar died peacefully in Edmonton Nov. 27. He was 86.

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Latin America: Off the beaten track for religious tourism

December 12, 2011
EZRA FIESER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The oldest cathedral in the Americas sits just off a busy plaza in the colonial district of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic.

However, it's the nearby bronze Christopher Columbus statue, Hard Rock Cafe and cigar shops that draw the lines of tourists in the plaza.

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Music of love calms harried commuters

December 12, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – During the end-of-day rush hour at Sheppard subway station, TTC busker Benjamin "Lex" Tan strums his guitar, preparing to start his evening's repertoire of pop music mixed in with rock, Christian contemporary and Christmas classics.

Although the pocket change is welcome (the most Tan's made in a two- or three-hour session was $60), it's the opportunity to share his talents and God's love through the universal language of music that matters most, he said.

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Rocky parish helps Indian children

December 12, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE – The Young Families Ministry, Ladies Prayer Group raised nearly $8,500 at a Nov. 18 benefit dinner at St. Matthew's Parish hall to feed hungry children in India.

The group served East Indian food to more than 300 people to raise funds for the Jeevan-Daan Care Centre run by the Sisters of the Holy Spirit in the Diocese of Pune, India.

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Shabbat enters into your body and soul

Rabbi Alan Green

December 12, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG - Shabbat, the seventh day of the Jewish week, "is something one enters into body and soul, or you could say it enters into your body and soul," says Rabbi Alan Green of Winnipeg's Shaarey Zedek Congregation.

Green said although Shabbat is observed from a few minutes before sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday and the appearance of three stars, it can be experienced anytime.

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World religion class includes speakers from other religions

World Religion

December 12, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Religion, rather than being a stumbling block to community building, is actually one of its essential foundations.

The Christianity and World Religions class explores these great traditions, with respect and reverence and accurate study of the phenomenon of religions.

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Corporate Canada opening up to talk about faith

December 12, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO - Nadir Shirazi calls religion "the black sheep of the diversity family."

Getting corporate Canada to talk about accommodating religion at work is a tough sell compared to other diversity-in-employment seminars, said Cheryl May executive director of Skills For Change.

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CWL prepares for its 100th anniversary

December 12, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

From helping women and children flee domestic violence to supporting new immigrants, the Catholic Women's League has a reputation for responding wherever there is a need.

"By their actions they have ensured that the timeless Gospel values of loving service, social justice and solidarity with people in need are faithfully put into practice," Father Mike McCaffery said about the league last June.

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Seminary enrollment jumps 50 per cent

Fr. Shayne  Craig

December 12, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A greater emphasis on faith formation and vocations is the reason for a sharp increase in enrollment, says the rector of St. Joseph Seminary.

With 42 seminarians registered in-house this fall and another five on internships, registration is at an all-time high, says Father Shayne Craig.

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