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Mackenzie, Edmonton dioceses sign covenant of cooperation

July 21, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Archdiocese of Edmonton and the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith have signed a covenant that will see the two dioceses expand their cooperation. The two dioceses have been working together for well over a year. The covenant, signed July 2 in Yellowknife by Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton and Bishop Mark Hagemoen, makes their partnership official. "I'm excited about this agreement because it provides an opportunity for Edmonton and Mackenzie-Fort Smith to work with each other," Hagemoen said July 9.

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Maskwacis natives hope Kateri brings healing to the people

July 21, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For about 65 years, since she was in her early twenties, Mary Sotto of the Ermineskin Reserve has been studying the life of St. Kateri Tekakwitha and praying to the Mohawk woman who was canonized in 2012. It was after she attended a conference on St. Kateri in 1989 in Great Falls, Mont., that Sotto's devotion grew and she centred her life on the Church. "I pray to her a lot, ever since I studied her life," Sotto, 86, said in an interview. "When something goes wrong or I need help, I turn to her.

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Couples For Christ helps families ward off 'attacks'

Noli Manuel

July 21, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Noli and Sam Manuel got married in September 2004, serving as a missionary couple was not the first thing on their minds. They were content to start their new life together as husband and wife in the Philippines. Even in 2005, when the elders of their church invited them to go on a long-term mission, they were reluctant. After Sam suffered a miscarriage, their acceptance of the call became clearer. They viewed it as a sign that if they put God first, he would take care of the rest. In March 2006, the couple flew to the Middle East to start their mission.

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Keeler appointed head of Canon Law Society

Fr. Roger Keeler

July 21, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Father Roger Keeler, a former pastor in the Edmonton Archdiocese, has been appointed executive director of the Canon Law Society of America. Ordained in 1984, Keeler has served at several parishes in the archdiocese, worked at the Alberta Regional Tribunal and taught at St. Joseph's College of the University of Alberta. He left Edmonton two years ago to accept Father Ron Rolheiser's invitation to teach at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.

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Virgin Mary kept Fr. Ray faithful to the priesthood

Fr. Ray Guimond

July 21, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Following the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, seminarians, priests and religious left their ministries in droves. "It wasn't easy for anybody," recalls Father Ray Guimond. Five of his classmates at the seminary simply left. Guimond, however, stayed the course and has lived a productive and rewarding life as a priest for 50 years. He thanks the Virgin Mary for helping him to stay focused. "I never let go of Our Lady; I never let go of the rosary," he says. "I really never stopped praying because that's deadly."

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Sexual abuse victims get pope's listening ear

July 21, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

More than a meeting and homily, Pope Francis laid out a clear road map for the Church when he celebrated Mass and welcomed abuse survivors to the Vatican. The morning he dedicated to six men and women who had been abused by clergy was a powerful combination of upholding the importance of the letter of the law and displaying the proper spirit behind it. Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, a German psychologist and psychotherapist who accompanied two abuse survivors July 7, said: "This is not only about the letter of the law. This has to come from the heart if this is to really take fruit" and make real, lasting change.

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Bargain with God? He gave young man the best return

July 21, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Father Matthew Chojna's faith began to grow when he ran into academic trouble in school and he began asking God for help and bargaining with him. Ordained to the priesthood June 27 at Notre Dame Cathedral in Ottawa, Chojna (pronounced Hoy-nah) spent the first 10 years of his life in Poland before his family moved to Toronto. The Chojnas were faithful Catholics who attended church regularly and did not question the Church's role "as a vessel through which God teaches his people," he said.

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Gangs chase fleeing Central American migrants, children

July 21, 2014
DAVID AGREN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Giovani Melendez, 31, fled San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, with his family, setting out suddenly on a search for safety in the United States after gangs demanded growing extortion payments he was unable afford. The family – Melendez, his wife, and children, ages five and 12 – only made it to the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, where officials stopped them and sent them back to El Salvador.

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Chaldean patriarch appeals for prayers to heal country's rift

July 21, 2014
DALE GAVLAK
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

AMMAN, JORDAN – The patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Baghdad called the current situation in his country "perhaps the darkest and most difficult period in (the Church's) recent history." In a telephone interview with Catholic News Service July 7, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako said the city of Mosul "is almost empty of Christians." "There are only about 200 (Christian) individuals that may be left there," he said. "The churches are closed. There was no Mass on Sunday. There are no priests."

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