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Benedictines offer timeless chant with Marian themes

June 29, 2015
ABBEY JAROMA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Once again the hills are filled with the sound of music, only this time the music soars from Benedictine monks rather than the Von Trapp Family. In Norcia, Italy, about 110 kms northeast of Rome, an international community of monks operates a craft brewery and spends hours a day chanting the Mass and the Divine Office.

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Firefighter urges men to enter spiritual 'Man Cave'

Todd Stahl
June 29, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

While many men spend time in their man cave, drinking beer and watching sports, Todd Stahl would rather pass his time in male solitude with devotions and self-reflection. Stahl is calling all Christian men to 40 days of devotions in their comfort zones and has detailed how in his first book, 40 Days in the Man Cave.

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Family has changed, but children's needs stay same

June 29, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Although society may change the shape of the family, "children have the same exact needs you had when you were children," said the founder of a program designed to help young children learn how to empathize with others. The first relationship, that of a mother with an infant affects the rest of the child's life, said Mary Gordon, founder of Roots of Empathy.

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Life of 'fun' was boring, so young man followed Jesus

Fr. Joseph Tsang
June 29, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Father Joseph Tsang says a life without God can never be a life of fulfillment. Only when Tsang decided to follow Jesus did he achieve peace and spiritual liberation. Tsang, the pastor of Edmonton's Mary Help of Christians Chinese Parish, was the guest speaker at the charismatic prayer breakfast at Chateau Louis Conference Centre June 13.

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Powerful forces silencing beauty of God’s creation, pope says in encyclical

June 18, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, Laudato Si, on Care for Our Common Home. All who believe in God and all people of good will have an obligation to take steps to mitigate climate change, clean the land and the seas, and start treating all of creation – including poor people – with respect and concern, he says.

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Edmonton parish mobilizes to offer refuge to refugees

A displaced Syrian girl
June 15, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Last summer, St. Thomas More parishioner Eric Green was flipping through his Western Catholic Reporter when an article about Archbishop Richard Smith's call to parishes to sponsor refugees caught his eye. News of the persecution of Christians in Syria and Iraq including beheadings, rapes, bombings, massacres and kidnappings had not yet been widely publicized. A goal set by the archdiocese to sponsor 50 refugees had gained little traction due to the summer lull, when many parishioners would be away on holidays. Green immediately picked up the phone and called Paulette Johnson, the refugee sponsorship coordinator for Catholic Social Services, asking her what an individual or parish could do.

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Every day a eucharistic procession

June 15, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The temperature soared to 27 degrees and the sun was shining on Corpus Christi Sunday June 7, but it was the Son who lit up the faces of the faithful taking part in the procession in downtown Edmonton. About half of the hundreds of parishioners who filled St. Joseph Basilica for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Mass with Archbishop Richard Smith took part in the outdoor procession which followed.

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Faith groups can help end child poverty, says former senator

Hugh Segal
June 15, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Former senator Hugh Segal is encouraging faith groups to use their collective voice to help put an end to child poverty in Canada. Although faith communities may not have the authoritative power of politicians, Segal said their voice is not to be underestimated.

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Former students, staff line up to laud Grandin School

June 15, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Grandin School, the oldest Catholic school still in operation in Edmonton, marked its centennial June 5 with a large outdoor party that included a barbecue, music from the 1930s, school tours, speeches and the unveiling of a huge mural. Roughly 500 people attended the celebration, many of them former students and staff.

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Homelessness due to poor housing policy — advocate

June 15, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A simple service honouring those who died due to homelessness set a sombre tone for an Edmonton conference on the right to housing. On Friday, June 5, family, friends and members of the public gathered at an inner-city park to honour the lives of those who have died in the past year as the result of homelessness and substandard housing.

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