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Sr. Annata is Global TV's woman of distinction

November 14, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Sister Annata Brockman, while on a retreat many years ago with other sisters, was asked to explain her motivating force in daily living.

Brockman responded with a statement by which she has lived her whole life. She even keeps that response typed on a slip of paper.

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Archbishop's directives on posture, Communion

Archbishop Richard Smith

November 14, 2011
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As you know, a revised English-language translation of the Roman Missal has been approved by the Holy See for use in Canada. The Missal is the book that you see the priest use as he presides at Mass. It contains all the prayers and indications that guide the ordained and lay faithful in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

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Archbishop calls for uniform postures during Mass

November 14, 2011
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton – Catholics in the Edmonton Archdiocese have been directed to kneel for the Consecration during Mass and bow before receiving Communion.

"These directives have as their intention to assure consistent practice in the archdiocese and conformity with the universal law of the Church," Archbishop Richard Smith says in a pastoral letter announcing the directives.

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Prison chaplains bring Christ's love behind bars

November 14, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholic prison chaplains don't judge prisoners and they love inmates as God does. They believe inmates should have the opportunity to change, to heal and to rebuild their lives no matter how hopeless or lost they feel.

"As a society we have no use for them, we are desensitized to them but they are human beings loved by God," says chaplain Mary-Anne Miskolzie of the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre.

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Faith calls us to love creation – sister

November 21, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
THE PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – Society has a moral sense of suicide, homicide and genocide “but no moral sense of biocide or geocide,” says a Catholic bioethicist.

Sister Mary Rowell was quoting the late Thomas Berry, an American priest and ecologist as she spoke at the Canadian Religious Conference Oct. 29.

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New English Translation ready

November 21, 2011

Sunday, Nov. 27, the First Sunday of Advent, the new English language translation of the Mass will be implemented. Parishes will have prayer cards to help the faithful participate in the liturgy. But here is a small sample of the changes about to be implemented.

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Catholics must be alert to threats to religious freedom says Miller

Archbishop Michael Miller

November 21, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

VANCOUVER – Although Canada has traditionally had a healthy relationship between Church and state, Catholics need to remain alert to protect religious freedom, says Vancouver Archbishop Michael Miller.

There is a secularist agenda that "basically wants to privatize religion and leave it restricted to the private sphere," Miller said in a telephone interview Nov. 10.

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Slave Lake kids get warmer winter from Alta. Knights

November 21, 2011
VINCE REYES
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON – Just in time for the onset of winter, needy students in Slave Lake are the recipients of new, warm winter coats provided by the Knights of Columbus.

The Alberta-Northwest Territories Knights raised more than $19,000 from 34 councils across the jurisdiction to provide 150 coats to students in five elementary to junior high schools in the town that was ravaged by fire last May.

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Atheists help faith to focus its thinking

November 21, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

With a title like The Future of Religion in a Secular Age the evening of high-minded talk on the campus of the University of Toronto might have been an invitation to religious hand-wringing.

The new atheists, religious illiteracy, technology, loneliness, multiculturalism and community breakdown were all on the agenda.

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Forgiveness redeems a tormented life

Doreen Trudeau

November 21, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – No matter how dreadful the crime, how appalling the sin, Doreen Trudeau remains convinced that Jesus' forgiveness is greater.

Trudeau, 66, is known in Edmonton for her work with seniors. She visits patients at various hospitals and care centres and takes them Communion. For 16 years she has been active with the Legion of Mary, participates in Bible study at St. Andrew's Parish, and loves spending time with her three adult children and two grandchildren.

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