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Archbishop acknowledges Church's communication challenge

Edmonton Archdiocese - Coat of Arms

June 13, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The Catholic Church faces “a huge challenge” in communicating its 2,000-year tradition in a media world that is “more and more focused on just the sound byte,” said Archbishop Richard Smith.

The Church’s teachings do not fit easily into sound bytes or into 140-character tweets, Smith said June 6 in his annual breakfast with local media.

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Francophone voices dispute new D&P rules

June 13, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — New funding rules and the process of setting new directions for the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P) are running into stiff opposition in Quebec and New Brunswick.

Members of D&P in francophone Canada used their regional assembly meeting to demand restoration of funding to Centro PRODH, the Mexican human rights organization that has drawn heat for apparently endorsing a campaign for legal access to first trimester abortions throughout Mexico.

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League wants foreign workers to be allowed to stay

June 13, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

FORT SASKATCHEWAN - The Catholic Women's League is supporting temporary foreign workers to become permanent residents of Canada.

At its June 3-5 provincial convention, the CWL passed a resolution urging governments to act on the matter.

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Christians asked to share loaves, fishes

Bishop David Motiuk

June 13, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

FORT SASKATCHEWAN — Holiness and discipleship means sharing our gifts and resources with others, says Alberta's Ukrainian Catholic bishop.

"It's really what we do with the gifts that we are entrusted with that defines who we are as Christians," says Bishop David Motiuk.

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New Commons speaker has robust Catholic faith

Andrew Scheer

June 13, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — The newly-elected speaker of the House of Commons Andrew Scheer, 32, made history June 2 as the youngest MP to be elected to this coveted role that comes with huge responsibilities and accompanying perks.

But Scheer's victory has also sent a message to politicians everywhere that one does not have to separate a robust Catholic faith from public life.

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CWL award winner's adage — 'Do it well'

June 13, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

FORT SASKATCHEWAN — Mary-Anne Warren of St. Albert was all smiles during the CWL provincial convention—and with good reason.

The CWL awarded Warren the 2011 Elsie Yanik Award in recognition to her dedication and commitment to the League, the Church and the community.

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New league leader wants members to develop talents

June 13, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

FORT SASKATCHEWAN — The new head of the provincial Catholic Women’s League is a deeply spiritual woman that places God and the CWL at the centre of her life.

Morinville’s Sheila Houle, a professed member of the Discalced Carmelites secular order, was formally installed as president of the Alberta Mackenzie Provincial Council at the CWL’s June 3-5 provincial convention at the Dow Centennial Centre.

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Trappists balance work, play, study

June 20, 2011
MARNIE MCALLISTER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

TRAPPIST, KY. — On one sunny spring morning the Abbey of Gethsemani's idyllic, secluded grounds reflected the quiet reverence of its inhabitants.

The Trappist monks, gathered in the abbey church, kept silent when they weren't chanting. The monks who live at the abbey refrain from speaking during meals and generally live a quiet, contemplative life. They celebrate Mass each day, and they pray (typically chanting) the Liturgy of the Hours at seven intervals throughout the day — sometimes for just 10 or so minutes at a time. In between, they continue their work.

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Lawyer foresees ongoing push for euthanasia

June 20, 2011

 
BRENT MATTSON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — Despite recent success blocking a House of Commons bill to permit euthanasia and assisted suicide, the battle is not over; activists have taken the fight to the courts.

Attorney Hugh Scher conveyed that warning during a presentation at the Third International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide at the Vancouver Airport Marriot Hotel June 4.

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Mexican cardinal's letter prompted CCODP's funding cut

June 20, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — The Canadian funding of a Mexican human rights organization was cut following a letter from the archbishop of Mexico City that directly accuses the Jesuit-founded body of supporting pro-abortion groups.

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) cut the funding for Centro PRODH, whose director recently had speaking engagements cancelled in Ottawa and Cornwall, after Mexican Cardinal Norberto Carrera said the organization "does not represent the sentiments of the Church and has been characterized by its support and encouragement of groups and activities that are an affront to Christian values."

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