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Demand quality health care for the poor, the homeless

June 6, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Many Canadians have health outcomes similar to people in Third World nations, says the president of the Canadian Medical Association.

That includes the homeless, the rural poor, the disabled, single parent families and those living on reserves, Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull said at a May 17 fundraising banquet for an inner city ministry to the homeless.

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Don't stand by in the face of evil

June 6, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Eva Olsson was barely out of her teens when she and her family were rounded up from their Hungarian village in 1944 and shipped to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Of her extended family of 89 people, only she and her sister Fradel survived.

The 86-year-old gave a powerful account of her experiences as a teenaged Hasidic Jew caught up in the Nazi hate machine to students at St. Francis Xavier High School May 25.

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Canada needs national response to human slavery

June 6, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Though she escaped more than a year ago, it’s still difficult for Irais Martinez to hold back tears when she recalls how she was trafficked into a sweatshop in Brampton, Ont.

It’s hard for the 27-year-old psychology graduate from Mexico to think of herself as a victim.

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Prayer involves 'long night of struggle,' says pope

June 6, 2011
SARAH DELANEY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Humility and perseverance in prayer is rewarded by a true encounter with God, Pope Benedict said.

At his weekly general audience May 25, Pope Benedict said God’s blessing cannot be won by force but rather “must be received with humility from him.”

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Church leaders forced into 'politics'

Fr. Edwin Gariguez

June 6, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Bishop Charles Kasonde doesn’t have a problem with mining in Zambia.

He has a problem with poverty, social upheaval, an AIDS pandemic, economic uncertainty and the near absence of government services in his diocese of Solwezi.

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Ducharme is friar first, priest second

June 6, 2011
BRENT MATTSON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — In the presence of family, friends, and brother priests, Franciscan Father Jean-Pierre Ducharme received his priestly ordination from Archbishop Michael Miller at Holy Rosary Cathedral May 14.

“Our hearts are full of gratitude and praise to God that he has chosen this man to be a priest of Jesus Christ,” Miller said in his homily.

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Wallet ID connects Catholics with priests

June 6, 2011
LAUREEN MCMAHON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — If you became too ill to speak or were in an accident and were rendered unconscious and admitted to hospital, how would anyone know that you were a Catholic and that you want a priest called?

The Catholic Health Association of B.C. has answered this question by creating an ID card which easily fits into a wallet and clearly states “I Am Catholic.”

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Church must counter spiritual crisis, says Benedict

June 6, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - New evangelization means finding the most effective ways to proclaim the Gospel to a world that is either too distracted or too blind to see the divine, Pope Benedict said.

Today's spiritual crisis is marked by people excluding God from their lives, "generalized indifference" toward Christianity and stringently pushing faith from the public to the private sphere, he said.

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Pope lauds new online world filled with potential friendships

JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict has invited Christians to join online social networks in order to spread the Gospel through digital media and discover “an entirely new world of potential friendships.”

At the same time, the pope warned of the limits and the dangers of digital communication, including the risks of constructing a false online image and of replacing direct human contact with virtual relationships.

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Atheist turned pro-life activist celebrates film

Jason Jones

June 6, 2011
BRENT MATTSON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — The producer of the 2006 pro-life movie Bella says the thing that makes him happiest about the film’s success is that it saved the lives of more than 500 unborn children.

“Our goal when we made Bella was to know the name of just one baby in 10 years who was alive because their mother chose life (because of) our film,” said Jason Jones.

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