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Pope urges Catholics study, be familiar with Scripture

November 22, 2010
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — God constantly tries to enter into dialogue with the people he created — speaking through creation and even through silence, but mainly in the Church through the Bible and through his son Jesus Christ, Pope Benedict said. more . . .

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Fight society's secular invasion if you want a happy home

November 22, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SPRUCE GROVE — The normalization of cohabitation, pornography, contraception, infidelity, abortion and same-sex unions are all potential threats to a happy home.

With so many factors working against it, this generation has difficulty staying married, raising children and leading a Christian life. more . . .

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Family creates a priest's first seminary

Miguel Irizar

November 22, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SPRUCE GROVE — Miguel Irizar is not married, and has no intentions of getting married or having children. So why was he chosen to speak at a conference on strengthening Catholic families?

The seminarian, soon to become a different kind of father, grew up in Mexico where he learned from experiences with his parents and siblings how a family lives out its faith. more . . .

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God called, Roger answered

Roger Rouleau

November 22, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Roger Rouleau realized he was being called to the priesthood, he dropped everything to answer the call. His girlfriend supported him. So did his parents.

Now, after years of theological studies, he feels ready for ordination. "I'm completely convinced that this is what God is calling me to do," Rouleau said Nov. 11. more . . .

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CCODP gets clean bill from Canada's bishops

November 22, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Catholics can be confident money they contribute to the Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) "will be properly spent and properly supervised," said Msgr. Patrick Powers.

In a Nov. 12 interview from Rome, the secretary general of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) said the work of an ad hoc committee of bishops established a year ago has produced "substantive results" and has "brought everyone together." more . . .

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Christians seek prison justice that works

November 22, 2010
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

As he sat in jail month after month trying to make sense of his life, Bruce Rowe one day knew he wasn't quite so interested in freedom.

"I realized when I was inside, all of that didn't matter if I didn't become a better person," said Rowe.

Prison isn't philosophy class. They're not asking what it means to be human. Nor is it a great place to form community, to discover your humanity by sharing your experience with others. more . . .

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The Point creates a sense of belonging

November 22, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Brian Holdsworth converted to the Catholic Church about seven years ago. A negative consequence was that he lost old friends who either did not understand or approve of his conversion. New to the Church, he did not immediately have any Catholic friends either.

"It was a real shock, a culture shock, to not have any friends around me all of a sudden, and not have any community around me anymore," said Holdsworth. more . . .

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Bible written for community — Miller

November 29, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

VANCOUVER - Vancouver Archbishop Michael Miller says he hopes Canadian Catholics will not see the latest papal exhortation Verbum Domini — the Word of God — as a call simply to engage in more Bible study. more . . .

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Micro finance enables poor from developing world to build a future

November 29, 2010
LAUREEN MCMAHON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — The global economy should operate with everyone's benefit in mind, not just those living in rich countries, Pope Benedict stressed in his 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate.

Every economic decision, said the pope, has a moral consequence. more . . .

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Winnipeg art studio aids mentally ill on the path to recovery

November 29, 2010
JAMES BUCHOK
PRIAIRE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG — Art can challenge the stigma and discrimination experienced by the mentally ill and aid in their recovery, says a Winnipeg artist diagnosed with schizophrenia.

In 2005 Nigel Bart founded ArtBeat Studio in Winnipeg's Exchange District with seven artists, each given free studio space for six months, ending with a show and sale of their works. more . . .

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