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Brothers murder led chaplain to seek justice that heals

November 29, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Justice is not just about determining guilt and punishing the offender but also about creating peace and harmony between victim, offender and the community, says Pierre Allard.

More important than determining guilt or innocence is finding a way to make things better, said Allard, one of Canada's strongest promoters of restorative justice. "How can we get beyond pain?" more . . .

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Dementia cries out for spiritual sustenance

November 29, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

"Dementia causes the patient to forget. It should not cause us to forget the patient," said Father John Siberski, who gave Covenant Health's annual Gordon Reid MacDonald Memorial Lecture.

Siberski quoted Psalm 71.9: "Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength is spent." more . . .

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Visiting sisters sample Canadian Life

November 29, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Winter might be cold but Canadians are a warm and polite bunch. That's the view of a group of foreign Sisters of Providence and novices currently visiting Alberta. more . . .

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Chosen child fights for the unborn

November 29, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — The only time Ruth Lobo felt afraid during her arrest on the Carleton University campus last October, was when the Ottawa police slammed the doors of the paddy wagon and left her inside alone.

"I didn't know what was happening and I couldn't see my team," the 23-year-old student said. more . . .

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Priest uses poetry as liberating prayer

November 29, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The role of the priest is to bring the Good News of Jesus to the poor and to assist them in their liberation, says Father Ernesto Cardenal, a renowned Nicaraguan liberation theologian and poet currently visiting Edmonton.

To do that, he said, the priest must be not afraid to get involved in the political process because "the whole message of the Bible is a political message (about) justice, equality and love." more . . .

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Vatican astronomer ponders possibility of intelligent aliens

November 29, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Are we alone in the universe? Probably not but, despite more than half a century of efforts, we still cannot connect with any other intelligent beings out there.

Maybe it is "because space travel is so difficult that we are not able to go to them to meet them or they are not able to come to see us here," speculated Jesuit Father Jose Funes, the Vatican's chief astronomer. more . . .

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Condoms: Use in disease prevention different from contraceptive uses

 

Chance encounter launches 30-year mission to the poor

November 29, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

DEVON — In Guaymas, Mexico, he is known as the Canadian Santa Claus.

For 28 years, Glen Fraser, from Devon, Alta., has been helping the families at Mission Santa Clara by bringing them clothes, candy and toys every Christmas. more . . .

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Benedict stirs pot with AIDS-condoms comments

November 29, 2010
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - In a new book, Pope Benedict said the use of condoms may be a sign of moral responsibility in some specific situations when the intention is to reduce the risk of AIDS.

The pope addressed the issue in the book-length interview, Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times, released Nov. 23. more . . .

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Pope stunned by Church’s wretchedness

November 29, 2010
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Benedict's book-length interview is certain to spark global attention, and not only for his comments suggesting that condom use might be acceptable in some circumstances. more . . .

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