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Boyle McCauley Health Centre tackled Third World ills

October 11, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When two Medical Mission Sisters arrived here from Philadelphia in October 1978 and saw what they called Third World conditions in the inner city Edmonton, they were determined to be a healing presence.

Sisters Estelle Demers and Teresa Arac were largely responsible for the formation of the Boyle McCauley Health Centre that opened in 1980. more . . .

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Teaching, social justice fills Sr. Toucanne's 100 years

Sr. Yvonne Toucanne

October 11, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

CALGARY – Sister Yvonne Toucanne, a Sister of Charity of St. Louis, celebrated her 100th birthday on Sept. 17 at Bethany Care Centre in Calgary.

Surrounded by community members, friends, and administration and staff from Bethany Care Centre, her life of 100 years was celebrated through presentations and remembrances of her life and ministry.

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Synod spotlights Mid-East Christians

October 11, 2010
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican is setting the stage for another Synod of Bishops in mid-October, this one aimed at turning a spotlight on the Christian communities of the Middle East.

Synods are typically drawn-out affairs, requiring several years of planning and more years of follow-up. But there's a greater sense of urgency about this synod: Pope Benedict convened it rather unexpectedly a year ago, after Church leaders from the region - particularly Iraq - requested the special assembly.

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Aboriginals cut off from spiritual roots

October 11, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – European missionaries who brought the Catholic faith to the indigenous people of the Americas believed aboriginal culture and spirituality were pagan or simply not good, laments Sister Eva Solomon.

She says that's one reason aboriginal people often feel angry. "We hear from the system that our language isn't good enough, our culture isn't good enough, our education isn't good enough - the only good thing was our land. Nothing else was good enough. more . . .

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Vatican official blasts Nobel Prize selection

October 11, 2010
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Honouring one of the inventors of in vitro fertilization with the Nobel Prize for Medicine ignores the ethical consequences of opening "the wrong door" in the fight against infertility, said the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. more . . .

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Académie Saint-André salutes patron

October 11, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

BEAUMONT – Not only is Brother André on the verge of being elevated to sainthood, Montreal's humble man of faith will also be honoured as the patron of Beaumont's only Catholic school.

Planning for the new school started about four years ago. More recently, the Catholic community, parents and division staff submitted 45 potential names, such as St. Vital, Ascension and de La Salle. more . . .

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Mass media hostile to Christian values

October 11, 2010
ANNA MARIA BASQUEZ
WCATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

DENVER – A new sentiment in the mass media seems more hostile to Christian values, Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput told a conference of 150 religion reporters Sept. 24.

He urged the journalists from across the nation and overseas "to understand believers and religious institutions as they understand themselves" and to have humility in their work. more . . .

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New Mass translation strives to fill 'the hunger for faith'

October 11, 2010

Fr. Geoffrey Angeles

GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SHERWOOD PARK – Within the next few years English-speaking Canadian Catholics will celebrate the Mass with "a heightened language that focuses on transcendence," says a Manitoba pastor.

Father Geoffrey Angeles says he hopes the new Roman Missal touches "the hunger for faith" among Catholics.

"More and more we are meeting people who are looking for meaning in all the wrong places when the meaning is right in front of us," said Angeles, a liturgical composer and priest of the Winnipeg Archdiocese. more . . .

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Court halts LifeSite fishing expedition

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October 18, 2010
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace has obtained a court injunction to block an access to information request for the names and funding levels for its nearly 200 partner organizations in developing nations. more . . .

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Mid-East church called to stronger sense of mission

October 18, 2010
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The survival of the Christian communities in the Middle East is threatened by violence and political repression, but also by the churches themselves. more . . .

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