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Former Anglican ordained to serve new Catholics

March 31, 2014
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

The fruits of Pope Benedict's efforts to welcome Anglicans to the Catholic faith were manifest at Vancouver's Holy Rosary Cathedral as Deacon Michael Shier was ordained a priest for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. "It's amazing that the ordinariate has actually happened," Father Shier said after his ordination March 15.

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Pro-life groups wary of future summit

March 31, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pro-life groups say they will keep a hopeful but watchful eye on the prime minister's upcoming summit on maternal, newborn and child health May 28-30 in Toronto. "We are looking at it hopefully, but recognizing it for what it is," said Campaign Life Coalition Ottawa lobbyist Johanne Brownrigg, who questioned the timing, considering the upcoming 2015 federal election.

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Quebec Trappists go upmarket

March 31, 2014
RON STANG
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

These are not your parents' Trappist monks. The Quebec Trappists, famed for their Oka cheese, have moved to a beautiful new monastery, installed state-of-the-art food production equipment and will be unveiling a contemporary website to showcase the dozens of their fine products, which largely used to be available only along the old Montreal-Ottawa Highway in the town of Oka, Quebec.

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Hollywood finds money in the Bible

Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe

March 31, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

A decade after The Passion of the Christ, Hollywood has seen the light again and it's the colour of money. A wave of Bible-inspired films will grace the big screen this year. Son of God, about the life and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, is already playing across North America. Noah, released March 28, presents Hollywood's version of the great flood as told in Genesis. Exodus, coming in December, portrays the Israelites' flight to freedom. Hollywood has been born again.

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Gambling priest gets jail time

March 31, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Ottawa priest Father Joe LeClair received a one-year jail sentence Mar. 19 for stealing $134,000 from parishioners to feed a pathological gambling addiction. The priest is also required to make restitution of the $134,000 to the Ottawa Archdiocese. LeClair, who pleaded guilty to fraud, theft and breach of trust, will also serve an additional year of probation once his prison sentence is completed.

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Muslims, Catholics on the same page on end-of-life issues

Dr. Shabbir Alibhai

March 31, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

There's about one million Canadians who know suicide is wrong, assisted suicide turns doctors into murderers, the state has an obligation to protect life until natural death and that not everything in medicine depends on the freely chosen wishes of the patient. These people are not Catholic. They're Muslim.

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Priestly order into new era as member named a bishop

Bishop Christian Riesbeck

March 31, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The March 19 episcopal ordination of Ottawa Auxiliary Bishop Christian Riesbeck marks a coming of age of the Companions of the Cross, says the order's moderator. "This is a first for us, to have a bishop named from among our number," said the Companions' moderator Father Scott McCaig. "We're getting a little older; we've come of age, so to speak."

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Imagination mediates spiritual reality

Dr. Gene Veith

March 31, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When people think of the human mind, they think of intellect, reasoning and the ability to figure things out. A person's mind also swarms with emotions and feelings. "But there is another part of the human mind that gets very little attention, especially the last couple hundred years, and that is the imagination," said Dr. Gene Edward Veith.

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High school girls reveal openness to non-traditional jobs

March 31, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Sharlyn Barahona always liked working with her hands but never thought of grasping a hammer, wrench or screwdriver professionally, until now. "In elementary school I was aiming towards being a cook or a baker," said the Grade 11 student. "I didn't really hear about women in non-traditional trades so I cannot say that that is something that I wanted to do in elementary school.

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Families needed to rebuild society

March 31, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Catholic families need to develop a road map, a vision and a strategy to rebuild society, said a keynote speaker at the Canadian Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) seminar March 20-21 in Quebec City. This vision includes appropriating the Church's vision of the human person, and rebuilding "a new civilization of love as Pope John Paul II described it," said Antoine Renard.

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