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Darkness Divided

October 20, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Under blue skies, dressed in black, stand the members of Christian band Darkness Divided. In the serenity of a forest clearing, the band members' hands are stretched straight up, revealing streams of thick, dark blood pouring from wounds artificially created on their open palms. In the background, lyrics suggestive of Christ's crucifixion are belted out supported by the severe guitar and drum sounds typical of a metalcore band. This is a scene from The Hands that Bled, a single off the band's newly released album, Written in Blood. Three of the four members of Darkness Divided are Catholic, but on tour the entire band attends Mass, said guitarist Christopher Mora.

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Violent 'doctrine of discovery' repudiated centuries ago

October 20, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

A 30-year effort to get the pope to take back the words of two 15th century popes got another boost this summer when Leadership Conference of Women Religious, representing about 80 per cent of American sisters, passed a resolution calling on Pope Francis to repudiate the doctrine of discovery. The resolution, approved in August, called on Pope Francis to formally repudiate the events of Christian history when religion was used "to justify political and personal violence against indigenous nations and peoples and their cultural, religious and territorial identities."

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COLF campaign aims at boosting palliative care

COLF logo

October 20, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) launched its national palliative care campaign Oct. 3 with the support of Canada's Catholic bishops. Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) president Archbishop Paul-André Durocher of Gatineau said the bishops were happy to support COLF's national campaign in favour of palliative and home care, and against euthanasia and assisted suicide. The theme is Life-Giving Love.

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Paul VI, pope of the council, beatified Oct. 19

Pope Paul VI

October 20, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Paul VI, the man who oversaw and implemented the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, was a pope who believed passionately in a dialogue between the Church and the modern world. Serving as supreme pontiff through 15 tumultuous years, Pope Paul's desire for dialogue led him to become the first pope in modern times to travel outside of Italy, visiting six continents in seven years. His personal holiness will be recognized Oct. 19 when Pope Francis beatifies him during the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family.

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Archbishop Durocher: Church Teaching is Pastoral Care

Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, President of the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops, discusses the relationship between church teaching and pastoral care.

 

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Seminary draws largest numbers in 50 years

Fr. Stephen Hero

October 6, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Thanks to prayer and hard work, St. Joseph Seminary is bursting with seminarians this year. Currently 53 seminarians from several Western dioceses are studying for the priesthood at St. Joseph. That's about 10 more than last year. "This is very exciting," said seminary rector Father Stephen Hero. "These things go a little bit in cycles sometimes but I have to say we haven't had this many (seminarians) probably since the late 1960s." The seminary has room for 60 seminarians and 51 are living in house at the moment. Two are away doing their pastoral internships.

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Mireau rode roller coaster in adventurous priesthood

October 6, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Father Paul Kavanagh was one of Father Mike Mireau's closest friends. The pair met in the seminary in 1997, were ordained three weeks apart in 2002, went to Disneyland together and Kavanagh was at Mireau's side when he died Sept. 22. The two buddies had a lot of laughs at Disneyland just a few months ago. They had gone to California for a religious education congress in March and stayed on for a day or two. What was Mireau's favourite ride? Kavanagh bursts out laughing.

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Delectable food is a sign of God's love made edible

Gardener

October 6, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

If you want something, grab it and go. Dr. Norman Wirzba said that is modern culture's approach to the world around us, including our attitude toward food. He learned this concept while growing up on the family farm north of Lethbridge. His mother worked diligently preparing delicious meals. Then everyone would dive in and devour the meal gluttonously. The youngest in the family with older brothers, Wirzba said eating was a full contact sport in his home.

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Mireau changed the lives of students at St. Francis Xavier

October 6, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Father Mike Mireau was the most important person in Sarah Oskobiny's life. The young chaplain was an inspiration to everyone in St. Francis Xavier High School, with his open door policy, willingness to listen, and a constant smile that brought joy to the students' lives. "We will always remember him and he is always in our hearts," said Oskobiny. Mireau, 42, died Sept.22 following a year and a half battle with cancer. Dan Donnelly, principal at St. Francis, said of Mireau, "He would really make the kids question and look at their faith. He brought the Gospel down to their level, made it relevant to their lives at the moment.

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Meet Christ among the marginalized – Gordon

Bishop Gary Gordon

October 6, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Look to the peripheries for it is there you'll find the suffering, the marginalized and Jesus Christ. "Where you meet Jesus is in the peripheries and on the edges," said Bishop Gary Gordon, a veteran missionary priest. "I have met Jesus so many times in the peripheries." Although Gordon now serves the Diocese of Victoria, a position he has held since June 14, he says being an urban priest was never his intention.

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