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Nigerian Church pleads for world to witness its trauma

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama

August 27, 2012
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The president of the Nigerian bishops' conference has called for the international community to help his country improve its security operations to stop the "fundamentalist, fanatic" Boko Haram terrorist group.

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Sylvan Lake Parish marks 100 years

Johanna Dietrich

September 3, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In 1912, a year before the town of Sylvan Lake was incorporated, a tiny mission church was built on the hillside at what is now 5033-47A Ave. It was the first home of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, which is now marking 100 years of existence.

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Mother Teresa remembered

September 3, 2012

An image of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata is seen on a candle on her tomb marking her 102nd birth anniversary in Kolkata, India.

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Pedro Calungsod died for his faith, will be canonized

Pedro Calungsod

September 3, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pedro Calungsod, born in Cebu, Philippines, in 1654, was a sacristan and a missionary catechist. He was also a martyr who stood along Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores in missionary work in Guam in 1672.

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Pastor leads trek to see canonization of Filipino saint

Fr. Nilo Macapinlac

September 3, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Father Nilo Macapinlac, from Vegreville's St. Martin Tours Parish, will lead a diocesan pilgrimage to Rome and the Holy Land, Oct. 19-31.

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Amnesty calls for Vietnamese priest to freed from jail

Fr. Nguyen Van Ly

September 3, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Amnesty International is calling on Catholics and people of goodwill everywhere to press the government of Vietnam to release human rights activist Father Nguyen Van Ly.

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Orthodox leader urges prayer for the environment

Patriarch Bartholomew

September 3, 2012
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ISTANBUL - Praying for the protection of the environment includes asking God's forgiveness for the ways each individual contributes to pollution, said the Ecumenical Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople.

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Kairos cool to Northern Gateway pipeline

Jennifer Henry

September 3, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In a discussion paper released in July, Kairos said the focus on the anticipated wealth the pipeline would create threatens to obscure the magnitude of the challenges it would pose to the environment and to the survival of the aboriginal people whose territory it crosses.

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Falling numbers worry the Church

September 3, 2012
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The percentage of Catholics practising their faith is declining almost everywhere around the globe. Almost all bishops report it, but it's difficult to prove statistically.

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Saints show that Church is holy despite many failings

September 3, 2012
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Catholic devotion to the saints appears to be alive and well, and Pope Benedict continues to proclaim new saints at a regular pace.

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