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Students transformed through solidarity with poor – sociologists

March 31, 2014
PAUL PAPROSKI, OSB
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

MUENSTER, SASK. – One benefit of liberal arts colleges is they encourage students to critically analyze information and sort through ethical questions, says a Saskatoon sociologist. Catholic colleges such as St. Peter's in Muenster and St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon go further than other colleges in developing character by encouraging the moral development of students, Darrell McLaughlin said at a campus ministry luncheon.

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Henry, diocese bless flooded First Nation with funds, prayer

Bishop Fred Henry

March 31, 2014
JOY GREGORY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Nine months after last summer's floods, 1,000 members of the Siksika Nation east of Calgary are still displaced, 25 communities are destroyed and many people are struggling to find hope amidst the ruin. "We still need prayers," said Siksika Nation Chief Vincent Yellow Old Woman. Along with prayers, the aboriginal band has received a $100,000 donation from the Calgary Diocese to help it rebuild.

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Artist glorifies God through digital art inspired by the Bible.

March 31, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Ted Larson evangelizes through his artwork. The Seattle-based digital artist says the bulk of his artwork is inspired by the Bible, which he has read from beginning to end many times. "My art is a way to use my talent to glorify God and participate in the work of the Holy Spirit on earth, bringing the Gospel to people's lives," he says.

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Sask. diocese launches diaconate

March 31, 2014
PAULA FOURNIER
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

PRINCE ALBERT, SASK. – In September 2013, Bishop Albert Thévenot established a program for the permanent diaconate in the Prince Albert Diocese. On Jan. 25, eight married couples and two single men coming from across the diocese met at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre to begin the initial six-month discernment process.

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Homeschooling lets a family teach what is important to them

Bonnie Landry

March 31, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For 22 years, homeschooling has been a way of life for Bonnie Landry in the little hamlet of Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island. With seven children, aged seven to 26, she still has a few more years to go. Landry presents several homeschooling workshops every year, and was a speaker at the Western Canadian Catholic Homeschool Conference, March 13-15 at Providence Renewal Centre in Edmonton. The conference, attended by about 175 homeschooling parents, was called Why on Earth Would You Home School?

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Lutheran chose what Christ wanted him to be – Catholic

Fr. Joseph Jacobson

March 31, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After almost 60 years as a Lutheran, Father Joseph Jacobson entered the Catholic Church. Following his conversion to Catholicism, he prepared and privately published a 68-page volume titled A Gift of Love, The Joys and Treasures of a New Catholic. Its purpose is to give a serious account of why he became Catholic, and what he learned and experienced afterwards.

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Toronto project studies poverty-health links

March 31, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

A team at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto is working to curb the financial ailments of its low-income patients and help people realize that health is relative to wealth. "The health-wealth gradient has been found time and time again," said Dr. Andrew Pinto, a member of St. Michael's family health team and Centre for Research on Inner City Health.

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Ontario names a day in honour of Pope John Paul II

March 31, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Pope John Paul II Day is close to being celebrated in Ontario, but the provincial Parliament needs to act quickly. On March 17, after receiving the full support of the legislature, a bill to proclaim April 2 in honour of the late pope passed its final reading, leaving about two weeks for it to receive royal assent in order for the first Pope John Paul II Day to be celebrated this year. The pope died April 2, 2005.

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The Marriage Gap

March 31, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

An Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (IMFC) study reveals a widening marriage gap between rich and poor Canadians. The IMFC report entitled The Marriage Gap Between Rich and Poor Canadians reveals a greater decline among mid- and low-income earners than among high-income earners in its study of marriage rates over the past 35 years.

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CCODP sees possible new funding source in Quebec gov't

March 31, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

MONTREAL – A campaign in Quebec to establish its own international development agency is being welcomed by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace as a possible new source of funding. "We would always welcome another source of funding if it's in keeping with our mission and our principles," said Development and Peace national council president Pat Kennedy.

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