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Church pleads for end to 'systematic violence' in Iraq

Iraqi Refugees

August 25, 2014
WCR NEWS SERVICES

Pope Francis and other Catholic leaders are pleading for help to liberate villages in Iraq controlled by the Islamic State terrorists and to provide the displaced with international protection. Church leaders have deplored the persecution of Christians and other minorities throughout the Middle East, especially in northeastern Iraq, and called for Catholics to pray for peace and provide material aid to those fleeing the violence.

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Teachers, parents, kids cheer as school opens 3 weeks early

August 25, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

More than 1,200 students returned to school early at three Catholic schools in downtown Edmonton. Mother Teresa Elementary, St. Catherine Elementary/Junior High and St. Alphonsus Elementary/Junior High had students at their desks Aug. 11, the fourth year the trio of schools has run on a year-round calendar.

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Don't let materialism distract the Church, pope tells bishops

August 25, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – Pope Francis has warned South Korea's Catholic bishops not to let their country's "prosperous, yet increasingly secularized and materialistic society" distract the Church from its essential duty to evangelize. Since the end of the Korean War in 1953, the southern half of the peninsula has risen from poverty to become the world's 13th-largest economy – good fortune that Pope Francis said posed cultural and spiritual perils.

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Sri Lankan Oblate served CSS faithfully for nearly 40 years

Fr. Brian Jayawardhana

August 25, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – In a four-minute video prepared by Catholic Social Services, Oblate Father Brian Jayawardhana was described as a man of integrity, faith and compassion. In that same video, a Bible verse selected to describe the beloved priest was Micah 6.8: "loves tenderly, acts justly, walks humbly with his God."

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K of C's Wally Streit wins Top Recruiter Award for fifth time

Wally Streit

August 25, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For the fifth time, Wally Streit is the recipient of the Knights of Columbus' order-wide Top Recruiter Award. Streit, a retired banker, is a past state deputy of the Alberta Knights of Columbus. He is currently the state new council development director. Since 1998, he has recruited 1,974 members, including 261 last year.

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Leading Knight named Canada's ambassador to the Holy See

August 25, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – The president of Canada's bishops' conference welcomed the naming of Dennis Savoie as Canada's new ambassador to the Holy See. "Mr. Savoie is a man who has given leadership both at the civic and community level in Canada," said Archbishop Paul-André Durocher of Gatineau, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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