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Albanians' witness brings pope to tears

Pope Francis and Fr. Ernest Troshani

October 6, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Two survivors of Albania's communist crackdown against the Church brought Pope Francis to tears with their stories during a Vespers service in Tirana's cathedral Sept. 21. "To hear a martyr talk about his own martyrdom is intense," the pope told journalists on the papal plane back to Rome the same evening. "I think all of us there were moved, all of us." Father Ernest Troshani, 84, talked about his life as a priest under a militant atheist regime that targeted people of every faith between 1944 and 1991.

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Notre Dame sisters stand with people in Guatemala

Sr. Paula Maher

October 6, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When four sisters from the Congregation of Notre Dame went to Guatemala 50 years ago, fireworks, streamers and a procession marked their arrival. They arrived on Dec. 23, 1964, just two days before Christmas. The waiting villagers welcomed the missionary sisters with applause, and shouted, "Viva las Madres!" All from the United States, they started the first mission in San Francisco la Union, in the department of Olintepeque.

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Art exhibit traces events of Jesus' life

October 6, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Regina artist Louise Tessier has been creating ceramic art tiles since the late 1990s. But when she came across the writings of Father Thomas Stanley, a Marianist priest from Ohio, her work found a new, singular focus. Stanley had taken the Scriptural Stations of the Cross and added his own meditations based on flowers and plants. That seemed a perfect fit for Tessier’s ceramic tiles which were already based on garden themes.

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Jesuit astronomer awaits the discovery of alien life.

Br. Guy Consolmago

October 6, 2014
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, the new president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, has no doubt that life exists elsewhere in the universe and that when humanity discovers it, the news will come as no big surprise. The likely discovery – whether next month or a millennium from now – will be received much the way that news of planets orbiting far off stars has filtered in since the 1990s, he said. "The general public is going to be, 'Oh, I knew that. I knew it was going to be there,'"

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Canada prepares for synod on the family

October 6, 2014

At their annual plenary assembly last month, Canada's Catholic bishops heard reports from across the country on how Catholics view the upcoming world synod and the state of the family today. Here, Deborah Gyapong of Canadian Catholic News presents synopses of the reports from 4 dioceses.

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