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Altar servers bear witness to value of faithful families

October 17, 2011
NATHAN RUMOHR
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — Strong families establish strong vocations. That was the message of Archbishop Michael Miller during the recent Altar Server Awards at Holy Rosary Cathedral.

“The first steps are taken at home,” the archbishop said during his homily.

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Bedard founded religious order, led many to Christ

Fr. Bob Bedard

October 17, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Father Bob Bedard, the Ottawa priest who founded the Companions of the Cross more than 25 years ago, died peacefully Oct. 6 at the age of 82 after a long illness.

Bedard not only founded the charismatic order that has grown to include 40 priests, six religious sisters and hundreds of lay associates in Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, Detroit and Houston, he was one of the leaders in the charismatic renewal movement and the popular host of the television program Food for Life for many years.

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Catholic groups oppose gov't Planned Parenthood funding

Bishop Gerald Wiesner

October 17, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Two Catholic organizations have blasted International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda’s decision to grant the International Planned Parenthood Federation $6 million in new funding.

In an Oct. 4 letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Bishop Gerald Wiesner of Prince George, chairman of the board of the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), expressed dismay that “the world’s largest abortion provider and promoter” would receive a CIDA grant over the next three years.

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God flattens man's dream to call him to spread the Gospel

Robert Canton

October 17, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

He wanted to be a millionaire by age 33 but the Holy Spirit had a different plan for Robert Canton. Instead, the Lord wanted him to travel the world and heal millions in God’s name.

To accomplish his mission, the Lord gave him the gifts of prophecy, tongues and healing. He also gives him daily revelations. Since 1991 Canton, now an international leader in the charismatic renewal, has travelled to 41 countries preaching the word.

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Knowing Your goals hastens success

October 17, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — There is a surety about geese flying that humans admire.

While waiting to catch a ferry at Puget Sound, poet David Whyte saw a gaggle of geese shoot up into the sky. It was an astounding sight and, seeing them, a collective sigh went over the crowd. The birds, with each set of wing beats, formed a faultless V, and were soon flying high on a strong current, in perfect formation.

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Christ holds the power in Catholic Education

October 17, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholic schools provide an opportunity to teach God and to introduce young people to a living relationship with the living Christ.

That’s how Bishop David Motiuk, the bishop of the Ukrainian Eparchy of Edmonton, attempted to answer the “what” of Catholic education — the main focus of a forum on Catholic education held at St. Michael-Resurrection Church Oct. 5.

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Week of Prayer publishes booklet online

Week of Prayer Logo

October 24, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Toronto – It's a new day for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The 104-year-old call to Christians to atone for their deliberate and structural estrangement from one another is employing Facebook, Twitter and the latest publishing technology to get the word out.

Promoting the Week of Prayer via social media was basically a no-brainer as far as the Canadian Council of Churches is concerned, said CCC secretary general the Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton.

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Father finds faith, hope on Santiago de Compostela trek

October 24, 2011
JOHN MULDERIG
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

A thinking person's road movie, The Way (Producers Distribution Agency/ARC) follows a quartet of central characters along the ancient pilgrimage route from France to the Spanish shrine of Santiago de Compostela, even as it conducts viewers through a reflective, and ultimately rewarding, exploration of elemental themes.

Writer-director Emilio Estevez's drama challenges materialistic values and treats faith with refreshing respect.

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One child policy killing China's sense of morality

Chai Ling

October 24, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Chai claims 86 per cent of Chinese women go through at least one abortion and 52 per cent have two or more. Given the pressure from husbands and in-laws clamouring for a male heir, combined with a legal regime which limits most Han Chinese to a single baby, Chinese abortions of unborn females can only be characterized as coerced, said Chai.

Through a network of volunteers in China, All Girls Allowed (www.allgirlsallowed.org) gives monetary and other support for women who give birth to their illegal second and third children.

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Grade 6 class raises funds for drought relief in the Horn of Africa

October 24, 2011
HANNAH BUNN, MCKENNA RYAN
AND MEGAN CHORNEY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON – At Archbishop Joseph McNeil, the class of 6B raised about $1,640 with the help of the government matching our money.

In our Grade 6 class we heard about the drought in the Horn of Africa affecting about 11 million people. The people most affected by this drought are pregnant moms and children under five.

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