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Faiths celebrate roots in Abraham

Rev. Larry Wright

December 19, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Representatives of the three faiths that trace their roots to Abraham came together at City Hall Dec. 11 as part of their local effort to foster interfaith harmony and cooperation.

Masood Peracha, co-chair of the Phoenix Multi-Faith Society for Harmony, said the organization was established five years ago to build a greater understanding among all faiths.

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God's Word has the power to transform us, say speakers

Bishop Murray Chatlain

December 19, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It took only four words from the New Testament Letter of James to confirm Murray Chatlain in his vocation to the priesthood.

Chatlain, now the bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, was a seminarian in second year theology struggling to know whether he truly had a call to be a priest.

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Music ministry shares songs and food

Denis Grady

December 26, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The spirit of adventure, a pleasant holiday and Christian music ministry have proven to be a good mix for a yearly mission to Guatemala.

The Guatemala Music Mission is a project coordinated by Franciscan and Friends Music Mission, a not-for-profit charitable ministry.

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Pastoral plan on family moves ahead

December 26, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will proceed with a pastoral plan for life and family that will launch nationally in 2013 after a preparatory year in the dioceses.

In a letter to his brother bishops dated Dec. 8, Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith, president of the CCCB, said the conference's permanent council has given the proposed plan a green light.

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Senate report calls for urgent First Nations education reforms

December 26, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Senator Gerry St. Germain knows first-hand the role a good education can play in lifting people out of poverty and despair.

"I grew up in a Metis community where there wasn't much hope, and there wasn't a very strong light at the end of the tunnel," said St. Germain.

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Metis doctor battles diseases of the poor

Dr. Janet Smylie

December 26, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Shocking, shameful poverty among Canada's native people goes far beyond the remote northern Ontario community of Attiwapiskat.

Native poverty is walking the streets and crowding the basement apartments of Canada's largest cities, according to a new report by St. Michael's Hospital researcher Dr. Janet Smylie.

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Pope tells inmates God loves them

Pope Benedict

December 26, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ROME – Pope Benedict told inmates at a Rome prison that people say nasty things about him, too, but it's important to remember that there are other people ready to offer their love and support.

During a visit Dec. 18 to Rome's Rebibbia prison, the pope gave a short speech and then responded to questions from six of the inmates gathered in the prison's Church of Our Father.

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Byzantine scholar goes home but keeps his tongue flapping

Fr. Robert Taft

December 26, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In a sitting room where lace doilies top every table, Jesuit Father Robert Taft's grey sweater and wooden cane add to the impression that he's a refined retired professor.

But then he shared what he believes is the line his former students quote most: "There are two things you do not do alone: liturgy and sex."

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West end francophone parish looking for a home

December 26, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Francophone Catholics in the west end find themselves homeless again after losing the chapel they have been leasing since their own church went up in flames 45 years ago.

Since Oct. 19, the 150 families of Ste-Anne Parish have been worshipping in the gym of Ecole Notre-Dame, 15425-91 Ave. They will remain there until they find a church willing to house them.

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Octogenarian woman plays Santa for imprisoned youth

December 26, 2011
LAUREEN MCMAHON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER – Every December Evelyn Florendo plays Santa Claus to detained youth at the Burnaby Youth Custody Services Centre.

Florendo, a four-foot, 11-inch octogenarian dynamo, has a compassionate heart for boys and girls who have run afoul of the law.

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