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RC-Anglican reconciliation crucial to healing for northern natives

Bishop Murray Chatlain

July 18, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

INUVIK, N.W.T. — In the midst of a gathering which seeks reconciliation and healing from the 130-year history of residential schools in Canada, Catholic and Anglican bishops from the North took responsibility for the 400-year-old division between the churches and pledged continued dialogue, co-operation and reconciliation.

"This is a road we're on and there are no exits," said Bishop Gary Gordon of Whitehorse.

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Grouard-McLennan Archdiocese moves office to Grande Prairie

Archbishop Gerard Pettipas

July 18, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

McLENNAN - The Archdiocese of Grouard McLennan plans to move its offices from the town of McLennan into Grande Prairie.

The move is motivated primarily by transportation and staffing needs, says Archbishop Gerard Pettipas.

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Praise God as you walk through trials

Connie Schumacher

July 18, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — When things are going well, people are prone to praise God. They praise God when they land a new job, get married or have a grandchild.

But Connie Schumacher praised God when her truck caught on fire and when her neighbour shot bullets through her kitchen window. She even praised God when her husband left her.

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Pope makes 3 episcopal appointments for Quebec dioceses

July 18, 2011
WCR NEWS SERVICES

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict has named a new bishop for the Diocese of Nicolet, Quebec, and two new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Montreal.

Accepting the resignation July 11 of Bishop Raymond Saint-Gelais, who reached the customary retirement age of 75 in March, the pope named Montreal Auxiliary Bishop Andre Gazaille, 65, to succeed him.

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Jason West: Newman's new academic dean

July 18, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The new academic dean at Newman Theological College says theologians must strive to defend tradition from too much innovation and protect innovation from "a stale, narrow reading of the tradition."

Jason West, who has taught philosophy at the college for the past seven years, takes over as dean from Father Stefano Penna, who assumes the new position of vice-president for college development and advancement.

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St. Agnes — lots of faith, fellowship, food

July 18, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For Angie LaRose, St. Agnes Parish was where she began to grow in her faith.

"I started climbing up the hill in my faith here," LaRose said in an interview at the parish's 75th anniversary celebration July 10.

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Nuclear weapons must go now, says Vatican's UN rep

July 18, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Nuclear weapons have "threatened humanity" for far too long and it is urgent to now move to a "world without nuclear weapons," said the Vatican's ambassador to the United Nations.

"Now is the time for a profound rethinking and change in our perception of nuclear weapons. Nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation are essential from a humanitarian point of view," Archbishop Francis Chullikatt said July 1.

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Canadian Catholics should plan for a larger future

July 18, 2011
REGINALD W. BIBBY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

What I have to report will come as a surprise to many Canadian Roman Catholics.

In recent years, many of you have grown accustomed to hearing that religion is in decline and that your numbers are dropping. The common portrait painted by the media is one of an aging Church whose golden years of large and vibrant congregations comprised of people of all ages is a thing of the past.

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Vatican newspaper says Harry Potter film champions values

July 25, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — The last battle of the almost-grownup Harry Potter may be too scary for young viewers, but it champions the values of friendship and sacrifice, the Vatican newspaper said.

"The atmosphere of the last few episodes, which had become increasingly dark and ominous, reaches its pinnacle," said one of two reviews of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 printed July 12 in the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.

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Opus Dei celebrates feast of St. Josemaria

St. Josemaria Escriva

July 25, 2011
LEANNE STONE
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON — On the June feast day Mass for St. Josemaria Escriva, Edmonton's faithful met at St. Andrew's Church to celebrate the Opus Dei founder's life.

While there is no official Opus Dei centre in Alberta's capital, hundreds of people do support the teachings of The Work. Hundreds, while coming from diverse cultural, social and professional backgrounds, are united through their love for Opus Dei.

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