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Fr. Carrier remembered for devotion to native people

October 10, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SPRUCE GROVE — When William Alexander Carrier, “Alex,” joined the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1959, he thought the road to the priesthood would be a straight one. Little did Carrier know what the future held in store.

Seven years into his studies for the priesthood he started doubting his vocation and left the Oblates. Thoughts of marriage crossed his mind.

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Vigil at abortion clinic aimed at changing hearts

October 10, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Lori Buhiire decided to take part in the local 40 Days for Life campaign for two reasons — to pray for an end to abortion and to pray for the Edmonton abortion clinic to close down.

“I definitely want to see an end to abortion all over the world, and I am also praying for the workers here,” Buhiire said in an interview.

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Empty cradle rocks the global economy

October 10, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Throughout the developed world, lowered birth rates and family breakdown will have a devastating effect on the global economy and the welfare state’s viability says an international study released Oct. 3.

“On current trends, we face a world of rapidly aging and declining populations, of few children — many of them without the benefit of siblings and a stable, two-parent home — of lonely seniors living on meager public support, of cultural and economic stagnation,” says the study.

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Evolution is part of God's creation

Prof. Denis Lamoureux

October 10, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Evolution is the scientific theory that natural processes over billions of years produced all living organisms, including humans. Creationism is the belief that the world is the product of a Creator.

"Is there a middle-ground position that can accept both Christianity and science?" asked Prof. Denis Lamoureux, lecturing in a Sept. 29 talk at the University of Alberta.

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Young men come to seminary to see where God is calling

Paul Kozinkiewicz

October 10, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Four years ago, following a trip to Europe and pilgrimage to Lourdes, Ben van den Bosch was discerning whether he was called to the priesthood.

“Out of that experience I really felt called to the seminary,” van den Bosch said.

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St. Angela Merici, St. Pius X, to close doors permanently

October 10, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Two north Edmonton parishes that have been sharing a pastor for the past decade will soon close their doors permanently.

St. Angela Merici Parish and St. Pius X Parish, which were twinned about a decade ago, are scheduled to close their churches in the next few months.

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Saskatoon Diocese launches miscarriage ministry

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October 10, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON — The Saskatoon Diocese has launched an outreach to help those who are suffering the loss of a child through miscarriage.

Those who have suffered miscarriages often need healing and long for acknowledgement, said Elan Ehresman, who coordinates the diocese’s Marriage and Family Life office.

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Sisters overjoyed with recognition

October 10, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — It was an emotional Premier Ed Stelmach whose eyes filled with tears Sept. 28 as he spoke of the powerful impact of religious sisters in his life.

Stelmach unveiled the three-metre statue, prominently displayed in front of the Legislature, that honours the contribution of Alberta’s orders of religious women in building the province.

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CCODP boss straddles the divide between critics and supporters

Michael Casey

October 10, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

When the Development and Peace controversy came to a head last spring with the cancellation of Father Luis Arriaga’s talks in Ottawa, Michael Casey soon found himself taking fire from all sides.

As the executive director of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP), Casey faced outraged reaction from his own employees and an online fight by lay supporters, who launched several blogs in French and English.

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Senator fought to overcome discrimination

October 17, 2011
FRANK FLEGEL
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

REGINA — Senator Lillian Eva Quon Dyck’s heritage is aboriginal and Chinese. Throughout her life she has fought discrimination and racism to achieve distinction as a university professor and appointment to the Canadian Senate in 2005.

Dyck told her story at the Luther Lecture Sept. 26 at Luther College, University of Regina.

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