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Jesuits lead retreats for sober homeless

August 17, 2015
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER - Spiritual retreats should not be limited to the middle class, says Ted Penton. A Jesuit in formation, Penton leads retreats for homeless people through the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP), which runs in 27 North American cities. Penton visited Vancouver July 11-17 to see if it could be the next city to offer retreats to the homeless.

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Sisters of Providence care for the poor

August 17, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Mary Truong first met the Sisters of Providence, her heart leapt.After seven years of teaching, travelling the world and acquiring her own house, a car, great friends and family, Truong, now 33, wished she was called to the single life. But having struggled with discernment as far back as her first call to be a sister as a child, she mustered up the courage to take the first step to explore religious life.

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Sr. Cécile was a mighty might of an archivist

August 17, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - The beloved archdiocesan archivist Sister Cécile Dupuis was a petite woman. Yet when someone needed research material, she would climb up and pull heavy boxes off the shelves with the energy and speed of a tornado.

"She just pulled in and out these boxes from those shelves like there was no tomorrow. It was amazing to watch; it was funny," recalled vice-chancellor Josée Marr.

"A little woman, very petite, and she would just grab these heavy boxes. I helped her too sometimes but often she'd be ahead of me in pulling these boxes out."

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Prof's book helps meet challenges of teaching religion

August 17, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

If you are new at teaching religious education or simply want fresh tips, there is a new book with sound advice.It's called So You're Teaching Religion and offers helpful guidelines for teachers seeking to create engaging and dynamic faith formation classes.Written by Dr. Richard Rymarz, a professor at St. Joseph's College at the University of Alberta, the 63-page book explores content areas and teaching strategies that will "help Catholic teachers be good religious education teachers."

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Media savvy priest named bishop in Los Angeles

August 17, 2015
MARK PATTISON
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In an era where Catholics are pretty much an afterthought on television, the sight of any cleric on the small screen almost immediately evokes thoughts of "the next Bishop Sheen" - the 1950s prime-time inspirational program host Archbishop Fulton Sheen.But in pretty much all past cases, those clerics weren't bishops themselves.But now Father Robert Barron, a media savvy priest, has been named an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and will be moving to the heart of the television industry.

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Knights target Middle East

August 17,2015
LOU BALDWIN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Christianity may be thriving around the world, but it is under severe attack and threatened with extinction in the Middle East, the region of its birth.This was a major theme at the 133rd supreme convention of the Knights of Columbus in Philadelphia Aug. 4-6.At an Aug. 4 news conference, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said 80 per cent of the religious persecution in the world is directed at Christians and a terrible microcosm of this is the persecutions in Syria and Iraq.

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Children robbed of innocence by onslaught of pornography

August 17, 2015
ABBEY JAROMA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON - Pornography is sexualizing the innocence of young children, causing a race to adulthood before the end of childhood.Young girls are being bombarded with Photoshopped images and are buying into unrealistic expectations set before them at an age meant for skinned knees and the Disney Channel.Those were some of the concerns raised at a symposium July 14. "Our entire culture is getting our girls porn ready," said Gail Dines, a professor of sociology and women's studies at Wheelock College in Boston. "It hypersexualizes them at a young age."

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When baby parts are worth more than baby

August 17, 2015

The problem is the child. When you cut through the tortured logic Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards employs to defend the primacy of privacy over the natural law, what you are left with, unfortunately for the nation's abortion Goliath, is the child. More accurately, 57.5 million children and counting who have died through legal abortion in the U.S. since 1973.

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Science shows destructive power of porn

August 17, 2015
ABBEY JAROMA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Catholic Church's strong stance against pornography is based on Church teaching that the human body should be respected and every person has a God-given dignity.But the fight against pornography is not unique to religious organizations.

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Winnipeg icon marks centennial of archdiocese

August 17, 2015
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

As part of centennial celebrations in the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, a centenary icon of the Holy Family was commissioned and is currently visiting churches across the archdiocese.After its tour, the icon will be permanently on display at St. Mary's Cathedral.The icon was designed and written by Andre Prevost.

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