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Development and Peace group visits typhoon-ravaged Philippines

September 22, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – A Development & Peace (CCODP) delegation visited the region of the Philippines devastated by last year's Typhoon Haiyan. Their trip in August was filmed for a documentary, which is still in production. Fran Lucas, national second vice-president of the Catholic Women's League, was one of 10 Canadians on the trip. Serving with the CWL for 23 years at St. Joseph's Basilica, Lucas was invited by CCODP to participate in the 11-day whirlwind solidarity trip.

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Papal visit to Albania honours persecuted Church

September 22, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Walking to a cemetery on All Saints' Day, watching television past 10 p.m., even slaughtering a kid goat on Easter were once so highly suspect in Albania, they would trigger neighbourhood spies to tip off communist authorities. The religious persecution the atheist state waged between 1944 and the 1990s was so severe, it prompted Pope Francis to make Albania the first country in Europe he visits.

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Muslims, Christians seek way of peace

September 22, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Christians and Muslims agree that love, peace and hope are some of the most basic gifts they can offer as they practise their faith in Canada's secular society. At their second dialogue in Edmonton, leaders of both major religions encouraged participants to live out their faith so others will see them as people of faith and agents of peace and love. Almost 250 people, including Muslims of the Sunni and Shia sects and Christians of the Roman Catholic and Mennonite churches, attended the event at the Edmonton Islamic Academy Sept. 13.

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Bishops launch campaign against euthanasia

September 22, 2014
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

BEAUPRÉ, QUEBEC – The Canadian bishops are launching a national strategy to fight the push for euthanasia. Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the CCCB will launch a "campaign to combat the movement in Canada to facilitate access to euthanasia" with the help of the Catholic Organization of Life and Family (COLF) and the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

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Barylo passes the praise for winning Kevin Carr Award

Marc Barylo

September 22, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Marc Barylo, the driving force behind Catholic Social Services' successful Sign of Hope fundraising campaign for 30 years, is this year's winner of the Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award. Barylo, CSS's vice-president of development and community relations, is "an impassioned leader" who inspires his team of community leaders and volunteers, said Father Mike McCaffery, former archdiocesan chancellor, in nominating Barylo for the award.

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Iraqis plead for Canada to open doors for families

September 22, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Images of war-torn towns, broken bodies of children, starving Iraqi people flash through the daily newscasts, splash across the front pages of newspapers. But there are those who know what these people are going through because they themselves fled the terror years ago and are now desperately trying to rescue relatives and friends left behind. Zeina Pauls of St. Albert and her two children have been living in the safety of Canada for 15 years.

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Archdiocese mourns the loss of Fr. Michael "Catfish" Mireau

September 24, 2014
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton – The Catholic community is mourning the death of Father Michael (Catfish) Mireau, a priest of the Archdiocese of Edmonton and beloved district chaplain of Edmonton Catholic Schools. Father Mike died late Monday night following a heroic battle with cancer, one he documented over the last two years in an inspiring and provocative series of videos at www.fathercatfish.com. He was 42.

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Studies show faith, marriage are keys to having a longer life

October 6, 2014
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Washington – Study after study has confirmed that those who are involved in religion and those who are married are healthier, physically and mentally happier and live longer than those who are not. "The health benefits of marriage are so strong that a married man with heart disease can be expected to live, on average, 1,400 days (nearly four years) longer than an unmarried man with a healthy heart," said Dr. Scott Haltzman, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behaviour at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

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Small groups can have big results in evangelization, says Ortega

Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino

October 6, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Beaupré, Quebec – Evangelization starts small, Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino of Havana told Canada's bishops and went on to share examples that helped renew the Catholic Church in Cuba. Ortega told the bishops how the cathedral parish in Havana would organize a celebration of all young people from the well-populated neighbourhoods. Few come for Communion, some are preparing for Baptism, but all will go out and do social service for the poor, he said.

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'Doctrinal war' heats up as synod on family draws near

October 6, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family opens Oct. 5, but weeks earlier some of its most prominent members were already publicly debating what is bound to be one of its most controversial topics: the eligibility of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. In an interview published Sept. 18, a proponent of changing Church practice to allow such Catholics to receive Communion answered criticism from some of his fellow cardinals, suggesting they are seeking a "doctrinal war" whose ultimate target is Pope Francis.

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