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Faith weaves throughout film course

July 21, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A good film is more than special effects and pretty girls. Underneath everything lies a compelling story. At Living Water College of the Arts this month, eight students are learning to tell not just any stories through film, but stories imbued with faith. "Pretty much anybody can teach you to be a technician, but what Hollywood really lacks these days is good storytellers," said Jacob Schmiedicke, the college's director of liberal and fine arts. Schmiedicke said the four-week program, Truth in Motion, run at the college near tiny Derwent, north of Vermilion, gives a basic overview of the filmmaking process from beginning to end. "It's unique in that we heavily emphasize story."

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Northern mother went to cupboard and it was bare

Kedra Kimiksana

July 21, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

You may not remember your first cherry, but Kedra and Destiny Kimiksana will always remember theirs. The young sisters got to try a cherry thanks to Sister Faye Trombley, the missionary who runs Our Lady of Grace Parish in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. At 69 degrees north and 133 degrees west, on a little reach of land that extends into the Beaufort Sea, cherries are hard to come by and expensive. But it's not just cherries. All kinds of healthy foods are either rare, expensive or both in Arctic communities. Trombley's April grocery bill included such bargains as $4.09 for a bunch of broccoli, $19.99 for 700 grams of cheddar cheese, $25.14 for 295 ml of orange juice, $18.79 for three tins of sockeye salmon and $14.98 for five pounds of potatoes.

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Blessings and healings overflow as couples strive to be faithful

Judith Vasquez

July 21, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Joy Vasquez and his wife Judith have received a multitude of blessings during their 17 years of marriage. Judith was healed of a life-threatening illness and, despite the urgings of doctors to abort three of their pregnancies, all three babies avoided serious disabling conditions. "When we got married in 1996, we pictured ourselves having a big family. We wanted to have seven children. But the doctors told us that Judith could not conceive. It would be impossible for her," said Joy Vasquez. But one Easter evening, the couple got down on their knees and prayed. They asked the Virgin Mary to intercede for them, and bless them with a child.

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Famous Church St. throws a party

July 21, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Friends of Church Street seeks to promote the historical significance of 96th Street in Edmonton's McCauley neighbourhood, commonly referred to as Church Street. Church Street has numerous houses of worship across a five-block stretch, from 106th to 110th Avenue. The inaugural Church Street Fair on July 12 gave people an opportunity to tour the churches and learn their histories. "We have a diverse, exciting and wonderful community that is inclusive and welcoming. Our diversity is in our spirit, our culture, our nationality, and in our religion," said Colleen Chapman, the president and founder of Friends of Church Street.

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Benedict opened a door; will Francis walk through?

July 21, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Sympathizing with all the unknowns facing young people today, Pope Francis – half joking – said it is easier for a pope because he knows where his earthly life will end. "I think the pope's definitive path is more certain. Where will the pope end up? There, in that tomb," in St. Peter's Basilica where most popes are buried, he said June 28 to a group of young men involved in a vocational discernment process run by the Diocese of Rome. But that is not the way things turned out for St. Celestine V, who until 2013 was known as the last pope to voluntarily resign. When he renounced the papacy in December 1294, after only five months in office, his successor had him imprisoned.

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Francis blasts 'despicable actions' of clerical abusers

July 21, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that "despicable actions" caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been "camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained." "There is no place in the Church's ministry for those who commit these abuses, and I commit myself not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not," and to hold all bishops accountable for protecting young people, the pope said during an early morning Mass for six survivors of abuse by clergy. The Mass and private meetings held later with each individual took place in the Domus Sanctae Marthae – the pope's residence.

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Doctors' rights under siege in right-to-life debate

July 21, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Doctors who refuse to prescribe birth control pills have become the focus of a debate over physicians' rights to freedom of conscience when practising medicine. An Alberta doctor has been in the media spotlight recently for posting a notice at the clinic where she works that she will not prescribe the pill and now faces a human rights complaint. Earlier this year, three Ottawa doctors came under fire for similar reasons. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is doing a public consultation on its guidelines that could be revamped to restrict doctors' rights to abstain from legal medical practices on religious or conscientious grounds.

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Christians targeted in Iraqi civil war

July 21, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) has put out an urgent plea to help Iraqi Christians targeted in a "brutal civil war." "Everybody's affected, but Christians in particular because as a minority they are more vulnerable," said CNEWA Canada general secretary Carl Hutu in an interview from Jerusalem. Hutu attended the annual gathering in Rome June 23-26 of agencies working with the Eastern Church that was organized by the Congregation of Eastern Churches.

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