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Old Testament story brings virtue, faith in Fringe drama

Christian Pawlowski

August 25, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Many of the acts at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival push to be the most absurd, sexual and extreme. There are plays about incest and rape, another about a phone sex operator, which in some instances actually glorify these acts. In contrast, One Candle Productions presented Tobit, a 90-minute, family-friendly play.

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Francis pleads for Korean unity and reconciliation

August 25, 2014
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

More than 60 years after the end of the Korean War, Pope Francis has urged the people of South Korea to seek the reunification of their divided country. "Are there two Koreas?" Pope Francis asked participants in an Asian Youth Day gathering Aug. 15. "No, there is one, but it is divided; the family is divided." To promote reunification, the pope said he had one piece of advice to offer.

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Militant attacks haunt Iraqi refugees

August 25, 2014
DOREEN ABI RAAD
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The memory of that brutal June evening in his home near Mosul, Iraq, brought 48-year-old Joseph, now a refugee in Lebanon, to tears. "These people know no limits of humanity, decency, or respect for human life," he said of the Islamic State fighters. Meeting with Catholic News Service Aug. 8 at the Caritas Lebanon Migrant Center in Beirut, he and other Catholic Iraqi refugees asked that their real names not be used to protect their identities as they shared the traumatic experiences that led to their exodus.

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Catholics fought against bigotry

August 25, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Jesuit novices in Guelph, Ont., in 1918 expected to wake early to prayers and devotions, then Mass, then breakfast. They did not expect to be woken by military police. But at the urging of some of Guelph's Protestant ministers one spring morning, as war raged in Europe, Capt. A.C. Macaulay and his men raided St. Stanislaus Novitiate north of the city. They were looking for Catholic shirkers - young men pretending to pursue religious vocations to avoid military service.

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Skaro's Marian pilgrimage draws newcomers, lifelong devotees

August 25, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Every year since 1919, Catholics have been coming to the beautiful Skaro shrine to celebrate the solemnity of the Assumption. And for the Aug. 14 vigil Mass and candlelight procession, the number of pilgrims was in the usual range of 3,000 to 4,000. For a few dedicated souls, however, the Skaro shrine receives more than a once-a-year visit.

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New stamp shows photo of Sisters of St. Joseph

August 25, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Canada Post's new release of stamps by prominent photographers includes a well-known shot by Michel Lambeth of two Sisters of St. Joseph and a man who helped the sisters in Toronto. The stamp, titled St. Joseph's Convent School, is one of 35 being released in phases over a five-year period, with seven being introduced this year alone.

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