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All Eastern churches gain right to ordain married men

Bishop David Motiuk

December 1, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Alberta's Ukrainian Catholic bishop is elated the Vatican has lifted the ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic churches outside their traditional territory. But Bishop David Motiuk says the lifting won't have a major impact on the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada. Ukrainian Catholic bishops in Canada have been ordaining married men to the priesthood since the early 1990s, Motiuk said. In fact, most priests in the Edmonton Eparchy who don't belong to a religious order are married.

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Grey Nuns founder brought to life in 14-minute drama

Maureen Rooney

December 1, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Married to a whiskey trader who died and left her with debts, Marguerite d'Youville also suffered the loss of four of her six children from disease. Yet d'Youville opened her heart to provide a home for Montreal's poor. Three other women joined forces with her. An astute businesswoman, she paid off her husband's debts, sent her children to school and saw her two sons become priests. With a generous heart, she looked for others to help and found four starving men in a tumbling down hospital. Her determination saw the hospital refurbished and those in need clothed and fed.

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Sask. bishop urges prayer for aboriginal women

December 1, 2014
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

Saskatoon Bishop Donald Bolen has called on Catholics and the broader community to become better informed and to pray for missing and murdered aboriginal women. "Nearly 1,200 aboriginal women have been murdered or are missing over the past 30 years, according to police records. This issue does not affect only aboriginal women but all Canadians, all people," Bolen said in an Oct. 31 pastoral letter. "Something has gone dreadfully wrong, and the pain and suffering of the aboriginal families and communities who have lost loved ones calls out for a response."

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Collins casts his vote for a more jolly world

Cardinal Thomas Collins

December 1, 2014
CATHOLIC REGISTER STAFF

Christians must pay attention to the reality of evil but do so with hope-filled joy, Cardinal Thomas Collins told the annual Cardinal's Dinner. Speaking on Nov. 6 to some 1,600 religious, business and political leaders in Toronto, Collins said it would be naive to ignore the evil that abounds today. The modern world is not always a "jolly place," he said. But we must respond with an ability to "see all events, no matter how evil, in the hope-filled context of divine providence."

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Liberation theology rooted in the Gospel, says Gutierrez

Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez

December 1, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Liberation theology, which interprets the teachings of Christ in relation to liberation from unjust social, economic and political conditions, is rooted in the Bible and the life of Jesus, said the priest who developed the concept nearly 50 years ago. Dominican Father Gustavo Gutierrez said Nov. 7 at St. Paul University in Ottawa that "theology is a hermeneutic of hope. Theology touches on the motive, the story of our Lord in history." "Theology is a letter of love to God," the Peruvian theologian known as the father of liberation theology added during a program in which he received an honorary doctorate.

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Family fragmented as son flees Lebanon for life in Edmonton

December 1, 2014
DOREEN ABI RAAD
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

From the time he arrived in Lebanon alone from war-torn Syria nearly two years ago, resettlement to a peaceful nation in the West has been Gabriel's sole aim. But it is with mixed emotions that the 28-year-old Syrian Christian sets out to begin a new life in Edmonton. Expectant hope covered a heavy heart as he spent his final two weeks in Lebanon with his parents and brother who arrived from Syria for his send-off.

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Churches celebrate Catholic milestone

Bishop Donald Bolen

December 1, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

When Saskatoon's Bishop Don Bolen worked for Cardinal Walter Kasper in the Vatican, the boss would tell him that all those documents produced at the Second Vatican Council weren't supposed to sit on shelves gathering dust. "We're supposed to act on them," said Bolen, recollecting his time with Kasper at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Bolen had just finished co-presiding with Anglican Bishop Linda Nicholls at a Nov. 9 ecumenical celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Decree on Ecumenism. The event was held at St. James Anglican Cathedral in Toronto.

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Carson's crosswords evolved from passion of his youth

Bob Carson

December 1, 2014
JIM O'LEARY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Being the crossword puzzle guy in a prison means you are never without friends. You become the automatic go-to person when someone is stumped. "Hey, Bob, what's the name of George Jetson's dog?" That's just one of the many questions thrown Bob Carson's way over the years. One of the easier ones, too. Who can forget Astro? Carson is the author of the popular crossword puzzle that appears in every issue of the Western Catholic Reporter and The Catholic Register. Or, as he might put it, what's a six-letter word for Canada's Catholic crossword guru? Answer: Carson.

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