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School district names its newest schools

December 15, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – After naming its new schools for local Catholic personalities in recent years, Edmonton Catholic Schools will turn to a mix of the local and traditional in school names when a batch of newly-approved schools open in 2016. "We do not have any set policy," says Lori Nagy, Edmonton Catholic Schools Manager of Media and Community Relations. "When we are looking for names we post information on our district website asking people to send in their submission, there is a deadline date and the board will review those names. Of course, the archbishop is also involved."

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Nuncio urges growth in religious vocations

December 15, 2014
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – As Pope Francis inaugurated the Year of Consecrated Life Nov. 30, Canada's apostolic nuncio exhorted Canadian religious to build a culture of vocations. Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi urged Canada's religious men and women to not be afraid to make a courageous and direct call to young people. "Go among the youth," he wrote in a document entitled Take Care of Vocations. "Go personally to them and call."

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Canadian synod delegates to be chosen in spring

December 15, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – By the end of March, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will choose four delegates and two alternates to attend the ordinary synod on the family in Rome in October 2015. The names of delegates, two from the English sector and two from the French sector, and one alternate from each, will not be revealed until after Pope Francis approves them, said Archbishop Paul-André Durocher. The United States bishops' conference chose its delegates at its recent plenary this fall, but the next CCCB plenary won't take place until next September. Usually, Canada's delegates for synods are chosen at the bishops' annual plenary assembly in the fall.

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N.B. gov't plans to loosen abortion restrictions

December 15, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

New Brunswick's Liberal government is removing restrictions to make access to abortion easier in the Maritime province. "As one newspaper headline said today, it is a monumental shift in public policy on abortion here in New Brunswick," said Peter Ryan, executive director of Right to Life New Brunswick. "For many years New Brunswick and (Prince Edward Island) have stood apart from the rest of Canada in that we have not had a policy on tax-funded abortion on demand. Now that has changed."

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Francis urges Council of Europe to walk 'royal road of peace'

December 15, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

STRASBOURG, FRANCE – The project of European unity and cooperation, and ensuring peace on the continent, requires a commitment to dialogue and respect for others, Pope Francis said. The pope told council members that a "great toll of suffering and death is still being enacted on this continent." Visiting in Strasbourg Nov. 25, the pope marked the 65th anniversary of the 47-member Council of Europe. The council was formed to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe after the Second World War.

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Catholic who knew his faith stumped a Bible thumper

December 15, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Catholic apologist Tim Staples used to love stumping Catholics with Bible verses when he was a Pentecostal. Then he met a Catholic who stumped him. Speaking in Ottawa Dec. 6, the director of apologetics and evangelization for Catholic Answers said he used to think, "You have to be brain dead to be Catholic." Raised a Southern Baptist, Staples joined the Assemblies of God as an adult. He became especially fond of Bible verses he called "zingers" that he believed proved the Catholic faith was wrong.

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Canadian author provides Christian guide to going green

December 1, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Creation care ministry combines both practical and Christian elements – an exquisite blend of why God wants us to care for his Earth and how to go about doing it. Norman Lévesque has written a book that provides a guide to going green the Christian way – Greening Your Church (Novalis). Lévesque's book includes not only ways to make your parish more environmentally responsible, but also ways to alter your own life as well as a theology to provide the foundation for such ecologically-inspired change.

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Never rule out talks with terrorists – pope

December 1, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT – Pope Francis said he would "never close the door" on dialogue with the Islamic State in an effort to bring peace to a region of the world suffering from violence and persecution. He also said "terrorism" could describe not only the actions of such extremist groups but also those of some national governments using military force unilaterally.< Meeting reporters Nov. 25 on his return flight from Strasbourg where he addressed the European Parliament, Pope Francis said terrorism is a threat that must be taken seriously.

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Vatican launches Year for Consecrated Life

December 1, 2014
LAURA IERACI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 30, marking the start of the new liturgical year, will also inaugurate the Year for Consecrated Life. The yearlong observance is dedicated to renewing hope in religious life and instilling it more profoundly with a prophetic witness of the Gospel. Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, was scheduled to celebrate the year's opening Mass Nov. 30 in St. Peter's Basilica because Pope Francis will be on an apostolic visit in Turkey.

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Anglican sees Canada on slippery slope

December 1, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Watching the world slide down a slippery slope to euthanasia and assisted suicide, or "medical aid in dying," is disheartening to a Second World War veteran who confronted state-sanctioned killing while helping to liberate Europe. "I am 91 and it is probably a good thing you don't live to 150 because it is really hard to buy a lot of this garbage that is going on," said Father Robert Greene, rector of St. Andrew Anglican Church in Gleichen, Alta. "This is a crazy society we are in." For Greene, active in the pro-life movement since the 1960s, seeing the rise in support for euthanasia and assisted suicide is an affront to what he and 1.1 million other Canadians fought against during the Second World War.

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