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Winnipeg volunteer drop-in still needs funds to serve its homeless clientele

April 20, 2015
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – The Our Place-Chez Nous drop-in centre, in the heart of the infamous Main Street strip, is helping more people than ever ndash; a testament to the dedication of its volunteers, but a sign homelessness isn't going away. "More and more people are coming to Chez Nous," said its former director, Larry Stuart, at a recent fundraiser. Stuart said the only revenue source for Chez Nous' $40,000 budget is donations. "We pay no wages; we rely on volunteers."

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Broad strategy needed to ensure Mid-East peace

Archbishop Paul-André Durocher
April 20, 2015
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Canada and the global community need to offer a broader response than military intervention to the crisis in Iraq and Syria, say Canadian Church leaders. "We are convinced that military efforts to end or limit the present atrocities must be accompanied by other steps," said a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper signed by 23 leaders of the nation's churches. Among the signatories of the April 6 letter sent by the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) was Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

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Turcotte never lost the common touch

Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte
April 20, 2015
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, cardinal of the people, died April 8 in Montreal's Marie-Clarac Hospital. The 78-year-old cardinal, who served as Montreal's archbishop for 22 years, was diabetic, and his health had been in decline for several months. He was moved to palliative care March 24. Turcotte was remembered as a populist, a down-to-earth cleric with a common touch who once supported an ad campaign that urged Montreal residents to pray for his beloved Canadiens to make the National Hockey League playoffs.

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Pregnancy led young woman to become doula, pro-lifer

Darby Ramsay with her son Noah.
April 20, 2015
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
B. C. CATHOLIC

A young girl from Salmon Arm, B.C., has become a cheerleader for women in labour after facing motherhood at age 16. Darby Ramsay, 19, is a doula, a woman who gives emotional and physical support to women before, during and just after they have a baby. "(Giving) birth is a significant event and it leaves a mark on women for the rest of their lives," she said. Ramsay is also a bold speaker for the pro-life movement. Her testimony, part of LifeCanada's You'll Never Regret Loving This Much campaign, was featured at a series of events at university campuses last month.

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Religious orders ask Ottawa to cut Canada's carbon emissions

April 20, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Religious congregations and faith groups from across Canada have urged Canada's finance minister to put a price on carbon emissions to combat climate change. The 53 groups asked Finance Minister Joe Oliver to have the Canadian government "set a clear, reliable and effective price for carbon emissions with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting catastrophic climate change."

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Edmonton native to head Cochrane retreat centre

Susan Campbell
April 6, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Susan Campbell wants people to know what a treasure they have in Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre. Campbell, the newly-appointed director of the Cochrane retreat house, had been to Mount St. Francis before and experienced its spiritual richness. "It's a sacred place," she said, "and I want people to know that it is here and it is available so they can get in touch with their inner spirit."

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Paschal mystery is God's gift to us

April 6, 2015

The paschal mystery, for Father Robbie McDougall, is a love story. "It's a gift from God to us in regards to the ups and downs of everyday life. It is the personal presence of Christ who is with us always in our suffering and our joys. "This is the incarnated attitude that God is with us always in the personal level for personal growth."

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Quebec school wins court battle to teach the Catholic faith

April 6, 2015
PHILIPPE VAILLANCOURT
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

A Jesuit-run high school in Montreal won an eight-year legal battle against the Quebec government when the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that it should be allowed to teach the mandatory ethics and religious culture course from a Catholic perspective. In a 7-0 decision, the court ruled March 19 that Loyola High School can favour Catholicism in teaching the course, which is required by the Quebec Ministry of Education. "The minister's decision requiring that all aspects of Loyola's proposed program be taught from a neutral perspective, including the teaching of Catholicism, limited freedom of religion more than was necessary given the statutory objectives," the court wrote in its opinion.

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Martyr's blood liquefies during papal visit

April 6, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

At the end of Pope Francis' spontaneity-filled meeting with priests, seminarians and religious in the cathedral of Naples, the vial of dried blood of the city's patron saint appeared to miraculously liquefy. After Pope Francis blessed the congregation with the reliquary holding the vial, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe of Naples announced, "As a sign that St. Januarius loves the pope, who is Neapolitan like us, the blood is already half liquefied." The thousands of people present in the cathedral applauded, but the pope insisted on taking the microphone.

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Canadian mining companies under scrutiny

April 6, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Catholic bishops and religious orders from the high Arctic to the southern tip of Patagonia are demanding that Canadian mining companies operating in Latin America become more accountable for their actions. That accountability, they say, should go as far as allowing villagers and farmers the right to sue the companies in Canadian courts in the event of environmental disasters and human rights abuses. Both the Canadian and United States conferences of bishops sent representatives to a March 19 hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C.

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