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Some aging Oblates to move from St. Albert facility

Bro. Tom Cavanaugh

October 20, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Some elderly residents at Foyer Lacombe, the Oblate Fathers retirement home in St. Albert, will soon have to move out as the order has decided to shut down part of the residence. Dwindling membership and the high cost of private health care are cited as reasons for the decision to close New Foyer, the wing that houses residents requiring nursing care. The other wing of the residence, known as First Foyer, will continue to house 16 to 19 independent living residents. "We are getting out of the long-term care business; we are not getting out of the business of caring for our Oblates," said Rob Meilleur, chief administrative officer for the Oblates in Canada.

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Yoga is prelude to prayer – Ryan

October 20, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SHERWOOD PARK – Christians need help in coming to a higher appreciation of the role of their bodies in their spiritual lives, says Father Thomas Ryan. One practice that can help is yoga. Ryan said contrary to common opinion, yoga is not a religion but a science, philosophy and spiritual practice. "Yoga for me is just one possible way for Christians to come to feel more comfortable in their body and learn how to go to God through their bodies."

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Teachers have crucial role in sharing faith – musician

Steve Angrisano

October 20, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Teachers and principals are often privy to more information about their students than are the children's parents, a leading Catholic musician told the staff of Evergreen Catholic Schools. Teachers and principals often forget the impact that they have on young people, Steve Angrisano told the school district's faith development day Oct. 10. For those reasons, he said, "Just because you're not teaching religion doesn't mean you're not called to share your faith." Angrisano recalled his Grade 7 teacher who asked him why he failed a history test. After some coaxing, he revealed that his parents made him move to a new town where he didn't know anyone and to a new school where he had no friends. The test was not a priority.

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Marie, Laval receive canonization Mass

Marie de l'Incarnation

October 20, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Missionaries do enormous good for the world and the Church by bringing God's love to the far corners of the earth and by keeping the Church healthy and fruitful, Pope Francis said. Missionaries, who leave their homes and even risk their lives, "have done immense good for the Church," the pope said during an Oct. 12 canonization Mass for two Canadian saints. "Once the Church stops moving and becomes closed up inside herself, she gets ill, she can be corrupted, either by sin or that false knowledge separated from God that is worldly secularism," the pope said in his homily The pope presided over a thanksgiving Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for the canonizations of Sts. Marie de l'Incarnation and Francois de Laval, two 17th-century pioneers of the Church in Canada.

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Pope Francis: ‘We must listen to the rhythm of our time’

Synod of Bishops on the family – Logo – Small

October 20, 2014
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Hours before opening the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis prayed the bishops would express themselves and listen to each other openly, trusting in God to reconcile their differences. "Let us invoke openness to a sincere, open and fraternal exchange of views, that it might lead us to take pastoral responsibility for the questions that this changing time brings with it," the pope said. "Let them fill our heart, without ever losing peace, but with serene trust that in his time the Lord will not fail to lead us back to unity."

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Search for jobs another source of separation, says Filipino

Synod of Bishops on the family – Logo – Small

October 20, 2014
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The separation of married couples is a huge issue in the Philippines and other parts of Asia, said Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila. Such separations often occur, not because of divorce, but because poverty pushes couples to separate in search of jobs abroad, Tagle said in an Oct. 4 interview. The cardinal said he hopes members of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops give appropriate consideration to the impact of poverty and migration on families and to a host of other issues that help or hinder family life.

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COLF campaign aims at boosting palliative care

COLF logo

October 20, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) launched its national palliative care campaign Oct. 3 with the support of Canada's Catholic bishops. Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) president Archbishop Paul-André Durocher of Gatineau said the bishops were happy to support COLF's national campaign in favour of palliative and home care, and against euthanasia and assisted suicide. The theme is Life-Giving Love.

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Paul VI, pope of the council, beatified Oct. 19

Pope Paul VI

October 20, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Paul VI, the man who oversaw and implemented the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, was a pope who believed passionately in a dialogue between the Church and the modern world. Serving as supreme pontiff through 15 tumultuous years, Pope Paul's desire for dialogue led him to become the first pope in modern times to travel outside of Italy, visiting six continents in seven years. His personal holiness will be recognized Oct. 19 when Pope Francis beatifies him during the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family.

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Delectable food is a sign of God's love made edible

Gardener

October 6, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

If you want something, grab it and go. Dr. Norman Wirzba said that is modern culture's approach to the world around us, including our attitude toward food. He learned this concept while growing up on the family farm north of Lethbridge. His mother worked diligently preparing delicious meals. Then everyone would dive in and devour the meal gluttonously. The youngest in the family with older brothers, Wirzba said eating was a full contact sport in his home.

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Working with the pope is beautiful – cardinal

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez

October 6, 2014
BETH GRIFFIN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK – Pope Francis evangelizes with "encyclicals of gestures," which speak louder than words and texts, said Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa. One of nine members of the Council of Cardinals advising the pope, the cardinal reflected on the reorganization of the Roman Curia in a Sept. 23 interview. Working with Pope Francis is "really beautiful, because you know he's all the time with us as a friend and as a brother," Rodriguez said.

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