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Ursulines of Jesus celebrate milestones

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November 7, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – One of nine children in her family and growing up on a farm near Daysland, Marjorie Dylke developed an awareness that "we are God's work of art.

"It didn't matter what church you attended, you were part of the community," recalls Sister Marjorie, an Ursuline of Jesus for the past 60 years.

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Sister emphasizes link between justice, Eucharist

Sr. Margaret Scott

November 7, 2011
ERIC MAUSER
CATHOLIC TIMES MONTREAL

MONTREAL – Not realizing how well she would be received, Sister Margaret Scott brought only 17 copies of her book to her talk on the Eucharist and its relation to social justice.

The audience at her Oct. 15 talk in Pointe-Claire bought so many copies, she left empty handed.

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Mentally ill seek answer to question, 'Why am I being punished?'

Rev. Lynn Granke

November 7, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – Churches often react to those suffering from mental illness with fear and suspicion, says a Winnipeg spiritual care worker.

The Rev. Lynn Granke said churches do know how to support people suffering from cancer, or those who have lost loved ones. But they don't always use those same skills in helping the mentally ill.

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Pope leads interfaith pilgrims for peace

November 7, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ASSISI, ITALY – Taking 300 religious leaders with him on pilgrimage to Assisi, Pope Benedict said people who are suspicious of religion cannot be blamed for questioning God's existence when they see believers use religion to justify violence.

"All their struggling and questioning is, in part, an appeal to believers to purify their faith so that God, the true God, becomes accessible," the pope said Oct. 27.

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Church has role to play in healing wounds of the family – Prendergast

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast

November 7, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Though mortality was a "key aspect of family life" in the last century, today's wounds are deeper and the need for healing even greater, Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast said Oct. 26.

"There have always been loss and mourning in family life, which used to lead to a form of stoicism," Prendergast told the Archbishop's Benefit Dinner. "However, today's experiences of loss and abandonment, through abortion, separation, and absent parents, are mostly willful."

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Motherhood – a vocation from God

November 7, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – At the height of her career, Dorothy Pilarski was training hundreds of women how to be successful in business. But Pilarski says her most rewarding endeavour has been as a mother to her two children.

In her new book, Motherhood Matters: Inspirational Stories, Letters, Quotes & Prayers for Catholic Moms, Pilarski invites women to reflect on the vocation of motherhood.

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Europe . . . on a wing and a prayer

November 7, 2011
MARLA POIRIER
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER – This summer my husband Gary and I got to make an extensive driving trip throughout Europe with his brother and sister-in-law Craig and Marcia and their four children.

As I recall this trip now, it's not the beaches and the marketplaces that bring a smile to my face. It's sitting in prayer together at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, lighting candles with the kids for the family at home. It's waiting for a ticket for an elevator ride to the Eiffel Tower and praying a rosary together, with Madelyn, age seven, proudly announcing the mysteries.

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Open wide the doors

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November 7, 2011
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Open wide the doors to Christ!

In the Book of Revelation we read, "Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me" (Revelation 3.20).

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Inclusive schools boost performance of all students

Dr. Jennifer Katz

November 7, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – Classrooms that include students of all levels of ability, including the physically disabled, boost the academic performance of all pupils, especially low achievers and the disabled, says an advocate of inclusive education.

"As soon as you segregate you are not including," said Dr. Jennifer Katz, an assistant professor in the faculty of education at the University of Manitoba.

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Students find God serving the poor

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November 7, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Lynn Zakreski was making sandwiches at the Marian Centre. Another volunteer started barking orders about how these sandwiches were to be prepared. He insisted that the four slices of bread go in a line, crusts on the inside, how the mustard was to be spread and so forth. His manner was demanding, his words harsh.

Zakreski turned to a woman beside her, and said, "I didn't know the homeless were so picky."

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