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Newman College grads praise school's flexibility, caring

Newman Theological College logo
October 26, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After more than a decade of taking courses at Newman Theological College while working, raising a family and beating cancer, Patrick Mayo finally graduated with a Master in Theological Studies. "I can't believe it," Mayo declares. "This is the hardest degree I've ever done. I have a bachelor of science, I have a PHD in science and now I have the Masters of Theological Studies. It was the hardest because of just how difficult it was to come back through the illness and still have to work.

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Transgender policy sparks debate, differing opinions

October 26, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After a tense and lengthy meeting, the Edmonton Catholic School Board approved the first reading of a stand-alone policy on sexual orientation and gender identity. A consultation period will follow before the policy comes up for second reading probably in late November. his, apparently, was not enough to appease Education Minister David Eggen, who has been concerned about the board's conduct and its ability to make decisions. On Oct. 14, a day after the policy passed first reading by a six-to-one vote, Eggen appointed advisor Donald Cummings, of the consulting firm National Growth Partners, to work with the school board and produce recommendations to improve its overall efficiency.

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God's love is overabundant, limitless, pope says

October 26, 2015
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - God is neither petty nor still; he goes out in search of people out of love, Pope Francis said at early morning Mass in the chapel of his residence. The pope reflected on the first reading from the letter to the Romans, in which St. Paul speaks on the abundance of grace that overflowed on humanity through Christ's death and resurrection. He said God's salvation is the friendship that exists "between us and him."

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Prelate proposes Synod consider female deacons

Archbishops Richard Smith and Paul-Andre Durocher
October 26, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

When Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher raised the question of ordaining female deacons during the first full day of the Synod on Family, he stepped into one of the most contentious and complex struggles in the Church - full participation of women in all aspects of their faith life, their Church. It's an issue that not even women can agree on. Addressing Synod fathers in the Vatican on Oct. 8, the Gatineau, Que., archbishop proposed that qualified women be given higher positions and greater decision-making authority and additional opportunities in the Church, possibly to include ordination to the diaconate.

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Praying, hoping, for ongoing peace in Jerusalem's Old City

Brother Mark McPherson
October 26, 2015
JUDITH SUDILOVSKY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Following a week that included Palestinians stabbing Israelis, bloody clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces, and despair rising on both sides, the parishioners of St. Saviour Church in the Old City of Jerusalem came to Mass to pray, mainly for peace. "We are very tired," said Margaret Injak, 63, who lives near the third station of the cross along the Via Dolorosa. "We are very afraid of the police, we are afraid of the Israelis, we are afraid of the Muslims. I am for peace; I want peace for all the world, just peace." Christians have been staying mainly in the Christian Quarter of the Old City as yet another wave of violence plays itself out between Israeli security forces and Palestinians, she said, and parents have been keeping a closer eye on their children.

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Discourage mixed marriages, say some synod presenters

October 26, 2015
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Observers told the Synod of Bishops on the family to discourage Christian women from marrying Muslim men, urge priests not to tell women to return to abusive husbands, share the truth of church teaching about marriage, and embrace single mothers who are alienated from the Church. The proposals were offered by more than a dozen observers - married couples and individuals - in their brief presentations to the synod assembly.

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Canonizing four saints, pope asks for intercession

October 26, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis called on people to replace their thirst for power with the joy of quiet and humble service, as he proclaimed four new saints, including the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux. All of Christ's disciples, especially its pastors, are called to model themselves after Jesus and "suppress our instinctive desire to exercise power over others, and instead exercise the virtue of humility." The pope said the new saints - a Spanish religious woman, an Italian priest and the first married couple with children to be canonized together - "unfailingly served their brothers and sisters with outstanding humility and charity in imitation of the divine master."

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Filipino people keep their dignity despite devastation

October 26, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Louis Kloster has witnessed poverty in his life. The retired religious education consultant has visited Development and Peace projects in developing countries around the world since he was 13. What he saw in the Philippines this summer when he joined Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools representatives on a visit to the typhoon-struck country, though was not as bad as he anticipated. It was not because the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, was not terrible.

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Michael Hartney said yes to God's call at 71

October 26, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Father Michael Hartney, ordained to the priesthood Oct. 18 at the age of 71, had originally hoped to be a priest. But his early sense of vocation was not fulfilled. He grew up in a "standard, traditional Catholic family of in the 1940s and 50s" in Ottawa's Sandy Hill neighborhood, son of an Irish father and French-Canadian mother. Baptized at St. Joseph's, active as an altar boy through his teen years, he expected to become a priest as a young man.

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Pupils, teacher give new faith course an A+

October 26, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Teacher Stephanie Denman seems clearly motivated as she teaches the new elementary program for religious education to her Grade One class. She uses a large book filled with illustrations and stories to teach the lesson. A large smartboard helps her bring out the content. Students seem genuinely interested, raising their hands to answer her questions. "We really like it," Denman said of the new curriculum, called Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ. "I think it's just a really great step forward for our district in Christ-centred learning."

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