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Baby's trials spur crusade for liver transplant registry

Baby Naomi
July 13, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When baby Naomi Carlow was born last October, her grandmother Ramona Trombley immediately knew something was wrong. The baby was jaundiced, and any hope that it was just a normal baby jaundice was dashed upon Bilirubin testing the next day, which indicated a problem with Naomi's liver. Naomi was hospitalized five times and had two surgeries before she was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a rare and unpredictable liver disease, and flown to the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton from her home in Lake Cowichan, B.C.

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Coverage of Pope Francis should dig deeper – Rosica

Fr. Thomas Rosica
July 13, 2015
CAROL ZIMMERMAN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Catholic journalists could easily "remain on the surface" when reporting on Pope Francis with his great photo opportunities and "buzz-catching expressions," but they need to take their coverage a step further, said Basilian Father Thomas Rosica. "Our work as Catholic media is not to remain on the surface but to go to the deeper level of that story within the story," urged the priest, founding CEO of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation.

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Canadians unaware of euthanasia's impact

July 13, 2015
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – Canadians don't realize the legalization of doctor-assisted suicide will "include 25 year olds in car accidents who have lost the use of their legs," says a professor of law and bioethics. "Canadians weren't wanting this," said Dr. Mary Shariff. "This has only come through this one case, it's not like the Canadian public is saying this is a big issue."

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Toronto Archdiocese closes crumbling cathedral

July 13, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Construction first stripped Toronto's St. Michael's Cathedral of its spiritual atmosphere, now it is blocking parishioners from entering the building altogether. The Toronto Archdiocese on June 17 temporarily closed the cathedral due to safety concerns associated with the renovations that have been ongoing since 2011.

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U.S. same-sex marriage ruling 'a tragic error'

Seal of the U.S. Supreme Court
July 13, 2015
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The president of the U.S. bishops' conference called the Supreme Court's June 26 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage "a tragic error." Archbishop Joseph Kurtz urged Catholics to move forward with faith "in the unchanging truth about marriage being between one man and one woman.

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Wide ranging cultural erosion calls for revolution

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July 13, 2015

The legalization of same-sex marriage in Ireland and the United States is to be deplored for undermining the family and the raising of children. However, deplore it as we will, the Canadian experience shows same-sex marriage will become more, not less, entrenched in the immediate future.

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World is saved, not by heroes, but by knights

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi
July 13, 2015

Several years ago, the movie Argo won the Academy award as the best movie of the year. I enjoyed the movie in that it was a good drama, one that held its audience in proper suspense even as it provided some good humour and banter on the side. But I struggled with several aspects of the film. First, as a Canadian, I was somewhat offended by the way that the vital role Canadians played in the escape of the U.S. hostages from Iran in 1979 was downplayed to the point of simply being written out of the story.

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Demands to serve come at awkward times

Kathleen Giffin
July 13, 2015
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 19, 2015

My life is busy, too busy perhaps. So it was a welcome rest to have the opportunity last month to go on a train trip with my husband to a quiet place for a few days. It was about as leisurely and relaxed as a holiday can be; extra time for prayer, for walks, for rest and reconnection. On our way home on the train, sitting in our seats reading, a young man approached and asked my husband if he was a pastor, as he saw that Gary was reading a small book that looked like a Bible.

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Church cannot be silent on ecology

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July 13, 2015

Roughly half the respondents to one poll on a mainstream Catholic website said Pope Francis should not address environmental issues. Online polls, of course, may not reflect actual public opinion. Nevertheless, it is a widespread view that comes up repeatedly – the Church should stick to religion and leave this-world issues to politicians and "experts."

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Sunny summers at the lake bring golden memories

Lasha Morningstar
July 13, 2015

We wanted it. Remember those brutal days of winter when we muttered to each other, "Edmonton has two seasons, winter and construction." As the tired but true saying goes, be careful what we wish for. Now the pendulum has swung too far the other way. Drought is withering crops in the farmers' fields. The homeless are suffering. A little known fact is the majority of the deaths of street people happen because of heat, not winter's cold.

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