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Church should show mercy to divorced, remarried

August 31, 2015

I want to pose a question to moral theologians about Church laws or doctrines on marriage.Why does the Catholic Church only recognize the first marriage even though in a number of cases, that marriage has often become a source of evil - addictions, abandonment, adultery, physical and emotional abuses - for the wives involved?Why should the Church insist on the validity and give permanent recognition to an abusive, sadistic, woeful marriage just because it was the first?


Letter to the Editor - 08/31/15

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Gull Lake camp offers kids an experience of Galilee

August 17, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Katie Foster calls Our Lady of Victory Camp her Galilee. One of the archdiocese's two summer children's camps, OLVC set the trajectory for her life.Her journey began when she first came to the camp as an 11-year-old, and then grew when she became a teenage counsellor.Between forest forts and adoration, archery and Reconciliation, campfire marshmallows and daily Mass, Foster, now 25, encountered Christ.

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Growing old a celebration, not a burden, says priest

August 17, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Paulist Father Thomas Ryan was turning 50, when he decided he didn't want just another birthday cake, scoop of ice cream and happy birthday song.Directing an ecumenical centre for spirituality in Montreal at the time, Ryan wanted something more out of this birthday.He wanted to look seriously at the second half of his life and its potential.

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Pope makes Sept. 1 World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

August 17, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Catholics will celebrate Sept. 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope Francis has decided.The day of prayer, the pope said, will give individuals and communities an opportunity to implore God's help in protecting creation and an opportunity to ask God's forgiveness "for sins committed against the world in which we live. "The pope's decision was announced by the Vatican Aug. 10.

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Live a simpler life, follow encyclical's guidance - professor

August 17, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment is "a remarkably significant encyclical which hopefully will contribute to our capacity to turn around a bit."With these words, David Goa, director of the Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, initiated a "conversation" on the encyclical Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home.

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Pro-life groups condemn abortion drug approval

August 17, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Pro-life groups and at least one pro-life member of Parliament have condemned Health Canada's July 29 approval of abortion drug RU-486 or mifepristone.The Catholic Civil Rights League, Campaign Life Coalition, Canadian Physicians for Life and WeNeedaLaw.ca are among groups calling on Health Minister Rona Ambrose to overrule the decision.

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Appalachian group asks bishops to stridently apply Laudato Si'

August 17, 2015
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON - The Catholic Committee of Appalachia has called on the 26 bishops of the region to engage Catholics in the pews, the mining industry and elected officials on Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment.

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TRC benefited Aboriginal people

August 17, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Although a national poll showed Canada appears divided on the value of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Catholic Church leaders said a positive impact has already been felt among Aboriginal communities. "It was worthwhile for the native people in Canada," said Father Milton McWatch, pastor of Holy Saviour Parish in Marathon, Ont. His parish has extensive relations with local First Nations' communities.

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Newman course will stir preparation for Year of Mercy

August 17, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Mercy is central to the life of the Church, yet the concept has been almost neglected in theological studies. Not anymore.Beginning Sept. 3, Newman Theological College will offer a credit course on mercy for graduate and undergraduate students as well as the general public.The course, called Face of Mercy, will be offered every Thursday for 14 weeks until Dec. 10. It is designed to help people celebrate the Holy Year of Mercy, which runs from Dec. 8 until Nov. 20, 2016.

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Jesuits lead retreats for sober homeless

August 17, 2015
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER - Spiritual retreats should not be limited to the middle class, says Ted Penton. A Jesuit in formation, Penton leads retreats for homeless people through the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP), which runs in 27 North American cities. Penton visited Vancouver July 11-17 to see if it could be the next city to offer retreats to the homeless.

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