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Assaults on common good put society on perilous course

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June 23, 2014

Modern liberal democracy and liberal notions of human rights are widely seen as the highest form of political organization and the clearest sign of moral progress of humanity. But this system of individual autonomy only works to the extent that there is overwhelming respect for legitimate authority and the common good.

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Communicators should spread the beauty of faith – Lavoie

Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie

June 23, 2014
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – Writers and editors of Christian publications and websites should spread the word about the beauty of the Christian faith, says Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie. The Christian faith "is beautiful and it is crying out to be seen as such," Lavoie told the annual conference of the Association of Roman Catholic Communicators of Canada held April 30 to May 2.

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First Communicants

June 23, 2014

The First Communion class at Wainwright's Blessed Sacrament Parish marked the end of their sacramental preparation by depicting Leonardo da Vinci's painting The Last Supper. Most of the children received their First Communion on May 4.

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Canada's oldest Catholic magazine ceases publication

June 23, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Canada's oldest Catholic print publication, the Jesuits' Canadian Messenger of the Sacred Heart, will go to print for the final time this month after 124 continuous years in production. "Our leadership has determined that since the number of subscribers has plummeted in the last five years, the operation can no longer sustain itself financially," said Father Philip Shano, Messenger of the Sacred Heart's editor.

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Red Deer schools celebrate solidarity

June 23, 2014
LEEANN ARSENAULT
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools celebrated World Catholic Education Day on May 29 by celebrating family and building community. Every year, 40 days after Easter on Ascension Thursday, Catholics throughout the world give thanks for the gift that is Catholic education with the celebration of World Catholic Education Day.

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Catholic Voices trains young Catholics to defend their faith in the media

June 23, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

VANCOUVER – Catholic Voices is looking for Canadians to speak up for their Catholic faith. Originally from the U.K., the first Canadian bureau of Catholic Voices will be launched in October. Based in Vancouver, it aims to provide the news media with Catholics well versed in their faith to comment on contemporary issues. Catholic Voices Canada is an independent group that trains lay Catholics between the ages of 25 to 40 to share their opinions and the Church's position on hot topics with secular media.

 

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Economy gives birth to warmongers

June 23, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis said the world economic system inevitably promotes military conflict as a way to enrich the most powerful nations. "We are in a world economic system that is not good," Pope Francis said. "A system that in order to survive must make war, as great empires have always done. "But since you cannot have a Third World War, you have regional wars. And what does this mean?

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Student overseas program builds hope for change

June 23, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Intercordia Canada is changing the world one heart at a time. For about a decade, this program founded by Catholic humanitarian Jean Vanier has been sending university students overseas to live and work alongside locals in developing nations with the hope that they will develop a respect and understanding for other peoples, religions and cultures.

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Trustee upset teachers' union supports Gay Pride parade

June 23, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

WATERLOO, ONT. – A Waterloo Catholic school trustee believes Catholic teachers who march in the 2014 World Pride Parade with the support of their union are sending a confusing message to students. When his board voted May 26 to support the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association's (OECTA) participation in the parade – the union made its decision at its annual general meeting in March – Greg Reitzel was the only dissenting voice.

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Catholic university hopes to engage young adults

June 23, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

In the first 10 years after graduating from high school, most Catholics who were involved with the Church will no longer be affiliated with it, says a youth organizer from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. "Young adults are falling off the map. We are hemorrhaging faith," says John Beaulieu, the university's director of partnerships and engagement.

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