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WCR changes lineup of columnists

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August 25, 2014

This issue of the Western Catholic Reporter sees three changes in our lineup of columnists. Ralph Himsl of Lethbridge, who has been one of four regular writers on the Sunday readings since 1991, is retiring. His place in our rotation of columnists will be assumed by Brett Fawcett of Sherwood Park.

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Francis pleads for Korean unity and reconciliation

August 25, 2014
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

More than 60 years after the end of the Korean War, Pope Francis has urged the people of South Korea to seek the reunification of their divided country. "Are there two Koreas?" Pope Francis asked participants in an Asian Youth Day gathering Aug. 15. "No, there is one, but it is divided; the family is divided." To promote reunification, the pope said he had one piece of advice to offer.

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Teachers, parents, kids cheer as school opens 3 weeks early

August 25, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

More than 1,200 students returned to school early at three Catholic schools in downtown Edmonton. Mother Teresa Elementary, St. Catherine Elementary/Junior High and St. Alphonsus Elementary/Junior High had students at their desks Aug. 11, the fourth year the trio of schools has run on a year-round calendar.

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WCR subscription price will rise in October

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August 25, 2014

The cost of a one-year subscription to the Western Catholic Reporter will increase by $5 effective Oct. 15, 2014. For subscribers who live in Alberta, that means the price of a one-year subscription to the biweekly newspaper will increase from $30 to $35.

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Old Testament story brings virtue, faith in Fringe drama

Christian Pawlowski

August 25, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Many of the acts at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival push to be the most absurd, sexual and extreme. There are plays about incest and rape, another about a phone sex operator, which in some instances actually glorify these acts. In contrast, One Candle Productions presented Tobit, a 90-minute, family-friendly play.

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Church pleads for end to 'systematic violence' in Iraq

Iraqi Refugees

August 25, 2014
WCR NEWS SERVICES

Pope Francis and other Catholic leaders are pleading for help to liberate villages in Iraq controlled by the Islamic State terrorists and to provide the displaced with international protection. Church leaders have deplored the persecution of Christians and other minorities throughout the Middle East, especially in northeastern Iraq, and called for Catholics to pray for peace and provide material aid to those fleeing the violence.

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Decree on bishops transforms theology into practice

September 8, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In discussions about the Second Vatican Council, the Decree on the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church (Christus Dominus) is rarely mentioned. That is understandable. The main theological discussion on the nature of the episcopacy takes place in chapter three of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium). Christus Dominus is a document intended to take that earlier constitution and draw out practical implications for how bishops carry out their ministry.

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Liberal policy astonishes long-time member

September 8, 2014

As a now 88-year-old, I look back on early years as a Young Liberal, executive of a Liberal riding association and participant in policy conventions. I have been astonished to see that in 2014 the Liberal Party has excluded those of us with pro-life credentials from representing the party.

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Aid to Church in Need also helping Iraqis

September 8, 2014

Re: "Church pleads for end to 'systematic violence' in Iraq" (WCR, Aug, 25).

This article states "a special collection will be taken at . . . Mass and in all parishes in the archdiocese in September with the proceeds going to Development and Peace and the Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA)."

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Church vandalism sign of religious persecution

September 8, 2014

St. Patrick's Church in Rio Grande, Alta., was vandalized on Aug. 11 or 12. The door was damaged by forced entry. Christ's image over the altar was ripped off the cross and stolen. The missal from the altar was stolen, the banner of the church was left on the floor, one small cross was ripped off, the organ put on beat and, at the church's cemetery, a heavy tomb was overturned and two small prolife statues damaged.

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