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New Evangelization constant topic as Canada's bishops visit Rome

Archbishop Richard Smith

December 5, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

EDMONTON – The importance of the new evangelization and the communion between the Church in Canada and the Holy See are two themes that emerge from the recent visit to Rome by a delegation of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

"It is fair to say concern for the new evangelization pervades everything," said Archbishop Richard Smith.

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Students tackles pornography with prayer

December 5, 2011
SARA FRANCIS
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Sam Flynn is literally taking a stance against pornography. Since the spring, he's gathered a group of friends to stand outside a porn shop in Calgary and pray for an end to pornography. He calls his ministry Prayer at the Porn Shop.

"I think there aren't enough people saying this isn't good for your health or your relationship, this isn't love," said Flynn, a 25-year-old Mount Royal University business student.

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Housing essential for women fleeing abuse

Kaeli Feehan

December 5, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

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EDMONTON – The main reasons for women to stay in abusive relationships are money and housing.

That's why groups like Catholic Social Services make it their job to provide women with a housing option.

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Secret famine killed 10M Ukrainians

Leonid Korownyk

December 5, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Imagine lighting between seven and 10 million candles at night. The light would be brilliant and bright. Now imagine extinguishing those candles, and how much darkness there would be.

That's how survivor Leonid Korownyk described the impact of the Holomodor, the villainous Ukrainian famine genocide of the 1930s, to elementary school students.

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Parishioners, pastors open to new Mass Translation

December 5, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Advent has begun, and with it the new liturgical year. But this first Sunday of Advent brought challenges for both ordained and lay Catholics as they got a feel for the new translation of the Roman Missal.

At St. Michael-Resurrection Church, Father Roger Keeler offered the blessing, "Lord be with you" during the Saturday evening, Nov. 26 Mass.

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Mass the most formal occasion of all

I agree with Karen Gilbertson (WCR letters, Nov. 21) that we should not judge people’s attire at Mass.

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Changing postures reflect misplaced priorities

So now we’re being asked to kneel during the proper of the Mass.

It wasn’t very long ago . . .

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Mass complaints reflect society’s complacency

Recent issues of the WCR had some letters to the editor that baffled me.

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To fly like an eagle, you must keep flapping your wings

St. Francis de Sales

December 5, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Our reflections on St. Francis de Sales' Introduction to the Devout Life now enter the home stretch. The fifth and final part of the Introduction focuses appropriately on "Exercises and Instructions for Renewing the Soul and Confirming it in Devotion."

That is, we have spent the last 21 weeks learning the basics on loving God; how can we ensure that those lessons stay with us?

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Pro-family groups applaud decision to uphold anti-polygamy laws

Peter Murphy

December 5, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Pro-family groups have welcomed a Nov. 23 British Columbia Supreme Court decision that upholds Canada’s anti-polygamy law.

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