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Smith leads Canadians on Haiti solidarity mission

December 19, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – As the second anniversary of Haiti's catastrophic 2010 earthquake approaches, a delegation from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is visiting the country on a solidarity mission.

The Dec. 14-21 visit by Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith, the CCCB president, who was accompanied by vice president Gatineau Archbishop Paul-André Durocher and the conference's assistant general secretary Bede Hubbard, is intended to celebrate and deepen the relationship between the bishops of Canada and Haiti.

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Prayer keeps him from the abyss

Joe Cristini

December 19, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Sidetracked by chronic depression, the death of his wife and a dysfunctional family life, Joe Cristini's faith journey took many twists and turns before he finally discovered God's presence.

Cristini grew up in central Italy, in a small town later destroyed in the deadly earthquake of April 2009.

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They consecrated themselves to Mary

December 19, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After two years of intensive and prayerful studies, 15 parishioners of Edmonton's St. Theresa Parish consecrated themselves to Mary in front of their pastor and peers.

Father Jim Corrigan presided at the consecration ceremony and Mass Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

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Subscription prices to rise on Jan.1

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December 19, 2011
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Due to increased mailing costs and a decrease in a federal government subsidy, subscription prices to the WCR will increase effective Jan. 1, 2012.

The cost of a one-year subscription to an Alberta address will go up to $40 a year.

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Faiths celebrate roots in Abraham

Rev. Larry Wright

December 19, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Representatives of the three faiths that trace their roots to Abraham came together at City Hall Dec. 11 as part of their local effort to foster interfaith harmony and cooperation.

Masood Peracha, co-chair of the Phoenix Multi-Faith Society for Harmony, said the organization was established five years ago to build a greater understanding among all faiths.

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God's Word has the power to transform us, say speakers

Bishop Murray Chatlain

December 19, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It took only four words from the New Testament Letter of James to confirm Murray Chatlain in his vocation to the priesthood.

Chatlain, now the bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, was a seminarian in second year theology struggling to know whether he truly had a call to be a priest.

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Prayers to Our Lady

December 26, 2011

A woman lights a candle in the sanctuary of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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Applause and song greet new Manila archbishop

Archbishop Luis Tagle

December 26, 2011

The crowded Manila cathedral erupted in applause and the choir sang "Alleluia" after a priest read the letter from the Holy See appointing Archbishop Luis Tagle the next head of the Archdiocese of Manila.

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Thousands abused in Netherlands – report

December 26, 2011

A report on a Dutch inquiry said "several tens of thousands of minors" were sexually abused by Catholic Church personnel between 1945 and 2010, and it faulted Church leaders for covering up the abuse and failing to help victims.

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Small Andean community honoured for water fight

December 26, 2011

With the help of the Catholic Church, the small community of Cruz de Mayo, high in the Peruvian Andes, has been waging a legal battle for nearly four years over the lake that provides its drinking and irrigation water.

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