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European court bans patents related to embryos

October 31, 2011

A leading Catholic bioethical institute has welcomed the decision of a European court to ban the patenting of any medical treatment derived from destructive experiments on human embryos.

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Freedom from hunger essential to right to life – pope

October 31, 2011

Pope Benedict appealed for immediate and long-term relief for the world's hungry, saying the right to adequate nourishment is a fundamental part of the right to life.

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Scally urges dialogue with teens on pop music

November 7, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – Parents should realize that it's bad decisions, not pop music, that may be causing problems in their children's lives, says a California-based author and speaker.

Anna Scally, president of Cornerstone Media, said parents who fear pop music is having a negative impact on their kids should listen carefully to those tunes and talk to their children about values and making the right decisions.

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The Call to Holiness

November 7, 2011
ARCHBISHOP RICHARD SMITH

Welcome once again to Nothing More Beautiful. We are now in Year 4, which we dedicate to exploring the life of discipleship. In the months ahead we shall reflect upon the following dimensions of our life in Christ: the place of the Word of God in our lives; the role of the sacraments; the moral life as a response to God's love, and the eternal destiny held out to us in Jesus.

My reflection tonight has as its purpose to set the stage for all of this by discussing the fundamentals of Christian discipleship, which, in its essence, is the response to God's call to holiness.

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Beat the drums for Catholic Education

November 7, 2011
CAROL ZIMMERMANN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON – Promoting Catholic identity in Catholic high schools and elementary schools is necessary for their survival, according to speakers at a conference for Catholic school leaders.

Bishop David O'Connell of Trenton, N.J., and former president of The Catholic University of America, stressed that the mission of Catholic schools is to "proclaim the good news" and provide a "place to encounter God." This has not changed, he said, "since Jesus told his disciples to go and teach all nations."

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Innovative principal wins national award

November 7, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – In more ways than one, Leo Turcotte is a pioneer in Catholic education. Turcotte has been working in education for almost 40 years. A longtime principal with Edmonton Catholic Schools, he was one of 32 recipients of The Learning Partnership's Canada's Outstanding Principal award. Only three Albertans were honoured with the award.

"Interspersed in my career I've always had a passion for looking at situations and seeing if we could craft a different approach that would bring about better results, not just academic, but results of gratification, satisfaction and collaboration for that enterprising question," said Turcotte.

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Will Baker – outstanding principal award

Will Baker

November 7, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

COLD LAKE – Will Baker has come a long way from being a phys-ed teacher in Australia to being named one of Canada's outstanding principals.

Baker, principal of Holy Cross Elementary School in Cold Lake, Alta., is one of 32 principals nationwide and one of three across Alberta to win The Learning Partnership's award for Canada's Outstanding Principal.

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Students find God serving the poor

Marian Centre Logo

November 7, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Lynn Zakreski was making sandwiches at the Marian Centre. Another volunteer started barking orders about how these sandwiches were to be prepared. He insisted that the four slices of bread go in a line, crusts on the inside, how the mustard was to be spread and so forth. His manner was demanding, his words harsh.

Zakreski turned to a woman beside her, and said, "I didn't know the homeless were so picky."

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Inclusive schools boost performance of all students

Dr. Jennifer Katz

November 7, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – Classrooms that include students of all levels of ability, including the physically disabled, boost the academic performance of all pupils, especially low achievers and the disabled, says an advocate of inclusive education.

"As soon as you segregate you are not including," said Dr. Jennifer Katz, an assistant professor in the faculty of education at the University of Manitoba.

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Marriages rooted in exploitation unlikely to grow and flourish

St. Francis de Sales

October 31, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Even 400 years ago, the business of Church weddings was a rocky one.

"Would to God that his well-beloved Son were invited to every marriage as he was to the marriage at Cana," wrote St. Francis de Sales, bishop, theologian and evangelizer. "Then the wine of his compassion and blessing would never be lacking to it.

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