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New magazine will speak for Judeo-Christian values

July 4, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWs

OTTAWA — An Ottawa-based think tank has launched Canadian Observer, a culturally conservative Canadian quarterly its editor, Richard Bastien, hopes will engage Catholic readers.

"The culture has turned against Christians generally," said Bastien, a Catholic and retired economist who is a senior research fellow at the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies. The centre's president, Joseph Ben-Ami, an Orthodox Jew, is the magazine's publisher.

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St. Thérèse inspired Fr. Inglis' vocation

Fr. Brian Inglis

July 4, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

HINTON — After he read the works of St. Thérèse de Lisieux as a teenager, Brian Inglis knew he wanted to dedicate his life to serving the Lord.

So he joined the Basilian Fathers right out of high school and was ordained a priest for this teaching community of men in 1961.

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Autobiography shelters city's homeless

Jeannette Romaniuk

July 4, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Jeannette Romaniuk had a passion to help the homeless.

"My sister and I were obsessed with the plight of the homeless in Edmonton," said Romaniuk.

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Yearning for mercy, Caravaggio turned to spiritual subjects

July 4, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

As Caravaggio's personal life unraveled, his paintings became more deeply spiritual, perhaps because of his own need for mercy says an art historian and expert on the 17th-century Italian master.

The more and more sorrow he experienced, the more and more spiritual his work became, said University of Vienna art historian Sebastian Schütze.

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More budget cuts could erode schools

Debbie Engel

July 4, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — If cutbacks to education continue, education in Alberta will deteriorate the same way it did in the United States, which now ranks 17th worldwide in terms of education quality.

This warning comes from Debbie Engel, the chair of the board of Edmonton Catholic Schools, which is now trying to deal with a $9.6-million budget shortfall.

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God in Human History treks through 2,000 years

Br. Donatus Vervoort

July 4, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT — People with a clear understanding of the Church's past have a clearer view of God's presence today and greater hope for the future.

Brother Donatus Vervoort emphasizes that there is a lot more to history than names, dates and facts. Looking beyond the learned facts that can be found in any history textbook, he wants students at an upcoming summer institute to have a far deeper insight pertaining to historical events.

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Even the most expensive treatment won't bring good health

Sr. Nuala Kenny

July 4, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Health care providers are facing ethical challenges unheard of a generation ago.

One of those challenges, said Sister Nuala Kenny, is the desire of many patients for treatments that are bigger, faster, stronger.

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Think you will live forever? Not!

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July 4, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — People today have different expectations of what health care can achieve in providing ethically sound and clinically appropriate care. Some even have the false mindset that with today's medical technology, they are immortal.

Both birth and death tend to happen with a lot of kafuffle. But the two concepts are not approached in the same way.

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CWL awarded 2011 Monsignor Bill Irwin Award of Excellence

Gladys Brown

July 4, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — From helping women and children to flee domestic violence to supporting new immigrants, the Catholic Women's League has a reputation for responding whenever there is a need in Edmonton.

The Catholic Women's League of the Edmonton Archdiocese is this year's recipient of the 2011 Monsignor Bill Irwin Award of Excellence.

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CSS applauded for presence, caring

July 4, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Caregiving is more oriented to being present to others than being successful in solving their problems, says Sister Sue Mosteller.

When people fix things and make good things happen, others "applaud and they say, 'You are a success, you won my court case, and you cured my mother when she was sick,'" Mosteller told the annual meeting of Catholic Social Services.

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