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Students celebrate 20 years of free Ukraine

October 3, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The 20th anniversary of a free Ukraine was the focus of the school opening liturgy of the Ukrainian Bilingual Program Sept. 21.

Gathered at St. Josaphat Cathedral, nearly 800 students and teachers prayed for their compatriots' spiritual, social and economic well-being.

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Hardships fail to deter Vietnamese refugee

Quyn Le

October 3, 2011
NATHAN RUMOHR
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — Quyn Le has moved past hardship, a lack of education and the disability of blindness to become a successful counsellor.

She arrived in Canada at the age of 14 with a Grade 2 education, having spent four years escaping the communist regime in Vietnam.

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Preparing for Change

Jean Schult

October 3, 2011

Jean Schult (right), director of the archdiocesan choir, leads several dozen music ministers and singers in a workshop at St. Joseph's Basilica Sept. 25.

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Young Catholics urged to pursue justice and joy

October 3, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

In a message released Sept. 22, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' Commission for Justice and Peace urges young Catholics to participate in furthering the "Millennium objectives for development."

"The Catholic Church shares all of humanity's common quest for peace and happiness, and supports efforts of individuals and groups working to eradicate poverty, illness, injustice, inequality, human rights violations, and environmental exploitation," says the Message to Young Catholics on Social Justice.

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Open your Bible, read it and meet Jesus

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast

October 3, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Bible should be part of the daily life of every Catholic, says Archbishop Terrence Prendergast. "You need to feed on it."

Speaking at ScriptureFest 2011, Prendergast noted Catholics are not known for their appreciation of the Bible, but that has to change if we are going to evangelize the world.

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Alta. Sisters honoured with statue on Legislature grounds

October 3, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Alberta's Catholic sisters are being honoured for their pioneering contributions in education, health care and social welfare.

The Catholic Sisters Legacy Recognition Project honours the legacy of 74 founding congregations who have served in Alberta.

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Pope's expansive vision meets closed minds in Bundestag

Fr. Raymond de Souza

October 3, 2011

It's not right to characterize a people by their elected representatives. Who among us would advise our visitors that the Canadian character is what one witnesses, say, in the House of Commons during Question Period?

So the fact that many members of the German federal parliament (Bundestag) boycotted Pope Benedict's speech in that chamber last week ought not be held against the German people.

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Baby Joseph dies at home in Ontario

October 10, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WINDSOR, ONT. — A 20-month-old boy who was at the centre of an end-of-life debate died at home Sept. 27.

Joseph Maraachli died with his parents, Moe and Sana, by his side, six months after receiving a tracheotomy at a Catholic hospital in St. Louis. The procedure allowed him to return home to be cared for by his family.

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Movies open doors to assisted suicide

October 10, 2011
NANCY FRAZIER O’BRIEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

An increase in the number of movies that present assisted suicide in a positive light is contributing to a renewed momentum to legalize physician-assisted suicide, a panellist said at a Sept. 20 webinar.

Films such as Million Dollar Baby and The Sea Inside, both rated PG-13 as containing material that may be inappropriate for children under 13, “dull our repugnance” for assisted suicide, said Capuchin Franciscan Father Dan Mindling.

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Poverty means losing freedom to do whatever you want

St. Francis de Sales

October 3, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Poverty is a virtue. So says St. Francis de Sales. "No man is ready ever to admit that he is avaricious. Everyone denies having so base and mean a heart."

OK. I won't admit that I'm avaricious. Those times I bought 6/49 tickets in the hope of launching into an early and comfortable retirement, it wasn't really me doing it. Actually, I had honourable motives. Gotta feed, clothe and educate those four kids, you know. A couple million bucks would help that project.

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