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Summer course spurred teacher to go the distance

Sylvia Forrow

October 24, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A substitute schoolteacher, Sylvia Forrow, was this year's valedictorian at Newman Theological College.

During a summer session nine years ago, Newman College offered a two-week liturgical art and environment course. Since Forrow was on the art and environment committee at St. Anthony's and St. Agnes parishes, taking the course seemed like an ideal fit.

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CCODP controversy dogs bishop's meeting

October 24, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

CORNWALL, ONT. – Controversy surrounding the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) continued to dog Canada's bishops as they began their annual plenary Oct. 17-21.

On day one of Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) gathering of 75 bishops from across Canada, a Quebec pro-life group dropped off a 400-name petition demanding a complete review of CCODP.

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Catholics steer clear of online media

October 24, 2011
MARK PATTISON
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON – Adult Catholics in the U.S. are reading the printed versions of their diocesan newspapers to a much greater extent than they read the online versions, says a new study.

The study, commissioned by the Catholic Press Association (CPA), showed that 26 per cent of adult Catholics had read a print copy of their diocesan newspaper or magazine in the past three months, but only four per cent had gone to their computer to view the online version of the publication.

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Carr calls Newman grads to embrace life's paradoxes

GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Graduates of Newman Theological College were called to put their faith to work promoting the quality of life, the "seamless garment" of justice and the integrity of creation.

Joan Carr, superintendent of Edmonton Catholic Schools, said Catholic education prepares students "to live with, even embrace, the paradoxes of life."

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St. Edmund Church marks 100 years

October 24, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jeannette Helmig remembers the days of open spaces around St. Edmund Church.

"When we moved out here, we were on acreages," recalled Helmig, a parishioner for 72 years. "We used to raise chickens a block away from here."

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Fr. Blanch was strong advocate for Justice

Fr. Michael Blanch

October 24, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LACOMBE – Father Michael Blanch was know as a humble priest and an advocate for social justice

More than that, he was a beloved shepherd and friend to many – a gentle soul who spent long hours talking and listening to his flock.

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Benedict announces Church to hold 'Year of Faith'

Pope Benedict

October 24, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict announced a special Year of Faith to help Catholics appreciate the gift of faith, deepen their relationship with God and strengthen their commitment to sharing faith with others.

The pope said the Year of Faith would give "renewed energy to the mission of the whole Church to lead men and women out of the desert they often are in and toward the place of life: friendship with Christ who gives us fullness of life."

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An 'amazing' youth rally

Michael Chiasson

October 24, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Gabriella Lagace has wanted to attend a youth rally since she was a child. Now that she has finally attended one, Lagace will be urging her friends to go to one too.

"It's such an amazing experience," said Lagace, a Grade 10 student from Assumption School in Cold Lake.

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Brazilian protest

October 24, 2011

A man hangs from a cross during a protest against corruption in downtown Rio de Janeiro Sept. 20.

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Pope condemns attack on Christians in Egypt

October 24, 2011

Condemning an attack on unarmed Christians in Egypt, Pope Benedict said that during the country's transition to democracy, all of its citizens and institutions must work to guarantee the rights of minorities.

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