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Pope's World Peace Day theme focuses on youth

June 6, 2011

In building a world of peace and justice, the Catholic Church must listen to the ideas and hopes of young people and offer them educational opportunities that will strengthen their ability to work for the common good, the Vatican said.

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Lahey's sentencing hearing set for June 24

June 6, 2011

Bishop Raymond Lahey's sentencing hearing will take place June 24, when the judge gets to hear testimony from a forensic psychiatrist.

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Coren honoured as Catholic advocate

Michael Coren

June 6, 2011

Michael Coren, Catholic author and journalist, has been chosen this year's recipient of the Catholic Civil Rights League's Archbishop Adam Exner Award for Catholic Excellence in Public Life.

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Proposal to ban circumcision 'misguided'

June 6, 2011

San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer called a proposed ban on circumcision that qualified for the Nov. 8 ballot in San Francisco "a misguided initiative" and "an unconscionable violation of the sanctuaries of faith and family" by the city.

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Archbishop Sheen's cause moves to Rome

Archbishop Fulton Sheen

June 6, 2011

When Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Ill., presented Pope Benedict with two thick volumes about the life of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, the pope surprised him by saying he had worked with the late archbishop.

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Black Africa on bottom rung — Dallaire

Senator Romeo Dallaire

June 6, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG — Wealthy nations have established a pecking order among the world’s needy that says black Africans are the last to receive assistance, says Senator Romeo Dallaire.

He cited the tsunami that hit Indonesia in 2004 killing 230,000 people.

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Students make somber stop at murder site

logo - Sacred Heart School, Wetaskiwin

June 6, 2011
LINDA SCHMIDT
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

WETASKIWIN – For the last eight years, Grade 9 students from Sacred Heart School in Wetaskiwin have been taking a year-end trip to Victoria.

The five-day field trip is filled with activities like caving, kayaking, whale-watching and museums. This year’s trip had a more poignant and sombre stop.

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Southdown restores wounded Church leaders to health

June 6, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Southdown Institute CEO Sister Miriam Ukeritis describes the priests and men and women religious who come through her doors as “wounded healers.”

Ukeritis challenged the stigma that can attach to priests or religious who are sent to the residential treatment program that started 45-years ago as a residential program to treat priests with alcohol problems.

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Demand quality health care for the poor, the homeless

June 6, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Many Canadians have health outcomes similar to people in Third World nations, says the president of the Canadian Medical Association.

That includes the homeless, the rural poor, the disabled, single parent families and those living on reserves, Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull said at a May 17 fundraising banquet for an inner city ministry to the homeless.

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Don't stand by in the face of evil

June 6, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Eva Olsson was barely out of her teens when she and her family were rounded up from their Hungarian village in 1944 and shipped to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Of her extended family of 89 people, only she and her sister Fradel survived.

The 86-year-old gave a powerful account of her experiences as a teenaged Hasidic Jew caught up in the Nazi hate machine to students at St. Francis Xavier High School May 25.

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