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Small-scale farms offset climate change

September 26, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LEDUC — The devastating effects of climate change are already a daily reality for many people, especially the poorest and most vulnerable. The industrialization of agriculture bears a large share of the responsibility for the disruption of the climate.

Therefore, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace proposes that small-scale agriculture is the best solution for the future.

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K of C Charitable Foundation works to help 75 charities

September 26, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

RED DEER — Over the past 30 years, the Alberta Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation has established itself as a reliable source of extra funds for many charities across the province.

The foundation is a major contributor to about 75 charities every year, from the Sign of Hope campaign to the Strathcona Christmas Bureau.

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McCaffery celebrates half century of inclusive priesthood

Fr. Mike McCaffery

September 26, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Even he himself wonders how he did it. Father Mike McCaffery, a lifelong advocate of married priests and the ordination of women, is marking 50 years of priesthood.

“I saw a lady the other day who said, ‘Oh, you are celebrating 50 years of priesthood. I thought you’d be dead by now or married.’

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Pilgrims trek through sacred inner city sites

Sr. Johanna Jonker

September 26, 2011
BRENDA SUDERMAN
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG — It’s not Jerusalem or Rome, but a walk to Winnipeg’s social service agencies is a pilgrimage to holy ground all the same, says Sister Johanna Jonker.

Beginning in mid-September and continuing throughout the fall and winter, Jonker is leading groups on walking pilgrimages to seven sacred sites, many of them in the inner city.

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CCODP chair says organization has lost its vision

Rodrigo Loyola

September 26, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LEDUC — The longtime chairman of Development and Peace in Alberta has stepped down from his position saying that the organization has lost its original vision.

In an emotional presentation at the archdiocesan CCODP annual meeting Sept. 17 at St. Michael’s Church, Rodrigo Loyola said in his opinion, the organization is now going in a new direction, one that does not necessarily reflect the experience and relationships formed during the 10 years he was the chair.

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Growth in pornography has corrosive effect on society

September 26, 2011
MARK PATTISON
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

A recently launched campaign, War on Illegal Pornography, is maintaining that divorce, violence against women, increased sex trafficking and porn addiction are just some of the unhealthy results of pornography.

In fact, the evidence of the harmful effects of pornography is so strong that it is now difficult to get permission to do research on the subject because it is clear that those who take part in the research will be harmed by watching pornography.

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Apple-picking monk

October 3, 2011

Bro. Columba Moujing picks apples at Ampleforth Benedictine Abbey.

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Vatican transformed into techie paradise

October 3, 2011

Looking at the centuries-old buildings and palaces, not many people would know the Vatican has become a techie paradise, a wonderland of modern equipment and know-how.

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Zambian president to implement Decalogue

October 3, 2011

Zambia's first elected Catholic president told members of his parish he will base his rule on the Ten Commandments.

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Only the chaste person can truly love another

St. Francis de Sales

September 26, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Too often we regard chastity as a virtue that is mainly for the young. For it is in young people that sexual desires burn the hottest. As well, it is in unmarried girls and women that unchastity has the potential consequence of a pregnancy that leads many to either abortion or a life of poverty.

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