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Pilgrimage at Skaro

August 16, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Right from the beginning, the Twardowski men have led the processions at the annual Skaro Pilgrimage. So this year David Twardowski again walked at the head of the procession prior to the Aug. 14 evening Mass and the ensuing candlelight procession with the Blessed Sacrament.

How did the Twardowski tradition start? David says he doesn’t know.

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Development and Peace warns 10 million lives at risk in the Horn of Africa

August 18, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) is urging Canadian Catholics to help the 10 million people in the Horn of Africa whose lives are endangered by drought and famine.

CCODP spokesperson Kelly Di Domenico described the worsening situation in the region as “drastic.”

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Youths welcome pope to WYD; he asks them to think about faith

Pope Benedict

August 18, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MADRID — Welcomed to World Youth Day by a boisterous, flag-waving throng of hundreds of thousands of young people, Pope Benedict urged them to be strong, solid and think about their faith.

Pope Benedict walked through the Puerta de Alcala, a monumental arch symbolizing the entrance to the city, with young people representing Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

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Pope tells young to share their faith with the world

August 21, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MADRID — Pope Benedict saw that 1.4 million young people could be buffeted by gusty winds and drenched by a driving rain and still fall silently to their knees to adore the Eucharist.

At the final Mass closing World Youth Day Aug. 21 in Madrid, the pope challenged the Catholic pilgrims to take that faith, make it grow and share it with the world.

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Nelson Diocese moves offices to Kelowna

Bishop John Corriveau

August 29, 2011
BRENT MATTSON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

NELSON, B.C. — When Bishop John Corriveau first took his post in the Diocese of Nelson he faced the challenge of ministering to a widely dispersed flock.

The diocese — which runs from Princeton, up to Golden, over to the Alberta border and down along the 49th parallel — stretches over highly mountainous terrain.

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Celibacy a response to God's love

Cardinal Marc Ouellet

August 29, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — While priestly celibacy is increasingly misunderstood and even under attack, the discipline continues to be a call to a whole-hearted response to God's love, said Cardinal Marc Ouellet.

"The celibacy of priests, as well as of bishops, has been put into question today with growing virulence because of sexual abuse, including of minors, committed by clerics," Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, cardinal told the bishops of Brazil.

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Youth learn how to don God's armour

August 29, 2011
ANGELO SALUDO
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON — About 500 youth from across Western Canada assembled at the University of Alberta July 29-31 for the second installment of the national conference of Couples for Christ.

The first installment, held in Ottawa July 15 to 17, was attended by more than 250 youth.

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Priest/Actor acts out his stories in faith

Fr. Edward Danylo Evanko

August 29, 2011
STEVE WEATHERBE
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — You don't have to be a Broadway actor to be a good priest, says Father Edward Danylo Evanko, pastor of the Dormition of Our Mother of God Church in Richmond. "But," he adds, lapsing into a Manhattan Yiddish accent, "it wouldn't hoit."

Evanko was an actor on Broadway, as well as in Hollywood, in television and film, for over 30 years before a seemingly chance conversation at Vancouver's Holy Rosary Cathedral pointed him to the priesthood. Once a priest, he thought he had put acting behind him, but he was wrong.

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Preachers: you've got 8 minutes to say it

Fr. Edward Sheridan

August 29, 2011
PETER FINNEY JR.
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW ORLEANS - Just as Moses descended from Mount Sinai with Ten Commandments chiselled on two stone tablets, the rules laid out for potent peaching while not etched in permanent marker, are boundaries worthy of respect: six to eight minutes for a Sunday homily, three to five minutes for a weekday sermon.

"The idea is not so much 'brevity' as it is not taking longer than you need," said Deborah Wilhelm, a doctoral student with a focus on preaching at the Aquinas Institute of Theology, who led a recent eight-day workshop on preaching here.

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Pope urges adding books from the bible to your summer reading list

August 29, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — While there's nothing wrong with a bit of light reading in the summer, reading a book or two of the Bible also can be a relaxing - as well as enlightening — vacation activity, Pope Benedict said.

"Naturally, many of the books of literature we pick up during vacation are for a diversion, and this is normal," he said Aug. 3 at his weekly general audience.

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