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Nowakowski blossomed by serving sick, dying

Fr. John Nowakowski

September 5, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT — A priest best known for his quiet presence and caring nature has passed away.

Father John Nowakowski died Aug. 27 at Sturgeon Hospital in St. Albert. He was 79.

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Islamic college buys sisters' school

St. Angela's Convent and Academy

September 5, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON — An Islamic boarding school for boys will open this fall in the former St. Angela's Convent and Academy at Prelate, Sask.

The newly created Islamic College of Saskatchewan took possession of the former convent and girls' boarding school Aug. 15 from the Ursulines of Prelate.

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New superintendent strives for success

Paul Mason

September 5, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

RED DEER — The Red Deer Catholic board of trustees has appointed a seasoned school administrator and former classroom teacher as the division's new superintendent.

Paul Mason, 48, took over as superintendent Aug. 27. He replaces Paulette Hanna, who is retiring after four years in the position.

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Pregnancy centre enters new era

Jeanne McCusker

September 5, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Pregnancy Crisis Centre has experienced three major changes over the summer: a new location, new website and new ultrasound machine.

The centre expects the changes will help it improve how it carries out its mission of providing pro-life alternatives to those facing crisis pregnancies.

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Ambrozic a man who loved to spread the Gospel

September 5, 2011
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — As archbishop of Toronto for 16 years, Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic oversaw the transformation of Canada's largest diocese into a multicultural, multi-racial home to 1.6 million Catholics.

But while acknowledging the challenges, Ambrozic once said his main challenge was simply to be true to the Catholic Church.

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Local WYD pilgrims return from spiritual adventure

September 5, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

World Youth Day pilgrims have returned home from a great adventure, with many of them eager to return.

About 500 pilgrims from the Edmonton Archdiocese representing 30 different groups participated in World Youth Day festivities in Madrid, Spain. The event was held Aug. 16-21, but many arrived early and stayed after the closing Mass to explore the country.

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Foundation promotes deeper devotion to Mary

September 12, 2011

The head of a foundation encouraging Catholics to have a deeper devotion to Mary said that having a relationship with the mother of God "is a calling for us to renew and keep our baptismal promises and to answer God's call to imitate Christ."

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Calif. bishops oppose Gardasil vaccinations

September 12, 2011

The California Catholic Conference is urging Californians to call Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. and urge him to veto legislation that would allow children 12 and older to be vaccinated against sexually transmitted disease without parental consent or knowledge.

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Vatican newspaper opposes mandatory sex ed

September 12, 2011

When it comes to sex education programs, the Catholic Church is painted as old-fashioned and callous about teen pregnancy and disease.

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Practice of one simple virtue can lead to heights of holiness

St. Francis de Sales

September 5, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As a Catholic editor, I have a responsibility to do my best to help our readers understand Church teachings and develop their spiritual lives. Nevertheless, in writing these reflections on St. Francis de Sales’ Introduction to the Devout Life, at times I feel like a hypocrite.

In the articles published to date, I have described Francis’s presentation of how a devout person ought to pray and receive the sacraments. The regime Francis describes far outstrips my own practice, leaving me to encourage readers to do what I say, not what I do.

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