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Shepherds for the forgotten ones

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July 18, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It's Sunday morning and, as usual, the Bissell Centre's drop-in centre is full of people attending the ecumenical worship service. They sit at round tables, which they will later use to eat lunch.

At the front is the altar, which had been wheeled in just before the service. Dressed in white clergy gear, Pastor Rick Chapman, the Anglican pastor of the Community of Emmanuel for the past five years, opens the service by announcing the stabbing death of a young member of the congregation.

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Church has role to play in recovery of native culture

July 18, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

INUVIK, N.W.T. — The Church in the North can help native people recover their languages and cultural identity, but it won't be easy, said Oblate Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie.

Church support for native culture begins with help for families — whether through ordinary, daily ministry or special programs, Lavoie said July 1.

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RC-Anglican reconciliation crucial to healing for northern natives

Bishop Murray Chatlain

July 18, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

INUVIK, N.W.T. — In the midst of a gathering which seeks reconciliation and healing from the 130-year history of residential schools in Canada, Catholic and Anglican bishops from the North took responsibility for the 400-year-old division between the churches and pledged continued dialogue, co-operation and reconciliation.

"This is a road we're on and there are no exits," said Bishop Gary Gordon of Whitehorse.

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Grouard-McLennan Archdiocese moves office to Grande Prairie

Archbishop Gerard Pettipas

July 18, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

McLENNAN - The Archdiocese of Grouard McLennan plans to move its offices from the town of McLennan into Grande Prairie.

The move is motivated primarily by transportation and staffing needs, says Archbishop Gerard Pettipas.

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Praise God as you walk through trials

Connie Schumacher

July 18, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — When things are going well, people are prone to praise God. They praise God when they land a new job, get married or have a grandchild.

But Connie Schumacher praised God when her truck caught on fire and when her neighbour shot bullets through her kitchen window. She even praised God when her husband left her.

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Pope makes 3 episcopal appointments for Quebec dioceses

July 18, 2011
WCR NEWS SERVICES

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict has named a new bishop for the Diocese of Nicolet, Quebec, and two new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Montreal.

Accepting the resignation July 11 of Bishop Raymond Saint-Gelais, who reached the customary retirement age of 75 in March, the pope named Montreal Auxiliary Bishop Andre Gazaille, 65, to succeed him.

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Jason West: Newman's new academic dean

July 18, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The new academic dean at Newman Theological College says theologians must strive to defend tradition from too much innovation and protect innovation from "a stale, narrow reading of the tradition."

Jason West, who has taught philosophy at the college for the past seven years, takes over as dean from Father Stefano Penna, who assumes the new position of vice-president for college development and advancement.

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St. Agnes — lots of faith, fellowship, food

July 18, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For Angie LaRose, St. Agnes Parish was where she began to grow in her faith.

"I started climbing up the hill in my faith here," LaRose said in an interview at the parish's 75th anniversary celebration July 10.

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Nuclear weapons must go now, says Vatican's UN rep

July 18, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Nuclear weapons have "threatened humanity" for far too long and it is urgent to now move to a "world without nuclear weapons," said the Vatican's ambassador to the United Nations.

"Now is the time for a profound rethinking and change in our perception of nuclear weapons. Nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation are essential from a humanitarian point of view," Archbishop Francis Chullikatt said July 1.

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Canadian Catholics should plan for a larger future

July 18, 2011
REGINALD W. BIBBY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

What I have to report will come as a surprise to many Canadian Roman Catholics.

In recent years, many of you have grown accustomed to hearing that religion is in decline and that your numbers are dropping. The common portrait painted by the media is one of an aging Church whose golden years of large and vibrant congregations comprised of people of all ages is a thing of the past.

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