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Newman community called to be disciples drawn closer to Jesus

March 21, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - The archbishop of Edmonton would like Newman Theological College to honour its patron saint - Cardinal John Henry Newman - by becoming a community of disciples that helps people draw close to the Lord.

Archbishop Richard Smith expressed this desire during the blessing and official opening of Newman Theological College March 8.

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Campus missionaries tell of their personal relationship with Jesus

March 21, 2011
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Jennia Grison was on the dean's list at Queen's University, had a great family and friends but was "so unhappy."

God seemed "far away and irrelevant," Grison recalls.

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Parents! You still influence your teens

March 21, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - With adolescence comes a surge of egocentrism, hormonal changes, peer pressure, risk-taking behaviour, development of abstract thinking, less time at home, interest in other forms of spirituality, and oftentimes loss of faith.

With all of these uncontrollable influences, how does one nurture a teen's spirituality? 

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Supporters of Medicine for All hope bill passes before election call

March 21, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Supporters of the New Democratic Party's Medicine for All bill hope the bill can pass the Senate before a possible spring election.

"This is one of those rare moments of life, where you have a precious window of opportunity, you either open it or you don't," said Dr. James Orbinski, founder of Dignitas International and a public health professor at the University of Toronto. "Let's make it happen."

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Bishops won’t take part in March for Life

March 21, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton — The Alberta bishops will not participate in this year's March for Life because organizers could not guarantee that placards displaying dead fetuses would not be present at the event.

Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith, liaison bishop with the march organizers, said the presence of images of aborted babies at the march is not consistent with the message the bishops want to portray about the dignity of human life.

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Benedict prays, sends aid to stricken Japan

March 21, 2011
SARA ANGLE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Saying he, too, was horrified by the images of the death and destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Pope Benedict asked people to join him in praying for the victims.

"May the bereaved and injured be comforted and may the rescue workers be strengthened in their efforts to assist the courageous Japanese people," the pope said March 13 after reciting the Angelus with visitors in St. Peter's Square.

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Atheist's research backfired: He'll become Catholic at Easter

March 21, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

While studying environmental sciences at Lethbridge University, Tyler Lacoste of Red Deer suddenly began to feel a need for God in his life. The question was what religion?

So the young atheist started a quest for a religion that met his spiritual needs and begun researching all major religions. He attended a Baptist church in Lethbridge for a couple of months but didn't seem happy.

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Sisters’ farm strives to build community, care for earth

March 28, 2011
BETH GRIFFIN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

STANFORDVILLE, N.Y. — Who knew that Catholic social teaching was a glorious assault on the senses?

At Sisters Hill Farm in Stanfordville, it has the taste of sweet crisp carrots, the fragrance of fresh basil with dark loamy dirt still attached to its roots, and the sight and sound of winged insects pollinating bright orange zucchini blossoms.

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Living Water College wades into visual arts

March 28, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

DERWENT — Living Water College of the Arts will offer its first course on drawing and painting this summer.

Edmonton artists Izabella Orzelski and Bogdan Koral-Konikowski will teach the course — A Classical Approach to Drawing & Painting — Aug. 7-20.

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Camp calls boys to do battle

March 28, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Mediaeval battles are a central feature at a summer camp that strives to stoke the fires of true manhood in the hearts of Catholic boys.

Camp Arcātheos is a five-day summer camp near Turner Valley that aims to give boys the spiritual and physical training they need to become good Catholic men, willing and able to defend the faith.

At Arcātheos, which means Stronghold of God, sons battle their dads with foam swords and even fire water-balloons by catapult against a menacing horde of evil villains.

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