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Archdiocese steps up abuse prevention

May 23, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Those wanting to volunteer in Church ministries, especially ministries dealing with children and teens, will undergo a criminal background check and their references will be thoroughly checked.

That's because the Edmonton Archdiocese is working to create a safe environment where sexual abuse of children doesn't occur.

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Bishops rally to Prendergast's defense

May 23, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — In an effort to produce clarity, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has entered the online fray over its overseas agency Development and Peace (CCODP).

"The 'social media' offer new and exciting ways to share information and exchange viewpoints," the CCCB said in an unprecedented May 4 statement on its cccb.ca website.

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Consecrated women urged to trust God

Sr. Veronica O'Reilly

May 23, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Sister Veronica O'Reilly reassures her fellow sisters that the loss, pain and fear being felt by many religious orders today will take them somewhere better in its own good time. In other words, that which does not kill them will make them stronger.

"We trust that God has a future for us," O'Reilly told religious women gathered at the Council of Consecrated Women's spring assembly.

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Sisters' lives evolved according to Church, society's needs

May 23, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The Grey Nuns, Sisters of Providence, Faithful Companions of Jesus and other religious orders of women have been working in Alberta for more than 150 years, since well before Alberta was a province.

Sisters were responsible for active ministry in hospitals, schools, churches and isolated communities. Over the years, the roles of consecrated women have changed.

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Vigil a time to pray for moms, the unborn

May 23, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — They spent hours at St. Joseph's Basilica adoring the Lord and praying for life. More than 100 people passed through the cathedral May 12 between 6:30 and 10 p.m. to pray for protection for the unborn and other defenceless members of society.

"(Lord) provide us with the resources to assist those whose lives are endangered by abortion, euthanasia, infanticide or any other means of destruction of and abuse," the congregation prayed.

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March for Life draws 300 to protest abortion

May 23, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Carrying placards and banners, people from across Alberta marched throughout downtown Edmonton to honour the baby in the womb.

Nearly 300 people, many of them young people and mothers pushing strollers, marched through the streets demanding protection for the unborn, the handicapped and other defenceless members of society.

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Grandmas gather to reflect on joys and heartbreaks

May 23, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT — For Pam Melnyk, grandchildren are a treasure.

"My grandchildren enrich my life every day," says Melnyk. "They make me more selfless, and they make me think twice about values that I hold because I want to pass those values onto them."

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Mi'kmaq seek help in saving language

May 30, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

TORONTO - As Canada's Jesuits remembered their first steps on North American soil and the welcome they received from Mi'kmaq people 400 years ago, the Mi'kmaq asked for a favour.

"Maybe it's time for the Mi'kmaq to ask for your help in preserving our language," Grand Keptin Antle Denny told three dozen Canadian Jesuits and about 100 guests.

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New priest tracks Magi-like pilgrimage

May 30, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - When Father Hezuk Shroff thinks of his journey from the Zoroastrian faith to the Catholic Church, he thinks of the journey of the Magi.

Oral tradition holds that the Magi were Zoroastrian priests, Shroff said in an interview after his recent ordination.

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Spaniards promise to offer a WYD fiesta for 1.5M youth in Madrid

WYD Logo 2011

May 30, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MADRID, SPAIN - World Youth Day organizers in Madrid are promising a "fiesta," adding a Spanish flavour to the traditional opportunities for prayer, friendship, music and religious education.

So far, more than 350,000 youths have registered for the Aug. 16-21 event, which Pope Benedict will attend. The figure included about 22,500 young people from the United States and 5,500 from Canada.

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