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Church leaders forced into 'politics'

Fr. Edwin Gariguez

June 6, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Bishop Charles Kasonde doesn’t have a problem with mining in Zambia.

He has a problem with poverty, social upheaval, an AIDS pandemic, economic uncertainty and the near absence of government services in his diocese of Solwezi.

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Ducharme is friar first, priest second

June 6, 2011
BRENT MATTSON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — In the presence of family, friends, and brother priests, Franciscan Father Jean-Pierre Ducharme received his priestly ordination from Archbishop Michael Miller at Holy Rosary Cathedral May 14.

“Our hearts are full of gratitude and praise to God that he has chosen this man to be a priest of Jesus Christ,” Miller said in his homily.

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Wallet ID connects Catholics with priests

June 6, 2011
LAUREEN MCMAHON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — If you became too ill to speak or were in an accident and were rendered unconscious and admitted to hospital, how would anyone know that you were a Catholic and that you want a priest called?

The Catholic Health Association of B.C. has answered this question by creating an ID card which easily fits into a wallet and clearly states “I Am Catholic.”

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Church must counter spiritual crisis, says Benedict

June 6, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - New evangelization means finding the most effective ways to proclaim the Gospel to a world that is either too distracted or too blind to see the divine, Pope Benedict said.

Today's spiritual crisis is marked by people excluding God from their lives, "generalized indifference" toward Christianity and stringently pushing faith from the public to the private sphere, he said.

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Pope lauds new online world filled with potential friendships

JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict has invited Christians to join online social networks in order to spread the Gospel through digital media and discover “an entirely new world of potential friendships.”

At the same time, the pope warned of the limits and the dangers of digital communication, including the risks of constructing a false online image and of replacing direct human contact with virtual relationships.

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Atheist turned pro-life activist celebrates film

Jason Jones

June 6, 2011
BRENT MATTSON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — The producer of the 2006 pro-life movie Bella says the thing that makes him happiest about the film’s success is that it saved the lives of more than 500 unborn children.

“Our goal when we made Bella was to know the name of just one baby in 10 years who was alive because their mother chose life (because of) our film,” said Jason Jones.

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Chant expresses Church's universality — Benedict

June 6, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — In giving priority to Gregorian chant and to classical liturgical music, the Catholic Church is showcasing a tradition of beautiful prayer, Pope Benedict wrote.

Music at Mass should reflect the fact that the liturgy “is primarily the action of God through the Church, which has its history, its rich tradition and its creativity,” the pope said.

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Contemplative monks meet spiritual needs of pilgrims

June 6, 2011
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

MERLIN, ONT. — At Our Lady of the Rosary Shrine here you’ll find trails dedicated to the rosary, saints, approved apparitions and the Stations of the Cross.

Helping you through these trails, you’ll also find three monks from Sri Lanka — the first of their order to come to Canada.

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Low registration puts plans for all-boys academy on hold

June 6, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — A proposed all-boys academy for grades 4 and 5 in Edmonton Catholic Schools has been ditched for the time being due to low registration.

The program was to start in September 2011 at two different schools.

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From small beginnings . . .

June 6, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — An economist and a philosopher got together with teachers and businesspeople to take steps toward building a civilization of love.

“One person at a time can make a difference in the world,” said Marc Sanscartier, a teacher enrolled in the May 28-29 workshop on economies of communion at Newman Theological College.

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