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Liberation theology rooted in the Gospel, says Gutierrez

Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez

December 1, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Liberation theology, which interprets the teachings of Christ in relation to liberation from unjust social, economic and political conditions, is rooted in the Bible and the life of Jesus, said the priest who developed the concept nearly 50 years ago. Dominican Father Gustavo Gutierrez said Nov. 7 at St. Paul University in Ottawa that "theology is a hermeneutic of hope. Theology touches on the motive, the story of our Lord in history." "Theology is a letter of love to God," the Peruvian theologian known as the father of liberation theology added during a program in which he received an honorary doctorate.

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Monsanto, CCODP divided on the value of local, organic foods

December 1, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Charina Umagat has been an involved, engaged parishioner at St. Emile Parish in Winnipeg for 20 years. The last thing she expected to find in her pew on a Sunday was a pamphlet casting moral doubt on her job and her employer. The pamphlet was part of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace's Sow Much Love campaign highlighting economic justice, agriculture and environmental issues. Umagat works for biotechnology giant Monsanto Canada. The Development and Peace pamphlet asked Umagat to go to her local grocer and ask the store manager to stock more local and organic products. It asked her to pledge to eat local and organic foods.

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Anglican sees Canada on slippery slope

December 1, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Watching the world slide down a slippery slope to euthanasia and assisted suicide, or "medical aid in dying," is disheartening to a Second World War veteran who confronted state-sanctioned killing while helping to liberate Europe. "I am 91 and it is probably a good thing you don't live to 150 because it is really hard to buy a lot of this garbage that is going on," said Father Robert Greene, rector of St. Andrew Anglican Church in Gleichen, Alta. "This is a crazy society we are in." For Greene, active in the pro-life movement since the 1960s, seeing the rise in support for euthanasia and assisted suicide is an affront to what he and 1.1 million other Canadians fought against during the Second World War.

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Collins casts his vote for a more jolly world

Cardinal Thomas Collins

December 1, 2014
CATHOLIC REGISTER STAFF

Christians must pay attention to the reality of evil but do so with hope-filled joy, Cardinal Thomas Collins told the annual Cardinal's Dinner. Speaking on Nov. 6 to some 1,600 religious, business and political leaders in Toronto, Collins said it would be naive to ignore the evil that abounds today. The modern world is not always a "jolly place," he said. But we must respond with an ability to "see all events, no matter how evil, in the hope-filled context of divine providence."

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Winnipeg inner city centre offers youth alternative to streets

Sr. Bernadette O'Reilly

December 1, 2014
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

In the heart of one of Winnipeg's most challenging neighbourhoods sits Rossbrook House, a safe haven, especially for children. In the words of its late founder, Sister Geraldine MacNamara, "No child who does not want to be alone should ever have to be." Rossbrook held its annual open house Nov. 6 and celebrated the academic achievements of the many students, from elementary years to university, who are part of the school programs sponsored by Rossbrook in partnership with the Winnipeg school division. Co-executive director Maria Vigna said while Rossbrook holds a number of events to celebrate the children, youth and young adults who come through its doors, "This one is my favourite. I know how hard the kids worked to get to this point," she said.

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Vatican launches Year for Consecrated Life

December 1, 2014
LAURA IERACI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 30, marking the start of the new liturgical year, will also inaugurate the Year for Consecrated Life. The yearlong observance is dedicated to renewing hope in religious life and instilling it more profoundly with a prophetic witness of the Gospel. Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, was scheduled to celebrate the year's opening Mass Nov. 30 in St. Peter's Basilica because Pope Francis will be on an apostolic visit in Turkey.

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Sask. bishop urges prayer for aboriginal women

December 1, 2014
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

Saskatoon Bishop Donald Bolen has called on Catholics and the broader community to become better informed and to pray for missing and murdered aboriginal women. "Nearly 1,200 aboriginal women have been murdered or are missing over the past 30 years, according to police records. This issue does not affect only aboriginal women but all Canadians, all people," Bolen said in an Oct. 31 pastoral letter. "Something has gone dreadfully wrong, and the pain and suffering of the aboriginal families and communities who have lost loved ones calls out for a response."

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Faith leaders pledge to help house the homeless

Bob McKeon

December 1, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After a successful five years housing the homeless, local spiritual leaders reaffirmed their commitment to participate in the second half of the City of Edmonton's 10-year-commitment to end homelessness. Representatives of 25 faith communities, including Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith, Ukrainian Catholic Eparch David Motiuk and Anglican Bishop Jane Alexander, pledged to help the city realizethe commitment. The signing ceremony took place at City Hall Nov. 13, following speeches by several local leaders.

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Never rule out talks with terrorists – pope

December 1, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT – Pope Francis said he would "never close the door" on dialogue with the Islamic State in an effort to bring peace to a region of the world suffering from violence and persecution. He also said "terrorism" could describe not only the actions of such extremist groups but also those of some national governments using military force unilaterally.< Meeting reporters Nov. 25 on his return flight from Strasbourg where he addressed the European Parliament, Pope Francis said terrorism is a threat that must be taken seriously.

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Grey Nuns founder brought to life in 40-minute drama

Maureen Rooney

December 1, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Married to a whiskey trader who died and left her with debts, Marguerite d'Youville also suffered the loss of four of her six children from disease. Yet d'Youville opened her heart to provide a home for Montreal's poor. Three other women joined forces with her. An astute businesswoman, she paid off her husband's debts, sent her children to school and saw her two sons become priests. With a generous heart, she looked for others to help and found four starving men in a tumbling down hospital. Her determination saw the hospital refurbished and those in need clothed and fed.

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