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U of A students give a Kickstart for Kids

February 14, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - With gambling revenue now an unacceptable way to fund Catholic schools, some parents have questioned where money for necessary programs would come from. more . . .

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Young adults put emphasis on personal experience

February 14, 2011
BETH GRIFFIN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Catholic young adults aren't as attached to the Church as their counterparts from the 1940s and 1950s, but they have not abandoned the faith, according to speakers at a two-day forum at Fordham University.

Sociologist James Davidson, professor emeritus at Purdue University, said young Catholics "distinguish between the Catholic faith, which they identify with and respect, and the Catholic Church, which they are less attached to." more . . .

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Canadian priest fears for Egyptian homeland

February 14, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - The pastor of Holy Family Coptic Catholic Church in Toronto, is not just worried about fellow Copts - Orthodox or Catholic - in Egypt, he is worried about the future for all Egyptians. more . . .

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Back Porch ministry challenges abortion

February 14, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Veronica Isinger is not talking with women who plan to have abortions, she is praying for them.

"Praying is always good," says Isinger, a volunteer at the Back Porch, located across the street from Edmonton's abortion clinic. more . . .

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Roche's determination wins Nobel nomination

February 14, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Douglas Roche, long-time nuclear disarmament activist and founding editor of the Western Catholic Reporter, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Roche, who has served as senator, member of Parliament and Canada's ambassador for disarmament, has been nominated by the International Peace Bureau for his role in launching and leading the Middle Powers Initiative. more . . .

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Do our pets go to heaven?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

February 14, 2011

Question Do pets go to heaven? It would be sad for many people if they're in heaven without their pets. more . . .

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Irish visitations avoid beer and blarney

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 14, 2011

What will the apostolic visitation of Ireland accomplish?

In response to the sexual abuse crisis there, Pope Benedict decided last spring to send five bishops to carry out a visitation - ecclesiastical parlance for an investigation — of the archdioceses and seminaries of Ireland. He chose quite a high-powered team: Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor of Westminster (retired), Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto and Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa. They have each been assigned one Irish archdiocese, and Archbishop Timothy Dolan has been assigned the Irish seminaries. more . . .

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Dropped subsidy can cut voter ballots

Joe Gunn

February 14, 2011

It's all the buzz in Ottawa — a federal election seems to be on the horizon. Vancouver South Liberal MP Ujjal Dossanjh has said a late spring election is all but "inevitable." more . . .

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Jesus is honoured by our service to the poor

Kathleen Giffin

February 14, 20111

I was the youngest of four siblings who together attended a country school. We lived on a farm, and if we forgot to take something in the morning, parents weren't called to ask them to bring it to school. more . . .

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Obsession with newer, faster toys a substitute for genuine enjoyment

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 14, 2011

Eighty-five years ago, G. K. Chesterton looked at his society and saw some things that disturbed him. Here’s his comment:

“There comes an hour in the afternoon when the child is tired of ‘pretending’; when he is weary of being a robber or a noble savage. It is then that he torments the cat. There comes a time in the routine of an ordered civilization when the man is tired at playing at mythology and pretending that a tree is a maiden or that the moon made love to a man. more . . .

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