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Newman's feast day honours his conversion

Fr. Raymond de Souza

October 11, 2010

It's called the dies natalis - the day of birth. For saints it refers to their birthday in heaven or, in the eyes of the world, the day of their death upon earth. When assigning feast days to saints, the Church usually chooses the dies natalis; for example, the feast day of soon-to-be canonized Brother André of Montreal is Jan. 6, the day of his death in 1937, even though that day is also the great solemn feast of the Epiphany of the Lord.

So it was something of a surprise when it was announced last month that the feast day of Blessed John Henry Newman would be Oct. 9 - which we will celebrate for the first time this week. more . . .

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Teaching, social justice fills Sr. Toucanne's 100 years

Sr. Yvonne Toucanne

October 11, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

CALGARY – Sister Yvonne Toucanne, a Sister of Charity of St. Louis, celebrated her 100th birthday on Sept. 17 at Bethany Care Centre in Calgary.

Surrounded by community members, friends, and administration and staff from Bethany Care Centre, her life of 100 years was celebrated through presentations and remembrances of her life and ministry.

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Synod spotlights Mid-East Christians

October 11, 2010
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican is setting the stage for another Synod of Bishops in mid-October, this one aimed at turning a spotlight on the Christian communities of the Middle East.

Synods are typically drawn-out affairs, requiring several years of planning and more years of follow-up. But there's a greater sense of urgency about this synod: Pope Benedict convened it rather unexpectedly a year ago, after Church leaders from the region - particularly Iraq - requested the special assembly.

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Aboriginals cut off from spiritual roots

October 11, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – European missionaries who brought the Catholic faith to the indigenous people of the Americas believed aboriginal culture and spirituality were pagan or simply not good, laments Sister Eva Solomon.

She says that's one reason aboriginal people often feel angry. "We hear from the system that our language isn't good enough, our culture isn't good enough, our education isn't good enough - the only good thing was our land. Nothing else was good enough. more . . .

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Vatican official blasts Nobel Prize selection

October 11, 2010
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Honouring one of the inventors of in vitro fertilization with the Nobel Prize for Medicine ignores the ethical consequences of opening "the wrong door" in the fight against infertility, said the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. more . . .

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Académie Saint-André salutes patron

October 11, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

BEAUMONT – Not only is Brother André on the verge of being elevated to sainthood, Montreal's humble man of faith will also be honoured as the patron of Beaumont's only Catholic school.

Planning for the new school started about four years ago. More recently, the Catholic community, parents and division staff submitted 45 potential names, such as St. Vital, Ascension and de La Salle. more . . .

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Mass media hostile to Christian values

October 11, 2010
ANNA MARIA BASQUEZ
WCATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

DENVER – A new sentiment in the mass media seems more hostile to Christian values, Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput told a conference of 150 religion reporters Sept. 24.

He urged the journalists from across the nation and overseas "to understand believers and religious institutions as they understand themselves" and to have humility in their work. more . . .

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Edmonton Catholic School Trustee Candidates

October 11, 2010 WARD 71 Becky Kallal It has been a privilege to represent Catholic voters as a trustee on the Edmonton Catholic School Board for the past term. There are many issues in education today and in Catholic education specifically, and I have worked hard to learn about as many as possible, bring attention to them, and advocate for solutions to them. Certainly, more work needs to be done. In a society that is becoming ever more secular, it is difficult to raise a child who has a true moral and spiritual compass. Parents who send their children to Catholic schools need to be confident that the values and beliefs that their children are receiving at school support those that they are trying to nurture at home. We cannot allow secularization to compromise our ability to contribute to the spiritual and moral formation of our students, while at the same time providing them with a quality education that prepares them for life in the 21st century. Catholics need to remain vigilant in order to reta ...

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New Mass translation strives to fill 'the hunger for faith'

October 11, 2010

Fr. Geoffrey Angeles

GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SHERWOOD PARK – Within the next few years English-speaking Canadian Catholics will celebrate the Mass with "a heightened language that focuses on transcendence," says a Manitoba pastor.

Father Geoffrey Angeles says he hopes the new Roman Missal touches "the hunger for faith" among Catholics.

"More and more we are meeting people who are looking for meaning in all the wrong places when the meaning is right in front of us," said Angeles, a liturgical composer and priest of the Winnipeg Archdiocese. more . . .

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Time to raise the bar on oilsands standards

Bob McKeon

October 18, 2010

The public debates around the Athabasca oilsands appear to be entering a new phase. We see new developments in the media almost every day.

Until recently, provincial government and industry leaders insisted that the oilsands plants had no measurable pollution effect on the Athabasca River despite the claims made by environmentalists and independent scientists. When doctors spoke of serious damage to human health in downstream aboriginal communities, government officials bullied them into silence. more . . .

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