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Bern Will Brown added colour to a colourful land

Bern Will Brown

July 21, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

COLVILLE LAKE, N.W.T. – From mushing dog-teams 100 kms in minus 40C blizzards, to helping unionize a mine, Bern Will Brown had a job like few Catholic priests. Born in Rochester, N.Y., in 1920, Brown went to the Canadian Arctic in 1948 as an Oblate priest and travelled extensively by dog team throughout the region. Over the course of his life he served as a priest, a bush pilot, a dog musher, a painter, a journalist and a storyteller. In addition to his religious duties, he performed routine medical work such as delivering babies, sewing up axe cuts and pulling teeth. He also served as a fire warden, dogcatcher, storekeeper, postmaster and newspaper editor.

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Faith weaves throughout film course

July 21, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A good film is more than special effects and pretty girls. Underneath everything lies a compelling story. At Living Water College of the Arts this month, eight students are learning to tell not just any stories through film, but stories imbued with faith. "Pretty much anybody can teach you to be a technician, but what Hollywood really lacks these days is good storytellers," said Jacob Schmiedicke, the college's director of liberal and fine arts. Schmiedicke said the four-week program, Truth in Motion, run at the college near tiny Derwent, north of Vermilion, gives a basic overview of the filmmaking process from beginning to end. "It's unique in that we heavily emphasize story."

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Mackenzie, Edmonton dioceses sign covenant of cooperation

July 21, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Archdiocese of Edmonton and the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith have signed a covenant that will see the two dioceses expand their cooperation. The two dioceses have been working together for well over a year. The covenant, signed July 2 in Yellowknife by Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton and Bishop Mark Hagemoen, makes their partnership official. "I'm excited about this agreement because it provides an opportunity for Edmonton and Mackenzie-Fort Smith to work with each other," Hagemoen said July 9.

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Eastern churches gain greater respect

August 25, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Although the Decree on the Catholic Eastern Churches (Orientalium Ecclesarium) is the third shortest document produced by the Second Vatican Council, it is a significant statement that goes far beyond maintaining the status quo. While the decree is not exactly a Magna Carta for the churches of the East which are in union with Rome, it does signal a shift to a more positive view of those churches than had been the practice of recent centuries.

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Financial report displayed accountability

August 25, 2014

I write to compliment the archdiocese on the recent annual report that was distributed in the WCR (WCR, July 7). The report meets or exceeds the best practices of public reporting for non-profit/charitable organizations. The financial statements provided are understandable and a solid narrative is provided. The finance committee is identified, proving the assurance of the expert advice overseeing the archdiocese's finances.

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Teaching may be rejected because it is wrong

August 25, 2014

I was disappointed with the article you published regarding the document, "Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church" in the July 21 WCR. The author's opening paragraphs outline the document's major reasons for why the people of God might reject or disagree with a particular Church teaching: either our faith is too weak, or we just don't understand the teaching properly.

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One 'warning' is enough

August 25, 2014

Our funerals gather people of many faith traditions and people with no church connection. We do not have open Communion, but welcome those who are not receiving Communion to come for a blessing. Surely this simple announcement before the Eucharist begins is sufficient.

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West must defend Iraqi Christians

August 25, 2014

Why is it that to date, France is the only Western country that has offered asylum to the thousands of Christians who have recently had to flee the Iraqi city of Mosul? And what is the international community doing to cut off the weapons supply to the Muslim extremists who are responsible for this mass exodus? According to a July 21 Catholic News Service story, 60,000 Christians were living in Mosul before the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and 35,000 living there in June 2014. However, over the past month, all the Christians in Mosul have had to flee the city or be killed for not converting to Islam.

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Summit a chance to push leaders to fight climate change

Joe Gunn

August 25, 2014

In September, Christians can help change the climate in Canadian environmental policy - as well as the climate in our faith communities. In response to the global climate crisis, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has invited heads of state along with business, finance, and civil society leaders to a climate summit Sept. 23 in New York.

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Science, religion can walk hand and hand

Austin Mardon

August 25, 2014

Young scholars are often told they must choose a path between science and religion. In centuries past, when learning in the Western world was isolated in religious institutions, this would have been unnecessary. Many ground-breaking scientists were either also religious leaders or deeply religious themselves.

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