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VATICAN CITY - In his Lenten message, Pope Benedict has called on the faithful to be concerned for one another and "not to remain isolated and indifferent" to the fate of others.
Materialism and a sense of self-sufficiency are obstacles to a Christian life of charity, the pope said.
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VANCOUVER – Christ can change the lives of women caught in the enslavement of addictions, says Sharon Dobin, director of Sancta Maria House.
"Sancta Maria for me has the three most crucial things needed to recover: God, healing, and the 12-step program. I have been given peace and forgiveness and I can laugh again and for that I am truly grateful," said a former resident.
EDMONTON - The biggest hurdle facing pro-life students from the University of Alberta is the lack of concern and I-don't-care attitude toward pro-life issues.
"Some pro-life club members from other campuses tell me that they will pack a lecture theatre full whenever they do an event. With us, we feel lucky if we have 20 people come to an event," said Leila McMann, president of Go Life: U of A Campus Pro-Life.
First year art student Liam Kay is glad he enrolled in AcademiaONE as he began his university education last semester.
"It's been very good," he said. "The classes were good and the professors were accessible. It was a good way to transition to the university experience."
TORONTO – Emily VanBerkum believes the "interdisciplinary" aspects of her Catholic liberal arts education have made her a well-rounded student.
"It's very interdisciplinary and it relates to so many disciplines in your life, so many fields like business or politics," said the fourth-year Christianity and Culture student at Toronto's University of St. Michael's College.
While teachers in Catholic schools are expected to know the Church, be leaders of the faith, and instruct their students on those principles, most educational institutions that train teachers do not offer religion as part of their curriculum.
Newman Theological College, however, allows teachers to take a program that earns a diploma or a degree in religious education.
Becoming a priest is a lengthy process that requires a sense of a divine call, deep reflection, prayer and rigorous education.
Seminarians at St. Joseph Seminary need about eight years of higher education, including degrees in philosophy and theology, plus a year internship in a parish before they can be ordained.
TORONTO – With the busy schedule of a university student, Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt was finding it challenging to fit prayer into her regular routine during her school years.
To remedy this, her spiritual director suggested she get creative, recommending a variety of different prayer styles.
MISSION, B.C. – Through the Bible God is trying to reveal only two things: one: "I'm God," and two: "You're not," philosopher Peter Kreeft said here Jan. 28.
The problem, said Kreeft, is that most people, himself included, forget about the second point.
OTTAWA – When the Companions of the Cross met for their general assembly Jan. 30-Feb. 3 in Cornwall, Ont., the priests had their first chance to reflect on the impact of last year's death of their founder, Father Bob Bedard.
"The passing of a founder, of a spiritual father in Christ is a watershed for any community in the history of the Church," said Father Scott McCaig, who was re-elected for a second six-year term as the order's leader.