Pope packing his bags for Lebanon trip

September 10, 2012

When Pope Benedict travels to Lebanon Sept. 14-16 – assuming spillover from the civil war in neighbouring Syria doesn’t force a last-minute cancellation of the trip – his purpose will be above all pastoral.

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Displaced Congolese

September 10, 2012

Civilians displaced by fighting wait for food rations at a camp near the eastern Congolese city of Goma July 31.

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Pessimism about Vatican II can lead to retrenchment

September 10, 2012

Father Don MacDonald’s discerning commentary on Father Robert Barron’s underestimation of the Second Vatican Council (WCR, Aug. 20) was a welcome respite from those currently having their way with its meaning and relevance.

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Group happy to be consecrated to Mary

September 10, 2012

I want to share with my brothers and sisters in Christ that on Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, another group from St. Theresa Parish made their consecration to Our Blessed Mother.

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Bittman's life was immersed in Catholic Culture

Deacon Greg Bittman

September 10, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It was a vocations retreat that he attended a year or two after high school that stirred Greg Bittman to think seriously about the priesthood. But the seed of a priestly vocation had been planted many years earlier and it took many more years to come to its full flowering.

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Archbishops saw Bittman as 'right arm'

September 10, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Edmonton's new archbishop, Thomas Collins, went looking for a priest to serve as chancellor more than 12 years ago, Father Greg Bittman was probably not an obvious choice.

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Friends, co-workers sing Bittman's praises

Fr. Greg Bittman

September 10, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Some people saw it coming. But even they were surprised when they learned in mid-July that Father Greg Bittman had been named auxiliary bishop of Edmonton.

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Family of faith guided his path

Fran Bittman

September 10, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Fran Bittman is a woman of unwavering Catholic faith. But when she speaks of her son Greg's vocation to the priesthood, talk inevitably comes around to Fran's mother, Anna Lech.

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Unborn child becomes a human targeted in letters

September 10, 2012
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Alexandra Jezierski is hoping to enlist the help of 100,000 letter writers to influence Prime Minster Stephen Harper and members of Parliament to support a motion that would open debate on when an unborn child becomes a human being.

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Step One: Getting input from the bishops around world

September 3, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Between Pope John XXIII's announcement of an ecumenical council in January 1959 and the opening of the Second Vatican Council in October 1962 was a period approaching four years.

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