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Vancouver welcomes 2 very different men to the priesthood.

January 11, 2016
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER - Two very different men have stepped up to the altar in answer to the same call. Fathers Edwin Larry Lynn and Davide Lanzani were ordained priests at a solemn and joyous ceremony in Holy Rosary Cathedral Dec. 4. It was the final step after two unique journeys to the priesthood.

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Priesthood a family affair for Bombaks

January 11, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Bishop David Motiuk remembers clearly when he first met Michael Bombak. It was a summer day at the beach with the children at Camp Oselia when Bombak approached then-Father Motiuk, and said, "I'm thinking of being a priest." Motiuk was impressed. He had known many young men in relation to the priesthood and young women considering religious life, but few acted upon that call.

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Bishops, rabbis appeal for help for Christians

January 11, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Canada's Catholic bishops and the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus are asking Canada to put a priority on helping persecuted Christians - whom Pope Francis and Rabbi Jonathan Sacks say face genocide. "Christians experience religious persecution more than any other faith group on a global scale and in absolute numbers," the two groups said in a Dec. 15 letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion.

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Climate agreement lacks teeth, does not protect the poor

January 11, 2016
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

While world leaders committed to making the world carbon-neutral by 2050 at the December climate change conference in Paris, a Development and Peace officer says the deal is far from perfect. "I don't think it's the perfect deal for the most vulnerable or for climate justice," said Geneviève Talbot, research and advocacy officer with the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. Nevertheless, Talbot maintains the global agreement reached among 195 countries in Paris was "the best deal we could have had."

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Corpus Christi Church delayed

January 11, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Corpus Christi parishioners will have to wait a bit longer to begin worshipping in their new home. Their $16 million church at 3307-28A Ave. is almost completed, but still needs a few final touches, primarily in the main entrance and the sanctuary. The church was originally expected to be ready for Christmas 2015. Now church officials say it will be ready by the end of January.

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Philippine order's 700 'Marias' walk with Mary

January 11, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As a child growing up in the Philippines, Mara Ubalde rejoiced whenever she saw the sisters of the Religious of the Virgin Mary. Their visibility in their long habits was significant to the young Ubalde, whose first attraction to enter religious life came, not through the sisters, but because of her love for the movie The Sound of Music. Now called Sister Maria Mara Ubalde, the Edmonton-based junior member of the congregation no longer looks up to Maria of The Sound of Music, but like all members of the congregation, takes her first name and inspiration from Mary, mother of Jesus, the patron of the congregation.

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Church respects native spirituality, but must evangelize

January 11, 2016
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - While the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls on churches to affirm Aboriginal spirituality, Archbishop Gerard Pettipas says the Church will continue to follow Jesus' call to evangelize to all nations. Pettipas, however, said the issue is going to require more dialogue. The Catholic Church's emphasis on new evangelization calls on the Church "to evangelize anew, to bring the Gospel and share it with others," he said in an interview.

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Video takes Laudato Si' to the people

January 11, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pope Francis' encyclical On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si') had an immediate effect on film producer Kevin Moynihan. The pope's comprehensive letter on the environment tackling issues such as pollution, climate change, access to water, loss of biodiversity and their interconnectedness with global inequality, hit home for Moynihan.

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TRC report needs response from all Canadians - Pettipas

January 11, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Alberta bishop with a leading role in the reconciliation process with Indian residential schools says a growth in understanding requires grassroots action. "It isn't by making laws you are going to overcome racism," said Archbishop Gerard Pettipas of Grouard-McLennan. "Look at what's continuing to happen in the United States with black Americans," Pettipas said. "You still have white cops killing black kids.

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The next step: Form a National Council for Reconciliation

January 11, 2016
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Now that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has completed its mandate, the federal government must establish a National Council for Reconciliation, says lawyer Pierre Baribeau. Baribeau, who represented the 50 Catholic entities that were parties to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, said unless the council is created the momentum for reconciliation "will still be there but in slow motion."

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