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Pope prescribes spiritual virtues to fight curial ills

Pope Francis
January 11, 2016
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

If Pope Francis sees the Church as a field hospital after battle, then his annual Christmas address to the Roman Curia often looks like the triage tent, with him holding the charts. For Pope Francis, his year-end moment with cardinals and top officials is not a typical gathering to exchange thanks and best wishes.

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Learn from baby Jesus' humility

Pope Francis
January 11, 2016
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Christmas season is a time to learn from baby Jesus to let go of selfishness and be as humble and giving he is, Pope Francis said. In fact, people should take the little figurine of Jesus from their Nativity scene, kiss it "and tell Jesus, 'I want to be humble like you, humble like God,'" the pope said Dec. 30. The pope dedicated his catechesis during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square to the importance of contemplating baby Jesus.

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God's 'disappearance' brings darkness to society

Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi
January 11, 2016
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

For many contemporary people, God has not only disappeared, but his absence is not even seen as a problem, the pope's representative in Canada told a national student gathering. "In the horizon of many of our contemporaries, today, God has somehow disappeared, is absent," Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi said Dec. 30 in Montreal. Moreover, God's absence is no longer "perceived as a problem" and "brings forth the night with its accompanying darkness," Bonazzi said.

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Catholic writers face challenges in today's society

Michael Higgins
January 11, 2016
MIKE MASTROMATTEO
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In the Dappled Things online literary magazine and blog, writer Joseph O'Brien of Wisconsin said Walker Percy was one of a small group of writers who have helped define the mid-20th century American literary experience and the Catholic contribution to American letters. A 1983 New York Times book review described Percy as "the greatest Catholic novelist since Flannery O'Connor."

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Author draws on Church's spirituality

Thomas Fleming
January 11, 2016
MIKE MASTROMATTEO
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK - Author Thomas Fleming was surprised to be solicited for a profile about how being Catholic influences a writer's work. The author of more than 50 published works, Fleming described his relationship with the Church as "combative."

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Christian life is a joyous path; so, sing and walk, advises pope

January 11, 2016
JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Singing is good for one's soul and, as St. Augustine says, Christian life is not a sad path but a joyous one that is done "singing and walking," Pope Francis said. "Remember this: Sing and walk," the pope said Dec. 31 to 6,000 young choristers, their families, friends and choirmasters from 18 countries. "In this way, your soul will enjoy more the joy of the Gospel."

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Refugees prayed as they waited for sponsorship

December 21, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Even as war encamped around them in Aleppo, Syrian Catholic couple Ranim Azghen and Naim Kossa never lost their trust in God. Thousands of kilometres away in Edmonton, Canada, it was that same faith that was propelling a group of volunteers at Holy Family Parish to help deliver their Syrian brothers and sisters to safety. "Prayer helped, every time," said Azghen, whose family, including her two young sons, recently arrived in Edmonton.

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CSS moves main office to west side site

December 21, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In a bid to provide a dignified workplace to its employees, Catholic Social Services has moved its administrative office to a renovated building in west Edmonton. The three-storey building, at 12431 Stony Plain Rd., features office space for 70 employees, an attractive staff lunchroom and, for the first time, a chapel. The chapel, blessed by Archbishop Richard Smith Dec. 8, is a place for staff to pray and meditate before they start their day or during breaks. Mass will be celebrated once a month.

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Minister confident transgender policy can meet constraints

Education Minister David Eggen
December 21, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Education Minister David Eggen is confident Edmonton Catholic Schools' trustees will ultimately produce a policy that provides a safe and supportive learning environment for LGBTQ students. "My ministry will provide further guidance for all (school) boards and in the end I expect we'll have something we can all be proud of," Eggen said Dec 11. "We want to make sure that all students are safe (and) have a safe environment in which to learn and that each school board will follow the letter of the School Act. I'm optimistic we'll reach that goal."

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Pilgrims read '5th Gospel' in Holy Land

December 21, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

John and Lorraine Caldwell found it difficult to describe what it is like to stand on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus himself once walked and first called his disciples. "It was just unbelievable that we were walking in his footsteps," said John. "It's just hard to describe the feeling of that experience." The couple, from Edmonton's St. Joseph's Basilica were among 78 pilgrims led by Archbishop Richard Smith on a pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan Nov. 21 to Dec. 4.

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