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Sculptor being formed for priesthood

June 27, 2016
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In the small dormitory room that smelled of moist modelling clay, dozens of statues of a laughing Jesus lined wooden shelves against a wall. The small plaster statuettes showed the Lord reclining on the ground against a rock, his eyes pinched tight and his hand on his chest, which was inflated with a hearty hoot. "As students become deacons, I give them one," said Edward Gibney, 54, a Canadian seminarian and sculptor from Saskatoon.

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Howe great in graciousness as well as in hockey

June 27, 2016
MIKE STECHSCHULTE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

He was Mr. Hockey, but he was also Mr. Family. That's what Father J.J. Mech will take away from his experiences with Gordie Howe, the hockey legend who died June 10 at age 88. "I think that's probably what he was the most proud of, to be honest," said Mech, rector of the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament and a long-time friend of the Howe family. "Even though he was Mr. Hockey, I think they were his real gift, his family. And I think he recognized it. I find that to be a testimony to who he is."

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Church puts priority on God's mercy, says scripture scholar

June 27, 2016
BETH GRIFFIN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The motif of God's mercy is not a minor key but "the ground melody of the Bible and Christian heritage," according to Passionist Father Donald Senior, one of America's leading Scripture scholars. "Jesus Christ is the face of the Father's mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith," Senior said. Yet, there are serious voices in the Church today who are uncomfortable with such an emphasis on mercy, he told participants at the New York Catholic Bible Summit June 18.

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Kasun shocked when named Toronto auxiliary bishop

Fr. Bob Kasun
June 21, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Call Basilian Father Bob Kasun a most reluctant bishop. “I find this appointment shocking and really hard to handle,” he said in a June 17 interview. When he started receiving mysterious phone messages from Ottawa one Friday afternoon, leaving a woman’s first name and a number to call, he deleted them from his phone. Maybe it was a telephone solicitor or some sort of scam.

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CWL opened McCarthy up to a much wider world

Rose-Marie McCarthy
June 13, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Rose-Marie McCarthy lived a sheltered life until she joined the Catholic Women's League. Growing up near Edmonton's St. Alphonsus Church and attending St. Joseph's High School in the 1950s, all her friends were Catholic, and she was blissfully unaware of the social problems that existed around her. "I had absolutely no idea what went on in the city," McCarthy said in an interview, hours before being presented with the Elsie Yanik Award June 4 for outstanding service to the league and the community.

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CWL offers spiritual connection for today's busy women

Cathy Bouchard
June 13, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Members of the Catholic Women's League are busy focusing on advocacy and service concerns ranging from assisted suicide to sponsoring refugees. The 9,800 CWL members in the Alberta-Mackenzie region have organized petition drives, lobbied the provincial government on behalf of Catholic schools as well as the need for a government-appointed seniors' advocate.

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CMiC provides support to nearly 700 Canadian missions

Patricia Gyulay of Catholic Missions in Canada.
June 13, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

WESTLOCK - Canadian missions are "some of the most difficult in the world," and Catholic Missions in Canada is working to support them, says the organization's outreach officer. Patricia Gyulay told the annual provincial convention of the Catholic Women's League that many Canadian Catholics believe the only missions are in foreign countries. "Canada is a mission country," Gyulay said June 4. "Missions are right here in our own backyard, albeit a big backyard."

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Covenant Health freed from task of killing patients

Dr. Mary Ellen Haggerty
June 13, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Alberta Catholic institutions and physicians are determined not to take part in assisting their patients in dying. And it seems they will not have to. The province has said no doctor will be forced to participate in the practice against their will. However, as Alberta Health spokesperson Timothy Wilson put it, "Any medical professional who conscientiously objects to medical assistance in dying will be obligated to transfer care to Alberta Health Services, regardless of what facility they work in.

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Videos offer insight on the end of life

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June 13, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A click of the computer mouse and one watches a casual conversation between two bioethicists as they define words surrounding death and physician-assisted suicide. The YouTube presentations, dubbed Catholic Moments, are produced by the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute and vary from seven to nine minutes long. Each topic begins with series producer Dr. Bridget Campion asking Dr. Moira McQueen to explain questions surrounding death, euthanasia and foregoing medical treatment.

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Quebec parishes struggle to enter a new missionary era

Fr. Marc Pelchat
June 13, 2016
PHILIPPE VAILLANCOURT
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Catholic parishes in Quebec have undergone a transformation in recent years as most were merged into new entities. But perhaps the biggest challenge lies ahead as the Church promotes what it calls a "missionary turning point." The so-called turning point is detailed in a 30-page document published by the Assembly of Quebec Bishops in January in which it is presented as the final step in the ongoing parish reorganizations.

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