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Weight loss program calls on the Lord

January 16, 2012
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Suzanne Fowler wants people to fill the hole in their hearts with God, not with food.

That's the premise of Fowler's Light Weigh program for weight loss, a program she created to solve her own struggles with eating.

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Lahey on the street after 8 months in jail

Bishop Raymond Lahey

January 16, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

OTTAWA – Retired Bishop Raymond Lahey, convicted of importing child pornography, was released from prison Jan. 4 after the judge gave him double credit for eight months already served.

The judge also imposed a period of 24 months' probation with strict conditions on the 71-year-old former bishop of Antigonish, N.S.

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Catholic sexual teaching is right

Fr. Jack Gallagher

January 16, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In the eyes of Father Jack Gallagher, sociologists have proven Catholic teaching on sexuality and marriage right.

"Study after study," says Gallagher, shows that the ideal place for children to be raised is with their two birth parents.

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Debate needed on beginning of life, says MP

January 16, 2012
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – A Conservative MP may introduce a private member's bill that will launch a debate in Parliament on when human life begins.

Stephen Woodworth, MP for Kitchener Centre, said he has promised his constituents he would raise this issue.

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Young pro-lifers want the province to defund abortions

Amanda Achtman

January 16, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

CALGARY – Young pro-lifers from Calgary are petitioning the Alberta government to bring a halt to paying for abortions.

The campaign to Defund Abortion in Alberta is a grassroots initiative started by university and college students, mostly from Calgary, seeking to eliminate public funding for abortion and to support conscience rights for taxpayers.

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Pope reviles 'religiously motivated terrorism'

January 16, 2012
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict condemned "religiously motivated terrorism" and restrictions on religious freedom during his annual address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican.

Looking both at signs of promise and areas of concern around the globe, the pope said human dignity, truth and justice demand governments safeguard all human life.

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Fr. Irwin's dream has given hope for 50 years

Msgr. Bill Irwin

January 16, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Back in 1961, the Edmonton Archdiocese recognized needs in the community that were not being met by existing resources. Many people simply fell through the cracks, with needy children suffering the most.

Father Bill Irwin, then a young and determined priest, knew he couldn't stand by and decided to do something to improve their lot.

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Sign of Hope raises 2.66M

January 16, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton – Catholic Social Services has once again run a successful Sign of Hope Campaign, raising $2.66 million. That's four per cent more than its goal of $2.55 million

"It was a very successful campaign; we are very pleased with how it went," said campaign chair Gerry Hood.

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New senator has close ties to Church

January 16, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Alberta's newest member of the Canadian Senate is a board member of the Western Catholic Reporter and a long-time leader in St. Joseph's Basilica Parish.

Betty Unger, named to the Senate Jan. 6 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has served as chair of the WCR board and is currently in her seventh year as a board member.

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Aboriginal parishes eager for St. Kateri

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

January 16, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton – Excitement is building in some aboriginal parishes in the Edmonton Archdiocese as Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha draws closer to canonization.

"I'm excited because I think it's way overdue," says Oblate Father Jim Holland of Edmonton's Sacred Heart Parish. "She will be the first true North American to be canonized."

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