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Birthright offers pregnancy support

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December 5, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Birthright provides a listening ear for every pregnant woman facing a time of turmoil.

"We just need to listen to them, and find out what they want," said Pat Borgersen, a past director of Birthright Edmonton. "For the most part, women don't want to have an abortion."

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Church speaking against family violence

Bob McKeon

December 5, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Domestic violence continues traumatizing women and children, especially in Alberta, which leads the provinces in domestic assault, homicide-suicide and stalking.

More than 12,000 abused women and children were residents in Alberta's shelters between April 1, 2007 and March 31, 2008. Around 14,000 women and children who sought shelter in that period were turned away. Shelters handed nearly 70,000 crisis calls in that same period.

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New Evangelization constant topic as Canada's bishops visit Rome

Archbishop Richard Smith

December 5, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

EDMONTON – The importance of the new evangelization and the communion between the Church in Canada and the Holy See are two themes that emerge from the recent visit to Rome by a delegation of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

"It is fair to say concern for the new evangelization pervades everything," said Archbishop Richard Smith.

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Students tackles pornography with prayer

December 5, 2011
SARA FRANCIS
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Sam Flynn is literally taking a stance against pornography. Since the spring, he's gathered a group of friends to stand outside a porn shop in Calgary and pray for an end to pornography. He calls his ministry Prayer at the Porn Shop.

"I think there aren't enough people saying this isn't good for your health or your relationship, this isn't love," said Flynn, a 25-year-old Mount Royal University business student.

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Housing essential for women fleeing abuse

Kaeli Feehan

December 5, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

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EDMONTON – The main reasons for women to stay in abusive relationships are money and housing.

That's why groups like Catholic Social Services make it their job to provide women with a housing option.

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Secret famine killed 10M Ukrainians

Leonid Korownyk

December 5, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Imagine lighting between seven and 10 million candles at night. The light would be brilliant and bright. Now imagine extinguishing those candles, and how much darkness there would be.

That's how survivor Leonid Korownyk described the impact of the Holomodor, the villainous Ukrainian famine genocide of the 1930s, to elementary school students.

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Parishioners, pastors open to new Mass Translation

December 5, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Advent has begun, and with it the new liturgical year. But this first Sunday of Advent brought challenges for both ordained and lay Catholics as they got a feel for the new translation of the Roman Missal.

At St. Michael-Resurrection Church, Father Roger Keeler offered the blessing, "Lord be with you" during the Saturday evening, Nov. 26 Mass.

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Outreach to prisoners essential to Christian Mission – Weisgerber

December 12, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG - Prison ministry is a call to live out part of Matthew 25, where Jesus speaks of feeding the hungry, welcoming the unwanted, caring for the poor and sick and reaching out to the imprisoned.

"Jesus was pretty serious about all that, but by and large Christians have made this optional, and it's not optional," Archbishop James Weisgerber said at a Nov. 15 gathering.

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Prisoner finds hope, healing through art

December 12, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON – For Curtis Eklund, art is a path of healing, an expression of truth and a way to give voice to his hope in Jesus Christ.

"I hope to send a message that Jesus died for all who will accept him," said Eklund of his drawing of the crucifixion surrounded by First Nations imagery.

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Pro-family groups applaud decision to uphold anti-polygamy laws

Peter Murphy

December 5, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Pro-family groups have welcomed a Nov. 23 British Columbia Supreme Court decision that upholds Canada’s anti-polygamy law.

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