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Social programs may push Quebec into fiscal collapse

November 14, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Quebec could be headed for a fiscal collapse similar to that now faced by Greece if it does not re-examine its social programs, says a new study by the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada.

"There are real reasons to be concerned about the sustainability of the rather ambitious Quebec welfare state," say the authors of A Quebec Family Portrait released Nov. 7.

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Smith presents pope with copy of English Missal

November 14, 2011
CANADIAN CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS

Vatican City – Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith has presented Pope Benedict with a specially bound edition of the first printed copy of the revised Canadian English-language edition of the Roman Missal.

At the private audience Nov. 7, the archbishop also gave the pope a copy of the book marking the opening earlier this year of the new building housing St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton.

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Prayer campaign for life draws a crowd

November 14, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Mena Jewell found it "kind of creepy" to be standing across the street from the Women's Health Options abortion clinic but she said maybe it's the right thing to do.

"When we stand here people will say 'Why are all these people standing there looking at that building. Are they on strike?'" the Edmonton woman said, trembling from the cold.

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Sr. Annata is Global TV's woman of distinction

November 14, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Sister Annata Brockman, while on a retreat many years ago with other sisters, was asked to explain her motivating force in daily living.

Brockman responded with a statement by which she has lived her whole life. She even keeps that response typed on a slip of paper.

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Archbishop's directives on posture, Communion

Archbishop Richard Smith

November 14, 2011
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As you know, a revised English-language translation of the Roman Missal has been approved by the Holy See for use in Canada. The Missal is the book that you see the priest use as he presides at Mass. It contains all the prayers and indications that guide the ordained and lay faithful in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

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Archbishop calls for uniform postures during Mass

November 14, 2011
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton – Catholics in the Edmonton Archdiocese have been directed to kneel for the Consecration during Mass and bow before receiving Communion.

"These directives have as their intention to assure consistent practice in the archdiocese and conformity with the universal law of the Church," Archbishop Richard Smith says in a pastoral letter announcing the directives.

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Prison chaplains bring Christ's love behind bars

November 14, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholic prison chaplains don't judge prisoners and they love inmates as God does. They believe inmates should have the opportunity to change, to heal and to rebuild their lives no matter how hopeless or lost they feel.

"As a society we have no use for them, we are desensitized to them but they are human beings loved by God," says chaplain Mary-Anne Miskolzie of the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre.

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Faith calls us to love creation – sister

November 21, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
THE PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – Society has a moral sense of suicide, homicide and genocide “but no moral sense of biocide or geocide,” says a Catholic bioethicist.

Sister Mary Rowell was quoting the late Thomas Berry, an American priest and ecologist as she spoke at the Canadian Religious Conference Oct. 29.

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New English Translation ready

November 21, 2011

Sunday, Nov. 27, the First Sunday of Advent, the new English language translation of the Mass will be implemented. Parishes will have prayer cards to help the faithful participate in the liturgy. But here is a small sample of the changes about to be implemented.

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Catholics must be alert to threats to religious freedom says Miller

Archbishop Michael Miller

November 21, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

VANCOUVER – Although Canada has traditionally had a healthy relationship between Church and state, Catholics need to remain alert to protect religious freedom, says Vancouver Archbishop Michael Miller.

There is a secularist agenda that "basically wants to privatize religion and leave it restricted to the private sphere," Miller said in a telephone interview Nov. 10.

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