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Sisters overjoyed with recognition

October 10, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — It was an emotional Premier Ed Stelmach whose eyes filled with tears Sept. 28 as he spoke of the powerful impact of religious sisters in his life.

Stelmach unveiled the three-metre statue, prominently displayed in front of the Legislature, that honours the contribution of Alberta’s orders of religious women in building the province.

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CCODP boss straddles the divide between critics and supporters

Michael Casey

October 10, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

When the Development and Peace controversy came to a head last spring with the cancellation of Father Luis Arriaga’s talks in Ottawa, Michael Casey soon found himself taking fire from all sides.

As the executive director of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP), Casey faced outraged reaction from his own employees and an online fight by lay supporters, who launched several blogs in French and English.

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Senator fought to overcome discrimination

October 17, 2011
FRANK FLEGEL
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

REGINA — Senator Lillian Eva Quon Dyck’s heritage is aboriginal and Chinese. Throughout her life she has fought discrimination and racism to achieve distinction as a university professor and appointment to the Canadian Senate in 2005.

Dyck told her story at the Luther Lecture Sept. 26 at Luther College, University of Regina.

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Adam and Eve? Look in the mirror

October 17, 2011
JAMES BREIG
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Adam and Eve recently made an appearance on U.S. National Public Radio — not as guests, but as the topic of a discussion about their existence.

Morning Edition, a regular National Public Radio series, examined the current debate among evangelical Christians over whether the first couple actually lived or are characters in a Bible story that makes a point about God and his creatures.

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Spirit of Assisi seen as the way to world peace

October 17, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MUNICH — St. Francis of Assisi appeals to believers and nonbelievers alike because they long for a world where people see each other as brothers and sisters, said the superior of the Franciscan convent in Assisi.

Conventual Franciscan Father Giuseppe Piemontese, custodian of the Sacred Convent of St. Francis, also said humanity yearns for a world where creation is respected as a gift to all.

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Edmonton strives for inter-faith harmony

Rabbi David Kunin

October 17, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In a time when municipalities are weeding religion out of public places, the City of Edmonton has taken a different approach, encouraging understanding of all spiritual traditions, and giving thanks for the city’s many faith expressions.

Each month a different faith launches an educational event to showcase its tradition. Displays depicting various faiths are rotated on a regular basis in City Hall.

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Altar servers bear witness to value of faithful families

October 17, 2011
NATHAN RUMOHR
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — Strong families establish strong vocations. That was the message of Archbishop Michael Miller during the recent Altar Server Awards at Holy Rosary Cathedral.

“The first steps are taken at home,” the archbishop said during his homily.

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Bedard founded religious order, led many to Christ

Fr. Bob Bedard

October 17, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Father Bob Bedard, the Ottawa priest who founded the Companions of the Cross more than 25 years ago, died peacefully Oct. 6 at the age of 82 after a long illness.

Bedard not only founded the charismatic order that has grown to include 40 priests, six religious sisters and hundreds of lay associates in Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, Detroit and Houston, he was one of the leaders in the charismatic renewal movement and the popular host of the television program Food for Life for many years.

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Catholic groups oppose gov't Planned Parenthood funding

Bishop Gerald Wiesner

October 17, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Two Catholic organizations have blasted International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda’s decision to grant the International Planned Parenthood Federation $6 million in new funding.

In an Oct. 4 letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Bishop Gerald Wiesner of Prince George, chairman of the board of the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), expressed dismay that “the world’s largest abortion provider and promoter” would receive a CIDA grant over the next three years.

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God flattens man's dream to call him to spread the Gospel

Robert Canton

October 17, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

He wanted to be a millionaire by age 33 but the Holy Spirit had a different plan for Robert Canton. Instead, the Lord wanted him to travel the world and heal millions in God’s name.

To accomplish his mission, the Lord gave him the gifts of prophecy, tongues and healing. He also gives him daily revelations. Since 1991 Canton, now an international leader in the charismatic renewal, has travelled to 41 countries preaching the word.

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