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Church called to open its ears

October 18, 2010
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The Catholic Church obviously believes it has an important message to share with the world. And with relatively easy access to the printing press, the airwaves and the Internet, it would seem that communicating the Gospel would be easier than ever today. more . . .

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Canada: An aging country with few kids

October 18, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Canadian families continue to shrink says a study from the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (IMFC), so policy-makers must help them prepare for harder economic times.

"The country is rapidly aging with a birthrate of 1.6 children per women, well below the 2.1 level needed for replacement," writes IMFC senior researcher Peter John Mitchell in the executive summary of a study released in late September. more . . .

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Can Church attendance bounce back?

October 18, 2010
JOE MCMORROW
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Is the Roman Catholic Church growing, holding its own, or diminishing in Western Canada? There is more than one reasonable response to this question.

The most optimistic projection is provided by a sociologist at the University of Lethbridge, Reginald Bibby. Bibby has been charting the status of churches in Canada for 35 years. Bibby's optimism is based on three assumptions: more . . .

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Economist adds a human factor to happiness

Mark Anielski

October 25, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – There's an old adage, "Money doesn't buy happiness."

If not money, then what does buy happiness? Offering a roadmap towards flourishing economies of well-being is Mark Anielski, an alternative economist who teaches corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship at the University of Alberta's School of Business. more . . .

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Montreal's saint was 'pure of heart'

October 25, 2010
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Benedict proclaimed Blessed André Bessette, "the miracle man of Montreal," a saint Oct. 17 and prayed that his example "inspire Canadian Christian life."

St. Bessette "lived the beatitude of the pure of heart," the pope said in his homily during the ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. more . . .

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Canada's bishops look at myriad questions

October 25, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Life and family issues and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) are among the issues Canada's bishops will tackle this year at their annual plenary Oct. 25-29. more . . .

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New faces adorn school board table

Edmonton Catholic Schools Logo

October 25, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Three new faces will sit around the table in the new look seven-member Edmonton Catholic School Board.

Larry Kowalczyk, Laura Thibert and John Acheson will join returning trustees Debbie Engel, Becky Kallal, Cindy Olsen and Marilyn Bergstra in guiding the fortunes of the district's nearly 34,000 students. more . . .

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I love to laugh! Loud and long and clear

October 25, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Laughter can draw people together. When people laugh together, they find a common spiritual connection.

For years now, Jean Munro has hosted a workshop, Holy Hilarity: Laughter for the Health of it. People continue being amazed by what they learn and experience at Munro's workshop. She teaches people that joy comes to those who laugh and to those who listen and see it. more . . .

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Ontario woman 96 recalls saint's visits to her home

Alyce Daly

October 25, 2010
JIM O'LEARY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

MARKHAM, ONT. – Alyce Daly is 96, but she vividly remembers the special visits that Brother Andre, Canada's new saint, made to her family's home in the 1920s. But, she adds apologetically, she doesn't recall any miracles. more . . .

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Newman grads faced formative changes

Newman president Fr. Shayne Craig

October 25, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Always with an eye towards their futures, graduands of Newman Theological College saw many changes – both interior and exterior – during their formative college studies more . . ..

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