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Ukraine has changed forever

Ukraine demonstrations

November 3, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Although they disagree about how unstoppable the process is and they have a varying degree of fear about what Russia might do, religious and political leaders in Ukraine say their society underwent a fundamental shift in February. Ukrainians now realize they have both dignity and responsibilities for their country's future, the leaders said in interviews prior to the Oct. 26 parliamentary elections.

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TRC discriminated against Catholic entities – lawyer

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November 3, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The Catholic entities involved in Indian residential schools have been unfairly targeted by the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), says lawyer Pierre Baribeau. "We have a feeling that we have been discriminated against by the TRC, compared to the way they have treated the other churches," said Baribeau. "That's a strong feeling, and it's very unfortunate." "We have had some very difficult times," he said. "We have felt targeted by the TRC and by other parties."

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'Be not afraid,' Prendergast says in wake of Ottawa shootings

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November 3, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Recalling the words of Pope St. John Paul II, Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast called upon Canadians not to be afraid in the wake of the Oct. 22 shooting that left a Canadian soldier dead. In an email interview a day after the incident, Prendergast noted that the violence occurred on the feast of St. John Paul and recalled the saint's first words when he was elected pope in 1978 were, "Don't be afraid! Open your hearts wide to Christ."

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Supreme Court ponders whether there's a right to kill

November 3, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

An orthopedic surgeon who observed the Supreme Court of Canada hearing on assisted suicide Oct. 15 described the experience as "surrealistic." A lawyer called it an exercise in "creating bylaws for the culture of death." Another lawyer warned of a "body count" if the ban on assisted suicide and euthanasia is removed. Some interventions were "extreme," said Dr. Marc Beauchamp, who practises medicine in Montreal and is a member of the Quebec-based Physicians' Alliance Against Euthanasia, one of the interveners in the Carter case.

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Covenant Health serves 150 years

Dean Rook

November 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Alberta's health care story began 150 years ago in November 1863. The Sisters of Charity (Grey Nuns) of Montreal cared for their first patient in St. Albert where they founded the first hospital, 42 years before Alberta became a province. The foundations of quality, compassionate care Albertans expect of their health system were laid by those risk-taking sisters. They responded to the needs of their times, founding hospitals and health services across the province.

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Two Newman College graduates of 2014

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November 3, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

His brother led his way. Thomas Saretsky came from Saskatoon to visit his brother at Newman Theological College while his brother was discerning the priesthood at the college.

One wonders why Angela Veters would chose such a challenging career as prison chaplain. But the choice came gradually. She volunteered at Matsqui prison in Abbotsford, B.C.

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Newman grads urged to bring wisdom of the Holy Spirit into the world

November 3, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Sunshine and joy spilled over Newman Theological College Oct.18 as 37 students graduated during Newman College's 45th convocation ceremony. Friends and family filled the gorgeous chapel at St. Joseph Seminary. Babies gurgled. Little ones chattered. And adults sat waiting, most with smiles, twitching their programs. In the previous Mass they heard the homily delivered by St. Paul Bishop Paul Terrio (a former president of the college).

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Scholars tackle legacy of St. John Paul II

St. John Paul II

November 3, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

St. John Paul II's philosophy of the human person provides a basis for both defending and critiquing the current Canadian economic and social system. One could draw that conclusion from talks given at an Oct. 24-25 conference on The Legacy of John Paul II at St. Joseph's College at the University of Alberta. Father John McNerney of University College Dublin outlined the recently canonized pope's understanding of the human person which the pope described as fundamentally mysterious.

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Want a great relationship? Love one another, be present

Mona-Lee Feehan

November 3, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – If we are to have the greatest relationship, we have to learn to love one another, says relationship expert Mona-Lee Feehan. "Personal relationships are grounded in the other," Feehan told university students from across Canada Oct. 17. The two essential elements of a good relationship are passion and presence. Feehan, a former Catholic teacher who lectures on marriage and sexuality, was a keynote speaker at the National Student Leadership Conference at St. Joseph's College Oct. 16-19. Close to 60 conference participants attended her lecture titled Relationships: Led by the Spirit.

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University students get pointers on how to keep their faith

November 3, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

University students value events like the National Catholic Student Leadership Conference, saying it reenergizes them. They say the conference – the latest held at St. Joseph's College of the University of Alberta, Oct. 16-19 – gives them a chance to learn new ideas, to meet leaders from across Canada and to discuss challenges facing Catholic students on campus today. Challenges outlined by the students: Living out their faith, keeping their Catholic identity and upholding Catholic moral standards.

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