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Winnipeg inner city centre offers youth alternative to streets

Sr. Bernadette O'Reilly

December 1, 2014
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

In the heart of one of Winnipeg's most challenging neighbourhoods sits Rossbrook House, a safe haven, especially for children. In the words of its late founder, Sister Geraldine MacNamara, "No child who does not want to be alone should ever have to be." Rossbrook held its annual open house Nov. 6 and celebrated the academic achievements of the many students, from elementary years to university, who are part of the school programs sponsored by Rossbrook in partnership with the Winnipeg school division. Co-executive director Maria Vigna said while Rossbrook holds a number of events to celebrate the children, youth and young adults who come through its doors, "This one is my favourite. I know how hard the kids worked to get to this point," she said.

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Vatican launches Year for Consecrated Life

December 1, 2014
LAURA IERACI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 30, marking the start of the new liturgical year, will also inaugurate the Year for Consecrated Life. The yearlong observance is dedicated to renewing hope in religious life and instilling it more profoundly with a prophetic witness of the Gospel. Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, was scheduled to celebrate the year's opening Mass Nov. 30 in St. Peter's Basilica because Pope Francis will be on an apostolic visit in Turkey.

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Sask. bishop urges prayer for aboriginal women

December 1, 2014
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

Saskatoon Bishop Donald Bolen has called on Catholics and the broader community to become better informed and to pray for missing and murdered aboriginal women. "Nearly 1,200 aboriginal women have been murdered or are missing over the past 30 years, according to police records. This issue does not affect only aboriginal women but all Canadians, all people," Bolen said in an Oct. 31 pastoral letter. "Something has gone dreadfully wrong, and the pain and suffering of the aboriginal families and communities who have lost loved ones calls out for a response."

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Faith leaders pledge to help house the homeless

Bob McKeon

December 1, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After a successful five years housing the homeless, local spiritual leaders reaffirmed their commitment to participate in the second half of the City of Edmonton's 10-year-commitment to end homelessness. Representatives of 25 faith communities, including Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith, Ukrainian Catholic Eparch David Motiuk and Anglican Bishop Jane Alexander, pledged to help the city realizethe commitment. The signing ceremony took place at City Hall Nov. 13, following speeches by several local leaders.

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Never rule out talks with terrorists – pope

December 1, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT – Pope Francis said he would "never close the door" on dialogue with the Islamic State in an effort to bring peace to a region of the world suffering from violence and persecution. He also said "terrorism" could describe not only the actions of such extremist groups but also those of some national governments using military force unilaterally.< Meeting reporters Nov. 25 on his return flight from Strasbourg where he addressed the European Parliament, Pope Francis said terrorism is a threat that must be taken seriously.

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Grey Nuns founder brought to life in 14-minute drama

Maureen Rooney

December 1, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Married to a whiskey trader who died and left her with debts, Marguerite d'Youville also suffered the loss of four of her six children from disease. Yet d'Youville opened her heart to provide a home for Montreal's poor. Three other women joined forces with her. An astute businesswoman, she paid off her husband's debts, sent her children to school and saw her two sons become priests. With a generous heart, she looked for others to help and found four starving men in a tumbling down hospital. Her determination saw the hospital refurbished and those in need clothed and fed.

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Guadalupe feast an occasion to pray with aboriginal people

Dennis Whitford

December 1, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The concerns of aboriginal people will take centre stage across Canada Dec. 12 as Catholics gather to pray in solidarity with them. The Edmonton Archdiocese will mark the day with evening prayer and a Mass at St. Joseph's Basilica. The National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples is celebrated annually on Dec. 12, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who appeared to a humble aboriginal peasant, St. Juan Diego, in Mexico in 1531. "Because Our Lady appeared to this indigenous person, the indigenous people from across America recognize this as a particularly significant devotion for them," explains Archbishop Richard Smith.

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Canadian author provides Christian guide to going green

December 1, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Creation care ministry combines both practical and Christian elements – an exquisite blend of why God wants us to care for his Earth and how to go about doing it. Norman Lévesque has written a book that provides a guide to going green the Christian way – Greening Your Church (Novalis). Lévesque's book includes not only ways to make your parish more environmentally responsible, but also ways to alter your own life as well as a theology to provide the foundation for such ecologically-inspired change.

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All Eastern churches gain right to ordain married men

Bishop David Motiuk

December 1, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Alberta's Ukrainian Catholic bishop is elated the Vatican has lifted the ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic churches outside their traditional territory. But Bishop David Motiuk says the lifting won't have a major impact on the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada. Ukrainian Catholic bishops in Canada have been ordaining married men to the priesthood since the early 1990s, Motiuk said. In fact, most priests in the Edmonton Eparchy who don't belong to a religious order are married.

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Come and See weekend uncovers growing interest in priesthood

Francis Tesalona and Matthiew Gratton

December 1, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Luke Tamayo has been thinking about the priesthood for years. But before making a decision, the 28-year-old St. Albert architect wanted to meet other people who felt called to serve the Lord as priests. "I wanted to meet the full spectrum of people who feel like me," Tamayo said in an interview. On Nov. 21 Tamayo came to a Come and See retreat at St. Joseph Seminary and found plenty of company – 14 others who were pondering the same question.

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