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Mentally ill seek answer to question, 'Why am I being punished?'

Rev. Lynn Granke

November 7, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – Churches often react to those suffering from mental illness with fear and suspicion, says a Winnipeg spiritual care worker.

The Rev. Lynn Granke said churches do know how to support people suffering from cancer, or those who have lost loved ones. But they don't always use those same skills in helping the mentally ill.

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Sister emphasizes link between justice, Eucharist

Sr. Margaret Scott

November 7, 2011
ERIC MAUSER
CATHOLIC TIMES MONTREAL

MONTREAL – Not realizing how well she would be received, Sister Margaret Scott brought only 17 copies of her book to her talk on the Eucharist and its relation to social justice.

The audience at her Oct. 15 talk in Pointe-Claire bought so many copies, she left empty handed.

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Ursulines of Jesus celebrate milestones

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November 7, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – One of nine children in her family and growing up on a farm near Daysland, Marjorie Dylke developed an awareness that "we are God's work of art.

"It didn't matter what church you attended, you were part of the community," recalls Sister Marjorie, an Ursuline of Jesus for the past 60 years.

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Religious leaders call for spiritual solutions to climate change

November 7, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Representatives of 30 faith communities and organizations have asked politicians to mine the world's religious traditions for the spiritual resources to meet the climate change crisis.

"Climate change is a global crisis and requires global solutions that put the well-being of all people first – especially the most vulnerable," said the Canadian Interfaith Call for Leadership on Climate Change.

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Hate conflict? It can help your parish

November 7, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – Conflict in a church congregation is an opportunity for growth, to get problems solved and to increase respect among members, says an expert in conflict resolution.

"You want to experience the gifts that come from conflict," said Nan Cressman at Winnipeg's Canadian Mennonite University during a workshop on conflict in the Church.

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Sr. Garneau's service to the poor honoured

Sr. Marion Garneau

November 7, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After decades of working for peace and social justice in Edmonton's inner city, Sister Marion Garneau is receiving due recognition.

Project Ploughshares, a Canadian ecumenical peace group, recently selected Garneau as the recipient of this year's Salvos Prelorentzos Peace Award.

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Benedict calls for religion classes in public schools

November 7, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – A holistic education of children and young people must include religious education in accordance with the wishes of the children's parents, Pope Benedict said.

The teaching of religion in public schools, "far from signifying that the state assumes or imposes a specific religious creed, indicates a recognition of religion as a necessary value for the holistic formation of the person," the pope said Oct. 31.

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Pro-life movement takes on a youthful look

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November 7, 2011
SARA FRANCIS
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

CALGARY – A southern savvy Shawn Carney captivated pro-life advocates from across Canada with his wit and wisdom at the annual Life Canada conference held in Calgary Oct. 27-29.

"Howdy," greeted Carney in his Texas-twang, while flashing a wide-mouthed smile, as the conference participants erupted in laughter at the opening of his keynote address.

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Teacher learns to let God run the classroom

November 7, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

David Wells recalled the day as a young teacher when he learned that his job was to teach with God more than about God.

Wells taught in a school in a rough area of Liverpool, England, where the students were thought to be unteachable. But he was making progress and one day was eager to hand back an assignment to his students that showed there was hope for them.

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Census changes have bishops scrambling

November 14, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Changes in the no-longer-mandatory long-form census have prompted the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to look for new ways to fund their Ottawa-based secretariat.

In an email, CCCB general secretary Msgr. Pat Powers said the conference "used to rely on Statistics Canada to provide data on the Catholic population of each diocese."

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