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Nelson Diocese moves offices to Kelowna

Bishop John Corriveau

August 29, 2011
BRENT MATTSON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

NELSON, B.C. — When Bishop John Corriveau first took his post in the Diocese of Nelson he faced the challenge of ministering to a widely dispersed flock.

The diocese — which runs from Princeton, up to Golden, over to the Alberta border and down along the 49th parallel — stretches over highly mountainous terrain.

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Celibacy a response to God's love

Cardinal Marc Ouellet

August 29, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — While priestly celibacy is increasingly misunderstood and even under attack, the discipline continues to be a call to a whole-hearted response to God's love, said Cardinal Marc Ouellet.

"The celibacy of priests, as well as of bishops, has been put into question today with growing virulence because of sexual abuse, including of minors, committed by clerics," Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, cardinal told the bishops of Brazil.

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Youth learn how to don God's armour

August 29, 2011
ANGELO SALUDO
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON — About 500 youth from across Western Canada assembled at the University of Alberta July 29-31 for the second installment of the national conference of Couples for Christ.

The first installment, held in Ottawa July 15 to 17, was attended by more than 250 youth.

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Priest/Actor acts out his stories in faith

Fr. Edward Danylo Evanko

August 29, 2011
STEVE WEATHERBE
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — You don't have to be a Broadway actor to be a good priest, says Father Edward Danylo Evanko, pastor of the Dormition of Our Mother of God Church in Richmond. "But," he adds, lapsing into a Manhattan Yiddish accent, "it wouldn't hoit."

Evanko was an actor on Broadway, as well as in Hollywood, in television and film, for over 30 years before a seemingly chance conversation at Vancouver's Holy Rosary Cathedral pointed him to the priesthood. Once a priest, he thought he had put acting behind him, but he was wrong.

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Preachers: you've got 8 minutes to say it

Fr. Edward Sheridan

August 29, 2011
PETER FINNEY JR.
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW ORLEANS - Just as Moses descended from Mount Sinai with Ten Commandments chiselled on two stone tablets, the rules laid out for potent peaching while not etched in permanent marker, are boundaries worthy of respect: six to eight minutes for a Sunday homily, three to five minutes for a weekday sermon.

"The idea is not so much 'brevity' as it is not taking longer than you need," said Deborah Wilhelm, a doctoral student with a focus on preaching at the Aquinas Institute of Theology, who led a recent eight-day workshop on preaching here.

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Pope urges adding books from the bible to your summer reading list

August 29, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — While there's nothing wrong with a bit of light reading in the summer, reading a book or two of the Bible also can be a relaxing - as well as enlightening — vacation activity, Pope Benedict said.

"Naturally, many of the books of literature we pick up during vacation are for a diversion, and this is normal," he said Aug. 3 at his weekly general audience.

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Eucharist calls us to open our hearts to victims of famine

August 29, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

CASTEL GANDOLFO, ITALY - When Jesus fed the multitudes by miraculously multiplying loaves and fishes, he gave his disciples an example to follow, Pope Benedict said.

Commenting on the Sunday Gospel passage July 31, the pope said it was natural to read the story of Jesus' miracle and think of "our many brothers and sisters who, in these days, in the Horn of Africa, suffer from famine aggravated by war and the lack of solid institutions."

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Stop, Listen, Reflect

August 29, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

CASTEL GANDOLFO, ITALY — Most people don't leave any time in their day to stop, listen and reflect on what God is doing and saying in their lives, Pope Benedict said.

"Our time is taken up by so many activities, commitments, worries and problems that often one tends to fill up one's whole day without having a second left for stopping to reflect and nourish one's spiritual life" by having contact with God, he said Aug. 17.

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Getting off the grid enables us to hear the voice of God — Benedict

August 29, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

CASTEL GANDOLFO, ITALY — Getting off the grid and leaving behind the city is a great way to bring some much-needed silence to one's life, Pope Benedict said.

"Silence is the condition of one's surroundings that best fosters contemplation, listening to God and meditation," he said Aug. 10 at his weekly general audience.

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The joy of WYD crosses Atlantic

August 29, 2011
WHO
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Erwin Fung has been to World Youth Day four times. He went to Paris in 1997, Toronto in 2002, Germany in 2005 and Australia in 2008.

"It's hard to describe the feeling that you get when you're with so many other hundreds of thousands of Catholic young people," said Fung. "It's truly amazing what can bring us together.

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