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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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Nothing More Beautiful: The Call to Holiness

November 14, 2011
Following is the text of the witness talk by British educator David Wells at the Oct. 27 session of Nothing More Beautiful.

I want to thank Archbishop Smith and Rita and Natalie for inviting me, in 25 short minutes, to try and offer a witness to three themes: commitment to the person of Jesus, obedience to him, and the way of the cross. I just want to say "Hello" to a few people from the schools and the school boards who know me; I see friendly and familiar faces.

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Proposal for global regulation draws fire

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November 14, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Thinking in catholic terms about a global economy ought to be natural. Catholic means global, universal, transcending boundaries. But a Catholic proposal for regulating the global economy has stirred a battle between left and right within the Church.

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Church struggles with tradition, progress

Msgr. John Hamilton

November 14, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SHERWOOD PARK – Prior to Vatican II, the Catholic Church celebrated every Mass in Latin. There was much pomp and ceremony, the rules were rigid. The Church was seen as the kingdom of God and everything outside was deemed evil.

"The Church was very authoritarian and prohibitive. You were not allowed to attend services in another Church," said Msgr. John Hamilton, presenting a brief overview of recent Church history.

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Welcome refugees to the table

Mary Jo Leddy

November 14, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. – Catholic teachers can help create a more just Canadian society by welcoming refugees, says social justice activist Mary Jo Leddy.

"(Teachers) have a noble and ethical task," Leddy, the founder of Toronto's Romero House, said Oct. 28. Romero House houses and assists refugees in Canada.

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New centre mines Vatican II insights

Catherine Clifford

November 14, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – A year before the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Saint Paul University has launched the Research Centre for Vatican II and 21st Century Catholicism.

The centre will study the contribution Canadians made to council as well as how the council has shaped religious communities here.

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