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CCODP chair says organization has lost its vision

Rodrigo Loyola

September 26, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LEDUC — The longtime chairman of Development and Peace in Alberta has stepped down from his position saying that the organization has lost its original vision.

In an emotional presentation at the archdiocesan CCODP annual meeting Sept. 17 at St. Michael’s Church, Rodrigo Loyola said in his opinion, the organization is now going in a new direction, one that does not necessarily reflect the experience and relationships formed during the 10 years he was the chair.

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Growth in pornography has corrosive effect on society

September 26, 2011
MARK PATTISON
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

A recently launched campaign, War on Illegal Pornography, is maintaining that divorce, violence against women, increased sex trafficking and porn addiction are just some of the unhealthy results of pornography.

In fact, the evidence of the harmful effects of pornography is so strong that it is now difficult to get permission to do research on the subject because it is clear that those who take part in the research will be harmed by watching pornography.

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Church called to 'deep conversation' on abuse

Trama and Transformation logo

October 3, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

MONTREAL — While the protocols and programs dioceses have adopted to combat clerical sexual abuse are necessary, they only treat the symptoms of a systemic problem, says Sister Nuala Kenny.

Kenny said there has never been "a Church-wide, deep conversation" about the meaning of the sexual abuse crisis and the widespread harm it has caused and the transformation "where the Lord is calling us."

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Development and Peace raised $4.7M for African famine relief

October 3, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — As the curtain came down on 10 weeks of double-your-money matching donations for famine relief in East Africa, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace had raised approximately $4.7 million.

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U.S., Church debate marriage definition

October 3, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON — The president of the U.S. bishops' conference has told President Barack Obama that his administration's fight against the Defence of Marriage Act will undermine marriage and create a serious breach of Church-state relations.

The law, known as DOMA, defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

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Vaniers exemplify ideals of Catholic marriage in action

Georges and Pauline Vanier

October 3, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

The year 1959 is a couple of generations ago - hardly a blink of an eye in the gaze of history. But on Sept. 15, 1959, Georges Vanier took office as governor general of Canada with words few leaders would speak in public today.

"My first words are a prayer," said the old soldier. "May almighty God in his infinite wisdom and mercy bless the sacred mission which has been entrusted to me by Her Majesty the queen and help me to fulfill it in all humility. In exchange for his strength, I offer him my weakness.

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Disillusioned secularists of Germany prove to be a hard sell for evangelizing pontiff

October 3, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

FREIBURG, GERMANY — Pope Benedict's four-day visit to Germany highlighted two closely connected challenges for the Church: how to re-evangelize traditionally Christian countries in the West, and how to regain a credible voice in modern society.

In a sense, the pope's German homeland was a test case for the "new evangelization" project that has taken centre stage in his pontificate.

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Society cannot flourish without God

October 3, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

On a four-day visit to Germany, Pope Benedict warned that godlessness and religious indifference are undermining the moral foundations of society and leaving its weakest members exposed to new risks.

He repeatedly mentioned the duty to protect the unborn, and proposed this as an area where Catholics and non-Catholics can witness together and help resist ethical erosion.

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Tuk trip opened heart, eyes, prayer life

Andrea Wan

October 3, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LEDUC — Among the volunteers at the St. Vincent de Paul Society's distribution centre is Andrea Wan, a member of St. Michael's Parish in Leduc. For the past three years, she and her mother Linda have been helping load a sea can with necessities to send north to Tuktoyaktuk, NWT.

But the selfless youth was inspired to help out even more. Impacted by the assistance that St. Vincent de Paul has been providing for Tuk, Wan wanted to do the same, but in her own way. She yearned to work with the children in the hamlet situated far north of the Arctic Circle. Wan, 15, raised $7,000 for her trip, which paid for her flight, travel expenses and some of the shipping costs of the sea can.

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Inner City principal shares her dream of peace

Debbie Ducharme

October 3, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG — A person who works for peace is a child of God, Archbishop James Weisgerber said at a prayer service to mark the Sept. 21 United Nations International Day of Peace.

"Those who work for peace must have a peaceful heart," he told the gathering of 100 people.

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