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New Commons speaker has robust Catholic faith

Andrew Scheer

June 13, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — The newly-elected speaker of the House of Commons Andrew Scheer, 32, made history June 2 as the youngest MP to be elected to this coveted role that comes with huge responsibilities and accompanying perks.

But Scheer's victory has also sent a message to politicians everywhere that one does not have to separate a robust Catholic faith from public life.

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CWL award winner's adage — 'Do it well'

June 13, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

FORT SASKATCHEWAN — Mary-Anne Warren of St. Albert was all smiles during the CWL provincial convention—and with good reason.

The CWL awarded Warren the 2011 Elsie Yanik Award in recognition to her dedication and commitment to the League, the Church and the community.

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New league leader wants members to develop talents

June 13, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

FORT SASKATCHEWAN — The new head of the provincial Catholic Women’s League is a deeply spiritual woman that places God and the CWL at the centre of her life.

Morinville’s Sheila Houle, a professed member of the Discalced Carmelites secular order, was formally installed as president of the Alberta Mackenzie Provincial Council at the CWL’s June 3-5 provincial convention at the Dow Centennial Centre.

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Trappists balance work, play, study

June 20, 2011
MARNIE MCALLISTER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

TRAPPIST, KY. — On one sunny spring morning the Abbey of Gethsemani's idyllic, secluded grounds reflected the quiet reverence of its inhabitants.

The Trappist monks, gathered in the abbey church, kept silent when they weren't chanting. The monks who live at the abbey refrain from speaking during meals and generally live a quiet, contemplative life. They celebrate Mass each day, and they pray (typically chanting) the Liturgy of the Hours at seven intervals throughout the day — sometimes for just 10 or so minutes at a time. In between, they continue their work.

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Lawyer foresees ongoing push for euthanasia

June 20, 2011

 
BRENT MATTSON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — Despite recent success blocking a House of Commons bill to permit euthanasia and assisted suicide, the battle is not over; activists have taken the fight to the courts.

Attorney Hugh Scher conveyed that warning during a presentation at the Third International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide at the Vancouver Airport Marriot Hotel June 4.

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Mexican cardinal's letter prompted CCODP's funding cut

June 20, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — The Canadian funding of a Mexican human rights organization was cut following a letter from the archbishop of Mexico City that directly accuses the Jesuit-founded body of supporting pro-abortion groups.

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) cut the funding for Centro PRODH, whose director recently had speaking engagements cancelled in Ottawa and Cornwall, after Mexican Cardinal Norberto Carrera said the organization "does not represent the sentiments of the Church and has been characterized by its support and encouragement of groups and activities that are an affront to Christian values."

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Cancelled visit part of purification process for CCODP

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast

June 20, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — The decision to cancel a visit of a Mexican partner of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) last April, while painful, might be important to a purification process, said Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast.

"I think this raises an issue of cooperation with partners who share some values with us but are in conflict with a major principle of Catholic teaching," the archbishop told the AGM of the CCODP diocesan council June 8.

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Providence Sisters mark anniversaries

Sisters of Providence, logo

June 20, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON — The works of mercy were represented in the nine Sisters of Providence celebrating their anniversaries in religious life at Providence Centre on June 11.

All have served in a variety of ministries, with priority to the ministry of prayer.

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U of A honours Mardon's advocacy for mentally ill

Austin Mardon

June 20, 2011
KENNA MARY MCKINNON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON — Austin Mardon, longtime advocate for the rights of the mentally ill, has been awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by the University of Alberta.

Diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1992, Mardon has spent his career advocating for the rights of those with disabilities, in particular schizophrenia. He has been the "public face of schizophrenia" since that time.

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Native students reach for the stars

June 20, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

With addiction, poverty and homelessness in his background, the odds that Stephan Bureau would make something of himself were slim.

But the articulate young man succeeded. Not only is he graduating with honours at Ross Shephard High, he has been accepted at the University of Alberta to begin his bachelor of arts in the fall. He plans to get a master's degree in psychology so one day he will be able to help others.

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