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Catholic newspapers still best way to deliver the Good News

July 11, 2011
SAM LUCERO
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

PITTSBURGH — Although social media is the rage in today's world of communication, one Catholic bishop offered an impassioned speech in support of Catholic print publications.

During a panel discussion June 23 at the 2011 Catholic Media Convention, Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik said Catholic newspapers and magazines continue to be the best way to reach people in the pews.

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Yoga opens conduits to connect with God

July 11, 2011
SARA ANGLE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Sister Margaret Perron, a Religious of Jesus and Mary, trades her habit and rolls out her mat for Father Tom Ryan's yoga and Christian meditation class at St. Paul's College in Washington.

Carefully choreographed yoga-prayers allow participants to "embody a prayer," Ryan tells his classes. He said they may have been praying a prayer their whole life, but by saying the prayer in conjunction with different postures, they can more fully understand and appreciate the words they are saying.

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'Papabile' speculation pot is stirred

Cardinal Angelo Scola

July 11, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — The most amusing headline to greet Cardinal Angelo Scola's appointment as archbishop of Milan appeared in a British newspaper: "Pro-Vatican cardinal to head Milan church."

One can pretty well assume that all of the candidates considered for this office would describe themselves as "pro-Vatican." The Italian hierarchy is not full of papal critics or ecclesiastical rebels.

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Youth light up Italian parish, prepare to head for WYD in Spain

July 11, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The young people of Santa Maria Goretti Parish were not as active in the Church as youth of the past had been. In response, a youth group was launched to get them more drawn into parish life.

"We just wanted to get more youth motivated about our church," said Rosa Bruno, a youth group member.

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Alta. Pilgrimages provide a way to celebrate summer

July 11, 2011
GREG BOUNDS
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

This summer avail yourself of the opportunity to take in one or all of the annual pilgrimages that occur in the Edmonton Archdiocese.

If those dates do not work then still take the opportunity to stop by on your summer travels and visit the shrine or historic church in the area to appreciate the design and sacredness of these holy sites.

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Bishops take pastoral approach to same-sex attraction

July 11, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Canada’s Catholic bishops have published a pastoral letter on ministry to young people with same-sex attraction that warns against “watering down” Church teaching yet shows sensitivity to the challenges faced by homosexuals.

The eight-page booklet prepared by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (CCCB) doctrinal commission released June 27 on its website (www.cccb.ca) comes when publicly-funded Catholic schools are under pressure from the Ontario government’s equity polity.

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Family Life Conference: A festival of Catholic Life

July 11, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LAC STE. ANNE — Hundreds of Catholic families spent the Canada Day long weekend sharing with each other, barbecuing, praying, attending Mass and listening to renowned speakers from Canada and the United States.

The Lac Ste. Anne pilgrimage site was teeming with activity as more than 2,000 Catholics, about 500 families, from across Alberta and Western Canada descended on the site for the 16th annual Family Life Conference June 30-July 3.

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Run, jump, throw hammers — at 92

July 18, 2011
BRENT MATTSON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — Hard core athletes usually retire when they get "up there" in their sporting years, usually in their late 30s or early 40s.

Not so for Olga Kotelko. The West Vancouver track and field star is in her 90s and believes she can compete forever.

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Interfaith dialogue a Christian obligation

July 18, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Since the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church and other Christian communities have been seeking the right balance between a truly respectful dialogue with other religions and an obligation to share their conviction that the fullness of salvation is found in Christ.

Pope Benedict has been at the centre of the Catholic Church's search for that balance during his six years as pope and, before that, as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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Lahey's sentencing hearing delayed until Dec.

July 18, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Bishop Raymond Lahey will have to wait several more months in jail before his sentencing on charges of importing of child pornography.

Already postponed from June to early August, the end of the sentencing hearing has been delayed until December because the forensic psychiatrist who examined Lahey is not available on the Aug. 4 and 5 dates that were set aside.

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