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Syrian refugee children need an education

December 21, 2015
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Syria's civil war has seen families pulling their children out of school as they escape the growing violence and persecution. Many children have not been in school since the war started in 2012. Jenny Cafiso, executive director of Canadian Jesuits International (CJI), said this as a recipe for disaster. "Right now, kids are hanging around with nothing to do in camps or inside Syria in urban areas.

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Patriarch says hopes for Middle East dialogue diminish

December 21, 2015
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ROME - The survival of Christianity in the Middle East has reached such a critical point that the chances of dialogue and reconciliation in the region are being threatened, said Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad. "The situation is very bad, very critical and always violent," Patriarch Sako told Catholic News Service Dec. 10.

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Christ will bring eternal salvation to Jewish people

December 21, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Catholics are called to witness to their faith in Jesus before all people, including Jews, but the Catholic Church "neither conducts nor supports" any institutional missionary initiative directed toward Jews, says a new Vatican document. How God will save the Jews if they do not explicitly believe in Christ is "an unfathomable divine mystery," but one which must be affirmed, it says. Catholics believe that God is faithful to his promises and therefore never revoked his covenant with the Jewish people, says the document.

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Polish sisters build outreach around prayer

December 21, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Every morning, just before 6 a.m. inside the north central Edmonton building where the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate live and work, the nuns start their day in prayer. The 10 Edmonton members of the Polish religious congregation always pray for the Church, the pope, new vocations and peace in the world. They often include special prayer requests for the sick, particular needs based on current events and, ever-patriotic, prayers for Poland.

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Pope tackles debt, death penalty in Peace Day missive

December 21, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis called for abolishing the death penalty worldwide, lifting the burden of debt on poor nations, global aid policies that respect life and revamped laws that welcome and integrate migrants. The pope urged individuals, communities and nations to not let indifference, information overload or pessimism discourage them from concrete efforts "to improve the world around us, beginning with our families, neighbours and places of employment."

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Time to reconcile with natives - Anglican bishop

December 21, 2015
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

The truth part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission process is done; now is the time for Canada to enter into reconciliation, said Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald. MacDonald, who is the first national indigenous bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada, spoke at Toronto's St. Gabriel's Parish Nov. 25 to reflect on how Christians can help repair Canada's relationship with indigenous people.

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Quebec, Ottawa tussle over euthanasia

Jody Wilson-Raybould
December 21, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

A jurisdictional battle between Quebec and the federal government over euthanasia and assisted suicide is heading for the Supreme Court of Canada (SCOC). On Dec. 3, the federal government asked the SCOC for a six-month extension on the Carter decision that had struck down sections of the Criminal Code against assisted suicide. The Carter decision comes into effect Feb. 6, 2016, but the extension, if granted, would extend the suspension until Aug. 6, 2016. The present prohibitions against assisted suicide and euthanasia would remain in place until then.

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Jesuit college responds to TRC report

Fr. John Meehan
December 21, 2015
FRANK FLEGEL
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

REGINA - Campion College, a federated college with the University of Regina, outlined initiatives it intends to take in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The TRC released a report in June with recommendations intended to reconcile differences between Canada's Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations. Most have to do with the impact residential schools had on First Nations society.

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Superintendent saw each child as a gift of God

Bernadette Provost
December 21, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Bernadette Provost may have retired, but she has not been forgotten. The former long-time superintendent of the Lakeland Catholic School District was recently honoured with the prestigious life membership award from the Alberta Catholic School Trustees' Association (ACSTA). During her 16 years as superintendent of Lakeland Catholic, Provost, 69, was a hands-on leader who visited each of the seven schools in the district monthly to meet with the principals.

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Vancouver parish has mercy on its penitents

December 21, 2015
JOSH TNG
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

To prepare for the jubilee year's theme of forgiveness, a Vancouver parish is completely revamping its confessionals. "A few months ago, when we were brainstorming how to celebrate the Year of Mercy, we realized the sacrament of confession is a big part," said Father Justin Huang, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish. "To celebrate Confession, which is such a big part of our lives, we need a visual reminder of God's mercy."

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