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Canadian hears the cries of Haiti's abandoned children

December 21, 2015
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

In 2010, Morgan Wienberg's future was set: she was headed to McGill University to study nursing to specialize in pediatric surgery because she knew she wanted to work with children. But her plans were derailed when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti. The young Whitehorse native said she will never forget how she felt watching the devastation on the news, with thousands dead and left homeless.

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Downtown chapel gets 2nd floor location.

December 21, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As Christmas shoppers buzzed through City Centre Mall, the opening of St. Benedict Chapel in a busier space on the second floor was nothing short of providential. Father Oscar Monroy, chaplain of the chapel, beamed with joy as people poured in from the mall, filling the sanctuary at the standing-room-only mid-day blessing of the new space by Archbishop Richard Smith.

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Mary, Joseph thrilled to be in L'Arche pageant

December 21, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

At least 250 people know what Christmas is all about to Jeff Fidelak. That was the size of the audience that packed St. Thomas d'Aquin Church on Dec. 14 for the annual L'Arche Christmas Pageant. Fidelak, in his wheelchair, was pushed to the stage and lifted by a stagehand to triumphantly assume the starring role of Joseph in the beloved rendition of the birth of Jesus.

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Vancouver launches Laudato Si' webpage

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

VANCOUVER - Since the release of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si', the Vancouver Archdiocese has set up a new climate concern webpage to collect all things climatic. "The purpose of the Laudato Si' webpage is to attract those who are interested in being a part of this climate of change," said Winetta Lee, a communications assistant for the archdiocese. Lee helped put together the webpage. "Whether you've attended the Laudato Si' symposium or (not), we hope that our webpage encourages people to do something more."

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Angels had key role in Christmas story

December 21, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Almost every Christmas tree has one - an angel, garbed in a flowing gown, balanced on the top of the evergreen tree. To many, the angel is traditionally the last ornament placed on the highest branch. There she sits, resplendent, gazing down in all her glory. The angel deserves that place of honour for the voices of angels resounded throughout the world at the coming of the Christ child.

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Film throws light on Mother Teresa's years in the dark

Mother Teresa
December 21, 2015
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Interest in Mother Teresa's sainthood reignited when an Italian news agency prematurely announced Nov. 18 that the canonization could be held as soon as Sept. 5, 2016 if a second miracle can be approved by the Vatican this month. Whether or not the Congregation for the Causes of Saints can confirm the healing of a Brazilian man's brain tumour in time for the September date, it is clear Mother Teresa's life and work continue to inspire strong devotion among Catholics.

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Christian law school wins major B.C. court victory

December 21, 2015
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

In its years-long war to open a law school, Trinity Western University has won a significant battle. The B.C. Supreme Court ruled in favour of the evangelical university and graduates from its proposed law school Dec. 10. TWU is celebrating the win as "recognition of true Canadian diversity."

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Year of Mercy a challenge to get priorities right

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December 21, 2015

Zacchaeus' story is fascinating. Zacchaeus is a tax collector and a sinner. "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down," Jesus said to the tax collector in the tree. "I must stay at your house today" (19.5). Others grumbled because Zacchaeus was a man entrenched in sin. Jesus was unmoved. He would be the guest of a sinner. Zacchaeus, however, was moved. He promised to give half of his possessions to the poor and would pay four times as much as he stole from those he had defrauded.

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Too distracted to make room for Christ

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi
December 21, 2015

Many of us arrive at Christmas tired, running, distracted, and already fatigued with the lights, songs and celebrations of Christmas. Advent is meant to be a time of preparation for Christmas; but for many of us it is not exactly a time for the kind of preparation that enables Christ be born more deeply in our lives. Instead our preparation for Christmas is mostly a time of making ready to celebrate with our families, friends and colleagues.

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Ancestral traditions shallow without foundation of faith

Maria Kozakiewicz
December 21, 2015
Christmas Midnight Mass
December 24, 2015

You will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." I need Christmas - as most of us do - and I need it in winter. We, dwellers of the Northern Hemisphere who have been slipping into darkness for weeks, crave light and joy.

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