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Bishops view Canada through Pope Francis' lens

September 14, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - With a picture of a drowned little boy dominating headlines by highlighting the Syrian refugee crisis, Canada's bishops published a social justice document Sept. 3 pleading for generosity. Produced by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' (CCCB) justice and peace commission, the 20-page document A Church Seeking Justice: The Challenge of Pope Francis to the Church in Canada specifically addresses the plight of refugees among other issues.

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Bring Laudato Si' teachings into class

Dean Sarnecki
September 14, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Laudato Si', Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, should be integrated into what children are taught in the Catholic school system. That's the message Dean Sarnecki, executive director of the Alberta Catholic School Trustees' Association, gave to a group of teachers Aug. 30. Speaking to staff of the Evergreen Catholic School Division at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic High School in Spruce Grove, Sarnecki said the pope's encyclical is a timely call to teach children about the importance of caring for God's creation.

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Francis launches radical reform of annulment process

September 14, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

While a juridical process is necessary for making accurate judgments, the Catholic Church's marriage annulment process must be quicker, cheaper and much more of a pastoral ministry, Pope Francis said. Rewriting a section of the Latin-rite Code of Canon Law and of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, Pope Francis said he was not "promoting the nullity of marriages, but the quickness of the processes, as well as a correct simplicity" of the procedures.

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Campus residence offers Catholic values to women

September 14, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Jodi Antonio arrived in Edmonton from Edson to start her first year at the University of Alberta, the anxious nursing student did not look far for friends. Following in the footsteps of her older sisters, Antonio opted to live in Kateri House, the U of A's Catholic women's residence. She was one of just 14 students in the house located in a stairwell of the U of A's HUB Mall.

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Church must respect persons and tradition, pope says

September 14, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - The Church is called to avoid the temptations to either condemn everything that is new or to embrace all that is new and different, Pope Francis told a group of theologians. Safeguarding doctrine means being faithful to what has been received, the pope said.

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Contemplate, bless, wonder at the beauty of creation

September 14, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Leading prayers for the safeguarding of creation, Pope Francis prayed that people would learn to contemplate God in the beauty of the universe, give thanks and protect all life. The pope prayed that God would "enlighten the lords of power and money so they would not fall into indifference, but would love the common good, encourage the weak and care for the world in which we live." Pope Francis announced in August that the Catholic Church would join the Orthodox Church in marking the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation Sept. 1 each year.

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Mundare parish gathers for festive 100th anniversary

September 14, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The picturesque little church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Mundare has stood largely empty since it closed some 15 years ago. But on Aug. 30, it was standing room only as the community gathered to mark the parish's 100th anniversary. Almost 200 people showed up for the Mass, many of them children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the early pioneers. Some had to sit outside under a protective canopy to hear the Mass.

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Church must help overcome the crisis of family life, says archdiocesan leader

September 14, 2015
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER - Catholic families are in desperate need of the Church's help, says Pavel Reid, the Vancouver Archdiocese's director of ministries and outreach. At least 50 per cent of young Catholics will not consider themselves Catholics by adulthood, while 20 to 40 per cent of adult Catholics will be separated or divorced sometime in their lives, he told the national CWL convention Aug. 19. "Catholic family life is in serious trouble."

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Sisters' lives express Jesus' compassion for the sick and poor

September 14, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Jesus Christ lived on earth, he showed compassion for the poor and searched for those rejected and marginalized in society and alienated by the Church. The Congregation of Daughters of Wisdom, a religious order which has served in Western Canada for more than 100 years, lives out their spirituality by imitating the actions of Jesus, whom they see as Wisdom Incarnate.

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Ouellet explains marriage in light of the Trinity

Cardinal Marc Ouellet
September 14, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Cardinal Marc Ouellet's latest book on marriage reveals how doctrine has developed since the Second Vatican Council but not in the direction of opening up Communion for those in irregular relationships. Mystery and Sacrament of Love: A Theology of Marriage and the Family for the New Evangelization is the English translation of a book Ouellet first published in Italian in 2007.

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