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“It’s a daunting thing, but it’s a wonderful opportunity too,” Cardinal Michael Czerny told The Catholic Register as he prepared for a whirlwind Oct. 4-6 weekend: ordained a bishop on Friday, elevated to the College of Cardinals on Saturday and engaged as a special secretary to the Synod on the Amazon on Sunday.

Sister Servant fulfils her childhood dream

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EDMONTON -- It has been 20 years since the seeds of sisterhood were first planted in Emily Schietzsch.

Counsellor turns the hurt to a help

By Joshua Santos, The Catholic Register

When Heidi Lee speaks, the young women at Sancta Maria House listen.

 

Long road to priesthood for family man

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MONTREAL -- When newly ordained Fr. Robert Assaly refers to seeking help from “Mother,” the term is just as likely to refer to his wife Nancy as it is to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Cantor sets right tone for music ministry

By Mickey Conlon, The Catholic Register

Kathy Irvin admits she takes her role in music ministry seriously.

Written in the stars: From astrophysics to religious life

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Sr. Mary Margaret Hope of the Morning Star spent years studying the heavens, but what she learned has taken her down a very different path in life than the one she was on.

The power of humility

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At age 73, Graydon Nicholas has lived a life of firsts.

Synod tackles issue of married priests

QUITO, Ecuador -- One of the challenges for bishops at the Amazon synod will be finding ways to meet the spiritual needs of the region’s people.

Small farmers caught in battle to save land

BOA VISTA, Brazil -- Driving up the BR401, it’s hard not to be startled by the sight of a giant soy farm stretching out on both sides of the highway — the empty land is parched and denuded in mid-summer, after the crop is in. 

Indigenous survival starts with language

MANAUS, Brazil -- As a caçique or chief of the Apurinã people, Xytara Apurinã has a pretty clear-eyed view of her people’s position in the Amazonian metropolis of Manaus. 

Saving the Amazon: A fight for life

MANAUS, Brazil -- For Enock Barroso Tenente, what’s at stake at the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon is life as he knows it.