Maione a giant of Church in Canada

Romeo Maione (1981)
June 1, 2015
PAUL HARRIS
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Romeo Maione was one of Canada's foremost left-leaning Catholic laymen and social activists, an indefatigable lecturer and writer, street philosopher and teacher. A high school dropout at 15, he rose to hobnob with popes and governors general, received an honorary university doctorate in social sciences, worked for the poor and disadvantaged in underdeveloped countries, and sought to reform the social face of Catholicism. Maione died May 12 in Ottawa after a series of heart attacks. He was 90. He is survived by his wife Betty, four children and 11 grandchildren.

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Opportunity no longer knocks for the poor

June 1, 2015
MARK PATTISON
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON – Author Robert Putnam said the "inequality of opportunity" in the United States is leading to a sense of despair and isolation among the nation's poor. Putnam, a political science professor at Harvard University, said about 80 per cent of students in his high school graduating class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio, did better than their parents. "Those who came from the bad side of the tracks did just about as well as those who came from the good."

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Respect the earth or pay the price, say's corporate head.

Paul Polman
June 1, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Consumers want products that are environmentally friendly, and businesses that are not on board are already starting to feel the pinch, said the CEO of the multinational Unilever. Paul Polman, CEO of the company that owns brands like Lipton, Ben & Jerry's and Suave, told a Vatican-sponsored conference that "the cost of inaction (on climate change) is starting to exceed the cost of action." As a small example, he said, people in communities facing regular power outages cannot keep his products in their freezers, and severe water shortages mean they don't take showers as often, so shampoo sales decline.

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University president says travel essential to higher education

David Mulroney
June 1, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

The diplomat's take on what it means to be educated includes getting out of your country and out of your comfort zone. For incoming University of St. Michael's College president David Mulroney, his diplomat's understanding of education also happens to be Catholic. The former ambassador to China takes over July 1 at Canada's largest Catholic university with more than 4,000 undergraduates and more than 200 graduate students. The university is federated with the University of Toronto.

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St. Joseph provides a model for Christian fathers, says painter

Michael O'Brien
June 1, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Author and painter Michael O'Brien says when, as a young man, he had no role models for how to be a good Catholic man, the Holy Spirit led him to see St. Joseph as a guide. O'Brien's father had died at a relatively young age, but St. Joseph helped him discover spiritual fatherhood as he struggled to raise a family while being committed to producing Christian art. Speaking May 19 to the Catholic Teachers' Guild of Ottawa, O'Brien noted there is little about St. Joseph in the Scripture, but the passages are "multilayered" and of "profound depth."

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Book introduces Catholics in Alberta politics

June 1, 2015
BRETT FAWCETT
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Even though Alberta's Catholic heritage is hidden in plain sight, from the mural at Edmonton's Grandin LRT Station depicting Bishop Vital Grandin himself to the statue of a nun in front of the Legislature acknowledging the work of the various orders of sisters in our province, most people are probably unaware of the contribution of Catholics to Albertan politics. We may, in fact, take it for granted nowadays, with the prominence that the Ukrainian community has in Alberta.

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Idolatry has many sides, but no true face

June 1, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In the previous article in this series on Pope Francis' encyclical The Light of Faith, I considered the role of mediation in faith. Faith always arises through a mediator - the Church, the wider society, one's family, a loved one. The problem is that when one's chief mediator loses faith or mistreats us, our faith is apt to crumble. In this article, I will look at Pope Francis' reflection on idolatry. Mediation is something outside oneself, but idolatry is a failing on the part of the person who could have faith.

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Romero protected his flock from political repression

Archbishop Oscar Romero
May 18, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who will be beatified in San Salvador May 23, has become a symbol of Latin American Church leaders' efforts to protect their flocks from the abuses of military dictatorships. However, his life and the 35 years it took the Vatican to recognize him as a martyr also reflect decades of theological and pastoral discussion over the line dividing pastoral action from political activism under repressive regimes.

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Knights shocked as future state deputy dies

Grant Mann
May 18, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Grant Mann believed the Alberta-Northwest Territories Knights of Columbus was beginning to stray from its original purpose and wanted to bring it back in line. With that goal in mind, he decided to run for the office of state deputy at the Knights' April 17-19 convention in Red Deer. He won and was to become the top leader of the 18,000 Knights in Alberta next month.

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Mother recalls trauma of daughter's disappearance, murder

Pauline Muskego
May 18, 2015
BLAKE SITTLER
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON – On May 18, 2004, Daleen Bosse was out with friends and was expected home that night. It was early the next morning that Bosse's mother, Pauline Muskego, began a journey that continues to this day. Muskego's son, Dana, was babysitting Bosse's daughter while she was out. He called his parents when Bosse did not call home to check on her daughter. "We came to Saskatoon right away to find out what was going on," Muskego recalled. "We didn't want to believe anything had happened."

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