Don't publish Trudeau's picture

March 23, 2015

In the March 9 WCR, Deborah Gyapong's story is accurate ("Bill to fast track euthanasia law quashed"), but why would you put in Justin Trudeau's picture? As far as many of us are concerned, we wonder why you are giving him so much exposure when's he's totally against the teaching of the Catholic Church. Even quoting him, instead of quoting our own physicians and others who have talked about the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Cover photo draws rebuke

March 23, 2015

I am writing to comment on your cover picture (WCR Feb. 23). The picture is dramatic and disturbing which is the intent.

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Fundraising concerns remain unresolved

March 23, 2015

The Together We Serve (TWS) immediate and twinned response to "Archdiocesan collection upsets D&P supporter" (WCR letters, Feb. 23) was written more for damage control and attempting to control the message than providing clarity and reaffirm Development and Peace. And it should not be all about maximizing the amount of money collected. It should also be about how and why.

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Final council session marked by frenetic voting

March 23, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The peak of excitement and enthusiasm at the Second Vatican Council likely occurred in the first two sessions of 1962 and 1963. The fourth and final session in the autumn of 1965, writes council historian Giuseppe Alberigo, was characterized by "a sense of emptiness." The final session, which ran from Sept. 14 to Dec. 8, was also marked by "frenetic activity," Alberigo wrote. However, while frenetic, that activity was neither fulfilling nor constructive in itself.

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Love brings forth new Catholics

March 9, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jason Alderman was beaming as he got out of church Feb. 22. The 26-year-old Red Deer man had just taken part in the annual Rite of Christian Election and felt excited about becoming a Catholic. Alderman said shaking Archbishop Richard Smith's hand during the ceremony made him feel welcome to his new faith. Alderman, an auto mechanic and electrician, grew up a Baptist and professed that faith until he met his girlfriend Khristine a year ago.

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Day of Confession was a day of conversion

March 9, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Doors of the Edmonton Archdiocese's Catholic churches opened all day Feb. 24 – some even into the evening – to invite people in to partake of the sacrament of Reconciliation. "From what I hear, it went very well," said Father Paul Kavanagh, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish and director of the office of divine worship. "People heard about it from radio interviews, print media and even signs out in front of the churches."

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Carmelite calls Curia to conversion with Elijah as their model

March 9, 2015
LAURA IERACI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The Lenten journey of conversion requires Christians to rediscover the "deepest truth" about themselves, cast off their masks and take on the courage to live truth, a Carmelite priest told the pope and Vatican officials. Carmelite Father Bruno Secondin drew from the life of the prophet Elijah in a series of Lenten spiritual exercises for the Roman Curia.

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Pope Francis offers tips for examination of conscience

Pope Francis
March 9, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

As Catholics are encouraged to make going to Confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of Penance. After a brief explanation of why people should go to Confession – "because we are all sinners" – the pope listed 30 key questions to reflect on as part of making an examination of conscience and being able to "confess well."

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U.S. Catholic groups welcome veto of Keystone pipeline

March 9, 2015
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

American Catholic organizations welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama's Feb. 24 veto of a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Obama's decision to block the pipeline allows more opportunity to consider moral questions about the environment and climate change, the groups say.

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Profit is a false god; money is the 'devil's drug,' says Pope Francis

Pope Francis
March 9, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Profit must never be a Christian's god, although it is one of the tools for measuring the effectiveness of business choices and the ability of a company to help workers feed their families, Pope Francis said. "Money is the devil's dung," the pope said Feb. 28, quoting St. Francis of Assisi. "When money becomes an idol, it dictates people's choices."

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