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Public care more about potholes than homelessness

April 25, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG — The public is more concerned with potholes than with homelessness, says Major Karen Hoeft of Winnipeg's Salvation Army Booth Centre.

The City of Winnipeg, says Hoeft, spends a million dollars a year fixing potholes and the same amount on affordable housing.

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Knights gather in Calgary to celebrate achievements

Neil Gannon

April 25, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — After almost two years at the helm of the Knights of Columbus of Alberta/Northwest Territories, Neil Gannon is leaving his post of state deputy with the feeling of a job well done.

He says membership in the Knights is up, donations to charities are up, councils are stronger and member morale is "very good."

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Smith urges laity to bring good news to society's poor

April 25, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — As members of the Church, we are a people anointed and sent, the archbishop of Edmonton said April 18.

“As Jesus was anointed and sent to the poor, the prisoner, the blind and the oppressed, so too are we,” Archbishop Richard Smith said at the annual Chrism Mass at St. Joseph’s Basilica.

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Bishops congregate to bless St. Joseph Seminary

April 25, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - The upcoming blessing of St. Joseph Seminary "is a hugely important historical moment for the whole archdiocese," says Archbishop Richard Smith.

"We've had a seminary since the early 1900s and together with Newman College since the late 1960s it has been a very important institution for the diocese and the people have grown to love it and appreciate it deeply."

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John Paul II was a model Christian

April 25, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

As Church officials keep emphasizing, Pope John Paul II is being beatified not for his performance as pope, but for how he lived the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love.

When the Vatican's sainthood experts interviewed witnesses about the Polish pontiff, the focus of their investigation was on holiness, not achievement.

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Living the virtue of chastity is a step-by-step process

Bishop Fred Henry

April 25, 2011

Our faith takes with joyful seriousness the mystery of the Incarnation: that the Son of God took flesh for our salvation. Jesus' body scourged, crucified and risen for us, tells us that God uses the human body to make his love present in our world. The body is our doorway to salvation, and so how we treat it matters.

Sexuality is a gift from God and a fundamental part of what makes us human. Each of us is called to acknowledge this gift and the One who gave it.

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Words of consecration will change to provide a truer translation

Fr. Raymond de Souza

April 25, 2011

Many Catholics are reading the pope's most recent book, Jesus of Nazareth, Holy Week, as spiritual reading this Holy Week. Does many mean all?

Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI sheds light on a matter that English-speaking Catholics will encounter later this year. The new translation of the Roman Missal, which will take effect in Advent 2011, changes the words of institution, the words the priests says to consecrate the bread and wine, transubstantiating them into the Body and Blood of Christ. Holy Week is a good time to examine that.

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We are responsible for our own health

Gordon Self

April 25, 2011

I have seen a growth in public service announcements over the years promoting physical fitness and health. The ParticipACTION commercials of the early '70s (that is, Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod of BodyBreak) stand out in my memory among the first, followed by anti-smoking cartoons, agricultural producers endorsements, UV Index reports and consumer tips based on Canada's Food Guide.

While these all serve to educate Canadians about healthy lifestyle choices, proponents of preventive medicine argue more can be done to wake people up that you and I — not doctors, or "the health care system" — are ultimately responsible for our health.

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Love compels you to forgive sins

Ralph Himsl

April 25, 2011
Second Sunday in Easter — May 1, 2011

An age ago or perhaps even more than two, in the faraway city of Saskatoon, gleaming so brightly as it seemed on the Prairies, I sat in an audience transfixed by the speaker, James Mahoney, then bishop of the Diocese of Saskatoon.

Memory tells me that he spoke on the "three things that last" from 1 Corinthians 13.13, the justly famous faith, hope and love. He spoke for 35 minutes with insight, good sense and humour, without a glance at a note.

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John's Passion puts us all on trial — and the verdict frees us

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 25, 2011

Each year on Good Friday the Passion of Jesus Christ according to John is read aloud in our churches. John's Gospel, as we know, was written later than the other Gospels, perhaps some 70 years after Jesus died, and those years gave John plenty of time to reflect upon Jesus' death and highlight a number of aspects that are not as evident in the other Gospels. What are those special aspects?

John's narrative of Jesus' death highlights his trial. The bulk of John's account focuses on Jesus' trial and the eventual judgment that he be put to death.

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