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RCIA: Everyone has their story

April 18, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

At Easter, 23 adults and children at St. Thomas More Parish will join the Roman Catholic Church. All of them have faith journeys poles apart that led them to the Church.

One decided to become Catholic after escaping injury when a table fell on his head. Another was intrigued by the writings of Pope Benedict. A third has been looking for the right church since she was six.

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Social conservatives upset Harper closes door on abortion or marriage

April 18, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Social conservative leaders have expressed disappointment Prime Minister Stephen Harper refuses to reopen debates on abortion or marriage even if the Conservatives win a majority in the May 2 election.

But one prominent social conservative says taking these issues off the public agenda is a sign of a bigger problem: No serious issues — such as health care reform, immigration or serious nation security problems - get discussed in a responsible way in elections either.

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Ontario conference plants seed of leadership in teenagers

April 18, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. — Bishop Gerard Bergie urged a select group of Ontario high school students to take up the mantle of leadership and make Catholic education even better for future generations.

"We have an opportunity to take something that is good and make it even better so that we can create better leaders, because we can never rest on our laurels," said the St. Catharines, Ont., bishop.

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Jesus' feet washing is a call to service

April 18, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON — When Jesus served the disciples by washing their feet at the Last Supper, he meant it as a sign for them to do likewise, says Oblate Father Paul Fachet.

As with the celebration of the Eucharist, Christ calls us "to do this in memory of me," said Fachet, a former long-time professor at Edmonton's Newman Theological College.

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St Thérèse was doctor of humility, says pope

St Thérèse  of Lisieux

April 18, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict called St. Thérèse of Lisieux's autobiography, The Story of a Soul, a wonderful authentic "treasure" and invited everyone to read it.

The 19th-century Carmelite saint's teaching of "the 'little way" of holiness has been so influential in our time," he said April 6 at his weekly general audience.

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London campaign draws flock back to Confession

April 18, 2011
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

LONDON, ONT. — When the Diocese of London says its doors are always open, they're not kidding. At least that was the case on April 6 when more than 120 parishes across southwestern Ontario took part in the diocese's Confession Campaign.

"It's an invitation to people that the doors are open for them to come back to the sacrament of Confession," London Bishop Ronald Fabbro told The Catholic Register.

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Quilts stitched with love for the poor

April 18, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Four women from St. Thomas d'Aquin Parish are providing warmth for some of the city's disadvantaged people.

Jeannine Amyotte, Pauline Piché, Marie Parent and Cécile Pahud get together regularly making comforters. They do not do it for themselves, but to donate to the less fortunate.

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Irish Prelate says Church culture needs to change

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Ireland.

April 18, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MILWAUKEE — Much more remains to be done to "turn around the culture of an institution" that allowed thousands of children to be abused by priests in the Archdiocese of Dublin, says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

"I can honestly say that with perhaps two exceptions, I have not encountered a real and unconditional admission of guilt and responsibility on the part of priest offenders in my diocese," Martin told an international conference on the clergy sex abuse scandal April 4.

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Catholic physicians urged to stick to their principles

Janet Smith

April 18, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — In the face of cultural pressure to accept abortion, contraception and euthanasia, Catholic doctors can respond by affirming the inherent human dignity of the person.

They can also appeal to human reason in explaining the "culture of life," Catholic experts said at the third annual conference of the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians' Societies.

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Canadian Council of Churches tells politicians to reduce poverty

April 18, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

The number one demand churches are making from campaigning federal politicians is a concrete plan to reduce and end poverty in Canada.

The Canadian Council of Churches reiterated the ecumenical priority in a letter to all the national party leaders March 31.

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