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You too can be holy, pope says at audience

April 25, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Everyone is called to holiness, which is simply striving to imitate Christ, particularly in loving God and loving others, Pope Benedict said April 13.

Ending a long series of general audience talks about saints and doctors of the Church, the pope spoke about the meaning of holiness and how it is achieved.

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Beatification, canonization are different

Pope John Paul II

April 25, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — The slight differences between a beatification and a canonization are easy to miss, especially when one pope beatifies another pope.

Just three weeks before Pope Benedict was to beatify Pope John Paul II on May 1, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments issued a decree designed, in part, to maintain the distinction.

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Taber parish celebrating centennial

St. Augustine's centennial logo

April 25, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

TABER - St. Augustine's Parish in Taber is now celebrating its centennial year.

The town of Taber started with a bang with abundant coal mining in the area. In 1909 its population was 3,400. But then the coal dwindled and Taber almost became a ghost town.

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Over-consumption is focus of parish Lenten program

April 25, 2011
STEPHEN DUFRESNE
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

The Lent 4.5 Program at St. Theresa's Parish in Edmonton has challenged parishioners to take personal action to protect God's creation and embrace Gospel justice.

Weekly presentations during Lent drew 35 to 50 people each Tuesday for interactive presentations on topics such as Christian simplicity, food, consumption, water, energy and transportation.

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Beware of the technology god

April 25, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass at the Vatican April 17, Pope Benedict warned that technological progress must not lead people to think they can "become God."

The German pontiff, who celebrated his 84th birthday the day before, joined a Palm Sunday procession that went through St. Peter's Square before Mass.

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Young Disciples march for the unborn

April 25, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SHERWOOD PARK — As federal politicians actively campaign for votes, youngsters from Sherwood Park took their own special message to the streets, campaigning for the sanctity of human life.

Accompanied by Franciscan Father Dan Gurnick and a few parents, elementary school students marched through the community April 13 to show their solidarity with the 40 Days for Life movement.

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Lahey's trial expected to reopen wounds

April 25, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — When Bishop Raymond Lahey goes to trial on child pornography charges May 4, the likely news coverage will reopen wounds caused by the worldwide clerical sexual abuse, regardless of the trial's outcome.

But observers say the pain provides an opportunity for needed renewal.

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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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