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Bin Laden's death a cause to reflect, not rejoice — Vatican

May 9, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican said the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden should prompt serious reflection about one’s responsibility before God, not rejoicing.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, released a brief written statement May 2 reacting to the killing of bin Laden, a man Lombardi said sowed division and hatred and who caused “innumerable” deaths.

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The cross is humanity's liberation

May 9, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — They walked in silence through the streets of downtown Edmonton following a small wooden cross.

About 80 Catholics, including a handful of seminarians from St. Joseph Seminary, took part in the Way of the Cross organized by Communion and Liberation, a local Catholic movement with international roots.

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WCR receives 5 Church press awards

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May 9, 2011
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Western Catholic Reporter has again been honoured for general excellence among Canadian Church newspapers.

The WCR received the second place award for general excellence among regional Church newspapers at the annual convention of the Canadian Church Press, held April 27-29 in Chicago.

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New state deputy transformed by faith

Gary Johnson

May 9, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Gary Johnson of St. Albert is the new leader of the 17,000 Knights of Columbus in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

Johnson, 64, was elected state deputy at the Knights’ convention in Calgary April 29 to May 1. He was state secretary prior to the election.

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John Paul's beatification greeted with tears of joy

May 9, 2011
FR. RAYMOND DE SOUZA
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

VATICAN CITY — One of our young people at Newman House recently asked me whether I ever cry. I tear up quite rarely, save for the liturgy, when it happens not rarely, and not just at funerals. Perhaps it is a grace God has given me, to feel on occasion the reality that the liturgy makes manifest.

Tears often mark an intense encounter with reality, and the liturgy opens to us the world that is most real. Whether grace or simple sentimentality, weepiness can be rather awkward for a priest, as it gets in the way of leading the worship and is rather distracting for the people.

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Seminary receives its blessing

May 9, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Under sunny skies and surrounded by bishops, priests, deacons and lay people, Archbishop Richard Smith prayed that St. Joseph Seminary may be a “school of prayer and a centre of divine teaching.”

The blessing of the new seminary May 2 was the culmination of years of working toward the fulfillment of a dream – the move of the seminary and Newman Theological College to the grounds of the Catholic Pastoral Centre in central Edmonton.

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Hank Zyp’s activism honoured by SAGE

May 9, 2011
CECILY MILLS
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

I am pleased to announce that Hank Zyp is the recipient of the 2011 SAGE Award in the area of social justice and peace. The SAGE awards celebrate seniors who inspire, empower and engage others in making our community, province, nation and world a better place.

The list of Hank and Tillie Zyp’s achievements is long and impressive. It includes the founding of two NGOs: St. Joseph’s Save the Children Club (now called Rainbow of Hope for Children) and Change for Children. Thirty-five years later, these organizations are thriving, proving ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference.

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Why is the Lady of Good Counsel patron of the CWL?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

May 9, 2011

Where does the devotion to Our Lady of Good Counsel originate and why is she the patroness of the CWL?

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God’s shepherds obeyed his will

Fr. Raymond de Souza

May 9, 2011

In his inaugural homily in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict concluded, “At this point, my mind goes back to Oct. 22, 1978, when Pope John Paul II began his ministry here in St. Peter’s Square. His words on that occasion constantly echo in my ears: ‘Do not be afraid! Open wide the doors to Christ!’”

Indeed, the whole Church will look back to Oct. 22, 1978 — that’s the new feast day for Blessed John Paul. For the feast day’s Office of Readings in the breviary, an excerpt from the day’s “Be not afraid” homily has been chosen.

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Peel back the facade of compassion

Mark Pickup

May 9, 2011

It amazes me that in the 21st century people still pose the ridiculous question: “When do you think life begins?” Quite frankly, it does not matter when you or I think life begins: Biology established long ago — before abortion on demand became legal in Canada — that human life begins at conception.

People who pretend otherwise must rely on sophistry and public ignorance about the reality of prenatal life to make abortion seem acceptable.

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