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Teens tackle Katrina's aftermath

March 14, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT - In 2005, Hurricane Katrina wiped out homes in New Orleans. More than 1,800 people died. Churches, schools and playgrounds lay in ruins. Property damage was an estimated $81 billion, making the natural disaster the deadliest and costliest in U.S. history. more . . .

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Catholics blend values with business

March 14, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When Catholic business leaders and experts gathered for a recent Vatican meeting, they were asked to take part in an unusual thought experiment.

Andreas Widmer, a former Swiss Guard and business executive, told them: "Imagine you are put on trial for being a Christian, and they will use your company and how you run it as proof of your faith. Worst case scenario would be they can't convict you because there's no evidence." more . . .

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Vatican condemns murder of Pakistani minister

March 14, 2011
SARA ANGLE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican condemned the killing of a Catholic government minister in Pakistan who had spoken out against anti-blasphemy laws.

"The assassination of the Pakistani minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, is a new and terribly serious act of violence," Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said March 2. more . . .

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Assassinated Pakistani was ready to die for his faith

Shahbaz Bhatti

March 14, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan's federal minister for minorities, who was assassinated in Islamabad March 2 for protesting against his countries blasphemy law, said before his death he was ready to lay down his life for God and his nation. more . . .

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Canada's Project Ploughshares targets the flow of small arms in Caribbean

March 14, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — Gun violence in Jamaica kills more people than some formally declared wars, said the director of an ecumenical program tapped by the Canadian government to help the Caribbean basin nations track the flow of weapons and ammunition. more . . .

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Sexual abuse crisis has 'unfinished business' — Kenny

Sr. Nuala Kenny

March 14, 2011
TERRI SCOTT
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG — She is passionate about her Church and even more passionate about the topic of abuse of children by priests in the Church and why it happened.

Sister Nuala Kenny, a Sister of Charity of Halifax and a retired pediatrician and medical ethicist, says there is still "unfinished business" from the clergy sexual abuse crisis. more . . .

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Lent — a time to learn how to live

March 14, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Lent was never supposed to be about giving up your bad habits. If you have bad habits, why wait for Lent to give them up? Easter, of course, should not be your chance to take up your old and beloved bad habits. more . . .

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Interfaith group launches debate on Manitoba Hydro

March 14, 2011
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG - The Interfaith Task Force on Northern Hydro Development has set out to promote thoughtful, mature debate about issues that will have a major effect on Manitoba's future.

"With Manitoba Hydro wanting to spend over $17 billion on new projects in the next 15 years, robust public debate is important," says the Rev. Hugo Unruh, co-chair of the taskforce. more . . .

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New Evangelization will 'forge new paths' for the Church

Archbishop Nikola Eterovic

March 14, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church's "new evangelization" is an effort to present the Gospel in a way that makes sense and gives hope to modern men and women, says Archbishop Nikola Eterovic.

Eterovic, the general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, said the October 2012 general Synod of Bishops will focus on the new evangelization and dozens of questions involved with it. more . . .

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Red Deer rally leads youth to reflect on their part in the Body

Dan Harms

March 14, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Christians should avoid worrying about whether they measure up to what other people in the Church are doing.

That was St. Paul's message when he wrote about the Church being one body with many parts. It was also the message Kyle Heimann, from the acoustic rock group, Popple, brought to the first Central Alberta Youth Rally March 5. more . . .

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