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Indian pastor brings international experience to Italian parish

Fr. 'James' Chitteth

March 7, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — For the most part, the congregation at St. Maria Goretti Parish is elderly. That's the first thing Father Mathai Chacko Chitteth noticed when he took over as pastor of the city's Italian parish in February. more . . .

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Provincial cut slashes innovative program

Debbie Engel

March 7, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Drastic funding cuts to an innovative government grant program has Edmonton Catholic Schools reevaluating its budget.

Effective Sept. 1, Alberta Education's $80 million province-wide funding for the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) will be slashed in half, reduced to $40 million. Edmonton Catholic, now in its fourth three-year AISI cycle, received about $4.5 million in AISI grants last year. more . . .

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Commit, then go forth and evangelize

March 7, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SPRUCE GROVE — Evangelizing is done best through example, says Patty Schneier, a wife, mother of three, cantor and radio show host from Missouri. more . . .

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Renounce selfishness

March 7, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Lent is a time for self-examination and to let go of all traces of selfishness, which is the root of violence, Pope Benedict said. more . . .

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Priests must cope with good, bad and ugly — pope

March 14, 2011

Even though it's not easy to like every member of the Church, being part of Christ's body means accepting them all, Pope Benedict told seminarians.

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Anglo-Catholics should unite with Rome — bishop

March 14, 2011

Traditionalist Anglicans who remain in the Anglican Church rather than taking up Pope Benedict's offer of an Anglican ordinariate are wasting their spiritual energy clinging to a dangerous illusion, said the Vatican's delegate for the Australian ordinariate.

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New media help Church listen, says Vatican official

March 14, 2011

A secret ingredient to good communication is listening, and interactive technologies are making that so much easier to do, said a Vatican official.

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Record food prices

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March 14, 2011

The United Nations reported that food prices reached record highs in February.

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Cardinal says bad Masses lead to weak faith

March 14, 2011

A weakening of faith in God, a rise in selfishness and a drop in the number of people going to Mass in many parts of the world can be traced to Masses that are not reverent and don't follow Church rules, said a Vatican official and a consultant.

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Freedom is abandonment to God's love, pope says

March 14, 2011

Pope Benedict said that those seeking "true liberty" should follow the example of a 16th-century French saint who urged the faithful to give themselves up completely to God's love.

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