Oblates feel heartbroken to leave Yukon

April 20, 2015
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
B.C. CATHOLIC

The religious order that brought Catholicism to much of Canada is facing hard questions about its future. The Oblates of Mary Immaculate sold its only Yukon property in February, closing a 117-year history of service. "Our numbers have been diminishing and our personnel are aging," said Father Richard Beaudette, superior of Lacombe Province, which includes all of Canada except Quebec.

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Pregnancy led young woman to become doula, pro-lifer

Darby Ramsay with her son Noah.
April 20, 2015
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
B. C. CATHOLIC

A young girl from Salmon Arm, B.C., has become a cheerleader for women in labour after facing motherhood at age 16. Darby Ramsay, 19, is a doula, a woman who gives emotional and physical support to women before, during and just after they have a baby. "(Giving) birth is a significant event and it leaves a mark on women for the rest of their lives," she said. Ramsay is also a bold speaker for the pro-life movement. Her testimony, part of LifeCanada's You'll Never Regret Loving This Much campaign, was featured at a series of events at university campuses last month.

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A century filled with tears

April 20, 2015
JUDITH SUDILOVSKY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

John Ourfali, 77, remembers how as a child he saw an elderly family friend break down and cry whenever he met with Ourfali's parents, unable to speak about what had happened to him and his family in the dark days of what today is known as the Armenian genocide. "He used to cry a lot and couldn't talk about it so we never knew what happened to his family," said Ourfali, an Armenian Catholic whose original family name is Khatcherian.

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Papal critique of genocide draws swift Turkish rebuke

April 20, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, Pope Francis said atrocities from the past have to be recognized ndash; not hidden or denied ndash; for true reconciliation and healing to come to the world. However, Turkey's top government officials criticized the pope's use of the term "genocide" in reference to the deaths of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians during their forced evacuation by Ottoman Turks in 1915-18.

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Religious orders ask Ottawa to cut Canada's carbon emissions

April 20, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Religious congregations and faith groups from across Canada have urged Canada's finance minister to put a price on carbon emissions to combat climate change. The 53 groups asked Finance Minister Joe Oliver to have the Canadian government "set a clear, reliable and effective price for carbon emissions with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting catastrophic climate change."

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Year of Mercy will be time of healing, forgiveness

April 20, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Mercy is what makes God perfect and all-powerful, Pope Francis said in a document officially proclaiming the 2015-16 extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy. "If God limited himself to only justice, he would cease to be God, and would instead be like human beings who ask merely that the law be respected," the pope wrote in Misericordiae Vultus, (The Face of Mercy). The document is the "bull of indiction" calling a holy year to begin Dec. 8.

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Dancer stumbles on to synergy of prayer, movement

Franck Waille
April 20, 2015
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Franck Waille still has the posture of a dancer. When he stands, his back is straight, his shoulders are squared and his feet are pointed out – a more relaxed version of ballet's first position. Trained in contemporary dance since the age of 19, Waille has more than 27 years of experience as an artist and teacher. The French academic is one of the leading experts on the history and method of François Delsarte, an influential French theorist of artistic practice.

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Human spirit yearns for relationship with divine Spirit

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April 20, 2015

When Peter and other disciples were brought before the council because they had broken orders not to speak about Jesus, it was the Pharisee Gamaliel who saved their hides. "I tell you," Gamaliel said, "keep away from these men and let them alone; because if this plan or this understanding is of human origin, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them – in that case you may even be found fighting against God" (Acts 5.38-39).

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After crucifixion, rise and go forth into Galilee

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 20, 2015

Everything that's good eventually gets scapegoated and crucified. How? By that curious, perverse dictate somehow innate within human life that assures that there's always someone or something that cannot leave well enough alone, but, for reasons of its own, must hunt down and lash out at what's good. What's good, what's of God, will always, at some point, be misunderstood, envied, hated, pursued, falsely accused and eventually nailed to some cross. Every body of Christ inevitably suffers the same fate as Jesus, death through misunderstanding, ignorance and jealousy.

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Jesus has the heart of a good shepherd

John Connelly
April 20, 2015
Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 26, 2015

We truly understand Jesus when we see that he has a shepherd's heart. He is, as this week's Gospel tells us, the Good Shepherd. The merciful heart of Jesus is always oriented toward his sheep. His heart is focused on you, me and all his children. I remember watching a flock of sheep in a field shortly after my conversion. I walked up to the fence and observed them with fascination. I knew they had something to teach me about myself.

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