Toronto, Ottawa prelates call faithful to act against euthanasia

March 21, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

OTTAWA - The archbishops of two of Canada's largest English-speaking dioceses stepped up their campaign against euthanasia and assisted suicide, calling the faithful to action. Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto and Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa issued pastoral letters read in parishes during Masses over the March 5-6 weekend, reported Canadian Catholic News. "Physicians across our country who have devoted their lives to healing patients will soon be asked to do the exact opposite," Collins wrote.

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Carr honoured for excellence in school administration

Joan Carr
March 21, 2016
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON - Joan Carr, superintendent for Edmonton Catholic School District for the past 10 years, has received the award for excellence among Alberta school superintendents. Along with the award, Carr has also been nominated for a national award for excellence in superintendency. The award and the nomination for the national EXL Award came from The College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS).

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An evangelizing Church is a welcoming Church

Fr. Richard Leonard
March 21, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jesuit Father Richard Leonard says we can't sit at home, in the parish or in the chancery office and wait for the world to come to us. "I can't find any evidence for it in the New Testament that the Lord intended that we would wait for the world to come to us," he said at a recent lecture. "It's exactly the opposite. Today is about Matthew 28: 'Go out to the world and proclaim the Good News.'"

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Challenging questions can be signs of faith, retreat preacher tells pope

March 21, 2016
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - It is tempting to bristle when the faithful ask challenging questions, but those questions are a sign of how seriously people take the faith, says Servite Father Ermes Ronchi. "It gives me hope to see how, among the people of God, questions continue to grow and no one is content with the same old answers," Ronchi told Pope Francis and senior members of the Roman Curia March 11 during their Lenten retreat at a centre southeast of Rome.

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Homeschooling moms loved their work

March 21, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Michele Barter remembers one particularly difficult season in homeschooling. She was outside hanging up laundry one morning, while her perfect children were diligently doing their school work. "As I watched the school bus go by, inside I pleaded 'Stoooppp!'" she said. Barter, a panel speaker at the Western Canadian Catholic Home School Conference on March 10-12 at Providence Renewal Centre in Edmonton, shared some of the struggles and stresses she and her husband of 30 years, Mike, have faced during 22 years of homeschooling their nine children.

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Homeschooling wins Pettipas' praise

Archbishop Gerard Pettipas
March 21, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Archbishop Gerard Pettipas has not always been convinced about homeschooling. The first homeschooling family he ever met was in Chalk River, Ont., 20 years ago. His first impressions were not entirely positive. "I marvelled at the mother's patience, while hoping that the children would eventually all receive an education. But I wasn't sure," said the archbishop of Grouard-McLennan in northwestern Alberta.

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Rosica to preach on mercy in annual National Catholic Mission

March 21, 2016
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

As Catholics worldwide prepare to celebrate Easter, Father Thomas Rosica is challenging them to extend mercy to the marginalized. "I suggest to you this week as we prepare for the Holy Week . . . to put mercy into practice," he said. "Open your hearts and your life to those who are on the fringe. Show compassion and goodness and kindness to them." For anyone unsure of how to act this way, Rosica recommends they study the actions of Pope Francis.

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Mexican diocese builds Church that respects indigenous

Bishop Samuel Ruiz
March 21, 2016
ARCHBISHOP SYLVAIN LAVOIE
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

In January, 12 Canadians and one American went to the Diocese of Chiapas, Mexico, for a 10-day solidarity visit. I participated as a member of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs of the Western bishops, and also as chair of our local Oblate Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) committee. Reconciliation with the indigenous peoples is one priority for our national JPIC committee.

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Re-tool Church for new evangelization

Mary Healy
March 21, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Every Catholic needs to be awakened to their call to proclaim their faith in Christ, and parishes need to be re-tooled to carry out the Church's evangelizing mission, says a Scripture scholar from Detroit. Dr. Mary Healy, a professor at Holy Heart Seminary, asked those attending the annual Anthony Jordan Lecture Series whether their parish looks like a museum for saints or a hospital for sinners. "Do we invite people in when they have to walk into an icebox?"

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Trinity Western graduate 'vindicated' by human rights tribunal

March 21, 2016
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER -A B.C. human rights tribunal has sided with a Christian university graduate who felt discriminated against because of her religion. Bethany Paquette filed a human rights complaint in the fall of 2014 after she applied for a job with Amaruk, an alleged Norway-based outdoor guiding company that is legally registered in B.C.

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