Smith makes good on pledge to visit schools

May 16, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Students and staff at St. John XXIII Catholic School in Fort Saskatchewan were overjoyed to receive Archbishop Richard Smith. "I'm thrilled," said nine-year-old Gretchen Lukie. "It's like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It's super exciting." "I feel really happy I met the archbishop," added Kyan Selte, also nine. "It could be my only time meeting the archbishop."

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Parish zeros in on mental health issues

Faith Paul
May 16, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Faith Paul was a regular parishioner at St. Charles Parish in north Edmonton until she could no longer fight the feeling that the Church should do more about mental illness. One year after she joined the parish's social justice committee, the group sponsored its first mental health awareness event at the parish on May 4, called Yes I Can: Path to Mental Wellness. "So many people that have mental health problems don't have a voice, and I really wanted to give people a voice," said Paul.

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German cardinal upset with 'interference' in selecting bishops

Cardinal Karl Lehmann
May 16, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

BONN, GERMANY - A German cardinal said names of candidates submitted to the Vatican as potential bishops are being vetoed by "unauthorized people" in Rome. "In the name of the law, these unlawful outside influences must be set aside and a proper voice given to those who'll be living with the chosen candidate," said Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz, who was president of the German bishops' conference from 1987 to 2008.

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Church entities did not 'weasel out' of schools pact

Archbishop Gerald Pettipas
May 16, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

A $21-million shortfall on a $25-million fundraising campaign was a fiasco, but it wasn't an attempt to weasel out of the legal or moral obligations Catholics have in the wake of the residential schools tragedy, says Archbishop Gerard Pettipas of Grouard-McLennan. The Catholic Register first reported the shortfall in January, but a Globe and Mail report that hit the front page April 19 has raised accusations that the 50 Catholic organizations party to the 2006 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement used legal trickery to sidestep their obligations.

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Youth involvement key to developing pro-life movement

May 16, 2016
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Today's pro-lifers must mentor the youth to make sure the movement keeps its momentum, says Jim Hughes, national president of Campaign Life Coalition. "As we get older, those of us who have been around for a while have the job of mentoring the young people so that they stay on the right path," said Hughes. "Older people have to mentor to them so that they don't make the same mistakes. That is the real challenge here."

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Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace - Celebrating 50 years

May 16, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For half a century the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace has worked to transform lives in the Global South. In Canada, it raises awareness of the root causes of poverty and injustice in the developing world and mobilizes Canadians to act for social change. As the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada, Development and Peace works in partnership with local organizations in the Global South to create greater justice in the world and to act in solidarity with the most vulnerable.

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WCR honoured with 9 national Church Press awards

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May 4, 2016
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

TORONTO - For the second year in a row, the Western Catholic Reporter has been named the top regional Church newspaper in Canada. The Canadian Church Press gave the general excellence award, as well as eight other awards to the WCR. The CCP announced its award winners for 2015 publications April 30 at its annual conference in Toronto.

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Assisted suicide only latest stop on a slippery slope

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May 16, 2016

Forty years ago this fall, I was seeking a topic for my master's thesis in philosophy. My advisor, a renowned Catholic ethicist, said to me, "You should write something on euthanasia. It will come down the pipe in a few years." His logic was brief, but impeccable: The inviolable value of human life had been violated with the legalization of abortion. Once human life has been made a relative value, it would be attacked on other fronts, euthanasia being the next.

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Berrigan affected minds and hearts of a generation

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi
May 16, 2016

'Before you get serious about Jesus, first consider how good you're going to look on wood!" Daniel Berrigan wrote those words and they express a lot about who he was and what he believed in. He died May 1 at age 94. No short tribute can do justice to Dan Berrigan. He defies quick definition and facile description. He was, at once, the single-minded, obsessed activist, even as he was one of the most complex spiritual figures of our generation. He exhibited both the fierceness of John the Baptist and the gentleness of Jesus.

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In death, Cecilia showed belief in Trinity

Maria Kozakiewicz
May 16, 2016
Trinity Sunday
May 22, 2016

In an ancient, fifth-century Roman church in Trastevere lies the body of a young woman named Cecilia. Cecilia, a well-born, wealthy woman died because she would not renounce Christ. Her Roman persecutors tried to kill her discreetly, by suffocating her in her bath at home. The young woman survived and, while bearing the torture, sang. Finally, a soldier used his sword to cut her neck, but failed to kill her instantly. Her body was initially buried in the catacombs of St. Calixtus. After a few centuries, she was to be moved to the church in Trastevere.

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