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Catholic devotion crucial in declaring holy people saints

Blessed Marie de l'Incarnation

February 17, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The sainthood process is long and technically complicated, and ultimately requires the approval of the pope, but the whole procedure is driven by Catholics in the pews and, especially, those on their knees. The Congregation for Saints' Causes and the official promoters of causes – known as postulators – do the paperwork, but if there is no evidence of widespread devotion to a candidate, no visits to the person's grave, no reports of favours and even miracles received through the potential saint's intercession, the cause just sits there. Even for centuries.

Christians must leave behind a legacy of trust in God &#8211 pope

February 17, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Despite personal failings and sins, Christians must live and die with hope, leaving behind a legacy of having trusted fully in God, Pope Francis said. "Sinners, yes. Traitors, no! Corrupted, no!" the pope said, encouraging people, no matter how many mistakes they've made, not to stray from Christ and his Church.

Calgary faith leaders want to save the earth

February 3, 2014
JOY GREGORY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

The wide spectrum of environmental concerns issue "a haunting, compelling cry . . . arising in our times from every corner of the earth," says Calgary Bishop Fred Henry. Environmental pollution, socio-economic problems caused by the loss of deforestation and soil erosion, and a host of issues linked to climate change, including catastrophic weather events, are all powerful examples of that cry, Henry said at a gathering of interfaith leaders Jan. 22.

Behold the Lamb of God mosaic at basilica focuses on tabernacle

February 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A mosaic, inspired by the book of Revelation and giving glory to Christ's Eucharistic presence, has recently taken its place behind the tabernacle at St. Joseph's Basilica. Designed and built by a religious artist in New Zealand, the mosaic, which cost $80,000 in total, shows the Lamb standing triumphantly holding the cross.

Quebec bishops challenge euthanasia bill

February 3, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

QUEBEC – Quebec's euthanasia Bill 52 will come to a vote in February, and the province's bishops say it "goes against the most basic human values and contradicts the very purpose of medicine."

St. Joseph's Basilica continues to evolve after 100 years

February 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Parish life is akin to any person's life, with experiences of joys and sorrows, challenges and successes. The life of St. Joseph's Basilica is no exception. Jan. 30 marked exactly 100 years since St. Joseph's Parish was founded; the 30th anniversary of elevation to a minor basilica also occurs this year.

New institute serves new evangelization at Newman College

Pope Benedict XVI

February 3, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Newman Theological College has established a new institute that aims to serve the new evangelization by developing and offering innovative programs in faith formation and catechesis. "The Benedict XVI Institute for New Evangelization is intended to meet the real needs of the Catholic Church in Canada today," college president Dr. Jason West said in announcing the initiative.

A call to conversion, reconciliation

February 3, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

At the end of March, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) will hold what it calls a national event at Edmonton’s Shaw Conference Centre. It is important that you attend as much of the March 27 to 30 event as possible to hear some of the voices of aboriginal people who attended and suffered at Church-run residential schools that were a key part of the Church’s ministry in the West for roughly 100 years.

'Horrible memories' from the past

February 3, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

To us, it would seem a minor request. A young student at the Edmonton Indian Residential School, Kathleen Steinhauer, confronted with the same "cold, lumpy oatmeal" for breakfast that she had seen numerous times previously, raised her hand and asked, "Could I have some brown sugar?"

Distinguished Oblate gave ringing defence of missionaries' role

February 3, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Catholics who worked in Indian residential schools made "heroic sacrifices" to help aboriginal students and fought against native integration into provincial school systems, wrote an Oblate priest who received the Order of Canada for his contribution to native education.