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Francis leads Curia out of Rome for week-long Lenten Retreat

Pope Francis

March 17, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Less than a week before he was to take top Vatican officials and head out of town for a week-long Lenten retreat, Pope Francis said retreats should renew the faith of participants, transforming their ministry and their relationships with others. "Those who live a retreat in an authentic way," the pope said, "experience the attraction and fascination of God and return renewed and transfigured in their daily lives, their ministry and their relationships."

Divorced, remarried Catholics need sacraments, says Kasper

Cardinal Walter Kasper

March 17, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Catholic Church needs to find a way to offer healing, strength and salvation to Catholics whose marriages have failed, Cardinal Walter Kasper told the world's cardinals. Some way is needed to help those couples who are committed to making a new union work and who long to do so within the Church and with the grace of Communion, Kasper said in a Feb. 20 talk.

Pro-life vigil has few participants

March 17, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton Pro-Life is hopeful that the milder spring-like weather will motivate more people to participate in this year's 40 Days for Life. This year's peaceful, prayerful campaign goes from March 5 to April 13. Volunteers pray outside of the Women's Health Options (formerly known as the Morgentaler Clinic) at 12409-109A Ave. during the Lenten campaign.

Evangelicals, Catholics discuss common witness

Fr. Thomas Ryan

March 17, 2014
JOY GREGORY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Unprecedented meetings between Catholic and Evangelical Christians in Calgary helped prepare for more local conversations about how people from divergent Christian traditions can work together to proclaim and witness the Christian mission, says Paulist Father Thomas Ryan. Increased contact between Evangelicals and Roman Catholics "is relatively recent and notably eye-opening, given the past unitive efforts by Evangelicals stopped well short of Roman Catholic doors," Ryan said at a unique ecumenical conference.

The Church is us, not a separate body, says Jordan lecturer

Fr. Joseph Komanchak

March 17, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Church is nothing other than the fellowship of holy people who live authentic Christian lives, says Father Joseph Komanchak. The Church is not something outside ourselves, something extraneous to us, Komonchak said in delivering the annual Anthony Jordan Lecture series, March 7-8. Komonchak, a leading theologian who taught at The Catholic University of America for 32 years and was the English-language editor of the five-volume History of Vatican II, delivered three lectures on St. Augustine's understanding of the Church.

Mt. Cashel suits continue in the courts

March 17, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Twenty-five years on, the case that began the world-wide Catholic sexual abuse scandal is still crawling through the court system and still on the minds of Newfoundland Catholics. Three years after the Christian Brothers of Ireland filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States, 422 survivors of abuse at schools and orphanages operated by the brothers will begin receiving cheques this month. Included among them will be 90 former Newfoundland victims from the 1950s and '60s.

Pope Francis says prayer, fasting, almsgiving should wake us up

March 17, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ROME – Lent is meant to wake up Christians and help them see that God can give them the strength to change their lives and their surroundings, Pope Francis said. Before receiving and distributing ashes at an evening Mass March 5, Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis gave a homily focused on a line from the prophet Joel: "Rend your hearts, not your garments."

Systemic racism has scarred natives

March 17, 2014
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

The relationship between aboriginal and non-aboriginal Canadians is faulty and needs to be fixed, says Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). What is needed is a relationship founded on mutual respect, he told some 650 participants attending a banquet held in conjunction with a two-day 10,000 Healing Steps: Resilience and Community conference in Saskatoon.

First Nations world view can be a gift to the Church

Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie

March 17, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The world view of First Nations peoples could be accepted as a gift to the Church, says retired Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie. "Most of all, it's the world view of the sacred. We have the scientific world view; we explain everything scientifically. For the aboriginal people, the world view of the sacred is so powerful and so real. "Everything is sacred and walking in harmony."

Secularism, separatism, euthanasia at issue in Quebec election

March 17, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

QUEBEC – The calling of a Quebec election killed euthanasia Bill 52, but the Parti Quebecois' divisive Charter of Quebec Values has put the separatist party in line for a majority government April 7. "I think the PQ has a dual agenda to establish a secularist, separatist society," said McGill University bioethicist Margaret Somerville. "The two goals are complementary."