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Teachers' union admonished for joining Gay Pride parade

April 28, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

The union representing Ontario's Catholic teachers is wrong to join in the World Pride Parade and its decision demonstrates an "inadequate and mistaken understanding of their faith," said Cardinal Thomas Collins. The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA), which represents 45,000 Catholic teachers, passed a motion at its recent annual general meeting to march in the June 29 Pride Parade in downtown Toronto. About 800 delegates attended the meeting.

Open your hearts to the poor, says Smith

Archbishop Richard Smith

April 28, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

To make poverty in spirit a way of life, we have to undergo a conversion in the way we see the poor, the archbishop of Edmonton told young people as the Edmonton Archdiocese marked World Youth Day 2014 locally. This means meeting the poor, listening to them, caring for them and offering them both material and spiritual assistance, Archbishop Richard Smith said at an April 12 retreat with mostly university students.

Ont. bishops unite farming and faith

April 28, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Is there anything sacred about the soil? Is there holiness in meals we share? Does our Catholic religious imagination extend to how we nourish ourselves and our families? The bishops of Ontario want people to think and pray about the food they pluck from grocery store shelves – to look past the packaging and consider how soil, water, energy and labour combine to provide us with everything from a five-course feast to junk food indulgence.

Pope Francis gives loving gaze to disabled after he washes feet

April 28, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – In the humble act of washing his disciples' feet, Jesus is showing all Christians how he wants them to serve others with love, Pope Francis said. "This is the legacy that Jesus leaves us," and he wants it to be passed down through people's loving service to others, he said. During the evening Mass at a rehabilitation facility on the outskirts of Rome April 17, Pope Francis washed the feet of four women and eight men who are living with disabilities.

Return to Galilee, pope urges at Easter Vigil

Pope Francis

April 28, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Remember and reflect on the first moment you recall having encountered Jesus, Pope Francis urged the congregation in a packed St. Peter's Basilica in his homily during the Easter Vigil. Referring to the Easter account from the Gospel of St. Matthew, the pope noted how the women who went to Jesus' tomb were told first by the angel and then by the risen Lord to await him in Galilee and tell the disciples to go as well.

A spirituality for golden years

Paul Kennedy

April 28, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Sister Mary Rose Marrin is attempting to fill a ministry gap in the Archdiocese of Toronto for a demographic that is continuing to grow: those reaching their golden years. "The fact of the matter is that there are many, many more older people and they are living longer," said the Sister of St. Joseph. "And the Church is not there to support them."

Evil will not have the last word, pope says during Way of the Cross

April 28, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ROME – Standing in the midst of a giant cross outlined with small torches, Pope Francis said the cross is a reminder of how much evil people are capable of and how much love Jesus had for a sinful humanity. "It was a heavy cross like the night for those who are abandoned, heavy like the death of a loved one and heavy" because it took on all the pain of evil, he said, presiding over the nighttime Way of the Cross April 18.

Disturbing news about human rights

April 28, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

A significant Catholic scholar of the post-Vatican II era is struggling to be heard on a deeply Catholic subject – human rights. New York University emeritus professor Gabriel Moran – who 40 years ago gave a whole new basis to Catholic thinking on education and was a significant part of a generation of Catholic thinkers who reincorporated Scripture, psychology and human experience in theology – could not find a publisher for his latest book.

Hollywood journey to heaven touches audience's hunger

Connor Corum

April 28, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Christians of every stripe have heard or read of four-year-old Colton Burpo's trip to heaven. The easy-to read book – crafted by Colton's father Todd and New York Times Writer Lynn Vincent – held court on The New York Times bestseller list for three years. So it is natural a movie would follow. Much of the initial storyline is the same in the film. Colton lives with his mother and pastor/volunteer firefighter/ garage door salesman father and sister Cassie in rural Nebraska.

Film critics hold different views of 'Noah's' agenda

April 28, 2014
KURT JENSEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK – Controversy has swirled around director Darren Aronofsky's Noah since well before the movie's release. Aronofsky is an easy target for those on the lookout for anti-Christian messages in his work. Raised as a Jew, he now self-identifies as an atheist, and has often discussed his appreciation of Kabbalah, a mystical offshoot of Judaism. Yet, since the story of Noah's covenant with God takes up fewer than 100 verses in the Book of Genesis, and contains almost no dialogue, filmmakers seeking to recount it in a feature-length movie have inevitably had to pad the tale.