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Smith lauds media response to Fort McMurray fires

Archbishop Richard Smith
May 16, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Archbishop Richard Smith has praised the mass media response to the Fort McMurray fires. Smith noted the media have made the fires their main topic and have offered concrete assistance to the evacuees, serving as bulletin boards for those looking for their loved ones and those who want to volunteer.

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Fighting forest fires is a dangerous occupation

May 16, 2016
CATHERINE MARDON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

I was probably like everyone else. I was glued to the news in horror watching the fires in Fort McMurray, one hand on the remote and one hand on my rosary. Unlike others though, I can close my eyes and remember what a forest fire smells and sounds like. I may not look like it now, but when I was younger, I was a trained forester. My university classes in forestry may have taught me how to cut a fireline, but they couldn't have prepared me for the sound a tree makes right before it explodes.

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Campus prolife group launches suit against UofA

May 16, 2016
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

EDMONTON - A campus pro-life group has filed a lawsuit against the University of Alberta claiming it infringed on the pro-lifers' freedom of speech by charging the group a $17,500 security fee to host a public event on campus. UAlberta Pro-Life filed the court action April 26 in Court of Queen's Bench. The group is asking the court to examine the legality of the security fees that forced the cancellation of a February event. "Our freedom of expression has been violated," said UAlberta Pro-Life president Amberlee Nicol.

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Devon youth eager to make their way to WYD in Kraków

May 16, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When it comes to anticipation for this year's World Youth Day, few groups match that of the pilgrims from St. Maria Goretti Parish in Devon. For the 11 pilgrims, including eight young adults, two pilgrim moms and pastor Father James Banu Bodula, the opportunity to join hundreds of thousands of young impassioned followers of Christ from around the world and the chance to see the pope is a dream come true. It has been a long time coming.

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Philosopher argues for the existence of God

Richard Swinburne
May 16, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Faith is the evidence of things unseen, but evidence helps. Thus the marvel of The Existence of God, a keynote lecture by Prof. Richard Swinburne of Oxford University, delivered at the Atheism and the Christian Faith conference at Concordia University of Edmonton on May 6. Swinburne uses scientific evidence, mathematics and reasoning to form logical and convincing arguments to prove the existence of an omnipotent, omniscient, perfectly free, perfectly good and everlasting God.

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Abuse complaint leads to priest's return to India

May 16, 2016
LORRAINE TURCHANSKY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Parishioners at Our Lady of Angels Parish in Fort Saskatchewan were shocked and saddened to learn their associate pastor had been suspended from ministry and then sent back to his religious community in India. However, Archbishop Richard Smith says the decision to remove Father Ashok Mascarenhas underlines the commitment of the archdiocese to safe environments and its zero tolerance policy toward abuse of any kind. "I want to take this opportunity to assure all staff, clergy and parishioners that the archdiocese takes any allegations of abuse very seriously," Smith said.

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Papal theology: Gift of tears prepares our eyes to see Jesus

May 16, 2016
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has been sharing a theology of tears: tears of compassion, compunction and consolation. Although Pope Francis does not mask his emotions in public, he rarely is seen to cry. One exception was in Albania in September 2014 when he came face to face with a priest who had been imprisoned and tortured for his faith under the country's communist regime.

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Tears of sorrowing fill an ocean of desolation, says pope

May 16, 2016
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - The tears shed by men, women and children around the world each day cry out for mercy, compassion and consolation, Pope Francis said. "How many tears are shed every second in our world?" the pope asked May 5 as he led a special Year of Mercy prayer service for those who weep. "Each is different but together they form, as it were, an ocean of desolation that cries out for mercy, compassion and consolation." Before the pope spoke, he and the congregation listened to three testimonies.

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Calgary knight elected to 2nd year as state deputy.

Charles Russell
May 16, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Calgary's Charles Russell will continue at the helm of the 18,230 Knights of Columbus of Alberta-NWT for another year. The 75-year-old former salesman and troubleshooter for Hilti Canada, was elected state deputy at the Knights' convention in Calgary May 6-8. About 180 voting delegates representing close to 160 councils in the jurisdiction were present at the convention at Calgary's Westin Hotel.

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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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