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Black Nazarene helps deepen faith in Wetaskiwin

March 21, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Eddie Año's eyes brim with tears as he recounts taking part in the annual procession of Señor Nazareno in the heart of Manila. One of more than 9.3 million Filipino devotees to the statue also known as the Black Nazarene, he recalls how attendees would march barefoot, pants rolled up, clambering over each other to help carry the statue along the streets of the Quiapo district. Considered a gold mine of spiritual treasures, the Black Nazarene statue of Jesus filled Año's heart with joy when it recently arrived in Wetaskiwin.

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Youth long to meet Christ in Kraków

March 21, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A year and a half ago, when Father Miguel Irizar called a meeting at St. Peter Parish in Villeneuve to form a group of pilgrims for World Youth Day, there was immediate interest. Parish member Sarah Rodgers, 21, had harboured dreams of attending the international meeting of youth since she was 10. Raised in a strong Catholic family, her parents had formed Rodgers and her eight brothers and sisters in their Catholic faith.

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Auschwitz sets aside tour dates for World Youth Day Pilgrims

March 21, 2016
NANCY WIECHEC
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

OSWIECIM, POLAND - The Auschwitz memorial and museum is setting aside days exclusively for World Youth Day pilgrims who want to tour the former Nazi death camp. The museum has set aside July 20-28 and Aug. 1-3 for participants in World Youth Day, which runs July 26-31 in Krakow, about one-and-a-half hours away.

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Legal euthanasia leads down a dark tunnel - McQueen

Moira McQueen
March 21, 2016
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

When physician-assisted suicide is allowed in a country, it's only a matter of time until safeguards erode, says a prominent Canadian Catholic bioethicist. Moira McQueen painted a dark picture of the advance of euthanasia in the Netherlands and Canada during a keynote speech at the annual Red Mass March 9. Safeguards are "a red herring, to put it mildly."

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Syrian family off to new start in life in Innisfail

March 21, 2016
KRISTINE JEAN
THE INNISFAIL PROVINCE

From the destruction and devastation of war to the joy of peace and a new home, the journey's end felt like a gentle landing in soothing light, just like the heaven on earth they have long waited for. The Kahwate family from Syria fled their war-torn country almost two years ago to begin a new life, and now past trials are replaced with hope and the promise of serenity and happiness in Innisfail. "I feel like I have an army of angels here," said Mirna Kahwate on her first impressions of the town and its people.

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Toronto, Ottawa prelates call faithful to act against euthanasia

March 21, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

OTTAWA - The archbishops of two of Canada's largest English-speaking dioceses stepped up their campaign against euthanasia and assisted suicide, calling the faithful to action. Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto and Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa issued pastoral letters read in parishes during Masses over the March 5-6 weekend, reported Canadian Catholic News. "Physicians across our country who have devoted their lives to healing patients will soon be asked to do the exact opposite," Collins wrote.

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Carr honoured for excellence in school administration

Joan Carr
March 21, 2016
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON - Joan Carr, superintendent for Edmonton Catholic School District for the past 10 years, has received the award for excellence among Alberta school superintendents. Along with the award, Carr has also been nominated for a national award for excellence in superintendency. The award and the nomination for the national EXL Award came from The College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS).

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An evangelizing Church is a welcoming Church

Fr. Richard Leonard
March 21, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jesuit Father Richard Leonard says we can't sit at home, in the parish or in the chancery office and wait for the world to come to us. "I can't find any evidence for it in the New Testament that the Lord intended that we would wait for the world to come to us," he said at a recent lecture. "It's exactly the opposite. Today is about Matthew 28: 'Go out to the world and proclaim the Good News.'"

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Challenging questions can be signs of faith, retreat preacher tells pope

March 21, 2016
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - It is tempting to bristle when the faithful ask challenging questions, but those questions are a sign of how seriously people take the faith, says Servite Father Ermes Ronchi. "It gives me hope to see how, among the people of God, questions continue to grow and no one is content with the same old answers," Ronchi told Pope Francis and senior members of the Roman Curia March 11 during their Lenten retreat at a centre southeast of Rome.

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Homeschooling moms loved their work

March 21, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Michele Barter remembers one particularly difficult season in homeschooling. She was outside hanging up laundry one morning, while her perfect children were diligently doing their school work. "As I watched the school bus go by, inside I pleaded 'Stoooppp!'" she said. Barter, a panel speaker at the Western Canadian Catholic Home School Conference on March 10-12 at Providence Renewal Centre in Edmonton, shared some of the struggles and stresses she and her husband of 30 years, Mike, have faced during 22 years of homeschooling their nine children.

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