WCR This Week

Francis eschews papal splendour to live in guesthouse

April 1, 2013
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis has decided not to move into the papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace, but to live in a suite in the Vatican guesthouse where he has been since the beginning of the conclave that elected him.

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Papal 'brothers' share warm embrace

Pope Francis I

April 1, 2013
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

With a warm embrace, a helping hand, shared prayer, a long discussion and lunch together, Pope Francis spent several hours with retired Pope Benedict XVI March 23 at the papal summer villa.

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Encountering Easter in daily life

April 1, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

We have celebrated Christ's passion, death and resurrection. Quite often, our liturgical celebrations – if we have celebrated the whole journey of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil – have left us with a spiritual high.

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Weary Cree trek concerns to Ottawa

April 1, 2013
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Walkers who joined a trek begun by members of the Northern Quebec Cree Whapmagoostui First Nation arrived in Ottawa March 25 in support of the Idle No More movement.

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CIDA move triggers trade vs. aid conflict, unease

April 1, 2013
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Development and Peace has expressed concern over the federal government's decision to merge the Canadian International Development Agency into a new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

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Interfaith friendship reminds humanity God exists – Francis

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople

April 1, 2013
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

For the good of all people, the care of the poor and the future of the Earth, religions must cooperate in reminding modern men and women that God exists and has a plan for their lives and their behaviour, Pope Francis said.

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Canadians in Rome

April 1, 2013

Pope Francis greets Canada's Gov. Gen. David Lloyd Johnston and his wife, Sharon, in St. Peter's Basilica

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Heal abortion's wounds, don't judge

Vicki Thorn

April 1, 2013
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Those who experience spiritual healing after abortion become the biggest advocates for life, says Project Rachel founder Vicki Thorn.

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Fr. Catfish becomes 'wounded healer' at a deeper level

March 25, 2013
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Since 2008, Father Mike Mireau has been posting his online homilies and rants on diverse topics such as premarital sex, Star Wars, attacks on the family and the overabundance of vampire programs.

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RCIA elect prepare to enter the Church

Robert Pettigrew

March 25, 2013
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Becoming a Catholic as an adult takes commitment. At Sherwood Park's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, for example, catechumens and candidates are required to get involved in the parish and study the faith weekly for about a year before they are accepted into the Church.

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