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Confession is not dry cleaning – Francis

May 6, 2013
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Going to Confession isn't like heading off to be tortured or punished, nor is it like going to the dry cleaners to get out a stain, Pope Francis said in a morning Mass homily.

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New superintendent got his start in inner-city Baltimore

Troy Davies

May 6, 2013
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Ad majorem Dei gloriam. All things for the greater glory of God.

The Latin motto for the Society of Jesus is what Troy Davies, strongly influenced by the Jesuits, strives to live his life by.

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Swim against tide, pope advises the newly confirmed

May 6, 2013
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Administering the sacrament of Confirmation to 44 people, Pope Francis encouraged them to "swim against the tide; it's good for the heart."

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Solidarity an essential part of Catholic life, liturgist tells CCODP

Bernadette Gasslein

May 6, 2013
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – For Catholics, solidarity is not an option, but an obligation. That's according to Bernadette Gasslein, who led a workshop on Baptism and Eucharist at the regional retreat and meeting of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace April 27.

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CCODP is part of the Church – Smith

Archbishop Richard Smith

May 6, 2013
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The reason for the existence of Development and Peace lies in the nature of the Church itself, says Archbishop Richard Smith.

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Amerongen had a passion for justice

Gerard Amerongen

May 6, 2013
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Gerard Amerongen, the speaker of the Alberta legislature during the Peter Lougheed era, will be remember as a dedicated husband and father and a devoted Catholic with a lifelong commitment to fairness and justice.

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Cardinal Collins opposes raising funds by gambling

Too many gamble their lives away

May 6, 2013
JIM O'LEARY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Gambling is a cruel illusion that causes social harm and family breakdown and should not be promoted by governments, Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto has written in a pastoral letter.

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Holy Family youth fundraise to travel to WYD in Brazil

May 6, 2013
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

At St. Albert's Holy Family Parish, a dozen young Catholics are already pumped about seeing Pope Francis at World Youth Day in Brazil in late July.

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Phoenix Society wins award for building multi-faith harmony

May 6, 2013
ROSALEEN ZDUNICH
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON – The Phoenix Multi-Faith Society for Harmony has won the Edmonton City Police's first annual award for contributions in combating hate in Edmonton and Alberta.

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Life-size bronze statue to honour modest Br. Anthony

Br. Anthony Kowalczyk

May 6, 2013
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A modest, shy man, Oblate Brother Anthony Kowalczyk must be puzzled by all the fuss the Church and the faithful are making about him.

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