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Oblates renew apology for residential schools

April 14, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – The good that came out of the residential schools "came at an unbearable cost to the First Nations," says the provincial superior of the Catholic men's order that ran many of the schools. Father Ken Forster told the Truth and Reconciliation Commission March 29 that he was renewing the apology the Oblates of Mary Immaculate made to aboriginal people for their involvement in residential schools that was first offered at the 1991 Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage.

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Grey Nuns pained by testimonies of residential school survivors

April 14, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Some testimonies given at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission event "were very painful to hear," says the superior-general of the Grey Nuns. Sister Jacqueline St-Yves said, "I think we have to accept that there were some things that were not quite right" in the running of the residential schools. The Grey Nuns worked with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in about eight of the 15 Catholic residential schools in Alberta, St-Yves said. Altogether, more than 800 members of her order worked in about 20 different schools over many decades.

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Parents told new atheists pose threat in education

April 14, 2014
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – The great intellectual patrimony of the Catholic Church offers everything one needs to combat the new atheists, the vice president of an American Catholic college told parents here April 2. While atheism is an old idea, what's different about the so-called "new atheists," such as Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens, is the way they attack religious belief, said Paul O'Reilly, vice president of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif.

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Catholics feel the pain of school survivors

April 14, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholics who attended the Truth and Reconciliation Commission national event in Edmonton say they were horrified by the stories of abuse they heard from survivors of Church-run residential schools. "I am horrified by the stories, especially of abuse and violence by the staff who ran the schools," said Archbishop Gerard Pettipas of Grouard-McLennan.

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Voices of the survivors

April 14, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Ethel Lamothe of Fort Simpson still remembers being taken away in a boat with other children to the residential school at Fort Providence, N.W.T., when she was five years old. "All of us children, we all started crying. Our people, way over there, were getting smaller and smaller, and were crying. It was really, really difficult." During her first 10 months at the school, Ethel only saw one adult family member – her father – once.

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Church opposes scattering ashes of the deceased

April 14, 2014
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER – Scattering the cremated remains of a loved one on a mountain, lake or park might seem poetic, but the Church discourages the practice. "The Church, for reasons of respect and dignity of the body, requires that Catholics inter the full body or cremated remains in sacred ground," said Peter Nobes, director of Catholic Cemeteries of the Vancouver Archdiocese. Cremation has been allowed for Catholics since 1963.

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Mutual respect is key to reconciliation, says chief commissioner

April 14, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Reconciliation between aboriginal and non-indigenous people in Canada will take place "if we can just stop people from being so disrespectful to each other," said the chief commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Judge Murray Sinclair opened the national TRC event in Edmonton March 27 calling for the fostering of mutual respect among Canadians. "What we need to do now is to teach our children and grandchildren and future generations how to be respectful towards each other," he said.

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Jasper pastor says his priestly journey has been a miracle

Fr. Clifford Sherwin

April 14, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Wigburg Clifford Sherwin's journey to the priesthood has been packed with miracles, the latest of which is his appointment as a pastor in Jasper 19 months ago. "I love serving here," he says. "It's a blessing to be in Jasper. I thank God for giving me a beautiful station to serve him." Father Sherwin, a native of Colombo, Sri Lanka, came to Canada in 2009. He served in High Level before being appointed to Jasper in August 2012.

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Beaverlodge parish bounces back from devastating fire

CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Parishioners in Beaverlodge, 43 km west of Grande Prairie, have been attending Mass in St. Mary's Catholic School since a Jan. 2 fire seriously damaged their church. "We have not missed any services. We were able to get into the school after the fire," said Father Arul Jothi Arockiasamy, pastor of St. Mary's Parish. "The following Sunday, we had Mass in the school gym. We are looking towards good things happening with the reconstruction," he said.

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Pope John's short pontificate had huge impact on the Church

April 14, 2014
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Although he served as pope for less than five years, Blessed John XXIII left one of the most lasting legacies in the Catholic Church's history by convening the Second Vatican Council. A plump, elderly, smiling Italian of peasant origins, the future pope had an illustrious career as a papal diplomat in Bulgaria, Turkey and postwar France. He became pope amid the dismantling of colonialism, the rise of the Cold War and on the cusp of a technological transformation unlike anything seen since the Industrial Revolution.

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