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Follow Jesus and become spectacular

March 28, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SPRUCE GROVE — Sometimes young people want to compartmentalize Jesus, allowing him into their lives only when it's convenient for them.

"Hey, God, you're really good with the God stuff, and you made me feel good at a retreat day, and I enjoy you on Christmas and Easter," said Bob Rice, associate professor of catechetics at the Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.

"I'll let you into my life on Sunday morning, but don't interfere with my Monday. Don't tell me how to live my life or have relationships or how I should be as a student."

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CCODP visitor sees a Middle East that respects human rights

Nizar Ghanem

March 28, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The political future of the Middle East looks Islamic but not as rigid as the Iranian model, says a Middle East activist.

“I don’t think the next model is going to be Iran because the Iranian Revolution is not appealing (to the masses),” said Nizar Ghanem, a Lebanese activist who promotes peace and reconciliation throughout the Middle East.

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National march organizers cool to Alta. Bishops stand

March 28, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — The Alberta bishops’ decision to pull out of the Edmonton March for Life could have an impact on Ontario and Quebec bishops’ participation in the National March for Life also set for May 12.

A spokeswoman for Campaign Life Coalition, organizers of the national march, expressed disappointment at the Alberta bishops’ decision.

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High school students bring clean water to the thirsty poor

March 28, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Catholic students from throughout Edmonton have stood up for the poor of the developing world.

Some 350 students from at least six Catholic high schools literally stood up for hours in the gym of Austin O’Brien High School March 15 to show their solidarity with those struggling with lack of clean drinking water, malaria and leprosy. And while they stood, they heard speakers and saw movies focusing on these issues.

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Parishioners eager to learn evangelization

March 28, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton — This year’s Stewardship Days conference highlighted one of three pastoral priorities that Archbishop Richard Smith established for the Edmonton Archdiocese: evangelization, faith formation and nurturing a vocations culture.

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Spread the Good News

Catherine Ecker

March 28, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Many parishes suffer from a fragmented approach to evangelization where one person or group is handed the responsibility to evangelize.

For Catherine Ecker, that’s not good enough. All disciples of Jesus are called to be people who evangelize and bring the Good News into every strata of humanity.

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Edmonton faith communities will be friends to the homeless

March 28, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Just over two years ago, Brian (who didn't want his last name to be used) got his own home through the city's Rapid Exit Program. But the formerly homeless man said he would have to return to living in the river valley if it wasn't for the support of his church.

Brian, 60, maintains that giving a homeless person a home is not enough. "When I got housed in my home, I didn't know how to go into the community. I didn't know how to talk to people. I didn't know how to make friends. I didn't know how to be a neighbour."

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Pope seeks halt to fighting in Libya

April 4, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict appealed for a suspension of fighting in Libya and the immediate start of a serious dialogue aimed at restoring peace to the North African country.

Speaking at his weekly blessing March 27, the pope said he was increasingly concerned at the news from Libya, where rebels supported by U.S. and European airstrikes have battled the forces of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

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Nuclear energy's credibility melts down

April 4, 2011
BARBARA FRASER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The ongoing nuclear plant disaster in Japan raises not only environmental and health issues, but ethical questions about energy use and the future of nuclear power, according to Catholic scholars and other ethicists.

Questions about the safety, cost-effectiveness and long-term prospects for nuclear power are familiar to Bob McKeon, associate director of the Office for Social Justice of the Edmonton Archdiocese.

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Saying 'yes' means saying 'no'

April 4, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Those who choose the priesthood should know they are accepting a lifestyle with considerable built-in discipline, says the rector of St. Joseph's Seminary.

"A man entering the seminary says 'yes' to Christ and 'no' to all kinds of things," Father Shayne Craig told men discerning their priestly vocation March 26.

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