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Benedict's faith encyclical faces uncertain future

February 25, 2013
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Benedict's historic decision to resign at the end of February has astonished and perplexed the world in many ways, not least because of what might be called the mystery of the missing encyclical.

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MacDonnell worked for Social Justice

February 25, 2013
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

He was a gentle soul and a patient pastor who was always present to his people. Father Duncan MacDonnell typified what every Catholic wants in their spiritual shepherd.

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Crowe brought focus to CWL, 1984 papal visit

Mitzi Crowe

February 25, 2013
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

She knew what she wanted and if she had a goal, you had to help her get it. Mitzi Crowe knew how to get things done.

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Rite of Election sparks enthusiasm of new Catholics

February 25, 2013
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Alina Thul started attending Mass at St. Margaret's Parish in Rimbey with her future husband, it was like going to a foreign country.

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Cramer looks for signs of God's Call

Fr. Marc Cramer

February 25, 2013
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In the eyes of Father Marc Cramer, a call to the priesthood "freaks out most young men."

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Peruvian prelate defied death to defend life, environment

Archbishop Pedro Ricardo Barreto

February 25, 2013
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Archbishop Pedro Ricardo Barreto Jimeno isn't easily intimidated. But when a coffin bearing his name was found inside an American mining firm's closed smelter in La Oroya, Peru, in 2009, he felt a chill in his spine.

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Crowds come out to wish Benedict a fond farewell

February 25, 2013
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Catholic faithful have given Pope Benedict a warm reception in his two major public appearances since his Feb. 11 announcement that he will resign from the papal office on Feb. 28.

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Winnipeg Confirmation candidates support each other

March 4, 2013
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

Hundreds of confirmation candidates in the Archdiocese of Winnipeg and their parents and caregivers gathered for fellowship, faith formation and prayer as they prepare to receive the sacrament.

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Monastery threatened

March 4, 2013

Father Ibrahim Shomali celebrates an outdoor Mass in an olive grove outside the Salesian Monastery in Beit Jalla, West Bank, Jan. 18.

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More Papabile

March 4, 2013
In our Feb. 18 issue, the WCR identified eight cardinals who could be considered possible successors to Pope Benedict. Here are another eight cardinals who might also be in the running during the conclave.

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