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Love brings forth new Catholics

March 9, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jason Alderman was beaming as he got out of church Feb. 22. The 26-year-old Red Deer man had just taken part in the annual Rite of Christian Election and felt excited about becoming a Catholic. Alderman said shaking Archbishop Richard Smith's hand during the ceremony made him feel welcome to his new faith. Alderman, an auto mechanic and electrician, grew up a Baptist and professed that faith until he met his girlfriend Khristine a year ago.

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Day of Confession was a day of conversion

March 9, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Doors of the Edmonton Archdiocese's Catholic churches opened all day Feb. 24 – some even into the evening – to invite people in to partake of the sacrament of Reconciliation. "From what I hear, it went very well," said Father Paul Kavanagh, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish and director of the office of divine worship. "People heard about it from radio interviews, print media and even signs out in front of the churches."

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Carmelite calls Curia to conversion with Elijah as their model

March 9, 2015
LAURA IERACI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The Lenten journey of conversion requires Christians to rediscover the "deepest truth" about themselves, cast off their masks and take on the courage to live truth, a Carmelite priest told the pope and Vatican officials. Carmelite Father Bruno Secondin drew from the life of the prophet Elijah in a series of Lenten spiritual exercises for the Roman Curia.

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Pope Francis offers tips for examination of conscience

Pope Francis
March 9, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

As Catholics are encouraged to make going to Confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of Penance. After a brief explanation of why people should go to Confession – "because we are all sinners" – the pope listed 30 key questions to reflect on as part of making an examination of conscience and being able to "confess well."

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U.S. Catholic groups welcome veto of Keystone pipeline

March 9, 2015
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

American Catholic organizations welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama's Feb. 24 veto of a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Obama's decision to block the pipeline allows more opportunity to consider moral questions about the environment and climate change, the groups say.

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Profit is a false god; money is the 'devil's drug,' says Pope Francis

Pope Francis
March 9, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Profit must never be a Christian's god, although it is one of the tools for measuring the effectiveness of business choices and the ability of a company to help workers feed their families, Pope Francis said. "Money is the devil's dung," the pope said Feb. 28, quoting St. Francis of Assisi. "When money becomes an idol, it dictates people's choices."

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Pope faces strong opposition inside, outside the Church

Dr. Massimo Faggioli
March 9, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pope Francis is a radical reformer who is facing enemies inside and outside the Church opposed to at least some parts of his agenda, says a prominent Church historian. Dr. Massimo Faggioli, an expert on the Second Vatican Council and the author of several books, said the pope is not a liberal who exalts the individual as the centre of the world and who sees a minimal role for the Church in public life.

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Vatican II still being received by the Church, says Faggioli

March 9, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – The Second Vatican Council is an event that has more in common with a liturgy rather than with "a printing machine of documents," says Church historian Massimo Faggioli. As the liturgy is not the missal that guides the Mass so Vatican II is more than the 16 documents approved at the council, Faggioli said at the annual Anthony Jordan Lecture Series Feb. 27.

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Scattering ashes trendy, but irreverent – cemetery head

March 9, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Scattering the ashes of the recently departed is a rising trend in Vancouver despite the practice breaking both civil and canon law. "It is against canon law for the simple reason that it comes back to the Church's position that it is all about reverence and care for the body" or the cremated remains, said Peter Nobles, director of Catholic Cemeteries in Vancouver.

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Bill to fast track euthanasia law quashed

Justin Trudeau
March 9, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Conservative MPs quashed a Liberal motion to fast-track legislation on physician-assisted suicide Feb. 24 by a vote of 146-132. Instead, the Tories indicated the government will undertake extensive consultations and still meet the one-year deadline set by the Supreme Court of Canada when it struck down the laws against assisted suicide Feb. 6.

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