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Pro-life vigil has few participants

March 17, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton Pro-Life is hopeful that the milder spring-like weather will motivate more people to participate in this year's 40 Days for Life. This year's peaceful, prayerful campaign goes from March 5 to April 13. Volunteers pray outside of the Women's Health Options (formerly known as the Morgentaler Clinic) at 12409-109A Ave. during the Lenten campaign.

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Divorced, remarried Catholics need sacraments, says Kasper

Cardinal Walter Kasper

March 17, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Catholic Church needs to find a way to offer healing, strength and salvation to Catholics whose marriages have failed, Cardinal Walter Kasper told the world's cardinals. Some way is needed to help those couples who are committed to making a new union work and who long to do so within the Church and with the grace of Communion, Kasper said in a Feb. 20 talk.

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Francis leads Curia out of Rome for week-long Lenten Retreat

Pope Francis

March 17, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Less than a week before he was to take top Vatican officials and head out of town for a week-long Lenten retreat, Pope Francis said retreats should renew the faith of participants, transforming their ministry and their relationships with others. "Those who live a retreat in an authentic way," the pope said, "experience the attraction and fascination of God and return renewed and transfigured in their daily lives, their ministry and their relationships."

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Church may tolerate civil unions, pope says in interview

March 17, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis suggested the Catholic Church could tolerate some types of nonmarital civil unions as a practical measure to guarantee property rights and health care. He also said the Church would not change its teaching against artificial birth control but should take care to apply it with "much mercy." Pope Francis' words appeared in an interview published March 5 in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

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Ottawa archbishop stirs pot with ban on funeral eulogies

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast

March 17, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast's decree no longer allowing eulogies during Catholic funeral Masses has created a stir, but he says he is happy for the teaching opportunities. Reaction, both positive and negative, began when the decree was announced last fall in Catholic Ottawa, the diocesan newsletter. After the decree was published in January and came into effect in February, however, the subject of eulogies at funerals became national news.

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Crucifix taken from deceased priest consoles pope

March 17, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Because his cassock doesn't have a breast pocket, Pope Francis said he wears a cloth pouch under his white robes to carry the crucifix he took from a deceased priest. Meeting March 6 with pastors of Rome parishes, Pope Francis said that while he was vicar general of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires he went to pay his last respects to a Blessed Sacrament priest, an extremely popular confessor, who had died in his 90s.

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Work set to begin on Corpus Christi's $14M church

March 17, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jumping into a backhoe, Archbishop Richard Smith carved the frozen ground at 3307-28A Ave. signalling that construction of the Church of Corpus Christi can now begin. With shiny new shovels, dignitaries and Church officials helped in the symbolic task. It was a festive ground-breaking ceremony complete with an outdoor procession, a large fire, chocolate and pastries.

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Catechumens filled with joy at becoming 'the elect'

Jodie Hill

March 17, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Shane Davies of Lloydminster was happy to have to opportunity to shake Archbishop Richard Smith's hand and hear his welcoming words. Davies called the moment "special" and said it makes him feel more connected to his newly-found faith. "I feel even more inclined to join the Catholic Church." Davies, 15, was one of almost 160 adult and child catechumens from across the archdiocese who affirmed their desire to become members of the Catholic Church in two separate ceremonies at St. Joseph's Basilica March 8-9.

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Missing aboriginal women remembered at memorial

March 31, 2014
FRANK FLEGEL
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

REGINA – April Sparvier's name was sounded by one of her children and by her mother but she was not there to hear it. Sparvier had left a bar in North Central Regina Aug. 27, 2006 and was walking with a group when one of the group grabbed her purse.

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Jesuits offer youth an opportunity to learn about India, Bhutan

March 31, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Walk through the tea estates of Darjeeling and meet the families who have spent generations harvesting the leaves that may end up steeped in Canadian cups. Meet the children of the lowest caste who, with classical musical instruments, literally play their way through school and then out of poverty.

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