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Bishops, Eggen meet to discuss guidelines

Archbishop Richard Smith
February 22, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Alberta Education Minister David Eggen believes he has found common ground with some of the Alberta bishops who recently took turns criticizing his department's gender-identity guidelines. Speaking to reporters at the Legislature Feb. 8, Eggen said he believes the differences can be sorted out based on the spirit of safe and caring schools that everyone shares. "I am certainly looking for a way by which we can accommodate theological beliefs and the letter of the law," the minister said.

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Religious orders provide good return on investment

Sisters of Merciful Jesus
February 22, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Religious orders have been an excellent investment for the Church and society, says the archbishop of Edmonton. "The return on this investment is manifold, visible in education, care of the sick and outreach to the poor," Archbishop Richard Smith told consecrated men and women during the Feb. 2 closing Mass of the Year of Consecrated Life.

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School district wins recognition as leading Alta. employer

Joan Carr
February 22, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Superintendent Joan Carr is quick to give credit to her staff for Edmonton Catholic Schools being named one of Alberta's Top 70 Employers for 2016. Indeed employee engagement and performance was recognized as one of the eight criteria used by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers in selecting the school district among the best in the province.

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Men stand on the rock

Catholic Family Minstries Logo
February 22, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Amid the shifting sands of society today, Catholic men are being encouraged to be courageous, be strong and stand firm in the faith. That was the theme of this year's Men of Integrity Conference at Holy Trinity Parish in Spruce Grove, Feb. 5-6. Euthanasia and pervasive gender ideology being pushed on school children were among the issues that gave impetus for the theme, said Maurice Beier, one of the conference organizers.

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How Catholics pray

February 22, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Lent is a time of conversion, and conversion comes with prayer. WCR reporter Thandiwe Konguavi spoke with 7 Catholics about the joys and trials of their lives of prayer.

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Fundamentalism born from failure to see context

February 22, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO - Most people have never heard a homily preached on Deuteronomy 20.10-18. It's difficult to apply these God-given rules of war to daily life in the 21st century. The part about enslaving the women and killing all the men and boys if the village resists attack has little application when asking a boss for a raise or negotiating a mortgage renewal.

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Lent: A privileged moment to celebrate mercy

February 22, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

This issue, we continue our journey toward Easter by reflecting on Lent's daily readings in the spirit of the Year of Mercy. Lent, Pope Francis says, is "a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God's mercy."

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Catholic broadcasters unfazed by cable TV rules

February 22, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Opting out of the stations you never watch or buying just the channels you do watch on cable isn't the biggest worry Canada's Catholic broadcasters face. The advent of the "skinny basic" cable packages - which cable companies must offer starting in March - and pick-n-pay menus that allow viewers to purchase only the stations they want by the end of 2016, are only a small part of bigger changes in how people watch television, broadcasters said.

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Divide between wealthy and poor is devil's creation

February 22, 2016
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ECATEPEC, MEXICO - Pope Francis spent his Sunday visiting an overcrowded, sprawling settlement widely known as a hunting ground for girls to force into prostitution and for boys to enlist in the drug trade. Ecatepec, on the northern edge of Mexico City, also has tidy gated communities and a new shopping mall with department stores like Sears, WalMart, Starbucks and dozens of other shops and restaurants.

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Hollywood shows how crucifixion affected skeptic

February 22, 2016
JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Hollywood is no stranger to movies depicting the life and death of Christ, trying to present Jesus from the perspective of the Gospels, which are the written accounts of Jesus' life and ministry. Joseph Fiennes, the actor starring in Risen, said his new project seeks to illustrate the story of Christ's death and resurrection from a unique perspective. "We're seeing this narrative play out, which is dear to millions of us and means so much, through the eyes of a skeptic, through the eyes of a nonbeliever."

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