Pro-life, justice MPs will quit at election

February 9, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

As the October federal election approaches, a number of MPs who have played key roles in life, family and social justice issues have said they are stepping down from federal politics. About two dozen Conservative MPs have indicated they will not run in the next federal election, among them many prominent pro-life and pro-family stalwarts. They include Saskatoon-Wanuskwein, Sask. MP Maurice Vellacott, who co-chaired the parliamentary pro-life caucus for about a decade, Winnipeg South MP Rod Bruinooge who succeeded him as caucus chair; and Kildonan-St. Paul, Man. MP Joy Smith, who championed anti-human trafficking legislation and paved the way for the government's new anti-prostitution law.

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Alta. Bishops issue letter for Year of Consecrated Life

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February 9, 2015

On the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 30, 2014, the Church around the world – at the invitation of Pope Francis – began to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, which will conclude 12 months from now on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Feb. 2, 2016. The Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories would like to take this occasion to address Christ's faithful and all people of good will regarding the immeasurable contribution that consecrated men and women have made to the life of the Church and of all people in this region for over 150 years.

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'Spiral of distress' is due to hearts closed to God

February 9, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Christians are called to overcome apathy, discouragement and pretentions of self-sufficiency by letting God enter their hearts, Pope Francis said. Letting God into one's heart allows one to become joyful, merciful and strong, the pope said in his Lenten message. Through prayer, charity and humility before God, people receive a heart "which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference."

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RCMP officer's death touches home

Patrick Ryan

February 9, 2015
SHARON RYAN
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

In the early morning hours of Jan. 17, I awoke to the ominous sound of helicopters hovering closely over my house. My instincts told me something was wrong. Shortly thereafter, the citizens of St. Albert heard the terrible news that two RCMP officers were shot in the casino and the shooter had escaped to a nearby acreage. For 10 hours, the city listened to the low-flying helicopter and wondered about the fate of the two officers. The killer shot himself dead and sadly Const. David Wynn died of his wounds. Derek Bond, an auxiliary constable, survived.

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Local Franciscans see a future filled with hope

February 9, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

About a decade ago, Pierre Ducharme came to Edmonton from Vancouver to study theology at Newman Theological College. He wanted to go into ministry as a layperson. Through Newman, he met local members of the Franciscan order and ended up becoming a Franciscan. Today, he wears the brown habit, which has been the symbol of the Franciscans for more than 800 years.

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Grey Nuns played pivotal role in Alta. Church

February 9, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It was in the fall of 1859 that the Grey Nuns arrived in Alberta, welcomed by Father Albert Lacombe at Lac Ste. Anne with ringing church bells and dancing First Nations people. But a year later, Lacombe took Bishop Alexander Taché up to a hill outside of what is now St. Albert and showed him a wide vista of land that could be used as a settlement and farming.

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Precious Blood sister gave 85 years to contemplation

Sr. Mary Teresa Leindecker

February 9, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON &– Born Dec. 1, 1911, in Clyde, Sister Mary Teresa Leindecker served 85 years as a contemplative nun before dying at age 103. Sister Carmelita Ramos shared her life with Leindecker at the Edmonton Precious Blood Monastery. Now living in Calgary's Monastery of the Precious Blood, Ramos says, "I miss her already." She described Leindecker as "a most generous person. If you ask for something, she goes way beyond what you could use, especially food. It would just be more than what they can consume."

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Merton continues to inspire 100 years after his birth

Thomas Merton

February 9, 2015
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When Trappist Father Thomas Merton addressed persistent racism in his writing during the 1960s, his message seemingly reached into the future. Appealing to society to recognize that all people are children of God, Merton questioned practices that prevented African-Americans from achieving full equality and called for the end to discrimination in all forms. It was just one of the priest's stances on important social issues, encompassing race relations, militarism and war, consumerism and the burdens posed by technology.

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Take Bible in hand and contemplate Jesus, pope urges

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February 9, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Turn off the TV, tune out the neighbours, and spend 10 or 15 minutes reading a Gospel passage and speaking to Jesus, Pope Francis told people at his early morning Mass. "Today find 10 minutes – 15 at the most – and read the Gospel, imagine the scene and say something to Jesus. Nothing more. "Your knowledge of Jesus will increase and your hope will grow," the pope said Feb. 3 at the Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives.

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Apple's massive profits built on exploiting workers

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February 9, 2015

Apple executives are likely proud of their recent quarterly financial results which show revenues of nearly US$75 billion for the period of October through December and a profit of US$18 billion, the largest quarterly profit for any company anywhere at any time. But if the money is rolling in and the iPhones and other electronic gadgets are rolling out, a huge human price is being paid. A BBC undercover investigation recently broadcast on CBC-TV's The Passionate Eye showed widespread violations of Apple's code of conduct for the treatment of workers by companies that build its iPhone 6 and supply raw material for the company.

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