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Church criminally neglects to discuss mercy, says Kasper

Cardinal Walter Kasper

May 26, 2014
BETH GRIFFIN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Mercy, the "most central attribute of God," has been criminally neglected as a topic in the Church, says Cardinal Walter Kasper, a theologian and retired president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Mercy without justice is "cheap grace," Kasper said in a recent talk at Jesuit-run Fordham University in New York. God's mercy is a mirror of his love to people coming from a dark 20th century with two world wars that killed millions of people, into a new century that began with the Sept. 11 attacks, Kasper said.

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Food system controlled by global corporate elite

May 26, 2014
KATE O'GORMAN
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

The world does not need to produce more food; it needs to solve the issue of who controls the food, says Dr. Nettie Wiebe. "There is enough food in the world to feed everybody," Wiebe, professor of Church and Society at St. Andrew's College at the University of Saskatchewan, told a workshop in Saskatoon on the environment and ecumenism. "The problem is who controls the food." The global trade in food is highly concentrated, with few corporate players, she said. While there may be an excess of food production in the world, its distribution and availability is highly controlled and accessibility is often reserved for the few.

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Plundering adds to crisis in war-torn Central African Republic

May 26, 2014
JONATHAN LUXMOORE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Catholic bishops in conflict-torn Central African Republic warned that their country's wildlife and natural resources are being plundered by outside groups. The country needs more effective leadership from the transitional government to deal with the ecological crisis in the war-torn nation, the bishops said. "This crisis, with its insecurity and violence, are providing the instability which favours the anarchic and illegal exploitation of our resources," the permanent council of the country's bishops' conference said in a May 12 statement.

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Abortion holds major ramifications for women, says report

Andrea Mrozek

May 26, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Women who have abortions face increased risk of divorce or separation, of marrying late or not at all, and of poor mental health, says a new report. Abortion has a wide social impact, affecting relationships, sexuality, mental health and demographics, said the report, Interconnected: How Abortion Impacts Mothers, Families and Our Societies, written by The Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (IMFC). "It is not helpful to overstate negative ramifications of abortion," wrote IMFC executive director Andrea Mrozek. "However, by far the bigger concern Canadians face today is the problem of pretending there are none."

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Abortion industry a cash cow, says former abortionist

Carol Everett

May 26, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Carol Everett operated four abortion clinics in Texas from 1977 to 1983 until an encounter with Jesus Christ turned her into a pro-life advocate. "I sold abortions," Everett told the annual Rose Dinner May 8 following the National March for Life. She described her abortion clinics as a "cash cow" that earned her a commission for every abortion, plus a share of the clinic's fees. A doctor would perform an abortion in one room, and then go across the hall to perform another, often without scrubbing up, she said.

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Archbishop's statement on charges against Fr. Laisnez

May 26, 2014
Statement by Archbishop Richard Smith pertaining to charges against Father Albert Laisnez:

Today, May 17, local media reported that charges of sexual assault were laid earlier this year against Father Albert Laisnez, a priest of the Archdiocese of Edmonton. These alleged offences date back to the 1980s. Father Laisnez has not been involved in public ministry here since 1996. The Archdiocese of Edmonton takes all allegations of abuse seriously and stands ready to cooperate fully with the RCMP investigation into these complaints.

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Patriarch Bartholomew: 'Tremendous strides' taken in ecumenism

May 26, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – When Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople meets Pope Francis in Jerusalem May 25, one of their main discussion topics will be the "diminishing Christian minorities in the Middle East," the patriarch told Catholic News Service. Patriarch Bartholomew, first among equals by Orthodox bishops, also expressed concern over Ukraine's "fragile democracy that has barely emerged from the crushing atheistic Soviet era."

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Pope, Patriarch to build unity in Holy Land

Patriarch Athenagoras

May 26, 2014
CARL HETU
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

The principal purpose of the visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land May 24 to 26 will not be a conventional pilgrimage. It is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the meeting between Pope Paul VI and the Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I. The commemoration will be observed –indeed celebrated –by Francis meeting with Bartholomew, the successor of Athenagoras as ecumenical patriarch. This is a very different type of pilgrimage.

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Regina coming to grips with forgotten native cemetery

The two deceased children of the school's principal have the only headstone in the cemetery.

May 26, 2014
FRANK FLEGEL
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

It's a small plot of land sitting on the northwest edge of Regina. Overgrown with grass with a single tree in one corner and a couple of bushes in the other, the site is enclosed by a faded and falling down white board fence. It's a cemetery, one in which an unknown number of First Nations children are buried, their identities unknown. They were students at the Regina Indian Industrial School, which was near this site from 1891 until its closure in 1910. Most, it is believed, died of tuberculosis or complications of it.

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Ben Calf Robe's powwow honours the Creator

May 26, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

With 600 to 700 dancers, 21 drum groups and roughly 2,500 people in total, the event spilled out of the recreation centre into the surrounding area. What makes Ben Calf Robe's powwow traditional? There are no competitions and no prizes; people dance simply to give glory to the Creator, said Gagnon. Even the drum groups come purely because they love to sing.

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