Gov't rewards industry, ignores the NGOs

February 27, 2012

Joe Gunn's article, "Overseas aid battered by storms of cutbacks" (WCR, Feb. 13), is a reminder that government-industry cooperation in the delivery of development aid is not designed with a true spirit and attitude of altruism.

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Indifference to abortion reflects our silence

February 27, 2012

The blood that is shed by each innocent child murdered in the womb stains the fabric of the heart and soul of every individual within the republic where it occurs – even if it occurs under the protection of an unjust law.

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Changes to Mass fail to improve reverence

February 27, 2012

Re: "Holy Spirit inspired new Mass translation" (WCR letters, Feb. 13).

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Changes to Mass draws reader back to church

February 27, 2012

I am really impressed with the new Mass. I have been, for a few decades (mea culpa) an irregular attendee at Mass, attendance being a handful of times per year.

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Blessed are those who mourn

February 20, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Glen Argan Western Catholic Reporter

Fortunately, there are people who rein me in. There was the priest who, when I mentioned that I had been asked to take on a responsible, time-consuming volunteer position, looked at me as though I was daft.

Then, he calmly said, "If you have any extra time that you feel you can give, you should devote it to your work at the Western Catholic Reporter."

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Strong marriages built on prayer and sacrifice

February 20, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Andy Johnson met Elsie at a dance in McLennan in late 1954. She had just graduated from nursing school in Edmonton and was serving her first year at the McLennan Hospital. He was a train conductor.

They liked each other enough to continue seeing each other. He even got transferred to Edmonton to be closer to Elsie.

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Videos let the deaf 'hear' about church

February 20, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Matthew Hysell, a 34-year-old partially deaf seminarian at St. Joseph Seminary, is producing a series of catechetical videos for Edmonton's deaf community.

Hysell is involved with St. Mark's Community of the Deaf. The prevalent language of deaf people is visual, not spoken. So when a Catholic person without hearing is to learn Church doctrine, it is most often through video. Unfortunately, video resources about the Church are scarce.

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CWL kicks off year of centennial celebrations

February 20, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – The Catholic Women's League is most notable for its fidelity to the Church, Archbishop Richard Smith told a gala celebration marking the CWL's 100th anniversary.

"Your identity as Catholic informs all that you do and you are very public about that and unapologetic," Smith said.

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Share Lent effort deserves strong support – Smith

February 20, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

In a Lenten letter inviting Catholics to contribute generously to this year's Share Lent campaign, Archbishop Richard Smith also urged those with any concerns about overseas projects to contact the conference.

"For Catholics in Canada, the annual Share Lent Collection offers a special opportunity to hear the cry of the poor and to reach out to those in need," Smith wrote in a Feb. 9 letter in his role as president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

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Superintendent at Elk Island will take time to listen

Michael Hauptman

February 20, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SHERWOOD PARK – In various Catholic school systems, Michael Hauptman has assumed many roles, including student, parent, teacher, administrator and trustee.

Soon he will be the superintendent and CEO for Elk Island Catholic Schools.

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