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Resurrection empowers us to set our sights on higher things

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April 25, 2011

The great Second Reading for Easter Sunday provokes a challenge: "If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth" (Colossians 3.1-2).

After the discipline of Lent and the glory of the Triduum liturgies we might just believe that, with God's grace, we can do it. Now is the time to be completely focused on seeking the things that are above and turning our backs on things that are on earth.

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Friar Ducharme awaits ordination

Friar Pierre Ducharme

May 9, 2011
BRENT MATTSON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — After six years of formation, Franciscan Friar Pierre Ducharme will emerge from Christ’s kiln a fully-formed priest after his ordination at Holy Rosary Cathedral.

“It gives me more of an opportunity to be with people and journey with them through baptism and marriages,” the Vancouver native said. “I am looking forward to all the ministry that the priesthood has to offer.”

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Economy of communion focuses on giving

May 9, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — In today’s business culture that emphasizes maximizing profits, businesspeople are asking, “What can I get?” A new course at Newman Theological College will be teaching businesspeople how to shift their mentality to asking, “What can I give?”

Capitalism is based on the principle of wealth accumulation without consideration for one’s neighbour. However, philosopher Jim Penna and ecological economist Mark Anielski are offering a different approach — an economy of communion.

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JP2 had profound effect on the lives of many

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz

May 9, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ROME — With songs, videos, testimonials and prayers, Catholics of every age and many countries gathered in Rome to remember Pope John Paul II on the eve of his beatification.

“I feel him present here in the Circus Maximus,” the pope’s former secretary, Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow told the crowd in Rome’s ancient racetrack April 30. “I feel him returning tonight.”

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John Paul II still draws a crowd

May 9, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

John Paul II is blessed because of his faith — a strong, generous and apostolic faith,” Pope Benedict said May 1 just minutes after formally beatifying his predecessor.

Many among those attending Pope John Paul’s beatification had personal stories about seeing the late pope or even meeting him, and Pope Benedict ended his homily at the Mass sharing his own personal story.

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Holy Trinity hands build Jamaica bonds

May 9, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jamaica is known for its sunny beaches and tourist resorts, making it a common vacation destination. A few parishioners from Holy Trinity Parish in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain view the Caribbean country much differently.

Next to Haiti, Jamaica is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. Of its three main areas — Mandeville, Montego Bay and Kingston — Mandeville is the most impoverished.

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World turning against nuclear arms

Douglas Roche

May 9, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The desire to rid the world of nuclear weapons is gathering momentum, says Senator Douglas Roche.

“Nobody loves nuclear weapons — except their powerfully placed defenders in government, their supporters in the military and terrorists,” Roche says in new book, How We Stopped Loving the Bomb.

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Chaplain makes St. Francis' words live.

May 9, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Carla Cuglietta is all about helping others, whether the family is across the street or across the world.

A teacher and chaplain at Austin O’Brien High School, Cuglietta was inspired at least 10 years ago by a TV documentary about a woman who felt called to help abandoned children. The children were living in a garbage dump.

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Oblates, sisters tell of joys, sorrows in residential schools

May 9, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT — Dating back to the 1870s, and through most of the 20th century, more than 150,000 first Nations, Metis and Inuit children were forcibly taken from their families and placed in Indian residential schools.

The federal government's aim was to "civilize," Christianize and assimilate aboriginal people into Canadian society. Canada had more than 130 residential schools, the last of which closed in 1996. The policy behind the Church-run schools was to kill the Indian in the child. Many students suffered emotional, physical or sexual abuse.

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Bin Laden's death a cause to reflect, not rejoice — Vatican

May 9, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican said the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden should prompt serious reflection about one’s responsibility before God, not rejoicing.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, released a brief written statement May 2 reacting to the killing of bin Laden, a man Lombardi said sowed division and hatred and who caused “innumerable” deaths.

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