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Jesus' feet washing is a call to service

April 18, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON — When Jesus served the disciples by washing their feet at the Last Supper, he meant it as a sign for them to do likewise, says Oblate Father Paul Fachet.

As with the celebration of the Eucharist, Christ calls us "to do this in memory of me," said Fachet, a former long-time professor at Edmonton's Newman Theological College.

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St Thérèse was doctor of humility, says pope

St Thérèse  of Lisieux

April 18, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict called St. Thérèse of Lisieux's autobiography, The Story of a Soul, a wonderful authentic "treasure" and invited everyone to read it.

The 19th-century Carmelite saint's teaching of "the 'little way" of holiness has been so influential in our time," he said April 6 at his weekly general audience.

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London campaign draws flock back to Confession

April 18, 2011
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

LONDON, ONT. — When the Diocese of London says its doors are always open, they're not kidding. At least that was the case on April 6 when more than 120 parishes across southwestern Ontario took part in the diocese's Confession Campaign.

"It's an invitation to people that the doors are open for them to come back to the sacrament of Confession," London Bishop Ronald Fabbro told The Catholic Register.

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Quilts stitched with love for the poor

April 18, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Four women from St. Thomas d'Aquin Parish are providing warmth for some of the city's disadvantaged people.

Jeannine Amyotte, Pauline Piché, Marie Parent and Cécile Pahud get together regularly making comforters. They do not do it for themselves, but to donate to the less fortunate.

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Irish Prelate says Church culture needs to change

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Ireland.

April 18, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MILWAUKEE — Much more remains to be done to "turn around the culture of an institution" that allowed thousands of children to be abused by priests in the Archdiocese of Dublin, says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

"I can honestly say that with perhaps two exceptions, I have not encountered a real and unconditional admission of guilt and responsibility on the part of priest offenders in my diocese," Martin told an international conference on the clergy sex abuse scandal April 4.

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Catholic physicians urged to stick to their principles

Janet Smith

April 18, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — In the face of cultural pressure to accept abortion, contraception and euthanasia, Catholic doctors can respond by affirming the inherent human dignity of the person.

They can also appeal to human reason in explaining the "culture of life," Catholic experts said at the third annual conference of the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians' Societies.

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Canadian Council of Churches tells politicians to reduce poverty

April 18, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

The number one demand churches are making from campaigning federal politicians is a concrete plan to reduce and end poverty in Canada.

The Canadian Council of Churches reiterated the ecumenical priority in a letter to all the national party leaders March 31.

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Family violence a grab for power, CSS team tells women's league

April 18, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton — Abusers in close relationships seek to be the only source of information, support and contact with society for the people they abuse, says a parish liaison worker with Catholic Social Services.

Abuse and isolation are tactics abusers use to gain power and control, Claire Rolheiser told the archdiocesan Catholic Women's League convention April 8.

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New CWL president faces challenging 2 years in office

April 18, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton - Looking forward to the next two years as archdiocesan president of the Catholic Women's League, Gladys Brown says, "I'm excited, I'm nervous."

It won't be a typical two years for the new president. In August 2012, the archdiocesan CWL will host the league's national convention at the Shaw Conference Centre and Westin Inn.

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Good Friday: Another Working Day

April 18, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Canada's Catholic bishops have asked Elections Canada to accommodate workers who want to attend religious services on Good Friday, the first day advance polls are open for the May 2 election.

But the chief electoral officer says those who accept employment know in advance the days and hours for the polls.

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