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Many paths lead candidates to RCIA door and conversion

Anne Driver

March 31, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A common icon of conversion is the painting of Jesus standing at a person's front door. The image illustrates Revelation 3.20: "Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me." Jesus gives the invitation and calls out to us, but it's up to each individual to decide whether to answer the door and let Jesus into his or her life, said Anne Driver, pastoral assistant at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in Spruce Grove/Stony Plain.

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New LRT mural halts controversy

March 31, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As loud trains rolled past and announcements blared through the Grandin LRT station, about 100 people gathered inside the station to witness the unveiling of a new mural aimed at making amends with the past. The mural, in honour of Alberta's First Nations people, was unveiled at the station March 21. The artwork was created by aboriginal artist Aaron Paquette, who has been an advocate for native rights.

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Shroud replica stirs faith during Edmonton visit

March 31, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

While there are thousands of photographic reproductions of the Shroud of Turin, the Shroud on display in Edmonton is unique in that it is among only a handful of reproductions authorized by the Archdiocese of Turin, Italy, the custodians of the original Shroud. Ed Hecker, a retired teacher, visited the actual Shroud of Turin in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, in northern Italy. He could not get close or even take photographs, so it was not as compelling as he had hoped.

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Tough on crime programs make criminals tougher

March 31, 2014
FRANK FLEGEL
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

REGINA – A tough on crime federal government and cuts to education programs within prisons have made prison life much tougher and hasn't helped prisoners get out of a life of crime. That was the principal message given March 10 to a group of Catholic Women's League and Knights of Columbus members at Holy Trinity Parish by Friends on the Outside (FOTO).

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Day of Confession was 'amazing evangelization tool'

March 31, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As they did a year ago, thousands of Catholics across the Edmonton Archdiocese lined up to confess their sins to a priest March 18. Many were regular parishioners who can't find the time during regular hours to confess their sins and find forgiveness through the sacrament of Reconciliation.

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St. Francis School asks pope to pay a visit

March 31, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

You never know but if Pope Francis shows up in Edmonton, the credit should go to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Edmonton's northeast. The 264-student elementary school recently sent the beloved pontiff a video invitation to their school. Principal Kathy Dekker would love if the pope came but she would settle for a response from him by the end of June.

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Lent is more than 'giving up'; it also involves reaching out

Bob McKeon

March 31, 2014

On Shrove Tuesday, I was at a church pancake supper. The conversation quickly turned to Lent, which started the next day, and about fasting. Each of us started talking about the specifics of what we were going to give up during Lent. Different foods and activities were named. Every year, there is a Scripture passage (Isaiah 58) that talks about fasting that appears in the Liturgy of the Hours on Ash Wednesday and in the daily Mass readings two days later.

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Is hell a physical place? Are we sent there by God?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

March 31, 2014

Is hell a physical place? Does God send us to hell? Does the resurrection signify physical movement to a place in space with physical dimensions? If so, space exploration must be penetrating that physical place we still call heaven.

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Dialogue needed to undermine tribalism

Gordon Self

March 31, 2014

This spring marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Triggered the night of April 6, 1994, Hutu extremists retaliated over the assassination of President Habyarimana by killing local Tutsis blamed for the attack. Mounting ethnic tensions between the Hutu majority and Tutsi minority erupted in widespread violence that engulfed the country. For the next 100 days approximately 800,000 Tutsi, Twa and Hutu moderates were killed.

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My Lenten war on black angel of fear

Lasha Morningstar

March 31, 2014

The question "What did you give up for Lent?" makes its rounds during many conversations right now. The usual answers came fast and furious. "Coffee." "Chocolate." "Butter." "Wine." Some cheer at the amount of weight they will lose during this religious season. Others acknowledge it as a test of their willpower. For many, it's a witness to their faith.

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