Canadian conservatives urged to avoid 'Trumpism'

Michael Gerson
March 7, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - When hundreds of conservatives gathered for the annual Manning Centre Conference on the theme Recharging the Right, it was impossible to ignore Donald Trump. The real estate magnate and reality-show creator and star has dominated headlines south of the border for months and seems to be on his way to becoming the Republican presidential nominee. He has inspired record turnouts in various state primaries.

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Women should have a larger role in Church, says Durocher

Archbishop Paul-André Durocher
March 7, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Archbishop Paul-André Durocher wants to hear the voices of women, take their advice and see them active in the Church. "Let us accept Pope Francis' invitation to elaborate in our churches a true synodality in which all voices are heard, those of women too," the archbishop of Gatineau wrote in the Feb. 1 issue of the Vatican's semi-official newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. Durocher was invited to contribute to one of the Church's most influential publications by Lucetta Scaraffia, editor of the paper's monthly supplement called Women Church World..

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Lacombe demolishes old church, moves to build anew

March 7, 2016
MICHAEL MARIEN
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

LACOMBE - St. Stephen's Catholic Parish in Lacombe is turning a new and exciting page in our history, as we prepare to build a new church. A 2014 investigation showed we would soon have to either completely renovate our current church or build a new one. Building new made much more financial sense, and so we began a successful first campaign to construct a new church, which we imagined to happen five years from now.

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Online campaign to promote human dignity

March 7, 2016
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Holds Worth Design is working with the Edmonton Archdiocese on an online campaign to promote the dignity and value of every human life. The campaign, known as Every Life Matters, has a website (www.commitlife.com) aimed at providing vulnerable people at risk of self-harm and suicide with encouragement and hope. The goal, said Brian Holdsworth of Holds Worth Design, is not one of lobbying government to make laws that respect life, but rather to convert the culture by telling stories of people who have found hope by overcoming adversity.

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Shout from the mountaintop: God's mercy is without end

March 7, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Darrel Slugoski, one of hundreds of people who poured out their hearts on the Archdiocese of Edmonton's annual Day of Confessions on Feb. 17, felt like shouting from the mountaintop. >"We should be shouting it from the mountaintops, just how powerful a sacrament this is," he said, after completing his Confession. For the fourth year in a row, every parish in the archdiocese had priests available from morning until evening to receive penitents.

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Students tap talents to serve the poor

Ava Alexis-Seggumba
March 7, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Holy Family School in southeast Edmonton has found a formula to get junior high students galvanized into active and dignified service to the poor. Start with a leader who truly inspires them to do what they are taught by living out their Catholic social teachings. "I'm inspired by Pope Francis because he donated his motorcycle to charity and would just ride the bus like any other normal person," said Grade 9 student Mary-Jane McIntyre.

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Climb aboard to confess your sins on England's 'Mercy Bus'

March 7, 2016
SIMON CALDWELL
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

BURNLEY, England - A diocese in England is using a double-decker bus for priests to hear the Confessions of people who have stopped going to church. The Mercy Bus is touring the Diocese of Salford during Lent in an attempt to reach out to lapsed Catholics. Each Saturday, the bus parks in a busy area of Manchester or one of the outlying towns, and volunteers try to engage shoppers by offering miraculous medals blessed by Pope Francis as gifts.

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Youth prepare to discover universal Church at WYD

March 7, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For Abigail Hartman, preparation for this year's World Youth Day started even before she decided to attend. Hartman, 19, is one of hundreds of young people in the archdiocese getting geared up to go to the international meeting in Krakow, Poland in July. It is not the first WYD pilgrimage for the University of Alberta student, who also attended the event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2013.

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Clear communication might have prevented Reformation

Martin Luther
March 7, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One main reason for the 500-year-old split between Lutherans and Roman Catholics is "a lack of clear communication between family members," says a Lutheran scholar. The Rev. Gordon Jensen, a professor of theology at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon, compared the split to a failing marriage where couples don't communicate carefully and allow things to become a complete mess. "That's what happened in the 16th century (between Lutherans and Catholics).

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Retired primate lauds opportunities Year of Mercy provides

Archbishop Maurice Couture
March 7, 2016
PHILIPPE VAILLANCOURT
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

QUEBEC CITY - Archbishop Maurice Couture, 89, embraces the Year of Mercy as a concrete sign of hope for both society and the Church, especially on critical issues such as euthanasia, divorce and abortion. As archbishop of Quebec from 1990 to 2002, he was among the most important Church figures in Canada.

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