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Rural community near Beaumont opts to launch Catholic school district

April 28, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

BEAUMONT – The Chorest community near Beaumont has voted unanimously to form a new Catholic school district. The formation of the new district will allow Catholic students in the area to attend Académie Saint-André Academy in Beaumont, and help ensure bus transportation will be available for these students.

Easter message from Canada's Catholic bishops

Archbishop Paul-André Durocher

April 28, 2014

Life is stronger than death! This is the fundamental conviction of my Christian faith. It is based on a fact: Jesus' disciples were radically transformed only a few days after his death. Let's put ourselves in their place. The one in whom they had hoped has died, and his death was shameful. Accused of encouraging revolt against the government, Jesus was tortured, publicly humiliated and crucified like a most vile criminal. A phrase from the Jewish Scriptures must have haunted them: "Anyone hung on a tree is under God's curse" (Deuteronomy 21.23).

Jim Flaherty honoured

Jim Flaherty

April 28, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Tributes poured in for former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty who died suddenly April 10 at the age of 64 only three weeks after he had resigned his cabinet portfolio. "We join in offering our thoughts and prayers for the loved ones of Jim Flaherty," said Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins in a statement. "A public servant who gave of his time and talents to serve the country through the noble vocation of elected office, he served our province and country faithfully for many years."

God's grace freed businessman to forgive others

David Bentall

April 28, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Our beliefs have a profound impact on our lives, said David Bentall, guest speaker at the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast. "Just like our Olympic athletes whose belief propels them to great heights, what we believe has the power to dramatically change us," he said. God delivered Bentall from bitterness, and enabled him to learn to forgive so he could succeed in business.

N. B. Morgentaler clinic will close doors in July

April 28, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

FREDERICTON, N.B. – The pro-life movement is claiming victory, a small one but a victory nonetheless, in New Brunswick with the announcement that the Morgentaler abortion clinic in Fredericton will close in July. The announcement came on April 10 with the clinic citing financial difficulties as the main cause for the proposed closure.

Snow fails to deter annual Way of Cross

April 28, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Bundled up in tuques and warm coats, several hundred people defied the cold, snowy weather and attempted to take to Edmonton’s inner city streets on Good Friday to commemorate Jesus’ death and pray for an end to injustice. However, organizers decided the streets were too slippery and held the entire procession in the block in front of Hope Mission, Edmonton’s largest emergency shelter, at 9908-106 Ave. Be Not Afraid was the theme of the 34th annual Way of the Cross, which saw people pray at each stop for an end to the injustices and a betterment of the lives of the poor and vulnerable. It was mostly students from Archbishop O’Leary High School who carried the cross from one stop to the next.

Former missionary tackles realities, myths of the Dene

Bern Will Brown

April 28, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Sahtu Dene people have undergone significant lifestyle changes in the past six decades, moving from dog teams to Ski-Doos, from traplines to mostly wage employment and from log cabins to frame houses. Bern Will Brown has travelled with them every step of the way. In his most recent book, End-of-Earth People: The Arctic Sahtu Dene, Brown provides new insights on the Sahtu Dene, the people referred to as the Hareskin in Alexander Mackenzie's 1793 journal.

Ukrainian Catholics celebrate 25 years of religious freedom

Ukrainian Archbishop Volodymyr Sterniuk

April 28, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Ukrainian Catholic Church is marking the 25th anniversary of its legalization in the former Soviet Union. Christianity came to Ukraine in 988. Christianity, mainly Eastern Orthodox, has been the dominant religion in the country since its acceptance by Volodymyr the Great, who made it the state religion. "Prince Volodymyr was looking for a way to unify his people, the various tribes, and he did so ingeniously through faith," explained Bishop David Motiuk of the Ukrainian Eparchy of Edmonton.

Couple determined to share the love God has given them

Jerry Heck

April 28, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pat Heck heard the voice of the Lord. He instructed her to do the small things well. "It's not all about being out in the open doing things where everybody sees you. It's all about what you do when you're called to do something quiet, something unseen," said Pat. She and her husband Jerry were the guest speakers at the Edmonton Catholic charismatic prayer breakfast, held April 12 at the Chateau Louis Conference Centre.

The pope's new man in Canada

Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi

April 28, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, Canada's new apostolic nuncio, recalls two life-changing lessons in humility at age 19 that prepared him for a life of joyful, self-giving service to God and his Church. These experiences shaped his life in the mould of Pope Francis, whom he represents to the Church in Canada. As the ambassador from the Holy See, he also represents the Vatican to the Canadian government. As well, he plays a key role advising the pope on episcopal appointments.