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Ark of the Covenant a precursor to motherhood of Mary

May 12, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When I first heard the Virgin Mary called the Ark of the Covenant many years ago, I was surprised. At that time, the Ark was getting more publicity from Indiana Jones movies than in Catholic circles. But when I thought about it, it made sense. Just as the original Ark, which contained the tablets of the Old Law, represented the fullest presence of God in the world, even more so did Mary contain the full presence of the Lord during the nine months she carried Jesus in her womb.

Vatican statistics detail continuing global growth of Church

May 12, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The number of Catholics in the world and the number of priests, permanent deacons and religious men all increased in 2012, while the number of women in religious orders continued to decline, according to Vatican statistics. The number of candidates for the priesthood also showed its first global downturn in recent years. The statistics come from a recently published Statistical Yearbook of the Church, which reported worldwide Church figures as of Dec. 31, 2012.

World is finally giving peace a chance, says Roche

Douglas Roche

April 28, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Despite the many conflicts disturbing the peace of the world, including the war in Syria and the Russia-Ukraine impasse, retired Canadian senator Douglas Roche maintains the world is moving to a more peaceful state. That's the premise of his new book Peacemakers: How People around the World are Building a World Free of War. "I'm not saying that everybody in the world is living in harmony or that violence has ended or that suffering is eliminated. What I am saying is that more people are freed from the physical act of warfare than ever before," Roche said in a recent interview.

Priests, smell like your sheep, Smith says at Chrism Mass

April 28, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Priests must acquire the smell of sheep by being close to their flock and attentive to their needs, Archbishop Richard Smith said, relying heavily on an image popularized by Pope Francis. Speaking to a large crowd from every parish in the Edmonton Archdiocese at the April 14 Chrism Mass at St. Joseph's Basilica, Smith challenged priests to go out of themselves to be close to their people and to make their flock's difficulties, fears and pain their own.

God is the first victim of abortion

April 28, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Before harming a woman and her unborn child, the act of abortion hurts God, said Father Paul Nicholson. "Truly the first victim in abortion, the first victim in sin, is God," he said. "It is he who is wounded. There is no such thing as a victimless crime." Nicholson addressed about 100 people April 5 at the Campaign Life Coalition's National Pro-Life Conference.

Church in Alta. offers hope for girls on street in Ukraine

April 28, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

UNICEF estimates that there are 150,000 homeless children in Ukraine, making the country a prime target for human traffickers. Many girls in Ukraine end up in poverty, with little or no education, suffering from malnutrition, inadequate medical care or a lack of housing. One ambitious endeavour aimed at saving these children is through the Bridge of Hope program, a joint effort of the Ukrainian Eparchy of Edmonton and the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, Ukraine. Their solution is called Home of Hope.

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.