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Faith communities urged to stay active on climate change

March 21, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Faith communities must stay hopeful and engaged to ensure governments live up to climate change commitments, says the leader of the United Church of Canada's delegation to last year's Paris climate change conference. Mardi Tindal, the former moderator of the United Church of Canada, said since Paris, she is still "bumping into a lot of denial about climate change." Tindal was a panel member March 9 at a discussion of how faith communities can follow up to the Paris conference. She appeared via Skype to reduce her carbon footprint.

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1916 Easter Rising bloodbath launched Irish into new era

Patrick Pearse
March 21, 2016
SUSAN GATELY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Easter Monday 1916 was a sunny day. Patrick Pearse, a young poet and teacher, stood in front of the General Post Office on O'Connell Street in Dublin and, to the astonishment of passersby, began to read: "Irishmen and Irishwomen: In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom."

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No love in recommendations on assisted death, says Crosby

March 7, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Canada's Catholic bishops, the Alberta bishops and an array of other groups have condemned recommendations in a special parliamentary report on assisted death tabled in the House of Commons Feb. 25. "Killing the mentally and physically ill, whether young or aged, is contrary to caring for and loving one's brother and sister," said a pastoral letter from Hamilton Bishop Douglas Crosby, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Smith to take anti-euthanasia campaign to parishes

Archbishop Richard Smith
March 7, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Church needs to use "every means at its disposal" to challenge assisted suicide and raise awareness about the issue among the Catholic faithful, says Archbishop Richard Smith. The Edmonton Archdiocese will hold a five-session catechetical series shortly after Easter to answer questions and educate Catholics about issues connected with the coming legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

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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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