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Books explore changing face of religious life

Sr. Elena Marie Piteo

March 3, 2014
REVIEWS BY ALLAN WRIGHT
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In Sisters in Crisis Revisited, Ann Carey offers the best-documented study of the collapse of Catholic women's religious orders to date. The documentation is taken from original sources such as essays, journals and firsthand accounts that illustrate that the demise of traditional religious communities was not a result of happenstance or the "spirit of change" during the 1960s.

World's bishops ask Vatican to rebuild trust with families

March 3, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The responses to the Vatican questionnaire about Catholics' family life reflect a great amount of suffering around the world, said the general secretary of the synod. As of Feb. 19, about 80 per cent of the world's bishops' conferences and 60 per cent of the Vatican congregations and councils had turned in formal responses to a questionnaire distributed by the synod office in October.

World Day of Prayer to be celebrated in 17 Edmonton-area churches

March 3, 2014
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – The annual World Day of Prayer, sponsored in Canada by the Women's Inter-Church Council, will be celebrated in 17 Edmonton-area churches on Friday, March 7. The World Day of Prayer was started in 1922 as an international ecumenical movement of prayer and action. Every year, Christian women from a different country write the prayer service which reflects justice concerns in their homeland through a biblical lens.

Benedict's resignation helped strengthen the papacy

Pope Benedict XVI & Pope Francis I

February 17, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When Pope Benedict XVI announced, on Feb. 11, 2013, that he would become the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign, speculation was as varied as it was excited about the long-term consequences of his historic act. But one common line of thought held that, for better or worse, his decision might leave the papacy a less exalted and powerful office, bringing the supreme pontiff closer to the level of other bishops, clergy and faithful.

Fr. Spicer championed Bible studies

Fr. John (Jack) Spicer

February 17, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Redemptorist Father John (Jack) Spicer wore many hats but likely will be remembered as a great educator of the Catholic faithful. As director of the archdiocesan Adult Learning Commission for more than 30 years, Spicer quietly educated thousands of Catholics on the Scriptures and on the changes brought about by the Second Vatican Council.

Give God a chance, singer urges school staff

Steve Angrisano

February 17, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Don't let the world convince you that holiness is impossible, says a Texas-based singer, songwriter and storyteller. "That's the farthest from the truth," remarked Steve Angrisano as he addressed the annual Faith Development Day of Edmonton Catholic Schools at Shaw Conference Centre. "To be the saint we are called to be we don't have to be perfect (just good)."

Smith tells of encounters on his visits to schools

Archbishop Richard Smith

February 17, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Church wants to set Catholic teachers up for success both professionally and personally, Archbishop Richard Smith said at the recent Faith Development Day of Edmonton Catholic Schools. "You are setting the students up for success; you want them to succeed," the archbishop told some 3,000 school employees at Shaw Conference Centre.

Local Ukrainians long for peace

Fr. Stephen Wojcichowsky

February 17, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Local members of the Ukrainian Catholic community are praying for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in their homeland. They held a public prayer service for Ukraine at the Legislature not long ago and parishes regularly have special prayer times for Ukraine.

Commit to doing the things that you cannot do

February 17, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Justin Fatica of Syracuse, N.Y., wouldn't ask his son John Paul to die on the cross for anybody. "That's because my faith is weak and my family isn't there yet either," he said to a group of about 500 men Feb. 8. "But God, our Father, loved us so much, had so much faith in mankind that he allowed his Son to go through the agony of the cross.

UN committee insists Vatican child abuse procedures

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi

February 17, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has continued to insist that the Vatican compile and publish detailed statistics on clerical sexual abuse of minors. It has also called on the pope, as head of the Church, to order Catholic dioceses and religious orders around the world to implement all the policies of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.