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Women had portents they would be asked to witness

Mary Ann Sosa

February 17, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One woman dreamed of a thermometer; the other heard a voice at the carwash. Both found themselves unexpectedly called upon to share their testimonies of faith at the Edmonton Catholic Renewal Services prayer breakfast when the scheduled speaker became ill.

No moral duty to care for the brain dead

February 17, 2014
NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Recent conflicts in California and Texas between physicians and the families of patients considered to be brain dead have prompted new questions about end-of-life decision-making. But the well-publicized case of 13-year-old Jahi McMath in Oakland, Calif., and the less-well-known case of Marlise Munoz, a 33-year-old pregnant woman in Fort Worth, Texas, provide a teaching moment to help clarify Catholic teaching on the determination of death, according to the leading U.S. Catholic bioethical organization.

Many Catholics misunderstand when treatment may be withdrawn

February 17, 2014
NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

PHILADELPHIA – There is "great misunderstanding" among Catholics and others about the Church's teachings on whether and when life-sustaining medical treatment can be withdrawn when death is near, says a leading Catholic bioethicist. Marie Hilliard, director of bioethics and public policy and a staff ethicist at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, said the centre conducts about 2,000 consultations a year with "families in distress" who want to talk with an ethicist "about the Church's teaching in light of their (family) situation."

Pope Francis: The troublemaker pope

Pope Francis

February 17, 2014
PATRICIA ZAPOR
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

As early on as it is for the pontificate of Pope Francis, his statements and actions already have given guidance for how simple changes can improve the world, said panelists at Georgetown University. In the latest in a series of conversations hosted by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life Feb. 3, two journalists and an expert on church management considered the effect of the "Francis factor" on politics and public policy.

Typhoon recovery efforts show world a united Church

Cardinal Luis Tagle

February 17, 2014
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

An emotional Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila welcomed Catholic leaders reviewing Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts, saying that the work to rebuild devastated communities can show the world a Church united in the service of people in need. Tears welled up as he described the utter destruction he saw during a visit to Tacloban soon after the Nov. 8 typhoon swept in from the sea with 310-km-an-hour winds and a tsunami-like storm surge.

Typhoon-displaced students get a warm welcome in Quezon City

Seary Balliard

February 17, 2014
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES – Biology major Seary Balliard is finding there's a lot more to a university education than knowing how the parts of the human body function. She is also learning about the human psyche and the compassion it can share.

Catholic devotion crucial in declaring holy people saints

Blessed Marie de l'Incarnation

February 17, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The sainthood process is long and technically complicated, and ultimately requires the approval of the pope, but the whole procedure is driven by Catholics in the pews and, especially, those on their knees. The Congregation for Saints' Causes and the official promoters of causes – known as postulators – do the paperwork, but if there is no evidence of widespread devotion to a candidate, no visits to the person's grave, no reports of favours and even miracles received through the potential saint's intercession, the cause just sits there. Even for centuries.

Christians must leave behind a legacy of trust in God &#8211 pope

February 17, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Despite personal failings and sins, Christians must live and die with hope, leaving behind a legacy of having trusted fully in God, Pope Francis said. "Sinners, yes. Traitors, no! Corrupted, no!" the pope said, encouraging people, no matter how many mistakes they've made, not to stray from Christ and his Church.

Calgary faith leaders want to save the earth

February 3, 2014
JOY GREGORY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

The wide spectrum of environmental concerns issue "a haunting, compelling cry . . . arising in our times from every corner of the earth," says Calgary Bishop Fred Henry. Environmental pollution, socio-economic problems caused by the loss of deforestation and soil erosion, and a host of issues linked to climate change, including catastrophic weather events, are all powerful examples of that cry, Henry said at a gathering of interfaith leaders Jan. 22.

Behold the Lamb of God mosaic at basilica focuses on tabernacle

February 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A mosaic, inspired by the book of Revelation and giving glory to Christ's Eucharistic presence, has recently taken its place behind the tabernacle at St. Joseph's Basilica. Designed and built by a religious artist in New Zealand, the mosaic, which cost $80,000 in total, shows the Lamb standing triumphantly holding the cross.