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Winnipeggers ponder prospect of urban reserve

Chief Glenn Hudson
March 23, 2015
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

Within sight of Winnipeg's shiny new IKEA store lie dozens of abandoned buildings on acres of desolate land that First Nations are eager to transform into a neighbourhood with green space, retail shops and commercial property. But the federal government refuses to give up the land to the First Nations, and some residents of the affluent bordering communities of Tuxedo and River Heights may not want a so-called urban reserve in their backyards. "As Christians we are compelled to foster dialogue that crosses the divides of humanity," David Balzer said during a March 5 panel discussion at the nearby Canadian Mennonite University.

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Nosey neighbours helped build society's moral consensus

Fr. Robert Sirico
March 23, 2015
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

North America is at a "perilous point in history," if it loses a sense of shared moral consensus, says Father Robert Sirico. The co-founder of the Michigan-based Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty said society's moral roots form the foundation for who we are as well as the basis of civil society. "Are we simply living off the illusion of the past?" he asked at a March 7 session of the Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa.

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Abandoning the aged is a sin, says pope

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March 23, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Seeing the elderly only as a burden "is ugly. It's a sin," Pope Francis said at his March 4 weekly general audience. "We must reawaken our collective sense of gratitude, appreciation and hospitality, helping the elderly know they are a living part of their communities" and sources of wisdom for the younger generations, he said. "An elderly person is not an alien," the 78-year-old pope said. "The elderly person is us. Soon, or many years from now – inevitably anyway – we will be old, even if we don't think about it."

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Pope Francis calls on the elderly to offer the world their wisdom

March 23, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Don't pack it in or shift into cruise control, Pope Francis told his fellow seniors. Today's frenetic world, especially young people and families, needs the older generation's prayers, wisdom and gifts to give them the encouragement, hope and faith they often lack, he said at his weekly general audience March 11. "We, older people, can remind ambitious young people that a life without love is barren," he said to those gathered in St. Peter's Square "We can tell fearful young people that worrying about the future can be overcome. We can teach young people who are in love with themselves too much that there is more joy in giving than receiving."

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Church must open the door to 'seekers'

Charles Taylor
March 23, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

As the second anniversary of Pope Francis' election approached, an international group of philosophers, sociologists and theologians gathered to discuss how to renew the Church in a secular age. Many said that is exactly what Pope Francis is doing. "I think the Church had gotten into the stance of defending itself against its critics and trying to convince them, but that's not a stance of dialogue," said Charles Taylor, professor emeritus of philosophy at McGill University in Montreal. "Pope Francis is going out and reaching out." Taylor was one of the main speakers at a conference, Renewing the Church in a Secular Age, March 4-5 at Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University.

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Homeschooling mom offers many ways to build tradition

Therese McDonald
March 23, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Faith is at the heart of Therese McDonald's home, where learning and the formation of the whole child go together. The mother of four has been homeschooling for 20 years and says, "All the formation we give our children in reason, in reading, in mathematics, in writing, in conversing and in creating are all bound up in the faith." McDonald was one of several speakers at the Western Canadian Catholic Homeschool Conference at Providence Renewal Centre in Edmonton.

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Dads have room to pitch in with home education

Glen Spies
March 23, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Although homeschooling falls mostly on the mothers, fathers also play a big role, says a homeschooling dad from Derwent. "The way a father can help is, one, to be of support and in unity with their spouse in the decision to homeschool," explains Glenn Spies, who homeschools three children aged nine to 19 with his wife Susan. "The father also provides not only for the spiritual needs of the family by leading in prayer but also providing for the material needs. My job is going to work but also to provide for the material needs of the family."

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Couple follows God's will in education

March 23, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Naamah and Ted Leischner say they believe it's God's intention that they homeschool their children. "We homeschool to instill faith into them and to help them with their own learning styles," Naamah said. "I think we take our responsibility as primary educators of our children very seriously," added Ted. "At this point we believe that this is what God wants us to do." The couple has four children aged three to 10 and have been homeschooling for five years.

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Pope Francis at 2 years

March 23, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When Pope Francis went out onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica for the first time, he said he did not prepare what he was going to say, but "I felt deeply that a minister needs the blessing of God, but also of his people." He did not know if it was right to explicitly ask the thousands of people in St. Peter's Square to bless him, so instead he asked them to pray that God would bless him, he said. And he bowed for their prayers. Marking the second anniversary of his election March 13, Pope Francis spoke about the conclave that elected him in 2013, about his life the last two years and about the future in an interview with Valentina Alazraki of Mexico's Televisa.

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Almsgiving: Giving money or giving of self?

March 23, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pope Francis had it right when he told the Ash Wednesday audience, "Alms are given to someone from whom you would not expect to receive anything in return." Father Martin Carroll, rector of St. Joseph's Basilica, agrees we should help those in need but says it should be done with the aim of fostering social justice. "What I see for people for Lent is to make sure we help the social agencies. The big need is to the social agencies to meet the needs of the underprovided and the hard times. Here in Edmonton."

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