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Alta. bishops won’t take part in March for Life

March 10, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The Alberta bishops will not participate in this year’s March for Life because organizers could not guarantee that placards displaying dead fetuses would not be present at the event.

Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith, liaison bishop with the march organizers, said the presence of images of aborted babies at the march is not consistent with the message the bishops want to portray about the dignity of human life. more . . .

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Ont. Priest becomes Baghdad bishop

Archbishop-elect Yousif Mansoor

March 21, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — The next archbishop of Baghdad has spent 14 years in Canada learning some of the blessings of the secular state.

"In my 14 years in Canada the thing that really impressed me was the way democracy developed in this country," Archbishop-elect Yousif Mansoor told The Catholic Register.

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Children and the Church

March 21, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Involving children in the liturgy is a priority for the Church. Come Sunday Mass at many parishes, however, few children are present.

Matthew Berube, 15, is a longtime altar server at St. Vital Parish in Beaumont.

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Families push for secular school

March 21, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

MORINVILLE - Morinville has four schools, all Catholic. But a handful of non-Catholic families want public, secular education available as an option for their children.

"The situation here is untenable where 70 per cent of the kids in our schools are not Catholic," said Donna Hunter, whose three children attend Notre Dame School, for kindergarten to Grade 5 students.

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Newman community called to be disciples drawn closer to Jesus

March 21, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - The archbishop of Edmonton would like Newman Theological College to honour its patron saint - Cardinal John Henry Newman - by becoming a community of disciples that helps people draw close to the Lord.

Archbishop Richard Smith expressed this desire during the blessing and official opening of Newman Theological College March 8.

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Campus missionaries tell of their personal relationship with Jesus

March 21, 2011
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Jennia Grison was on the dean's list at Queen's University, had a great family and friends but was "so unhappy."

God seemed "far away and irrelevant," Grison recalls.

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Parents! You still influence your teens

March 21, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - With adolescence comes a surge of egocentrism, hormonal changes, peer pressure, risk-taking behaviour, development of abstract thinking, less time at home, interest in other forms of spirituality, and oftentimes loss of faith.

With all of these uncontrollable influences, how does one nurture a teen's spirituality? 

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Supporters of Medicine for All hope bill passes before election call

March 21, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Supporters of the New Democratic Party's Medicine for All bill hope the bill can pass the Senate before a possible spring election.

"This is one of those rare moments of life, where you have a precious window of opportunity, you either open it or you don't," said Dr. James Orbinski, founder of Dignitas International and a public health professor at the University of Toronto. "Let's make it happen."

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Bishops won’t take part in March for Life

March 21, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton — The Alberta bishops will not participate in this year's March for Life because organizers could not guarantee that placards displaying dead fetuses would not be present at the event.

Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith, liaison bishop with the march organizers, said the presence of images of aborted babies at the march is not consistent with the message the bishops want to portray about the dignity of human life.

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Benedict prays, sends aid to stricken Japan

March 21, 2011
SARA ANGLE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Saying he, too, was horrified by the images of the death and destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Pope Benedict asked people to join him in praying for the victims.

"May the bereaved and injured be comforted and may the rescue workers be strengthened in their efforts to assist the courageous Japanese people," the pope said March 13 after reciting the Angelus with visitors in St. Peter's Square.

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