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Shroud replica stirs faith during Edmonton visit

March 31, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

While there are thousands of photographic reproductions of the Shroud of Turin, the Shroud on display in Edmonton is unique in that it is among only a handful of reproductions authorized by the Archdiocese of Turin, Italy, the custodians of the original Shroud. Ed Hecker, a retired teacher, visited the actual Shroud of Turin in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, in northern Italy. He could not get close or even take photographs, so it was not as compelling as he had hoped.

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Tough on crime programs make criminals tougher

March 31, 2014
FRANK FLEGEL
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

REGINA – A tough on crime federal government and cuts to education programs within prisons have made prison life much tougher and hasn't helped prisoners get out of a life of crime. That was the principal message given March 10 to a group of Catholic Women's League and Knights of Columbus members at Holy Trinity Parish by Friends on the Outside (FOTO).

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Day of Confession was 'amazing evangelization tool'

March 31, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As they did a year ago, thousands of Catholics across the Edmonton Archdiocese lined up to confess their sins to a priest March 18. Many were regular parishioners who can't find the time during regular hours to confess their sins and find forgiveness through the sacrament of Reconciliation.

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St. Francis School asks pope to pay a visit

March 31, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

You never know but if Pope Francis shows up in Edmonton, the credit should go to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Edmonton's northeast. The 264-student elementary school recently sent the beloved pontiff a video invitation to their school. Principal Kathy Dekker would love if the pope came but she would settle for a response from him by the end of June.

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Effects of schools ‘disastrous’ says Church council

April 2, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Christian communities "have often fallen short of living the love and service of Jesus" in their long history of relations with indigenous peoples, says a statement of reconciliation by the Canadian Council of Churches. The Church-run Indian residential school system, in particular, "had disastrous effects on students, their families and communities," the CCC said in a statement delivered at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) national event in Edmonton March 28.

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Survivors witness to the Creator – Smith

Chief Robert Joseph

April 2, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Testimonies of residential school survivors given at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission event in Edmonton witness to the central place of God the Creator in aboriginal spirituality, Archbishop Richard Smith said March 28. That openness to the Creator allows the heart to be moved, and healing and reconciliation to take place, the archbishop said at a TRC session.

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Christians have role to play in public life, says ambassador

April 14, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Andrew Bennett, Canada's ambassador of religious freedom, urged a Christian audience here April 4 to engage in the public sphere, proclaim truth and champion human dignity. Christians are very good at discussing politics, economics and social responsibility in private spaces "in which we feel safe and comfortable," Bennett said. "Yet, Christ does not call the Christian to be safe and comfortable."

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Alta bishops invite the faithful to March for Life

April 14, 2014
Dear Faithful People in Christ,

Human life is a wondrous and beautiful gift of God. Since God has created members of the human race in his image and likeness, every man, woman and child is endowed with an inalienable dignity. In our country, we are witnesses to the sad truth that human dignity is not always honoured. The obvious and most tragic example of this is abortion. It is manifest also in embryonic stem cell research, which destroys a human embryo, and in the promotion of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

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Mint honours John Paul II with special coins

April 14, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled gold and silver coins of Pope John Paul II to mark the pontiff's canonization April 27. "It's a good idea," said Saguenay Mayor Jean Tremblay after a ceremony in his city.

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Quebec's rejection of PQ halts values charter, euthanasia

April 14, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The surprisingly strong Quebec Liberal victory April 7 means euthanasia is off the table - for now – and signals a greater openness to religious Quebecers, say informed observers. The Quebec Liberal Party led by Philippe Couillard trounced the Parti Quebecois, winning 70 seats to the PQ's 30. The Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) won three additional seats, bringing its tally to 22, while Quebec Solidaire won three seats.

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