WCR This Week

Beatification, canonization are different

Pope John Paul II

April 25, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — The slight differences between a beatification and a canonization are easy to miss, especially when one pope beatifies another pope.

Just three weeks before Pope Benedict was to beatify Pope John Paul II on May 1, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments issued a decree designed, in part, to maintain the distinction.

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You too can be holy, pope says at audience

April 25, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Everyone is called to holiness, which is simply striving to imitate Christ, particularly in loving God and loving others, Pope Benedict said April 13.

Ending a long series of general audience talks about saints and doctors of the Church, the pope spoke about the meaning of holiness and how it is achieved.

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Woodcuts illuminate biblical tales

April 25, 2011
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Climbing to the roof of his home in Cologne, Germany, during the final days of the First World War, a teenage Fritz Eichenberg would pick up pieces of shrapnel, souvenirs of night bombing raids that terrorized civilians.

Born in 1901 to a Jewish family, Eichenberg saw the widespread destruction caused by war and wondered what good was coming of it. It was then that lifelong anti-war sentiments took root.

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Vatican concerned over China's actions

April 25, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — A Vatican commission on China has expressed deep concern over worsening relations with the Chinese government.

The commission has also appealed to authorities in China to avoid steps that would aggravate Church-state problems.

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Truth in politics matters to Canadians

April 25, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

With campaign jets soaring over the land and campaign buses rolling down highways, it's sometimes easy for Canadians to be cynical about the honesty of politicians.

But truth in politics still matters to Canadians, and politicians recognize it, said Prof. Richard Feist, dean of philosophy at Ottawa's Saint Paul University.

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Good Friday: Another Working Day

April 18, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Canada's Catholic bishops have asked Elections Canada to accommodate workers who want to attend religious services on Good Friday, the first day advance polls are open for the May 2 election.

But the chief electoral officer says those who accept employment know in advance the days and hours for the polls.

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New CWL president faces challenging 2 years in office

April 18, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton - Looking forward to the next two years as archdiocesan president of the Catholic Women's League, Gladys Brown says, "I'm excited, I'm nervous."

It won't be a typical two years for the new president. In August 2012, the archdiocesan CWL will host the league's national convention at the Shaw Conference Centre and Westin Inn.

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Family violence a grab for power, CSS team tells women's league

April 18, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton — Abusers in close relationships seek to be the only source of information, support and contact with society for the people they abuse, says a parish liaison worker with Catholic Social Services.

Abuse and isolation are tactics abusers use to gain power and control, Claire Rolheiser told the archdiocesan Catholic Women's League convention April 8.

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Canadian Council of Churches tells politicians to reduce poverty

April 18, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

The number one demand churches are making from campaigning federal politicians is a concrete plan to reduce and end poverty in Canada.

The Canadian Council of Churches reiterated the ecumenical priority in a letter to all the national party leaders March 31.

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Catholic physicians urged to stick to their principles

Janet Smith

April 18, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — In the face of cultural pressure to accept abortion, contraception and euthanasia, Catholic doctors can respond by affirming the inherent human dignity of the person.

They can also appeal to human reason in explaining the "culture of life," Catholic experts said at the third annual conference of the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians' Societies.

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