WCR This Week

Beware of the technology god

April 25, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass at the Vatican April 17, Pope Benedict warned that technological progress must not lead people to think they can "become God."

The German pontiff, who celebrated his 84th birthday the day before, joined a Palm Sunday procession that went through St. Peter's Square before Mass.

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Over-consumption is focus of parish Lenten program

April 25, 2011
STEPHEN DUFRESNE
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

The Lent 4.5 Program at St. Theresa's Parish in Edmonton has challenged parishioners to take personal action to protect God's creation and embrace Gospel justice.

Weekly presentations during Lent drew 35 to 50 people each Tuesday for interactive presentations on topics such as Christian simplicity, food, consumption, water, energy and transportation.

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Taber parish celebrating centennial

St. Augustine's centennial logo

April 25, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

TABER - St. Augustine's Parish in Taber is now celebrating its centennial year.

The town of Taber started with a bang with abundant coal mining in the area. In 1909 its population was 3,400. But then the coal dwindled and Taber almost became a ghost town.

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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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