WCR This Week

Vatican condemns murder of Pakistani minister

March 14, 2011
SARA ANGLE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican condemned the killing of a Catholic government minister in Pakistan who had spoken out against anti-blasphemy laws.

"The assassination of the Pakistani minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, is a new and terribly serious act of violence," Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said March 2. more . . .

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Catholics blend values with business

March 14, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When Catholic business leaders and experts gathered for a recent Vatican meeting, they were asked to take part in an unusual thought experiment.

Andreas Widmer, a former Swiss Guard and business executive, told them: "Imagine you are put on trial for being a Christian, and they will use your company and how you run it as proof of your faith. Worst case scenario would be they can't convict you because there's no evidence." more . . .

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Teens tackle Katrina's aftermath

March 14, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT - In 2005, Hurricane Katrina wiped out homes in New Orleans. More than 1,800 people died. Churches, schools and playgrounds lay in ruins. Property damage was an estimated $81 billion, making the natural disaster the deadliest and costliest in U.S. history. more . . .

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Pope absolves Jews in Jesus' death

Jesus of Nazareth. Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem to the Resurrection.

March 14, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - In his latest volume of Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict says the condemnation of Christ had complex political and religious causes and cannot be blamed on the Jewish people as a whole.

The pope also said it was a mistake to interpret the words reported in the Gospel, "His blood be on us and on our children," as a blood curse against the Jews. more . . .

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KAIROS' funding cut worries CCODP

March 14, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - The ongoing controversy over KAIROS funding is creating confusion and concern in the development community says Michael Casey, executive director of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP).

"It would be good if some clear guidelines emerged out of this," said Casey. more . . .

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Renounce selfishness

March 7, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Lent is a time for self-examination and to let go of all traces of selfishness, which is the root of violence, Pope Benedict said. more . . .

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Commit, then go forth and evangelize

March 7, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SPRUCE GROVE — Evangelizing is done best through example, says Patty Schneier, a wife, mother of three, cantor and radio show host from Missouri. more . . .

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Provincial cut slashes innovative program

Debbie Engel

March 7, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Drastic funding cuts to an innovative government grant program has Edmonton Catholic Schools reevaluating its budget.

Effective Sept. 1, Alberta Education's $80 million province-wide funding for the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) will be slashed in half, reduced to $40 million. Edmonton Catholic, now in its fourth three-year AISI cycle, received about $4.5 million in AISI grants last year. more . . .

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Indian pastor brings international experience to Italian parish

Fr. 'James' Chitteth

March 7, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — For the most part, the congregation at St. Maria Goretti Parish is elderly. That's the first thing Father Mathai Chacko Chitteth noticed when he took over as pastor of the city's Italian parish in February. more . . .

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Sisters of Sion say 'farewell' after 50 years of ministry

Sr. Terry Horvath

March 7, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The Sisters of Sion were sent to North America in 1892 with the encouraging words, "Congratulations, go and do something."

When the first three sisters came to Edmonton in 1961, they remained busy "doing something," mostly serving in the schools or in parish work. Father Joseph McGrane was instrumental in bringing Sister Alice Godin and two others from the order to Edmonton to help in his parish of St. Angela. more . . .

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