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Citing health reasons, Pope Benedict announces he will resign

Pope Benedict XVI

February 11, 2013
CAROL GLATZ AND
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Saying he no longer has the strength to exercise ministry over the universal church, Pope Benedict announced Feb. 11 that he will resign at the end of the month after an eight-year pontificate.

"After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," the pope told cardinals gathered for an ordinary public consistory to approve the canonization of new saints.

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Recycled churches

February 18, 2013

Visitors tour the new St. Raphael the Archangel Church in Old Mill Creek, Ill., during a Jan. 27 celebration marking completion of the first phase of construction of their new church.

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Archbishop Guimond had a passion for teaching theology

Archbishop Emeritus Arthé Guimond

February 18, 2013
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT – Archbishop Emeritus Arthé Guimond died on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Youville Home in St. Albert, at the age of 81.

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Dolphin made his mark in Church and in journalism

Frank Dolphin (1987)

February 18, 2013
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Frank Dolphin will be remembered as a great journalist, family man and member of the Catholic community.

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Evangelizing the Workplace

February 18, 2013
(Following is the text of the talk by Archbishop Gerard Pettipas of Grouard-McLennan at the Feb. 7 session of Nothing More Beautiful.)

Benedict of Nursia (480-547 AD), otherwise known simply as St. Benedict, was born into and lived through different times than our own. Benedict was part of a very popular movement in the early Church that might well be termed, "the pursuit of holiness" movement.

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Do justice in the workplace – Pettipas

February 18, 2013
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The workplace is a challenging but excellent venue for Christian evangelization, says the archbishop of Grouard-McLennan.

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New foundation seeks to promote Catholic education

Owen Edmondson

February 18, 2013
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton Catholic Schools has established a new foundation aimed at raising awareness of the benefits of Catholic education.

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Pornographic lust destroys dignity, brain cells, lives

Matthew Fradd

February 18, 2013
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The problem with pornography is not that it shows too much of the human person, but that it shows too little, says Catholic apologist Matthew Fradd. "It reduces the beauty and the complexity of the person to a thing to be used for my sexual pleasure."

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Benedict plans prayerful retirement at Vatican

Pope Benedict

February 18, 2013
CAROL GLATZ
and CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Even though Pope Benedict will spend his retirement near Rome and then inside Vatican City, he will not play any role in the upcoming election for a new pope, and he will not interfere with the responsibilities and decision-making of the new pontiff, the Vatican spokesman said.

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Papal resignation sets transition period in motion

February 18, 2013
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

While the surprise resignation of Pope Benedict is a first for the Church in centuries, it also leads to a complicated period of transition that ends in the election of a new pope.

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