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World is finally giving peace a chance, says Roche

Douglas Roche

April 28, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Despite the many conflicts disturbing the peace of the world, including the war in Syria and the Russia-Ukraine impasse, retired Canadian senator Douglas Roche maintains the world is moving to a more peaceful state. That's the premise of his new book Peacemakers: How People around the World are Building a World Free of War. "I'm not saying that everybody in the world is living in harmony or that violence has ended or that suffering is eliminated. What I am saying is that more people are freed from the physical act of warfare than ever before," Roche said in a recent interview.

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Church in Alta. offers hope for girls on street in Ukraine

April 28, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

UNICEF estimates that there are 150,000 homeless children in Ukraine, making the country a prime target for human traffickers. Many girls in Ukraine end up in poverty, with little or no education, suffering from malnutrition, inadequate medical care or a lack of housing. One ambitious endeavour aimed at saving these children is through the Bridge of Hope program, a joint effort of the Ukrainian Eparchy of Edmonton and the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, Ukraine. Their solution is called Home of Hope.

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Jim Flaherty honoured

Jim Flaherty

April 28, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Tributes poured in for former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty who died suddenly April 10 at the age of 64 only three weeks after he had resigned his cabinet portfolio. "We join in offering our thoughts and prayers for the loved ones of Jim Flaherty," said Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins in a statement. "A public servant who gave of his time and talents to serve the country through the noble vocation of elected office, he served our province and country faithfully for many years."

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Snow fails to deter annual Way of Cross

April 28, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Bundled up in tuques and warm coats, several hundred people defied the cold, snowy weather and attempted to take to Edmonton’s inner city streets on Good Friday to commemorate Jesus’ death and pray for an end to injustice. However, organizers decided the streets were too slippery and held the entire procession in the block in front of Hope Mission, Edmonton’s largest emergency shelter, at 9908-106 Ave. Be Not Afraid was the theme of the 34th annual Way of the Cross, which saw people pray at each stop for an end to the injustices and a betterment of the lives of the poor and vulnerable. It was mostly students from Archbishop O’Leary High School who carried the cross from one stop to the next.

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Couple determined to share the love God has given them

Jerry Heck

April 28, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pat Heck heard the voice of the Lord. He instructed her to do the small things well. "It's not all about being out in the open doing things where everybody sees you. It's all about what you do when you're called to do something quiet, something unseen," said Pat. She and her husband Jerry were the guest speakers at the Edmonton Catholic charismatic prayer breakfast, held April 12 at the Chateau Louis Conference Centre.

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Open your hearts to the poor, says Smith

Archbishop Richard Smith

April 28, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

To make poverty in spirit a way of life, we have to undergo a conversion in the way we see the poor, the archbishop of Edmonton told young people as the Edmonton Archdiocese marked World Youth Day 2014 locally. This means meeting the poor, listening to them, caring for them and offering them both material and spiritual assistance, Archbishop Richard Smith said at an April 12 retreat with mostly university students.

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Return to Galilee, pope urges at Easter Vigil

Pope Francis

April 28, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Remember and reflect on the first moment you recall having encountered Jesus, Pope Francis urged the congregation in a packed St. Peter's Basilica in his homily during the Easter Vigil. Referring to the Easter account from the Gospel of St. Matthew, the pope noted how the women who went to Jesus' tomb were told first by the angel and then by the risen Lord to await him in Galilee and tell the disciples to go as well.

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Disturbing news about human rights

April 28, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

A significant Catholic scholar of the post-Vatican II era is struggling to be heard on a deeply Catholic subject – human rights. New York University emeritus professor Gabriel Moran – who 40 years ago gave a whole new basis to Catholic thinking on education and was a significant part of a generation of Catholic thinkers who reincorporated Scripture, psychology and human experience in theology – could not find a publisher for his latest book.

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Holy Saturday: Our day to contemplate, sit and wait

April 14, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Holy Saturday is in the offing. It can be a rich day, full of spiritual contemplation. It would be such a shame to not use it as such. Guidance can often help to use this time in preparation for Easter Sunday. Franciscan Father Kevin Lynch of Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre near Cochrane muses, "A metaphor to me is bread dough. It has to sit before it rises. Be still and know that I am God." He likes words like "threshold" to describe this time, "or stillness or liminal space where something strange might be happening."

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Parish secretaries touch lives, keep priests organized

April 14, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Father Roger Rouleau says he is blessed to have a good parish secretary in Roseanne Bingham. "A good secretary is invaluable to the priest in fulfilling his ministry," said Father Rouleau, pastor at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Vermilion. "She is the first greeter to anyone who comes into the parish. She's the one there throughout the day while I run away to the schools or the care homes. The secretary provides that steady base throughout the week, and maintains the fort while I'm in and out of the office," said Rouleau.

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