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Northern residential schools tried to save wilderness life

March 3, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholic residential schools in northern Canada strove to preserve the traditional wilderness way of life, a leading Catholic educator wrote in a 1992 paper. "The schooling provided in the North was based on the assumption that most Métis and Indian children would take up a life of hunting, trapping and fishing, and that the three Rs, while not essential to such a mode of living, would nonetheless give them certain advantages," wrote Dr. Robert Carney, an education professor at the University of Alberta.

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Oblates, TRC offer radically different views of history

March 3, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Residential school survivors and the Oblate priests and brothers who ran those schools "tend to express radically different views of the place of Indian residential schools in Canadian history," says the author of a recent book on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). "The distance between these interpretations of history could not be greater," writes Ronald Niezen in his book, Truth and Indignation, published in October 2013.

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Knights eager to import Sisters of Life

Bill Smith

March 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Backslapping and hearty laughter ensued as scores of Knights of Columbus, their families and 70 priests gathered at the Chateau Louis Conference Centre for Padre Night. "Now we are all masters of our own fate but we support our bishops, priests, deacons and other religious," said Bill Smith, state deputy of the Alberta/Northwest Territories.

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Faith inspired Downey to take life of Jesus to the big screen

Roma Downey

March 3, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The just-released film Son of God promises to tell the story of Jesus from the moment of his birth, describe his teachings and miracles, and follow through to his crucifixion and resurrection. "It's a huge epic sweeping movie that will touch people's hearts and inspire them and strengthen them," says producer Roma Downey.

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Long-distance romances get online response

Christian and Christine Meert

March 3, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Smiles all around and the couple's life is full of plans, love and dreams coming true. They are getting married. As Catholics being married in a Catholic church, they know they have to go through the marriage preparation course. Trouble is the groom is working at a high-paying job in Fort McMurray and the bride to be is an elementary school teacher in Edmonton.

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Pope deplores abandonment of the elderly

March 3, 2014
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis said the worst thing about growing old is not becoming weaker or infirm, but the "abandonment, the exclusion, the deprivation of love" in today's "throwaway culture." The pope's remarks came in a written message sent to bioethicists, scientists, health care professionals, religious, theologians and other experts attending the Pontifical Academy for Life's Feb. 20-21 workshop on Aging and Disability.

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Christians face widespread persecution

Archbishop Francis Chullikatt

March 3, 2014
KATHERINE TALALAS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Vatican's apostolic nuncio to the United Nations told a U.S. congressional hearing Feb. 11 that "flagrant and widespread persecution of Christians rages in the Middle East even as we meet." The persecution of Christians in Iraq has increased in the wake of the country's democratic transition, Archbishop Francis Chullikatt told the House subcommittee on global human rights Feb. 3.

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D&P joins papal campaign to end world food crisis

March 3, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One billion people in the world go hungry on a daily basis, including farmers and peasants who produce the food we eat. That's why this year the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P) is joining Caritas Internationalis' global anti-hunger campaign One Human Family: Food for All, launched by Pope Francis in December.

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Lent: Sacrifice is the key to love

March 3, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Follow Jesus courageously in seeking out the poor and sinners, Pope Francis said. The pope, in his message for Lent 2014, also called on Catholics to perform difficult sacrifices in order to help and heal others.

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Military chaplain sees the world, helps soldiers in distress

Padre Major Hope Winfield

March 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Recently promoted, Padre Major Hope Winfield has just become one of two major-ranked female Roman Catholic chaplains in the Canadian military. The Canadian Forces has about 192 regular force chaplains and 145 reserve force chaplains representing Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths.

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