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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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Young Disciples march for the unborn

April 25, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SHERWOOD PARK — As federal politicians actively campaign for votes, youngsters from Sherwood Park took their own special message to the streets, campaigning for the sanctity of human life.

Accompanied by Franciscan Father Dan Gurnick and a few parents, elementary school students marched through the community April 13 to show their solidarity with the 40 Days for Life movement.

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Lahey's trial expected to reopen wounds

April 25, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — When Bishop Raymond Lahey goes to trial on child pornography charges May 4, the likely news coverage will reopen wounds caused by the worldwide clerical sexual abuse, regardless of the trial's outcome.

But observers say the pain provides an opportunity for needed renewal.

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Public care more about potholes than homelessness

April 25, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG — The public is more concerned with potholes than with homelessness, says Major Karen Hoeft of Winnipeg's Salvation Army Booth Centre.

The City of Winnipeg, says Hoeft, spends a million dollars a year fixing potholes and the same amount on affordable housing.

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Knights gather in Calgary to celebrate achievements

Neil Gannon

April 25, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — After almost two years at the helm of the Knights of Columbus of Alberta/Northwest Territories, Neil Gannon is leaving his post of state deputy with the feeling of a job well done.

He says membership in the Knights is up, donations to charities are up, councils are stronger and member morale is "very good."

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Smith urges laity to bring good news to society's poor

April 25, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — As members of the Church, we are a people anointed and sent, the archbishop of Edmonton said April 18.

“As Jesus was anointed and sent to the poor, the prisoner, the blind and the oppressed, so too are we,” Archbishop Richard Smith said at the annual Chrism Mass at St. Joseph’s Basilica.

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Bishops congregate to bless St. Joseph Seminary

April 25, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - The upcoming blessing of St. Joseph Seminary "is a hugely important historical moment for the whole archdiocese," says Archbishop Richard Smith.

"We've had a seminary since the early 1900s and together with Newman College since the late 1960s it has been a very important institution for the diocese and the people have grown to love it and appreciate it deeply."

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John Paul II was a model Christian

April 25, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

As Church officials keep emphasizing, Pope John Paul II is being beatified not for his performance as pope, but for how he lived the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love.

When the Vatican's sainthood experts interviewed witnesses about the Polish pontiff, the focus of their investigation was on holiness, not achievement.

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Friar Ducharme awaits ordination

Friar Pierre Ducharme

May 9, 2011
BRENT MATTSON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — After six years of formation, Franciscan Friar Pierre Ducharme will emerge from Christ’s kiln a fully-formed priest after his ordination at Holy Rosary Cathedral.

“It gives me more of an opportunity to be with people and journey with them through baptism and marriages,” the Vancouver native said. “I am looking forward to all the ministry that the priesthood has to offer.”

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Economy of communion focuses on giving

May 9, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — In today’s business culture that emphasizes maximizing profits, businesspeople are asking, “What can I get?” A new course at Newman Theological College will be teaching businesspeople how to shift their mentality to asking, “What can I give?”

Capitalism is based on the principle of wealth accumulation without consideration for one’s neighbour. However, philosopher Jim Penna and ecological economist Mark Anielski are offering a different approach — an economy of communion.

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