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Religious practice shifting with growth of online media

Mary Anne Beavis

February 9, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The landscape of religious studies has changed dramatically in recent decades due to the development of social media, says a Saskatchewan biblical scholar. Mary Ann Beavis says in contemporary society the media is omnipresent and people increasingly conceptualize and live their religious lives via the media. Especially in the 21st century religious leaders, teachers and academics have moved to use popular culture to convey their message, Beavis said in an interview following a lecture on the topic. Many churches now use big screens, PowerPoints and videos during their worship services, she noted.

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Kennedy's priesthood marked by love of the common person

Fr. Edward Kennedy, CSsR

February 9, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Redemptorist Father Edward Kennedy will be remembered as a Vatican II priest who cared deeply about the common person. "I remember him very well. He was a very friendly man, a very kind man and a very intelligent man," says Archbishop Emeritus Joseph MacNeil, one of Kennedy's many friends. "He loved people. He worked for people. He was somebody who was committed to helping the common person." Kennedy died Jan. 20 from pneumonia. He was 89.

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Farmers must protect earth for the future – pope

February 9, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Farmers must find a delicate balance between reaping the precious gifts of the earth and protecting them for future generations, Pope Francis said. That task becomes even more serious given the threat of climate change, the pope said in a Jan. 31 meeting with an Italian trade group that lobbies to protect agricultural land and promote farm-friendly policies.

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Pope recognizes Romero as martyr

February 9, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – After decades of debate within the Church, Pope Francis formally recognized that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed "in hatred of the faith" and not for purely political reasons. Pope Francis signed the decree Feb. 3, recognizing as martyrdom the March 24, 1980, assassination of Romero in a San Salvador hospital chapel as he celebrated Mass. The decree clears the way for Romero's beatification.

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Bishop urges West to crush Boko Haram

February 9, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ROME – A Nigerian Catholic bishop has called for Western military intervention to stop the violent rampage of the Boko Haram terrorist organization. The Muslim group's increasingly deadly assaults and expanded recruitment from countries across North Africa mean "a concerted military campaign is needed by the West to crush Boko Haram," said Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri, capital of the troubled Borno state.

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History finally recognizes Katherine Hughes

Katherine Hughes

February 9, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Radicals have to fight their way into the history books. Ninety years after her death, Katherine Hughes is finally winning that battle. Hughes wasn't the usual sort of radical. She began her life and career as a solid contributor from within Canada's Catholic establishment. She was one of the founders of the Catholic Women's League.

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Road rage victim walks path of restorative justice

February 9, 2015
BLAKE SITTLER
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

A Saskatoon man terrorized by an incident of road rage came to an accommodation with the perpetrator through a process of restorative justice. "Being willing and courageous enough to go out and meet with the person who committed a crime against you is a powerful faith statement," said Peter Oliver, community reintegration chaplain with the Micah Mission, an ecumenical restorative justice ministry in Saskatoon. It involves "faith in the humanity of other people . . . and hope about what is possible," Oliver told a recent meeting attended by 150 people at St. Anne's Church.

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Pro-life, justice MPs will quit at election

February 9, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

As the October federal election approaches, a number of MPs who have played key roles in life, family and social justice issues have said they are stepping down from federal politics. About two dozen Conservative MPs have indicated they will not run in the next federal election, among them many prominent pro-life and pro-family stalwarts. They include Saskatoon-Wanuskwein, Sask. MP Maurice Vellacott, who co-chaired the parliamentary pro-life caucus for about a decade, Winnipeg South MP Rod Bruinooge who succeeded him as caucus chair; and Kildonan-St. Paul, Man. MP Joy Smith, who championed anti-human trafficking legislation and paved the way for the government's new anti-prostitution law.

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Alta. Bishops issue letter for Year of Consecrated Life

Alberta Bishops Logo

February 9, 2015

On the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 30, 2014, the Church around the world – at the invitation of Pope Francis – began to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, which will conclude 12 months from now on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Feb. 2, 2016. The Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories would like to take this occasion to address Christ's faithful and all people of good will regarding the immeasurable contribution that consecrated men and women have made to the life of the Church and of all people in this region for over 150 years.

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'Spiral of distress' is due to hearts closed to God

February 9, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Christians are called to overcome apathy, discouragement and pretentions of self-sufficiency by letting God enter their hearts, Pope Francis said. Letting God into one's heart allows one to become joyful, merciful and strong, the pope said in his Lenten message. Through prayer, charity and humility before God, people receive a heart "which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference."

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