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Franciscan urges Syrians to use non-violent resistance

March 17, 2014
DALE GAVLAK
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

AMMAN, JORDAN – A Franciscan priest who led reconciliation efforts in the midst of violent, sectarian conflict in his native Bosnia-Herzegovina urged Syrian activists to work harder to end the civil war ripping apart their country. Saying they hold untapped power, Father Ivo Markovic told about 30 Syrians in a workshop Feb. 24 to learn negotiation techniques, use peacebuilding activities among the warring factions and hone their case to present it more effectively to the global audience.

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Lebanese doctor pleads for help for Syrian refugees

March 17, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Eleven years old, tops in her class, dreams for the future, a future wiped away with the blast of a bomb. Her mother and siblings, save a 10-year-old brother, were killed. Now the Syrian child stands at a dusty roadside selling water to passing soldiers and workers. The $4 she makes each day is handed over to her father, who already has a new wife. "Her future is gone," says Dr. Rita Rhayem.

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Even the best residential schools had big problems

March 17, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Qu'Appelle Industrial School in Lebret, Sask., was likely as close as any of the residential schools to being a success. The founder of the school, Oblate Father Joseph Hugonnard, encouraged the use of aboriginal languages, allowed substantial contact between the students and their extended families, started brass bands and team sports, set up an apprentice program in which older students worked with nearby settlers, and even helped establish an agricultural colony for graduates.

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Secularism, separatism, euthanasia at issue in Quebec election

March 17, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

QUEBEC – The calling of a Quebec election killed euthanasia Bill 52, but the Parti Quebecois' divisive Charter of Quebec Values has put the separatist party in line for a majority government April 7. "I think the PQ has a dual agenda to establish a secularist, separatist society," said McGill University bioethicist Margaret Somerville. "The two goals are complementary."

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First Nations world view can be a gift to the Church

Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie

March 17, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The world view of First Nations peoples could be accepted as a gift to the Church, says retired Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie. "Most of all, it's the world view of the sacred. We have the scientific world view; we explain everything scientifically. For the aboriginal people, the world view of the sacred is so powerful and so real. "Everything is sacred and walking in harmony."

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Systemic racism has scarred natives

March 17, 2014
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

The relationship between aboriginal and non-aboriginal Canadians is faulty and needs to be fixed, says Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). What is needed is a relationship founded on mutual respect, he told some 650 participants attending a banquet held in conjunction with a two-day 10,000 Healing Steps: Resilience and Community conference in Saskatoon.

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Pope Francis says prayer, fasting, almsgiving should wake us up

March 17, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ROME – Lent is meant to wake up Christians and help them see that God can give them the strength to change their lives and their surroundings, Pope Francis said. Before receiving and distributing ashes at an evening Mass March 5, Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis gave a homily focused on a line from the prophet Joel: "Rend your hearts, not your garments."

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Mt. Cashel suits continue in the courts

March 17, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Twenty-five years on, the case that began the world-wide Catholic sexual abuse scandal is still crawling through the court system and still on the minds of Newfoundland Catholics. Three years after the Christian Brothers of Ireland filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States, 422 survivors of abuse at schools and orphanages operated by the brothers will begin receiving cheques this month. Included among them will be 90 former Newfoundland victims from the 1950s and '60s.

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The Church is us, not a separate body, says Jordan lecturer

Fr. Joseph Komanchak

March 17, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Church is nothing other than the fellowship of holy people who live authentic Christian lives, says Father Joseph Komanchak. The Church is not something outside ourselves, something extraneous to us, Komonchak said in delivering the annual Anthony Jordan Lecture series, March 7-8. Komonchak, a leading theologian who taught at The Catholic University of America for 32 years and was the English-language editor of the five-volume History of Vatican II, delivered three lectures on St. Augustine's understanding of the Church.

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Evangelicals, Catholics discuss common witness

Fr. Thomas Ryan

March 17, 2014
JOY GREGORY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Unprecedented meetings between Catholic and Evangelical Christians in Calgary helped prepare for more local conversations about how people from divergent Christian traditions can work together to proclaim and witness the Christian mission, says Paulist Father Thomas Ryan. Increased contact between Evangelicals and Roman Catholics "is relatively recent and notably eye-opening, given the past unitive efforts by Evangelicals stopped well short of Roman Catholic doors," Ryan said at a unique ecumenical conference.

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