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Church rallies to support Nepalese quake victims

May 4, 2015
WCR NEWS SERVICES

KATHMANDU, NEPAL – More than 1.4 million people in Nepal are in immediate need of aid after the April 25 earthquake which devastated parts of the mountainous central Asian country. Pope Francis offered his prayers to all of those affected by the violent 7.8 magnitude earthquake, encouraged rescue and emergency workers in their efforts and sent an initial donation of US$100,000. As of April 28 more than 4,600 people were known to have been killed with thousands more still missing, feared trapped under the rubble.

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Alta. Knights reject casino fundraising . . . again

Bill Smith
May 4, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Alberta Knights of Columbus have again rejected casino fundraising by their member councils. At their April 17-19 convention in Red Deer, the order ruled out of order a motion to allow their 170 active councils across Alberta and the Northwest Territories to raise money for charitable causes by working at casinos. "We support our bishops," said state deputy Bill Smith of Calgary. "It violates our constitution to go counter to our bishops."

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Enter marriage with freedom, joy, say family ministers

Paul and Carol Quist
May 4, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A couple entering marriage should do so freely, joyfully, both choosing someone they have carefully discerned. "But some think 'I can always try again,'" said Carol Quist. "With our easy divorce (legislation), they keep divorce in the back of their mind as an escape plan." Carol and husband Paul are directors of family ministry at Holy Trinity Parish in Spruce Grove. They give workshops, retreats, marriage preparation courses and counsel those in need of guidance.

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Casey looks back as his 10-year term as CCODP head ends

Michael Casey
May 4, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Ten years of fighting off friendly fire attacks from the pro-life movement and politically motivated budget cuts from Ottawa has left outgoing Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace executive director Michael Casey feeling inspired, consoled, hopeful and at peace. Casey has moved on to a new job as executive director of the Canadian Co-operative Association and the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada, while Development and Peace is expected to announce his replacement by June. As he took possession of his new office April 2, Casey spoke to The Catholic Register about his decade leading Canada's biggest Catholic lay movement. "I found it a fascinating and enriching experience for me personally. It opened whole new horizons of perspective," Casey said.

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Red Deer man on a journey with Jesuits

Erik Sorensen
May 4, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As a child, Erik Sorensen would gaze up at the planes soaring above the Red Deer Airport and wonder at "the technological marvel of it. It was manmade and metal, yet it was effortlessly flying the through the air." That wonderment turned into a passion to fly, a passion that nearly kept him from considering the priesthood. Presently living at Regis College, the Jesuit faculty of theology in Toronto, Sorensen is finishing the first of three years of studying philosophy on the long journey to becoming a Jesuit priest.

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Bissell Center director gives the low-down on poverty

Mark Holmgren
May 4, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

'We tend to talk about poverty in terms of just numbers or money or poverty lines and forget what poverty really is," says Mark Holmgren, CEO of the inner city Bissell Centre. "Poverty is the deprivation of being connected and being together in healthy ways and equitable ways," he said. Founded in 1910, "the mission of the Bissell Centre is to end poverty in our community," Holmgren explained.

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Filles de Jesus have love for the poor

Filles de Jesus – Logo
May 4, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Sister Doreen Victoor gives an evocative reply when asked why so many vocations for her order, the Filles de Jesus, come from away – Africa, the Philippines, India. "A vocation is about God's call," said Victoor. "The soil was fertile in North America, and now it has shifted to places such as Africa." It is in those southern continents that les Filles de Jesus (Daughters of Jesus) are gaining new members, with 40 professed in Latin America and 44 in Africa in 2013, plus 25 postulants in Africa. The mission of the order no doubt attracted the women from these developing areas. Its traditional ministry is in the care of the sick and poor, and the education of girls.

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Parish celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday

Reliquary
May 4, 2015
PETRONILA JASA
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

For St. Albert's Holy Family Parish, Divine Mercy Sunday April 12 was the occasion for more than the usual Sunday celebrations. The possessor of a first class relic of St. Faustina Kowalska, who gave the world the message of divine mercy prior to her death in 1938, the parish held a special afternoon period of Eucharistic Adoration, veneration of the relic and Benediction. Since 2007, the parish has had a special commemoration of Divine Mercy Sunday, an event whose prominence was highlighted when it obtained the relic from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Cracow, Poland in 2012.

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Supreme Court rejects prayer by city councils

Mayor Jean Tremblay
May 4, 2015
PHILIPPE VAILLANCOURT
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Canadian cities must put an end to prayers during council meetings, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled April 15. The court said such prayers go against freedom of religion and conscience. In a unanimous decision and in the name of neutrality of state, all nine judges agreed that prayers should not be allowed anymore. The case submitted to the highest Canadian court pitted the mayor of Saguenay, a town 200 km north of Quebec City, against Alain Simoneau and the Quebec Lay Movement.

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Euthanasia will increase suffering, says Regina theologian

Brett Salkeld
May 4, 2015
FRANK FLEGEL
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

REGINA – Assisted suicide as an end-of-life option may end the suffering of an individual but that choice has social and ethical consequences for society, says a local theologian. Dr. Brett Salkeld, Regina archdiocesan theologian, said, "First, it is our duty to limit suffering as much as possible, and second, eliminating suffering is impossible. "If our legitimate zeal to limit suffering fails to recognize suffering cannot be limited, we will cause a

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