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Priests, smell like your sheep, Smith says at Chrism Mass

April 28, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Priests must acquire the smell of sheep by being close to their flock and attentive to their needs, Archbishop Richard Smith said, relying heavily on an image popularized by Pope Francis. Speaking to a large crowd from every parish in the Edmonton Archdiocese at the April 14 Chrism Mass at St. Joseph's Basilica, Smith challenged priests to go out of themselves to be close to their people and to make their flock's difficulties, fears and pain their own.

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Rural community near Beaumont opts to launch Catholic school district

April 28, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

BEAUMONT – The Chorest community near Beaumont has voted unanimously to form a new Catholic school district. The formation of the new district will allow Catholic students in the area to attend Académie Saint-André Academy in Beaumont, and help ensure bus transportation will be available for these students.

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God's grace freed businessman to forgive others

David Bentall

April 28, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Our beliefs have a profound impact on our lives, said David Bentall, guest speaker at the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast. "Just like our Olympic athletes whose belief propels them to great heights, what we believe has the power to dramatically change us," he said. God delivered Bentall from bitterness, and enabled him to learn to forgive so he could succeed in business.

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Former missionary tackles realities, myths of the Dene

Bern Will Brown

April 28, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Sahtu Dene people have undergone significant lifestyle changes in the past six decades, moving from dog teams to Ski-Doos, from traplines to mostly wage employment and from log cabins to frame houses. Bern Will Brown has travelled with them every step of the way. In his most recent book, End-of-Earth People: The Arctic Sahtu Dene, Brown provides new insights on the Sahtu Dene, the people referred to as the Hareskin in Alexander Mackenzie's 1793 journal.

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The pope's new man in Canada

Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi

April 28, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, Canada's new apostolic nuncio, recalls two life-changing lessons in humility at age 19 that prepared him for a life of joyful, self-giving service to God and his Church. These experiences shaped his life in the mould of Pope Francis, whom he represents to the Church in Canada. As the ambassador from the Holy See, he also represents the Vatican to the Canadian government. As well, he plays a key role advising the pope on episcopal appointments.

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Ont. bishops unite farming and faith

April 28, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Is there anything sacred about the soil? Is there holiness in meals we share? Does our Catholic religious imagination extend to how we nourish ourselves and our families? The bishops of Ontario want people to think and pray about the food they pluck from grocery store shelves – to look past the packaging and consider how soil, water, energy and labour combine to provide us with everything from a five-course feast to junk food indulgence.

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A spirituality for golden years

Paul Kennedy

April 28, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Sister Mary Rose Marrin is attempting to fill a ministry gap in the Archdiocese of Toronto for a demographic that is continuing to grow: those reaching their golden years. "The fact of the matter is that there are many, many more older people and they are living longer," said the Sister of St. Joseph. "And the Church is not there to support them."

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Hollywood journey to heaven touches audience's hunger

Connor Corum

April 28, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Christians of every stripe have heard or read of four-year-old Colton Burpo's trip to heaven. The easy-to read book – crafted by Colton's father Todd and New York Times Writer Lynn Vincent – held court on The New York Times bestseller list for three years. So it is natural a movie would follow. Much of the initial storyline is the same in the film. Colton lives with his mother and pastor/volunteer firefighter/ garage door salesman father and sister Cassie in rural Nebraska.

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Archbishop MacNeil at 90

Archbishop Emeritus Joseph MacNeil

April 14, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Two weeks shy of his 90th birthday on April 15, Archbishop Joseph MacNeil is told he looks healthy. "I'm faking it – cosmetics, Botox!" the long-retired archbishop shoots back near the start of a wide-ranging 90-minute interview. Then MacNeil launches into a description of his 40-year history of long walks around Edmonton and environs. Until a couple of years ago, he made regular trips to Elk Island National Park east of the city, the park where he took Pope John Paul II 30 years ago when the visiting pontiff had an afternoon off.

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The angry parishioner: How do priest respond?

April 14, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Once upon a time parishioners thought their parish pastor knew best when it came to matters of faith and religion and issues of parish administration. He had been appointed by the bishop and could do no wrong. When the faithful approached their pastor, they did so with deference and respect, almost never hostile or confrontational. When the faithful approached their pastor, they did so with deference and respect, almost never hostile or confrontational. Those times are virtually gone.

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