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Brazil is world champion in inequality, says bishop

Bishop Eugenio Rixen
March 23, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Brazil is said to have one of the world's strongest economies. The problem is that the Brazilian economy is designed to favour the rich, keeping millions of Brazilians in extreme poverty. That's according to Bishop Eugenio Rixen of Goias, Brazil, who is the Share Lent visitor of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. He was in Alberta March 11-16 for a number of public events. "Brazil is the world champion in inequality," Rixen, who is originally from Belgium, said in a March 13 talk to staff at the Catholic Pastoral and Administration Offices. He spoke in French and his lecture was translated into English by Holy Cross Sister Sylvia Landry.

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Catholic schools can work with gay-straight alliances

Fr. Stefano Penna
March 23, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholic officials are welcoming new Alberta legislation which will give students the right to establish gay-straight alliances in the province's schools. "We see this legislation as something we can work within," Father Stefano Penna told reporters March 12. Likewise, the Alberta Catholic School Trustees' Association (ACSTA) issued a prepared statement saying "Catholic schools will be able to work with the legislation." Penna, vice-president of college development and advancement, spoke at a news conference to give a Catholic perspective on Bill 10, which the legislature passed March 10.

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Parliamentarians will mark Canada's first John Paul II Day with April 1 reception

March 23, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA -– The first national Pope John Paul II Day falls on April 2 to mark the day the new saint died 10 years ago. On Parliament Hill, the national day will be celebrated April 1. Conservative MP Wladyslaw Lizon, who put forward the private member's bill that became law last year, said Parliament is celebrating a day early because April 2 is Holy Thursday. Many MPs and senators will be traveling back to their ridings that day for the Easter break, he said. "We're going to have a reception hosted by the speaker of the House," Lizon said. The reception will include parliamentarians, and people from a range of different communities to commemorate the life of a great world leader.

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Cross visits city schools in memory of Fr. Mireau

March 23, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Six months after his death at the age of 42, Father Mike Mireau's spirit is very much alive in the classrooms of the city's Catholic schools. He is the talk of the town as a wooden cross made in his honour tours Catholic schools in the city. On March 9, the travelling cross came to St. Justin School, where it began a tour of every classroom. Led by teacher Laurie Wojcichowsky, the Grade 3 class held a lively discussion on Mireau and the cross, which stood tall in a corner of the classroom. When Wojcichowsky asked the class what they had learned about Father Catfish, as the priest was widely known, several hands went up.

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Pope Francis calls on the elderly to offer the world their wisdom

March 23, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Don't pack it in or shift into cruise control, Pope Francis told his fellow seniors. Today's frenetic world, especially young people and families, needs the older generation's prayers, wisdom and gifts to give them the encouragement, hope and faith they often lack, he said at his weekly general audience March 11. "We, older people, can remind ambitious young people that a life without love is barren," he said to those gathered in St. Peter's Square "We can tell fearful young people that worrying about the future can be overcome. We can teach young people who are in love with themselves too much that there is more joy in giving than receiving."

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Dads have room to pitch in with home education

Glen Spies
March 23, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Although homeschooling falls mostly on the mothers, fathers also play a big role, says a homeschooling dad from Derwent. "The way a father can help is, one, to be of support and in unity with their spouse in the decision to homeschool," explains Glenn Spies, who homeschools three children aged nine to 19 with his wife Susan. "The father also provides not only for the spiritual needs of the family by leading in prayer but also providing for the material needs. My job is going to work but also to provide for the material needs of the family."

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Almsgiving: Giving money or giving of self?

March 23, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pope Francis had it right when he told the Ash Wednesday audience, "Alms are given to someone from whom you would not expect to receive anything in return." Father Martin Carroll, rector of St. Joseph's Basilica, agrees we should help those in need but says it should be done with the aim of fostering social justice. "What I see for people for Lent is to make sure we help the social agencies. The big need is to the social agencies to meet the needs of the underprovided and the hard times. Here in Edmonton."

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Women move ahead with baby steps at Vatican

March 23, 2015
LAURA IERACI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The number of women working for Vatican City State has nearly doubled in the past 10 years, while the number of women in leadership positions in the Roman Curia remains low, with only two women serving as undersecretaries. Gudrun Sailer, a journalist at Vatican Radio, conducted a study of the Vatican employment situation and published the results March 5 in preparation for the celebration March 8 of International Women's Day.

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Holy Spirit, heal us from the disease of a lugubrious face

March 23, 2015

The disease of indifference to others. This is where each individual thinks only of himself and loses sincerity and warmth of human relationships. When the most knowledgeable person does not put that knowledge at the service of his less knowledgeable colleagues. When we learn something and then keep it to ourselves rather than sharing it in a helpful way with others. When out of jealousy or deceit we take joy in seeing others fall instead of helping them up and encouraging them.

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