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Catholic Cemeteries provides safe home for human remains

Deacon Paul Croteau

January 26, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

People who have buried or cremated relatives and loved ones in Edmonton's Catholic Cemeteries need not worry. Fires at Hainstock's Funeral Home and Crematorium in south Edmonton on Jan. 9 and 10 prompted families to express concerns about the safety of the remains of their loved ones. Deacon Paul Croteau, director of Catholic Cemeteries, would not comment on the Hainstock fires. But families, he said, should not worry about the safety of their loved ones' remains at Edmonton Catholic Cemeteries.

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Catholic observers retain hope in the power of ecumenism

January 26, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – In the 50 years since the Second Vatican Council's Decree on Ecumenism, observers see hopeful signs for ecumenism and interfaith dialogue under Pope Francis. "Pope Francis uses language very frequently on how important it is to walk together with other Christians," said Saint Paul University professor Catherine Clifford, noting theological dialogues are being complemented "with initiatives of common witness." "It's an invitation to do everything we possibly can together, not to wait for all 'i's to be dotted and 't's crossed and all the texts approved, but that we kind of live into the experience of mutual communion by beginning to act together today," she said.

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Resolve First Nations issues to curtail crime

Clive Weighill

January 26, 2015
BLAKE SITTLER
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

The main factor in producing crime is "the huge marginalization of the First Nations community," says Saskatoon's police chief. Clive Weighill told a recent gathering at St. Anne's Church in Saskatoon the stereotypical story of a boy who grew up in a tough neighbourhood, who was poor and bullied. "He goes to school with no breakfast. He fails a test," Weighill went on. "He's an outsider who is finally invited in by a gang. This friendship escalates quickly to criminal activity."

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Charlie Hebdo journalism adds to society of disrespect

January 26, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

While nothing can ever justify cold-blooded murder, the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris are no surprise, said Canada's most famous Catholic philosopher. Charles Taylor spoke to The Register the day after brothers Said and Chérif Kouachi invaded the offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo with AK47 assault rifles, killed 12 people and injured 11 others. One of the brothers is reported to have shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is Great) and at another point in French, "The Prophet has been avenged."

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Church groups applaud gov't decision to allow more refugees.

January 26, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Aid groups are welcoming the federal government's Jan. 7 announcement that Canada will take in an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees and 3,000 more Iraqi refugees. But the groups hope the government will also streamline the refugee sponsorship program to make it easier and faster for churches and private charities to bring refugee families to Canada. Canada will also contribute additional humanitarian aid of $67 million, with $40 million going to Syria. "I think it's very good news," said Guy Desaulniers, emergency programs director for the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP). "We are quite happy. I think that Canada is a good player. They did well since the beginning of the crisis in terms of humanitarian aid."

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Leading Quebec bishop dies suddenly

Archbishop Pierre-André Fournier

January 26, 2015
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

QUEBEC – Rimouski Archbishop Pierre-André Fournier died suddenly Jan. 10 shortly after losing consciousness and being taken to hospital by ambulance. Fournier, 71, had also been serving as president of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Quebec, during the province's contentious debates on euthanasia and a secular charter. The archbishop traveled to Quebec City in December for heart surgery and was in Rimouski recovering at the time of his death.

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'Ideological colonization' threatens the family

January 26, 2015
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

PASAY CITY, PHILIPPINES – Catholic families should resist "ideological colonization that tries to destroy the family" through such practices as contraception and same-sex marriage, Pope Francis told a meeting of families Jan. 16. Commenting on a reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew, in which St. Joseph twice learns God's will for the Holy Family from an angel in a dream, Pope Francis said dreaming could serve an analogous purpose in ordinary Christian families. "I very much like this idea of dreaming in a family," the pope said. "When you lose this capacity to dream, you lose the capacity and energy to love." But the pope noted St. Joseph's dreams also revealed the "dangers which threatened Jesus and Mary, forcing them to flee to Egypt and then to settle in Nazareth.

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Pope Francis names landmark Guelph church a basilica

January 26, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

GUELPH, ONT. – The Church of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph, the childhood parish of Cardinal Thomas Collins, has been named a basilica. The landmark church perched on a hill overlooking the city was designated a basilica last month by Pope Francis, catching parishioners by surprise. Parishioners heard the news Dec. 8 during a special Mass celebrating the church's new altar when Hamilton Bishop Douglas Crosby announced at the end of his homily that Pope Francis had approved the designation.

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Bringing roses to abortion clinic lands woman in jail

Mary Wagner

January 26, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Mary Wagner is back behind bars after illegally entering a Toronto abortion facility armed with roses and pregnancy-help information cards. Within half an hour of her arrival on Dec. 23, police spilled out of three cars and arrested the 40-year-old British Columbia woman, charging her with breach of probation, and mischief for interfering with a business. Wagner has been in and out of prison in Ontario over the past four years. She spent two years locked up while her lawyer Charles Lugosi defended her in the Ontario Court of Justice on charges of mischief for interfering with a business and other minor charges. She was convicted last June and he is seeking leave to appeal. Lugosi said the judge and the prosecution wanted to release Wagner on bail but she refused to sign an undertaking promising she would not return to the facility.

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