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Volunteers can contribute to parish music ministry

May 16, 2016

Re: "Music festival throws open doors of the basilica" (WCR, April 18). With regard to the above article, all is manageable until we come to the passage: "Edmonton, teeming with professional and amateur choirs . . . is a very choral city, . . . but that is not reflected in its Catholic churches. People think music in churches tends to just be the best that some volunteers can offer."

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Gospel presents contrasting portrayals of Pharisees

May 16, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In my last two articles, I argued that Jesus is portrayed in Matthew's Gospel as a firm adherent of the Jewish Law while Luke presents Jesus as primarily concerned with outreach to sinners, the blind and other marginalized people. On that basis, one might expect Matthew to be less hostile to the Pharisees - the purported great followers of the Law - than was Luke. In fact, the opposite is the case. Matthew has Jesus launch an extended vitriolic attack on the Pharisees who had clearly set out to destroy him. Luke, while not a fan of the Pharisees, presents them in a more nuanced way.

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Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace – Celebrating 50 years

May 16, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For half a century the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace has worked to transform lives in the Global South. In Canada, it raises awareness of the root causes of poverty and injustice in the developing world and mobilizes Canadians to act for social change. As the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada, Development and Peace works in partnership with local organizations in the Global South to create greater justice in the world and to act in solidarity with the most vulnerable.

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Pope saddened by Fort McMurray fire; churches reach out to provide assistance

Flames from a wildfire rise in an industrial area of Fort McMurray. The entire city has been evacuated because of the fire.
May 6, 2016
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pope Francis has added his name to the list of people offering condolences to those affected by the massive forest fire that has led to the evacuation of Fort McMurray. In a May 6 letter to St. Paul Bishop Paul Terrio, the pope said he “was saddened to learn of the destruction and distress caused by the extensive fires around Fort McMurray.” The pope said he was praying “for all the displaced, especially the children, who have lost their homes and livelihoods.”

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WCR top regional Church newspaper in Canada

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May 4, 2016
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For the second year in a row, the Western Catholic Reporter has been named the top regional Church newspaper in Canada. The Canadian Church Press, which gave the general excellence award, as well as eight other awards to the WCR, has honoured the WCR as the first or second best regional newspaper eight out of the last 10 years. The CCP announced its award winners April 30 at its annual conference in Toronto. All the awards were for publications in 2015. The CCP also gave first place awards to the WCR for the best news story and the best opinion article.

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Assisted suicide law would create chaos, bishops say

Bishop Douglas Crosby
May 4, 2016
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

OTTAWA – Chaos will be the result of the federal government’s decision to leave protection for the conscience rights of medical professionals and health care institutions to the provinces, says the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). Bishop Douglas Crosby of Hamilton, Ont., said the government should clarify the rights of professionals and institutions who conscientiously object to participating in assisted suicide and not hand the issue off to provincial legislators or professional bodies.

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