Seven Ways to Teach the Stations of the Cross: A Lent Devotion to Pray About Jesus’ Passion and Death

Growing up, my parents took us to pray the Stations of the Cross every week. Our church used a variety of styles to pray the stations. I’m sure we used the traditional structure most of the time, listening, responding, standing, kneeling, repeating…

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you…

All: Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the World

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Congressman tries to add ‘Born Alive’ protections to vaping bill

Washington D.C., Feb 28, 2020 / 06:00 pm (CNA).- The House of Representatives on Friday blocked an attempt to add legislation to protect infants who survive botched abortion attempts into a bill on e-cigarettes.

On Friday morning, House Republicans led by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) used a procedural move to force a vote on language protecting abortion survivors taken from a bill that has been blocked from consideration for a year.

Walden’s “motion to recommit” was defeated by a vote of 213 – 195. Only three Democrats voted in support of including Wagner’s language, Reps. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), Colin Peterson (D-Minn.), and Ben McAdams (D-Utah).

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Alberta budget stokes anxiety in Catholic education and health care providers

Alberta’s Catholic community is sharing in the anxiety over the UCP government’s 2020 budget.

Thousands marched on the Alberta legislature grounds on Feb. 27 to protest the budget, angered and anxious over what cuts and job losses lay in the province’s future. The budget plan could mean the loss of 1,430 public sector jobs over the next year, with many of those in education and health care.

“We have to send a message that we as Catholics are part of an outstanding publicly funded school system,” said Sandra Haltiner, a teacher at Mother Margaret Mary High School and president of Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local 54.

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Canadian hospice forced to close after refusing to offer assisted dying

Vancouver, Canada, Feb 28, 2020 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- A hospice in Canada has lost its funding and is being forced to close after refusing to offer and perform medically assisted suicides.

The Irene Thomas Hospice in Delta, British Columbia, will lose $1.5 million in funding and will no longer be permitted to operate as a hospice as of February 25, 2021. Fraser Health Authority, one of the six public health care authorities in the province, announced on Tuesday that it would be ending its relationship with the hospice over its refusal to provide medically assisted deaths to its patients. 

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