High school establishes Catholic identity with weekly Mass

Holy Trinity High School Logo
June 29, 2015
CHRISTOPHER POULSEN
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

For the 2013-14 school year, principal Lucy Moore and I sat down to discuss how we could get our students at Fort McMurray's Holy Trinity High School to experience the Mass together. Our intentions were good but logistics kept getting in the way of our plans. Getting to and from the church, busing, sch

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Conscience rights of Christian doctors are under siege

Larry Worthen
June 29, 2015
VIRGINIA BATTISTE
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Christian pro-life physicians are facing a major battle to protect their conscience rights in the face of the Supreme Court decision to legalize assisted suicide. "We are in a pitched battle in Canada to protect the conscience rights of Christian physicians to uphold their right to practise medicine based on their values and beliefs without interference," said Larry Worthen, executive director of the Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS).

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Militant secularism undermines physicians' rights –– Collins

Cardinal Thomas Collins
June 29, 2015
VIRGINIA BATTISTE
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

CALGARY – A battle to protect physicians' conscience rights must be fought to counter the militant secularism shaping today's society, says Cardinal Thomas Collins. "Don't be misled by government who would allow conscience rights only if you are treating a patient of your own belief. That is not right," Collins told Christian physicians meeting here June 13.

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Quebec's largest churches facing uncertain future

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June 29, 2015
PHILLIP VALLANCOURT
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

With the decision to close one of its largest and most important churches, the Archdiocese of Quebec is sending a clear message: The future of even the most majestic churches cannot be guaranteed anymore. On May 24, one last Mass was celebrated in renowned St. John the Baptist Church. Dedicated to the patron saint of French Canadians, the church stands among the high-profile churches of both the archdiocese and the province of Quebec.

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Women at the cross inspire Faithful Companions

June 29, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One might wonder how the women of the Gospel, especially those who stood beneath the Cross of Jesus, might live out that devotion on earth today. Those women at the foot of the cross are the inspiration that drew Madame Marie Madeleine d'Houët, a mother and wife, to establish the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus, founded on Holy Thursday 1820 in France.

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Alta. CWL called to replace complacency with creativity

Cathy Bouchard
June 29, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Catholic Women's League must embrace bold and creative rethinking, national president Barb Dowding told members at this year's provincial CWL convention. Dowding explained the 2015-17 theme One Heart, One Voice, One Mission in her speech to the members of the Alberta Mackenzie Provincial Council who attended the two-day convention which kicked off in Yellowknife June 5.

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Provincial head wants league to speak for justice

CWL crest
June 29, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

YELLOWKNIFE – Being chosen to lead the provincial Catholic Women's League during the time of Pope Francis is a significant coincidence for new president Cathy Bouchard. Bouchard, of Red Deer, is a secular Franciscan. She was named president at the Alberta Mackenzie provincial council convention held here June 5-6. "It's kind of a nice synchronicity for me as a Franciscan," she said. "All of us are very happy that this pope reflects St. Francis of Assisi."

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1. Pope calls us to move beyond superficial ecology

June 29, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

People have a growing ecological awareness, but that awareness "has not succeeded in changing their harmful habits of consumption," Pope Francis said in the opening chapter of his encyclical Laudato Si', On Care For Our Common Home. Rather than decreasing, those "harmful habits" appear to be all the more on the increase, the pope said.

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2. Ecological duties are essential to Christian faith

June 29, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Christians have a responsibility to respect nature and the Creator, a duty that is an essential part of the Christian faith, says Pope Francis. While nature is a system that can be studied and controlled, creation "can only be understood as a gift from the outstretched hand of the Father of all," the pope wrote in the second chapter of his encyclical On Care for Our Common Home.

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3. Only revolution can overthrow 'logic' of technology

June 29, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The growth of technology has led to an "ironclad logic" that diminishes human freedom and the human capacity for making decisions, Pope Francis wrote in the third chapter of his new encyclical Laudato Si', On Care for Our Common Home. New policies, ways of education, lifestyles and even spirituality are needed to resist the "technological paradigm" for societal decision-making that has become so dominant that it has become "inconceivable" to consider alternatives, the pope says.

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