Wheelchair program promoter becomes beneficiary himself

Michael Rodda

July 16, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Michael Rodda spent most of his working years as an educational psychologist, assisting people with disabilities, particularly deaf children. Ironically, he is now losing his own hearing.

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Mennonite leader wins Kevin Carr Award

Dr. Kae Neufeld

July 16, 2012
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton – A former associate pastor of a Mennonite church, who launched an annual Christmas banquet for inmates serving life sentences and their families, is this year's winner of the Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award.

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Precious Blood monastery closes after 87 years

Sr. Consolata

July 16, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After 87 years of continuous prayer on behalf of the needs of the people of Edmonton, the Sisters of the Precious Blood are closing their cloistered Edmonton monastery.

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Church will strive to help youth encounter Christ

Fr. Dan Gurnick

July 16, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Edmonton Archdiocese has three pastoral priorities for youth: 1) Help them encounter Christ, 2) Form them in the faith of his Church, and 3) Help them discover their personal call.

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Vatican II opened the door to New Evangelization

Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosia

July 16, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

All Catholics, not just priests and nuns, are called to evangelize, says a American theologian. In fact, the Church exists in order to evangelize, says Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio, a theologian and writer from Texas.

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From drug dealer to monk

Fr. Taras Kraychuk

July 16, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After years of a life of hedon-ism and drug addiction, he returned to the faith and for about a dozen years now he has been serving as a hieromonk (pastor-monk) in the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

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Medjugorje prayer

July 16, 2012

People place their hands at the bottom of a crucifix as they pray on Apparition Hill in Medjugorje.

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God's hand moves priest to Calgary

Fr. Joaquim (Jack) Pereira

July 16, 2012
VIRGINIA BATTISTE
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

On his way from Goa in India to an assignment at a Portuguese-speaking parish in San Jose, Calif., in mid-1988, Father Joaquim (Jack) Pereira was unexpectedly denied access to the United States and stranded at the Toronto airport.

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Pressure groups cannot roll back teachings of Vatican II

WCR Logo

July 16, 2012

The pope is not only the symbol of unity in the Church, he also has the key responsibility for making unity as visible as possible. So Pope Benedict is being faithful to his call in working diligently to restore full unity between the Roman Catholic Church and the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). No one should want a full schism.

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Suicide often result of great sensitivity to the blows of life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 16, 2012

Every year I write an article on suicide because so many people have to live with the pain of losing a loved one in this way. I rarely go for even a week without receiving a letter, an email, or a phone call from someone who has just lost a family member to suicide. In virtually every case, there is a corresponding sorrow that there really isn't a lot of material out there, religious or secular, to help console those left bereaved.

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