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Parish zeros in on mental health issues

Faith Paul
May 16, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Faith Paul was a regular parishioner at St. Charles Parish in north Edmonton until she could no longer fight the feeling that the Church should do more about mental illness. One year after she joined the parish's social justice committee, the group sponsored its first mental health awareness event at the parish on May 4, called Yes I Can: Path to Mental Wellness. "So many people that have mental health problems don't have a voice, and I really wanted to give people a voice," said Paul.

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German cardinal upset with 'interference' in selecting bishops

Cardinal Karl Lehmann
May 16, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

BONN, GERMANY - A German cardinal said names of candidates submitted to the Vatican as potential bishops are being vetoed by "unauthorized people" in Rome. "In the name of the law, these unlawful outside influences must be set aside and a proper voice given to those who'll be living with the chosen candidate," said Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz, who was president of the German bishops' conference from 1987 to 2008.

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Church entities did not 'weasel out' of schools pact

Archbishop Gerald Pettipas
May 16, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

A $21-million shortfall on a $25-million fundraising campaign was a fiasco, but it wasn't an attempt to weasel out of the legal or moral obligations Catholics have in the wake of the residential schools tragedy, says Archbishop Gerard Pettipas of Grouard-McLennan. The Catholic Register first reported the shortfall in January, but a Globe and Mail report that hit the front page April 19 has raised accusations that the 50 Catholic organizations party to the 2006 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement used legal trickery to sidestep their obligations.

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Youth involvement key to developing pro-life movement

May 16, 2016
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Today's pro-lifers must mentor the youth to make sure the movement keeps its momentum, says Jim Hughes, national president of Campaign Life Coalition. "As we get older, those of us who have been around for a while have the job of mentoring the young people so that they stay on the right path," said Hughes. "Older people have to mentor to them so that they don't make the same mistakes. That is the real challenge here."

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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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WCR honoured with 9 national Church Press awards

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May 4, 2016
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

TORONTO - 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 gave the general excellence award, as well as eight other awards to the WCR. The CCP announced its award winners for 2015 publications April 30 at its annual conference in Toronto.

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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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