Stories for the Left Column of the WCR This Week Page
Archbishop Richard Smith has praised the mass media response to the Fort McMurray fires. Smith noted the media have made the fires their main topic and have offered concrete assistance to the evacuees, serving as bulletin boards for those looking for their loved ones and those who want to volunteer.
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When it comes to anticipation for this year's World Youth Day, few groups match that of the pilgrims from St. Maria Goretti Parish in Devon. For the 11 pilgrims, including eight young adults, two pilgrim moms and pastor Father James Banu Bodula, the opportunity to join hundreds of thousands of young impassioned followers of Christ from around the world and the chance to see the pope is a dream come true. It has been a long time coming.
Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has been sharing a theology of tears: tears of compassion, compunction and consolation. Although Pope Francis does not mask his emotions in public, he rarely is seen to cry. One exception was in Albania in September 2014 when he came face to face with a priest who had been imprisoned and tortured for his faith under the country's communist regime.
Students and staff at St. John XXIII Catholic School in Fort Saskatchewan were overjoyed to receive Archbishop Richard Smith. "I'm thrilled," said nine-year-old Gretchen Lukie. "It's like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It's super exciting." "I feel really happy I met the archbishop," added Kyan Selte, also nine. "It could be my only time meeting the archbishop."
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.
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.