WCR This Week

Homeschooling wins Pettipas' praise

Archbishop Gerard Pettipas
March 21, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Archbishop Gerard Pettipas has not always been convinced about homeschooling. The first homeschooling family he ever met was in Chalk River, Ont., 20 years ago. His first impressions were not entirely positive. "I marvelled at the mother's patience, while hoping that the children would eventually all receive an education. But I wasn't sure," said the archbishop of Grouard-McLennan in northwestern Alberta.

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Rosica to preach on mercy in annual National Catholic Mission

March 21, 2016
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

As Catholics worldwide prepare to celebrate Easter, Father Thomas Rosica is challenging them to extend mercy to the marginalized. "I suggest to you this week as we prepare for the Holy Week . . . to put mercy into practice," he said. "Open your hearts and your life to those who are on the fringe. Show compassion and goodness and kindness to them." For anyone unsure of how to act this way, Rosica recommends they study the actions of Pope Francis.

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Mexican diocese builds Church that respects indigenous

Bishop Samuel Ruiz
March 21, 2016
ARCHBISHOP SYLVAIN LAVOIE
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

In January, 12 Canadians and one American went to the Diocese of Chiapas, Mexico, for a 10-day solidarity visit. I participated as a member of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs of the Western bishops, and also as chair of our local Oblate Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) committee. Reconciliation with the indigenous peoples is one priority for our national JPIC committee.

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Re-tool Church for new evangelization

Mary Healy
March 21, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Every Catholic needs to be awakened to their call to proclaim their faith in Christ, and parishes need to be re-tooled to carry out the Church's evangelizing mission, says a Scripture scholar from Detroit. Dr. Mary Healy, a professor at Holy Heart Seminary, asked those attending the annual Anthony Jordan Lecture Series whether their parish looks like a museum for saints or a hospital for sinners. "Do we invite people in when they have to walk into an icebox?"

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Trinity Western graduate 'vindicated' by human rights tribunal

March 21, 2016
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER -A B.C. human rights tribunal has sided with a Christian university graduate who felt discriminated against because of her religion. Bethany Paquette filed a human rights complaint in the fall of 2014 after she applied for a job with Amaruk, an alleged Norway-based outdoor guiding company that is legally registered in B.C.

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Lent: A privileged moment to celebrate mercy

March 21, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

This issue, we continue our journey toward Easter by reflecting on Lent's daily readings in the spirit of the Year of Mercy. Lent, Pope Francis says, is "a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God's mercy."

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Photographer's mission is to expose horrors of human trafficking

March 21, 2016
SAM LUCERO
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

DE PERE, WIS. - Lisa Kristine was 11 when her aunt and uncle gave her an Olympus 35 mm camera. From a converted darkroom in her home in California, she developed black-and-white film and printed images of family and friends "They weren't the typical 'everybody say cheese' images," said Kristine. Even then, her photos had depth and emotion. "They were definitely more about solitude and looking for the infinity in somebody."

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When pastor's dad died, surprise miracle took place

Pastor Reg Smith
March 21, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pastor Reg Smith was at the University of Alberta Hospital waiting for his dad to come out of a bypass surgery when the surgeon called down and said, "We can't start your father's heart." Smith had seen the Lord miraculously heal his father of seven heart attacks and a major stroke before, so he asked the surgeon if he could come to the surgical unit to pray. Against hospital policy, he was walked into the operating room where he saw his father lying on the bed, his chest wide open. The surgeon instructed everyone in the operating room to bow their heads as he prayed.

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Prejean recounts start of fight against the death penalty

Sr. Helen Prejean
March 21, 2016
R.W. DELLINGER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

'They killed a man with fire one night. They strapped him in a wooden chair and pumped electricity through his body until he was dead," Sister Helen Prejean told an audience in Los Angeles Feb. 27. "His killing was a legal act because he had killed. No religious leaders protested his killing that night," she continued. "But I was there. I saw it with my own eyes. What I saw set my soul on fire, a fire that burns me still. Now here is an account of how I came to be and still am."

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Film brings child Jesus to big screen

Adam Greaves-Neal
March 21, 2016
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER
and CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

For the first time in cinematic history, a film is exploring the life of the child Jesus. As the film begins, a combination of both ordinary and supernatural circumstances indicate to Joseph (Vincent Walsh) that the time has come for his family to leave their temporary residence in Alexandria - the only home seven-year-old Jesus (Adam Greaves-Neal) has ever known - and return to Nazareth.

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