WCR This Week

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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Faith communities urged to stay active on climate change

March 21, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Faith communities must stay hopeful and engaged to ensure governments live up to climate change commitments, says the leader of the United Church of Canada's delegation to last year's Paris climate change conference. Mardi Tindal, the former moderator of the United Church of Canada, said since Paris, she is still "bumping into a lot of denial about climate change." Tindal was a panel member March 9 at a discussion of how faith communities can follow up to the Paris conference. She appeared via Skype to reduce her carbon footprint.

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1916 Easter Rising bloodbath launched Irish into new era

Patrick Pearse
March 21, 2016
SUSAN GATELY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Easter Monday 1916 was a sunny day. Patrick Pearse, a young poet and teacher, stood in front of the General Post Office on O'Connell Street in Dublin and, to the astonishment of passersby, began to read: "Irishmen and Irishwomen: In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom."

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No love in recommendations on assisted death, says Crosby

March 7, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Canada's Catholic bishops, the Alberta bishops and an array of other groups have condemned recommendations in a special parliamentary report on assisted death tabled in the House of Commons Feb. 25. "Killing the mentally and physically ill, whether young or aged, is contrary to caring for and loving one's brother and sister," said a pastoral letter from Hamilton Bishop Douglas Crosby, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Smith to take anti-euthanasia campaign to parishes

Archbishop Richard Smith
March 7, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Church needs to use "every means at its disposal" to challenge assisted suicide and raise awareness about the issue among the Catholic faithful, says Archbishop Richard Smith. The Edmonton Archdiocese will hold a five-session catechetical series shortly after Easter to answer questions and educate Catholics about issues connected with the coming legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

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Canadian conservatives urged to avoid 'Trumpism'

Michael Gerson
March 7, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - When hundreds of conservatives gathered for the annual Manning Centre Conference on the theme Recharging the Right, it was impossible to ignore Donald Trump. The real estate magnate and reality-show creator and star has dominated headlines south of the border for months and seems to be on his way to becoming the Republican presidential nominee. He has inspired record turnouts in various state primaries.

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Women should have a larger role in Church, says Durocher

Archbishop Paul-André Durocher
March 7, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Archbishop Paul-André Durocher wants to hear the voices of women, take their advice and see them active in the Church. "Let us accept Pope Francis' invitation to elaborate in our churches a true synodality in which all voices are heard, those of women too," the archbishop of Gatineau wrote in the Feb. 1 issue of the Vatican's semi-official newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. Durocher was invited to contribute to one of the Church's most influential publications by Lucetta Scaraffia, editor of the paper's monthly supplement called Women Church World..

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Lacombe demolishes old church, moves to build anew

March 7, 2016
MICHAEL MARIEN
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

LACOMBE - St. Stephen's Catholic Parish in Lacombe is turning a new and exciting page in our history, as we prepare to build a new church. A 2014 investigation showed we would soon have to either completely renovate our current church or build a new one. Building new made much more financial sense, and so we began a successful first campaign to construct a new church, which we imagined to happen five years from now.

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