WCR This Week

Students take papal plea for environment to bishops

June 13, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Alberta's Catholic bishops listened June 6 as a group of students representing five urban and rural high schools across Alberta told them how they are going to apply Pope Francis' Laudato Si' teachings into daily life. In the prologue to their document, they wrote "Taking up the Holy Father's call 'to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor' (#49), this document is a call to action and education reform for the Church and Alberta schools." The program was initiated when Development and Peace regional animator Sara Farid and religious education consultant Edward Jean were talking about another matter a year ago.

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Vietnamese man longed to serve God in the priesthood

Deacon Dominique Trinh Do
June 13, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As Dominque Trinh Do watched the priest serve Mass during his childhood in Vietnam, he realized he wanted to serve the Lord in that way too. "It's been a long time coming," said the 43-year-old deacon. Trinh's ordination to the priesthood at St. Pius X Church in Kelowna, B.C., takes place June 29. His father, brother and two nephews are coming from Vietnam to attend the momentous event.

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Swiss bishops reject embryo testing

June 13, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Swiss Catholic Church officials deplored the approval by voters of a modification to the country's in vitro fertilization law that would permit genetic testing of embryos, allowing imperfect human embryos to be discarded. The president of the Swiss bishops' conference said the revision "jeopardizes the full protection of human life."

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De Roo continues Vatican II journey

Bishop Remi De Roo
June 13, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Fifty-four years after being named a bishop, Bishop Remi De Roo is still selling the merits of the Second Vatican Council. At age 92, his travel schedule is slowing down, but is far from drawing to a halt. "I speak on the council wherever I'm invited to go," De Roo said in an interview during a recent trip to Edmonton to visit his long-time friend and co-author of several books, Douglas Roche. At the end of the hour and a half interview, the bishop is still going strong, showing no signs of fatigue or any desire to draw the conversation to a close.

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New Kamloops bishop suffered persecution in Vietnam

Bishop-elect Joseph Phuong Nguyen
June 13, 2016
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

VANCOUVER - Pope Francis has named Father Joseph Phuong Nguyen, vicar general of the Vancouver Archdiocese, as the new bishop of Kamloops, B.C. Nguyen will take over from Bishop David Monroe, who retires having reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. Monroe has served Kamloops since 2002 and, like his successor, was vicar general in Vancouver. Prior to Nguyen's appointment as vicar general in 2013, he served at five parishes in the Vancouver area.

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Beatitudes are the GPS that lead to holiness - pope

June 13, 2016
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - The Beatitudes are a navigational tool that lead people to happiness and holiness, while love of money, vanity and pride are the "three steps leading to perdition," Pope Francis said. Celebrating an early morning Mass June 6, the pope focused on the day's Gospel reading, which was St. Matthew's account of the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes, which begin, "Blessed are the poor in spirit."

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Holy Trinity pilgrims raised the funds and have the spirit

June 13, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Spirits are high among youth at Holy Trinity Parish in Spruce Grove as World Youth Day draws near. A dozen people from the parish, including Father Jan Sobkowicz, the pastor, are preparing to attend the event in Kraków, Poland this year. Through fundraisers big and small, they have raised more than $10,000, which will pay for a portion of the ticket and stay. Whatever they raised through their well-attended June 5 barbecue and silent auction will be added to the total.

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Lacombe school leading 23 students into the Church

June 13, 2016
VINCE BURKE
STAR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

LACOMBE - Fifteen children and students were welcomed as new members of the Catholic community after a special baptismal Mass at Father Lacombe Catholic School in Lacombe . The St. Thomas Aquinas Roman (STAR) Catholic Schools' kindergarten to Grade 9 school, in its close partnership with the local parish, saw students from preschool to Grade 5 seek the journey to Baptism through the archdiocesan Sacramental Education Initiative. It culminated in 15 students gathering for a baptismal Mass, May 11 at the school, with family, classmates, teachers, staff and the parish community.

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Pope to appoint board to help remove 'negligent bishops'

June 13, 2016
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will set up a panel of legal experts to help him decide whether to remove a religious superior or bishop from office for failing to protect minors and vulnerable adults from sex abuse. Vatican offices will continue to investigate claims of negligence on the part of bishops, ordinaries or religious superiors under their jurisdiction. But the pope - who makes the final decision about a bishop's removal from office - will now be assisted by a papally appointed "college of jurists," according to procedures that take effect Sept. 5.

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Alberta's excellent Catholic Teachers

June 13, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Four teachers in Alberta Catholic schools have won this year's Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence. The Catholic winners are Nicole Blais, a Grade 6 teacher at St. Mary's Elementary School in Lloydminster, Carla Cuglietta, a Grade 11 teacher at St. Joseph's High School in Edmonton, Abbi Easton, a Grade 9 teacher at Holy Trinity High School in Fort McMurray and Mandy Reed, who teaches Grades 10 to 12 at Notre Dame High School in Red Deer.

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