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Ottawa sues Catholic entities involved in residential schools

Archbishop Gerard Pettipas

February 3, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The federal government is suing Catholic entities involved in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement over $1.5 million in contested funds. "We had requested mediation," said Archbishop Gerard Pettipas of Grouard-McLennan, who chairs the board of the Corporation of Catholic Entities Party to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement.

Vincelette touched people with his warmth, sense of adventure

Fr. André Vincelette

February 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT – Whether from his fellow Oblates or the health care staff he worked alongside at the University of Alberta Hospital or the scuba diving community, Father André Vincelette will be remembered as an unselfish man with a gentle spirit and kind presence.

Collins gets call to help oversee Vatican bank

Cardinal Thomas Collins

February 3, 2014
JIM O'LEARY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Cardinal Thomas Collins knows all about saving souls but with his appointment to the Vatican bank he'll be getting a crash course in savings of another kind. The Toronto archbishop was one of four cardinals appointed by Pope Francis on Jan. 15 to a commission to oversee the running of the oft-maligned Vatican bank. A theologian and academic by training, Collins said the appointment came "completely out of the blue."

Supreme Court will hear case advocating euthanasia

February 3, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear an assisted suicide and euthanasia case from British Columbia, the so-called Carter case. The court's decision to hear the case has alarmed disabled Canadians.

Living with Christ missalette gets a facelift

Living with Christ missalette-Jan-2014

February 3, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Canadians will get to experience the iconic Living With Christ missalette in a new way. Two major changes have been made to the English version of the missalette, with it now coming in a single size with a new look.

Dialogue only path to solving Ukraine's political crisis

February 3, 2014
FR. JEFFREY STEPHANIUK
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Foreign governments are experiencing varying degrees of inertia at developments in Ukraine on Jan. 20, referred to by Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk as the St. John the Baptist Day violence. "The conflict still can be walked back from the precipice through quick negotiations, and a stand-down by the Yanukovych camp," writes Adrian Karatnycky on the Atlantic Council website.

Shevchuk: Bloodshed must end; hearts must be reconciled

February 3, 2014
JONATHAN LUXMOORE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

KYIV, UKRAINE – The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church appealed for calm as violence worsened between police and pro-European Union demonstrators. Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv-Halych, major archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, said Jan. 21 that he was dismayed and saddened as violence escalated for the third consecutive day in and around Kyiv's Maidan – or Independence – Square.

St. Francis de Sales Church restored

February 3, 2014
VIRGINIA BATTISTE
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Smiles and tears wreathed the faces of parishioners and visitors as the congregation of St. Francis de Sales Parish, High River, celebrated the re-dedication of their building restored following flooding seven months earlier.

Ukrainian carolers serenade Motiuk

February 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In the Ukrainian Catholic tradition, a key component of celebrating Christmas is through singing kolyadky – Ukrainian Christmas carols. On Saturday, Jan. 18, choirs and church groups took part in the age-old custom by visiting the Edmonton Ukrainian Eparchy's chancery office and singing carols for Bishop David Motiuk.

Religions remain world's hope for positive change

David Goa

February 3, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Is there still a constructive role for religions in debating public issues? There is, if we value pluralism and the rich contributions religious institutions have made to the world throughout history. So says David Goa, a University of Alberta professor and director of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life in Camrose.

 
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