WCR This Week

Groups appeal for an end to poverty

February 23, 2015
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA –Poverty is the most important issue facing Canada and should be an election issue, say two groups who released their anti-poverty plan Feb. 3. Canada has to "share a vision that includes everybody," Joe Gunn, executive director of Citizens for Public Justice, told a breakfast on Parliament Hill. CPJ and Canada Without Poverty say poverty violates the human rights of Canada's 4.8 million poor.

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Men called to lead wives, children to holiness

Dan DeMatte

February 23, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The way a married man becomes holy is by making his wife and his children holy, says American evangelist Dan DeMatte. "We have this mission to help our wives and children be saved and enter the promised land of heaven," DeMatte told about 400 Catholic men Feb. 7. "In the process of doing that, we are raising saints." DeMatte, 30, is a youth minister, speaker, evangelist, television personality and father of three from Columbus, Ohio.

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Pope seeks greater role for women in Church

February 23, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Saying the history of the subjugation of women continues to have a negative impact on how women are treated, Pope Francis called for greater roles for women in the Church. Women also need greater workplace flexibility to ensure they can make the best choices for themselves and their families, Pope Francis told the Pontifical Council for Culture Feb. 7. The pope said the council's study of women's cultures was a topic "close to my heart."

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Redemptorist was dedicated teacher, avid jazz fan

Fr. John Alan MacGregor

February 23, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Redemptorist Father John Alan MacGregor will be remembered as an excellent teacher and a dedicated pastor. The Edmonton native did pastoral work throughout much of Canada before he returned to Edmonton in 2012 to live among his Redemptorist confreres at Villa Marguerite. He died of pneumonia Jan. 27 at age 90. "I knew him very well. He was my teacher in high school at (Edmonton's) Holy Redeemer College," recalled Father Mark Miller, provincial superior of the Redemptorists in Canada.

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Church reform must involve spiritual renewal – Muller

Cardinal Gerhard Muller

February 23, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Reforming the Catholic Church has always involved an effort to help the Church overcome "a worldly mentality" and engage in spiritual renewal, said the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. That is true today and has been true throughout the Church's history, said the prefect, Cardinal Gerhard Muller. "The Church cannot understand itself or justify itself in the world's eyes according to standards of power, wealth or prestige," he wrote in an article published in L'Osservatore Romano.

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Cardinals get look at planned reforms of Roman Curia

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February 23, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
and CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Cardinals meeting at the Vatican discussed better ways to balance the responsibilities of local bishops and of the Roman Curia, said the Vatican spokesman. A recurring theme in the cardinals' Feb. 12-13 meeting was "what is it that is done best where," Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi told journalists Feb. 13 during a pause in College of Cardinals' discussions. About 40 of the 164 cardinals present in the Vatican's synod hall spoke Feb. 12 about the proposal to reform the Roman Curia, he said.

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Beheadings of 21 Copts. is met with response of prayer and bombs

February 23, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis called for prayers for the Egyptian Christians beheaded by Islamic State militants in Libya and asked that God recognize these men killed for their faith. He offered morning Mass Feb. 17 in the chapel of his residence for the slain Christians he termed "our 21 brother Copts" whose throats had been slit "for the sole reason of being Christians." The pope requested that people pray for the victims so "that the Lord welcome them as martyrs."

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Syrian, Iraqi refugees struggle to make a life

February 23, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The current refugee crisis in Iraq and especially Syria is the worst humanitarian crisis since the Second World War, says the national director of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA). Carl Hétu says that is the assessment of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees which is tracking the massive refugee crisis stemming from the wars in Iraq and Syria. More than three million refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq have registered with the UNHCR, and likely another million have not registered because of fear, Hétu said in a Feb. 5 talk at Edmonton's Assumption Parish Hall.

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Romero's conversion a slow process

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February 23, 2015
CHAZ MUTH
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero is held up as a beacon for the poor and oppressed, but scholars who have studied Romero's life say his conversion to the poor was a slow process. It's a common narrative that Romero had a sudden conversion from a quiet, cerebral archbishop to one whose outreach to the poor and disenfranchised led to his death. However, Damian Zynda, a Romero researcher at Jesuit-run Creighton University, argues that transformation happened over many years.

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Educator tries to raise profile of black history in Canada

February 23, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Everton Lewis is trying to raise awareness that black history is as much a part of Canada's past as the stories of European explorers like Samuel Champlain. "Being black and being Canadian at the same time I always asked 'Where is my story?'" during history class, said the Toronto Catholic school board's community relations staff member. "When I was in school I didn't hear anything, it was almost like there was no beginning and that somebody just snapped their fingers and here we were."

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