WCR This Week

Daughters of St. Paul made for media

Sr. Helena Burns

January 26, 2015
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Over the years, the strongest of Pauline Sisters could manage the huge printing presses and handle the massive rolls of paper – work that men usually did. But these women religious were determined to share the Gospel the way their founder thought best a century ago: The Daughters of St. Paul were made for media. Today, the sisters outsource printing, but have their hands in almost every media pie imaginable spanning print, broadcast and the Internet. Technology has been good to these media mavens. "That's what makes us so unique.

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Holy Trinity Parish celebrates mortgage burning

January 26, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

SPRUCE GROVE – A wonderful celebration and mortgage burning took place on Jan. 11 at Holy Trinity Church here. The parishioners paid off the mortgage on their church building ahead of schedule. Bishop Paul Terrio of St. Paul, pastor of Holy Trinity from 2002 to 2012, came to celebrate with the parish. Terrio spoke of the challenges he faced in leading parishioners to become a community and how, working with the parish finance committee, he instituted the unpopular weekly second collection, to meet the monthly mortgage payment of $20,825.

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Bringing roses to abortion clinic lands woman in jail

Mary Wagner

January 26, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Mary Wagner is back behind bars after illegally entering a Toronto abortion facility armed with roses and pregnancy-help information cards. Within half an hour of her arrival on Dec. 23, police spilled out of three cars and arrested the 40-year-old British Columbia woman, charging her with breach of probation, and mischief for interfering with a business. Wagner has been in and out of prison in Ontario over the past four years. She spent two years locked up while her lawyer Charles Lugosi defended her in the Ontario Court of Justice on charges of mischief for interfering with a business and other minor charges. She was convicted last June and he is seeking leave to appeal. Lugosi said the judge and the prosecution wanted to release Wagner on bail but she refused to sign an undertaking promising she would not return to the facility.

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New cardinals reflect Church's global nature

January 12, 2015
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Underscoring the geographical diversity of his selections, Pope Francis has named 20 new cardinals, 11 of them from the global South. The new cardinals come "from 14 nations of every continent, showing the inseparable link between the Church of Rome and the particular churches present in the world," the pope said. Fifteen of the new cardinals are under age 80 and will be eligible to vote in a papal election.

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Pope names 20 new cardinals

January 12, 2015

Here is the list of the new cardinals announced by Pope Francis Jan. 4 at the Vatican:

  • French Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, prefect of the Apostolic Signature, 62.
  • Portuguese Patriarch Manuel Jose Macario do Nascimento Clemente of Lisbon, 66.

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Catholics, evangelicals differ on space exploration

January 12, 2015
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON – How people value space exploration may depend on their particular faith. An analysis of several national surveys by a University of Dayton political science professor found that Catholics are more supportive of the U.S. maintaining a leading role in exploring space and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence than members of evangelical churches. Political scientist Joshua Ambrosius told Catholic News Service evangelical Protestants, on the other hand, are significantly less likely than people of other churches and faiths to see the value of the nation's space endeavours.

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Southside church on target to open before Christmas 2015

January 12, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Expectation is increasing among Corpus Christi parishioners as their new 1,500-seat church continues to go up without a hitch. The church, now more than half-built, is expected to be ready by December. "It's all up. We will celebrate Christmas at Corpus Christi in 2015," vows Father Jim Corrigan, the pastor. "What I have been telling people is, 'Take a drive by 34th Street and 28th Avenue and take a look at the church that you are building because it's really quite amazing.'"

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Atonement sister supports victims of domestic violence

Sr. Lucinda Patterso

January 12, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Domestic violence happens in one out of three homes. This statistic comes from someone who deals with this tragedy – hidden by closed doors and threats. Sister Lucinda Patterson, CEO of Lurana Shelter for 17 years, has seen the damage first hand, and she and her staff work to heal the shattered lives of women and children, and to prepare them to live independently.

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Joly a vibrant priest who had a great love for nature

Fr. Jacques Joly, omi

January 12, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

He loved nature. He could stop and marvel at a flower. He had an ability to see beauty in everything. He loved hockey and was an Oilers fan. That's how colleagues remember Father Jacques Joly – a popular Oblate missionary who spent more than five decades ministering to flocks throughout Alberta. "He was a fellow who was very direct, very sincere and very honest. He spoke words that went to your heart," recalls his friend and colleague Father Camille Piche, a former provincial superior of the Oblate Fathers.

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NZ cardinal seeks 'pastoral approach' in ending hunger for 'eucharistic food'

Cardinal-designate John Dew

January 12, 2015
PETER GRACE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – Cardinal-designate John Dew of Wellington has appealed for a more pastoral approach for some of the family issues facing New Zealand Catholics. At the 2005 Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist, he called on Church leaders to discuss a "pastoral approach" to ending "the scandal of hunger for eucharistic food."

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