WCR This Week

Smith hopes digital media will spawn genuine encounters

June 23, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Modern media technology must help us not only to connect virtually but to promote a real encounter with people. That was the message Archbishop Richard Smith delivered to reporters at the annual Breakfast with the Archbishop at St. Joseph Seminary May 10. Several print, television and radio journalists enjoyed a traditional bacon and eggs breakfast with Smith and then talked about communications.

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Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage will draw thousands

The Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage

June 23, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Lac Ste. Anne is again preparing for one of the most unique and memorable spiritual gatherings in North America. The annual Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage, set for July 19-24, is a time when pilgrims make their way to the shores of the lake, perhaps in search of healing or spiritual renewal. The pilgrimage began more than 100 years ago, and has developed into the largest annual Catholic gathering in Western Canada.

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Battling mayor of Saguenay wears faith on his sleeve

June 23, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The Saguenay, Quebec, mayor who has been fighting in court to protect the right to pray before council meetings has written a book explaining his deep Catholic faith. Mayor Jean Tremblay decided to write Croire, ça change tout: Pourquoi la foi transforme-t-elle la vie? (Believing changes everything: Why does faith transform life?) out of his frustration at media interviews that were always too short, with no opportunity to go deeper.

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Experience drew former CCODP animator to advocate for women on the street

June 23, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It was a bitterly cold night many years ago and Kate Quinn and her husband John Kolkman were getting ready to go to bed. Suddenly they heard someone pounding on the door of their inner city home. They opened the door. A frantic aboriginal girl pleaded for help. Quinn looked out and saw two men running up the walk. The couple pulled the girl into their home and slammed the door.

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Catholic university hopes to engage young adults

June 23, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

In the first 10 years after graduating from high school, most Catholics who were involved with the Church will no longer be affiliated with it, says a youth organizer from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. "Young adults are falling off the map. We are hemorrhaging faith," says John Beaulieu, the university's director of partnerships and engagement.

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Trustee upset teachers' union supports Gay Pride parade

June 23, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

WATERLOO, ONT. – A Waterloo Catholic school trustee believes Catholic teachers who march in the 2014 World Pride Parade with the support of their union are sending a confusing message to students. When his board voted May 26 to support the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association's (OECTA) participation in the parade – the union made its decision at its annual general meeting in March – Greg Reitzel was the only dissenting voice.

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Student overseas program builds hope for change

June 23, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Intercordia Canada is changing the world one heart at a time. For about a decade, this program founded by Catholic humanitarian Jean Vanier has been sending university students overseas to live and work alongside locals in developing nations with the hope that they will develop a respect and understanding for other peoples, religions and cultures.

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Economy gives birth to warmongers

June 23, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis said the world economic system inevitably promotes military conflict as a way to enrich the most powerful nations. "We are in a world economic system that is not good," Pope Francis said. "A system that in order to survive must make war, as great empires have always done. "But since you cannot have a Third World War, you have regional wars. And what does this mean?

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Catholic Voices trains young Catholics to defend their faith in the media

June 23, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

VANCOUVER – Catholic Voices is looking for Canadians to speak up for their Catholic faith. Originally from the U.K., the first Canadian bureau of Catholic Voices will be launched in October. Based in Vancouver, it aims to provide the news media with Catholics well versed in their faith to comment on contemporary issues. Catholic Voices Canada is an independent group that trains lay Catholics between the ages of 25 to 40 to share their opinions and the Church's position on hot topics with secular media.

 

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Red Deer schools celebrate solidarity

June 23, 2014
LEEANN ARSENAULT
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools celebrated World Catholic Education Day on May 29 by celebrating family and building community. Every year, 40 days after Easter on Ascension Thursday, Catholics throughout the world give thanks for the gift that is Catholic education with the celebration of World Catholic Education Day.

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