WCR This Week

Fast with two wings

March 17, 2014
THOMAS RYAN, CSP
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

For Catholics, the practice of fasting has by and large fallen off the screen, due in large measure to the minimalistic interpretation of what Church members are told "fasting" means: "Take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted as necessary, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted." Should you tell that to a Muslim or Jew or Buddhist who asks what fasting means for Catholics, be prepared to be looked at with an uncomprehending frown.

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Ukraine crisis replays lead-up to WW2 – priest

Fr. Andrly Chirovsky

March 17, 2014
JOYCE CORONEL
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Russia's aggression against Ukraine is an extremely dangerous situation that should be of concern to all, said a prominent Ukrainian Catholic priest. "We are seeing a replay of the lead-up to World War II going on now," said Father Andriy Chirovsky, pastor of St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church in Tucson, Ariz., and founder of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at St. Paul University in Ottawa. "It's very similar events to what happened before World War II, except that in World War II, it was Hitler doing it."

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Risk your lives to save Ukraine – Shevchuk

March 17, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Ukrainians must be willing to give their lives to protect the freedom of their country, says the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. "Our people and our country are currently in danger," Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, said in a March 3 statement. "We must stand up for our country, to be ready – if necessary – to sacrifice our lives in order to protect the sovereign, free, independent, and unified state," he said in the statement distributed by the Catholic magazine Credo.

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Federal Liberals resolve to promote assisted suicide

March 17 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – The Liberal Party's approval of a pro-euthanasia resolution at its Montreal policy convention Feb. 23 reveal the Quebec government's arguments have gained national traction. Delegates at the Liberal biennial convention in Montreal Feb. 20-23 approved the decriminalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia. The resolution says "the choice to take one's life when terminally ill is extremely personal," and adults "should reserve the right to decide when their life ends and when their suffering ends."

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Moral issues slip into background for conservatives

Mark Steyn

March 17, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Moral issues, such as abortion and the traditional family, have receded to the background in the Canadian conservative movement. The annual "barometer," a yearly poll commissioned for the annual Manning Networking Conference held in Ottawa Feb. 27 to March 1, reveals abortion is low on the public agenda of not only the Canadian public, but also self-identified conservatives. "Dealing with euthanasia," however, remains high on the agenda among both constituencies, according to the poll.

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Book raises profiles of Canadian saints

Venerable Anthony Kowalczyk

March 17 2014
Review By LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

This surprising book introduces the reader to 24 of Canada's saints, blessed and venerable people. Many we already know. Many we have never even heard of. It's a voyage of discovery, taking us back to the early beginnings of those being profiled. It's not all sweetness and roses for many, and that too opens one's eyes.

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Picking up life's pieces after Typhoon Haiyan

Emmanuel Margat

March 17, 2014
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Mention the name of Maria Rosevilla Margate and many of the residents of the community known as Barangay 54A in Tacloban, Philippines, nod approvingly. They know exactly where to find her. People tell stories of her kindness and friendship. Maria and her husband, Emmanuel, have lived in the community just a block from Redemptorist-run Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church since 1983. For years, they say, Maria Margate has helped her neighbours in need.

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Stained glass artist helps sisters recycle treasured windows

St. Raphael

March 17, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

When churches have a stained glass emergency – imagine a rock thrown through hundred-year-old glass – they call Mansu Han, artist, craftsman and stained glass superhero. So when the Sisters of St. Joseph in Peterborough, Ont. sold their Mount St. Joseph convent, they charged Han with rescuing more than 60 stained glass windows (44 fully painted) and prevent them from falling into the hands of developers.

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Alta. bishops call faithful to attend TRC event

Joreal Orr and Archbishop Richard Smith

March 3, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Alberta's Catholic bishops have invited the faithful to attend the national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) March 27 to 30 in Edmonton. The bishops also apologized to those who experienced physical and sexual abuse in Indian residential schools run by the Church.

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Text of Alta. Bishop' invitation to TRC

Alberta Bishops logo

March 3, 2014
Dear Catholic Faithful,

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is coming to Alberta from March 27-30, 2014 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton. This will be the last of the seven national TRC events that have been taking place across Canada over the past four years. The Edmonton national gathering, together with the preparation leading to it, represents an important historical moment for First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples, and for everyone who calls Alberta home.

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