WCR This Week

In Sarajevo, pope preaches necessity of forgiveness

Pope Francis
June 15, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Conflict and cruelty must be fought with tenderness, forgiveness and bearing Christ's cross, Pope Francis said. Bosnia-Herzegovina has experienced "a history of cruelty" and one that is seen in many conflicts around the world today, the pope told a gathering of priests, religious and seminarians in Sarajevo's cathedral June 6.

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Language on homosexuality should be inoffensive – bishop

Archbishop Eamon Martin
June 15, 2015
MICHAEL KELLY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The head of the Irish bishops' conference distanced himself from comments made by U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke concerning Irish voters who backed same-sex marriage. Reacting to the May 22 poll, in which voters supported same-sex marriage by a margin of 62 per cent to 38 per cent, Burke told the Newman Society, Oxford University's Catholic Society: "It's just incredible. . . . Pagans may have tolerated homosexual behaviours, they never dared say this was marriage."

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Church must better explain its teaching on homosexuality — priest

Fr. Paul Check
June 15, 2015
CAROL ZIMMERMANN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON – The Catholic Church needs to make its teaching on homosexuality "accessible, understandable and compelling for people," said the director of a Church apostolate that ministers to homosexuals. Father Paul Check, director of Courage, said Catholics with same-sex attraction would be also more likely to "understand what the Church teaches if it became more plain to them that they have a place in the Church." Check aims to get that message across through the work of his apostolate, which particularly focuses on providing clergy training.

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Ursulines of Prelate educate for life

June 15, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Sister Gertrude Sopracolle happened to be alone in her St. Albert condo when she learned Pope Francis had announced 2015 would be a year to honour those in consecrated life. The Ursuline, one of 50 in her religious order in Alberta and Saskatchewan whose average age is about 85, could not control herself. She admits she burst out laughing.

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Basilians are dedicated to teaching

June 15, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Basilians came to Edmonton in 1963 to take over administration of St. Joseph's College from the Christian Brothers, who no longer had enough personnel to continue the operation. When Gallagher arrived at the college in 1978, nine Basilians were teaching there and at the University of Alberta. Numbers held up well for many years but in the last couple of years they have dropped to three. Gallagher taught moral theology for four years. He returned to Toronto in 1982 to launch a bioethics centre there.

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Caritas's deep roots in Nepal has aided earthquake relief efforts

June 15, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Nepalese are busy rebuilding their country nearly two months after the first of two devastating earthquakes. But the mountainous Asian nation got its practice in disaster recovery putting communities back together during more than a decade of civil war between Maoist rebels and government forces – a war that set individual communities in violent opposition to one another.

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Alta. March for Life draws crowd of thousands

June 1, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Two years ago Crystal Dean was pregnant with her sixth child. She thought her pregnancy was going well until her doctor told her there were serious complications. Her unborn baby, she was told, had a heart defect as well as a lymphatic malformation of her neck. The doctor recommended the pregnancy be terminated. "I remember feeling like my whole world was turned upside down," recalled Dean. "My doctor was a Christian so I was surprised that he would say that to me."

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Appointments of Priests

June 1, 2015

The following appointments of priests in the Edmonton Archdiocese will take effect Aug. 12, unless otherwise indicated.

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Bishops want input to law on assisted suicide

Archbishop Paul-André Durocher
June 1, 2015
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops should be included in consultations regarding assisted suicide legislation, the conference's president has told the country's justice minister. In a letter released May 25, Archbishop Paul-André Durocher expressed deep concern about the implications of the Supreme Court of Canada's Feb. 6 ruling that struck down the laws against assisted suicide and opened the way to doctor-assisted death.

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Holy Spirit transformed fearful disciples into courageous witnesses

Pope Francis
June 1, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The power of the Holy Spirit transforms people into bold witnesses of the Gospel, who reach out to others, exercise charity and live in harmony with creation, Pope Francis said. Celebrating Pentecost Mass in St. Peter's Basilica and reciting the Regina Coeli prayer with tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square May 24, the pope spoke of Pentecost as the day the Church was born universal but united.

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