WCR This Week

St. Edmund Church marks 100 years

October 24, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jeannette Helmig remembers the days of open spaces around St. Edmund Church.

"When we moved out here, we were on acreages," recalled Helmig, a parishioner for 72 years. "We used to raise chickens a block away from here."

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Carr calls Newman grads to embrace life's paradoxes

GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Graduates of Newman Theological College were called to put their faith to work promoting the quality of life, the "seamless garment" of justice and the integrity of creation.

Joan Carr, superintendent of Edmonton Catholic Schools, said Catholic education prepares students "to live with, even embrace, the paradoxes of life."

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Catholics steer clear of online media

October 24, 2011
MARK PATTISON
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON – Adult Catholics in the U.S. are reading the printed versions of their diocesan newspapers to a much greater extent than they read the online versions, says a new study.

The study, commissioned by the Catholic Press Association (CPA), showed that 26 per cent of adult Catholics had read a print copy of their diocesan newspaper or magazine in the past three months, but only four per cent had gone to their computer to view the online version of the publication.

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CCODP controversy dogs bishop's meeting

October 24, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

CORNWALL, ONT. – Controversy surrounding the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) continued to dog Canada's bishops as they began their annual plenary Oct. 17-21.

On day one of Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) gathering of 75 bishops from across Canada, a Quebec pro-life group dropped off a 400-name petition demanding a complete review of CCODP.

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Summer course spurred teacher to go the distance

Sylvia Forrow

October 24, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A substitute schoolteacher, Sylvia Forrow, was this year's valedictorian at Newman Theological College.

During a summer session nine years ago, Newman College offered a two-week liturgical art and environment course. Since Forrow was on the art and environment committee at St. Anthony's and St. Agnes parishes, taking the course seemed like an ideal fit.

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Hospital chaplain went for 1 semester, ends up earning 2 degrees

Marian Huber

October 24, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ESTEVAN, SASK. – "Just one semester."

Those were the words of the late Regina Archbishop Peter Mallon and Oblate Father Heinrich Sicking when they encouraged Marian Huber to take courses at Newman Theological College.

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Preserving native art? Then value their cultures

October 24, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Ceremonial and sacred objects from different parts of the world present enormous challenges for art restorers; they must clean, repair and preserve very unusual and delicate materials such as blue kingfisher bird feathers glued onto an 18th-century Chinese metal headdress or hair and reptile skin decorating an Ethiopian string instrument made out of a gourd.

The Vatican's Ethnological Missionary Museum has more than 80,000 unusual artifacts from all over the world documenting the vast cultural and spiritual heritage throughout history.

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Catholic bookstores defy boom-bust

October 24, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

More and more web-savvy consumers are turning to their home computers to browse the latest book titles through online book marketers such as Amazon and Indigo.

As a result, local Catholic bookstores have been forced to adapt to the apparent growth of online shopping.

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Grade 6 class raises funds for drought relief in the Horn of Africa

October 24, 2011
HANNAH BUNN, MCKENNA RYAN
AND MEGAN CHORNEY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON – At Archbishop Joseph McNeil, the class of 6B raised about $1,640 with the help of the government matching our money.

In our Grade 6 class we heard about the drought in the Horn of Africa affecting about 11 million people. The people most affected by this drought are pregnant moms and children under five.

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One child policy killing China's sense of morality

Chai Ling

October 24, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Chai claims 86 per cent of Chinese women go through at least one abortion and 52 per cent have two or more. Given the pressure from husbands and in-laws clamouring for a male heir, combined with a legal regime which limits most Han Chinese to a single baby, Chinese abortions of unborn females can only be characterized as coerced, said Chai.

Through a network of volunteers in China, All Girls Allowed (www.allgirlsallowed.org) gives monetary and other support for women who give birth to their illegal second and third children.

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