WCR This Week

CWL takes action against poverty

February 6, 2012
ANNAMARIA MATSUI
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON — Leading the charge of Women Against Poverty, the Alberta Mackenzie Provincial Council of the Catholic Women’s League decided to take action.

They chose to perform acts of service as part of their midwinter meeting. On Jan. 27, 13 members and their spiritual advisor, Father Jim Corrigan, split into two groups and spent the afternoon in service.

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Passionate debate continues over Keystone pipeline

February 6, 2012
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's decision to deny a permit for the 2,700-km Keystone XL pipeline to carry Alberta crude oil to Gulf Coast refineries should have surprised no one, not even the project's staunchest supporters.

The president promised he would nix the permit after Congress inserted a deadline for his decision in the bill extending the middle class tax cut passed just before Christmas.

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Sisters offer prayer groups, phone-in requests for prayer

February 6, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Nuns who distributed food and clothing to Vancouver's most disadvantaged residents are taking on a new mission in Edmonton.

The Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement, a New York-based order, arrived in Vancouver in 1926. If they had stayed until October, it would have been an 85-year stint.

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Pro-lifers keep the abortion issue alive

February 6, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Carrying placards against abortion, about 20 people marched in front of Edmonton's Law Courts Building Jan. 27 to mark the 24th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that threw out Canada's abortion law.

"Twenty-four years ago, every (abortion) restriction in Canada was struck down by the Supreme Court," lamented Edmonton Prolife spokesperson Karen Richert. "Abortion in Canada is wide open and is also paid for with your tax dollars."

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Registering to be an organ donor could give the gift of life

February 6, 2012
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO - Sarah Burke is dead. Others live because of her.

The 29-year-old freestyle skiing pioneer's organs and tissue were donated for transplants. As operating rooms in Park City, Utah, worked on salvaging the Canadian ski hero's organs, the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, Trillium Gift of Life Network and the University of St. Michael's College chaplaincy department gathered Catholics on the University of Toronto campus to discuss ways of persuading more Catholics to donate their organs and tissue.

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Look who`s coming for dinner

February 6, 2012
PAT BYRNE CASEY
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

St. Luke's Parish in Maple Ridge, B.C., recently invited 8,200 people - give or take a few thousand – to dinner.

That number, says a media release from their office, represents the one-fifth of the local population who are lapsed Catholics.

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Faith sustains Middle East Christians

February 6, 2012
JUDITH SUDILOVSKY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

JERUSALEM – Christians in the Middle East show "overwhelming faith," but many also express fear, said the president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association.

"I have been uplifted by their demonstration of faith," Msgr. John Kozar told Catholic News Service near the end of a three-week trip to Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories.

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Indianapolis parish grabs 'super' opportunity for evangelization

February 6, 2012
SEAN GALLAGHER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

INDIANAPOLIS – A historic Indianapolis church is in the centre of festivities surrounding the Feb. 5 Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium.

St. John the Evangelist Parish, founded 175 years ago when Indianapolis was a small town on the edge of the American frontier, is the middle of the Super Bowl Village hosting many events across the street from the church and on streets surrounding it.

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Hockey leader honoured at St. Michael`s College

Jim Gregory

February 6, 2012
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Jim Gregory says everything he has in life is due to his association with Toronto's St. Michael's College School.

Serving the NHL today as senior vice president of hockey operations, Gregory will be inducted into the Order of St. Michael this year, the highest honour the school bestows.

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'Radical secularism' threatens core values, Benedict warns

January 30, 2012
FRANCIS ROCCA
AND SARAH DELANEY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict has warned visiting U.S. bishops that "radical secularism" threatens the core values of American culture.

The pope called on the Church in America, including Catholic politicians and other laypeople, to render "public moral witness" on crucial social issues.

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