WCR This Week

Music of love calms harried commuters

December 12, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – During the end-of-day rush hour at Sheppard subway station, TTC busker Benjamin "Lex" Tan strums his guitar, preparing to start his evening's repertoire of pop music mixed in with rock, Christian contemporary and Christmas classics.

Although the pocket change is welcome (the most Tan's made in a two- or three-hour session was $60), it's the opportunity to share his talents and God's love through the universal language of music that matters most, he said.

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Latin America: Off the beaten track for religious tourism

December 12, 2011
EZRA FIESER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The oldest cathedral in the Americas sits just off a busy plaza in the colonial district of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic.

However, it's the nearby bronze Christopher Columbus statue, Hard Rock Cafe and cigar shops that draw the lines of tourists in the plaza.

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Priest flew planes, defended the poor

Fr. Molnar

December 12, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Redemptorist Father John Molnar was hunter, fisherman and photographer. He also spent 25 years as a missionary in Brazil, sometimes defending the rights of the poor and dispossessed.

Known as a competent, energetic and dedicated priest, Molnar died peacefully in Edmonton Nov. 27. He was 86.

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Benedict relentless in critique of unjust global economy

December 12, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

A few minutes after landing in Africa last month, Pope Benedict delivered a stern warning against the "unconditional surrender to the law of the market or that of finance" in Africa and throughout the global economic system.

His words were immediately seized upon by those wondering where the pope stood on a recent Vatican document that proposed the creation of a world political authority to regulate financial markets and rein in the "inequalities and distortions of capitalist development."

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Exhibit explores religions' diversity

December 12, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

GATINEAU, QUEBEC – A new exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Civilization called God(s): A User's Guide manages to explore the diversity of religious belief without falling prey to moral relativism.

It also conveys through the exhibiting of artifacts from a wide range of faiths and multi-media presentations the amazing diversity of religious expression.

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Prisoner finds hope, healing through art

December 12, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON – For Curtis Eklund, art is a path of healing, an expression of truth and a way to give voice to his hope in Jesus Christ.

"I hope to send a message that Jesus died for all who will accept him," said Eklund of his drawing of the crucifixion surrounded by First Nations imagery.

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Outreach to prisoners essential to Christian Mission – Weisgerber

December 12, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG - Prison ministry is a call to live out part of Matthew 25, where Jesus speaks of feeding the hungry, welcoming the unwanted, caring for the poor and sick and reaching out to the imprisoned.

"Jesus was pretty serious about all that, but by and large Christians have made this optional, and it's not optional," Archbishop James Weisgerber said at a Nov. 15 gathering.

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Pro-family groups applaud decision to uphold anti-polygamy laws

Peter Murphy

December 5, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Pro-family groups have welcomed a Nov. 23 British Columbia Supreme Court decision that upholds Canada’s anti-polygamy law.

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Parishioners, pastors open to new Mass Translation

December 5, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Advent has begun, and with it the new liturgical year. But this first Sunday of Advent brought challenges for both ordained and lay Catholics as they got a feel for the new translation of the Roman Missal.

At St. Michael-Resurrection Church, Father Roger Keeler offered the blessing, "Lord be with you" during the Saturday evening, Nov. 26 Mass.

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Secret famine killed 10M Ukrainians

Leonid Korownyk

December 5, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Imagine lighting between seven and 10 million candles at night. The light would be brilliant and bright. Now imagine extinguishing those candles, and how much darkness there would be.

That's how survivor Leonid Korownyk described the impact of the Holomodor, the villainous Ukrainian famine genocide of the 1930s, to elementary school students.

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