WCR This Week

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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St. Albert students honour Grey Nuns founder

Sainte Marguerite d'Youville

January 30, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The life and work of St. Marguerite d'Youville, the founder of the Grey Nuns, is the focus of a new mural at Ecole Sainte Marguerite d'Youville (ESSMY) in St. Albert.

Guest artist Lewis Lavoie and art teacher Pam Wilman worked with 120 students to complete the mural honouring the school's patron saint. The project commemorated St. Albert's 150th anniversary and the work the Grey Nuns did in the community.

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Silence key to communication, says pope

January 30, 2012
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Amid the deluge of information and nonstop chatter in today's media, the Church needs to help people find safe havens of silence, Pope Benedict said.

Far from being the enemy of calm and quiet, social media and the Internet can lead people to virtual sanctuaries that offer silent reflection, thoughtful dialogue and true meaning in life, he said.

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Ukrainians to mark centennial of arrival of famed Bishop Budka

January 30, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

This year the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada marks the 100th anniversary of the arrival of her first bishop, Blessed Nyktyta Budka.

The anniversary will be marked with events that are themselves historically significant, Archbishop Lawrence Huculak of Winnipeg said in an interview Jan. 20.

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Homosexuality book strives to bring more light than heat

January 30, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

While theology professor Paul Flaman has received positive feedback to his new book Homosexuality and Following Jesus, he expects the ultimate reaction will be mixed.

A priest-psychologist once told him, "It's practically impossible to say anything significant about homosexuality without getting somebody mad at you."

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