WCR This Week

Church will strive to help youth encounter Christ

Fr. Dan Gurnick

July 16, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Edmonton Archdiocese has three pastoral priorities for youth: 1) Help them encounter Christ, 2) Form them in the faith of his Church, and 3) Help them discover their personal call.

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Vatican II opened the door to New Evangelization

Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosia

July 16, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

All Catholics, not just priests and nuns, are called to evangelize, says a American theologian. In fact, the Church exists in order to evangelize, says Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio, a theologian and writer from Texas.

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From drug dealer to monk

Fr. Taras Kraychuk

July 16, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After years of a life of hedon-ism and drug addiction, he returned to the faith and for about a dozen years now he has been serving as a hieromonk (pastor-monk) in the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

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Medjugorje prayer

July 16, 2012

People place their hands at the bottom of a crucifix as they pray on Apparition Hill in Medjugorje.

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God's hand moves priest to Calgary

Fr. Joaquim (Jack) Pereira

July 16, 2012
VIRGINIA BATTISTE
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

On his way from Goa in India to an assignment at a Portuguese-speaking parish in San Jose, Calif., in mid-1988, Father Joaquim (Jack) Pereira was unexpectedly denied access to the United States and stranded at the Toronto airport.

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Camp Encounter honours those who built a tradition

July 2, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Camp Encounter, a 100-acre property set on the eastern shores of Lac la Nonne, has been part of the Catholic scene for more than a century. The Church has been using it in various forms since 1901.

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First Nations elders proclaim education as buffalo of today

July 2, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – "Education is our buffalo," was a phrase shared by Leona Carter, keynote speaker at the annual Wahkotowin Society's students' luncheon.

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CCODP adopts '3-D' process for deciding on overseas partners

Michael Casey

July 2, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) is drafting a process to make decisions about overseas partners, especially if controversy arises.

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Same-sex parenting study blasts prevailing wisdom

July 2, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

A new study has blasted the prevailing wisdom that children of same-sex couples do as well or better than those raised in intact biological families with a married mother and father.

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A startling call from within led him to the priesthood

July 2, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After 50 years serving the people of God, Father Raymond Sevigny is hanging up his hat. The 76-year-old pastor retires in early August and plans to move into Villa Vianney, the retirement facility for priests on the grounds of the Catholic Pastoral Centre.

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